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Hogan Lovells US LLP
United States

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Widely recognized as one of the “world’s foremost authorities on drones and law,” Lisa Ellman offers a unique perspective and vast experience to clients, helping them push policy boundaries forward and get ahead in the fast-changing regulatory environment.

Lisa is a leader in Hogan Lovells’ Transportation practice and chairs the firm’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) practice, a group dedicated to helping businesses succeed in the dynamic drone marketplace. As co-founder and executive director of the independent non-profit Commercial Drone Alliance, Lisa focuses on expanding the commercial drone industry and enabling Advanced Air Mobility. She also focuses on UAS security efforts. Lisa regularly brings industry together with policymakers to tackle and solve complex emerging technology policy issues, including around safety, security, and privacy.

Throughout her career, Lisa has worked to bridge government policymaking and business innovation (a combination that has become known as “polivation”). Lisa has held a variety of positions at top levels of the executive branch at the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Most recently, she led the DOJ’s effort to develop UAS policy in the United States, and participated in the federal interagency process considering UAS-related policy issues.


J.D./M.P.P., The University of Chicago Law School and Harris School of Public Policy, 2005; B.A. History, University of Michigan, 2000

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation and regulation

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Lisa EllmanHogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP‘s Washington DC office houses several aviation specialists, who act across a range of areas and consistently demonstrate ‘extraordinary industry experience‘. In addition to its traditional aviation practices, the department assists with cutting-edge transportation work, such as the development of commercially viable hydrogen-powered aircraft. In other highlights, the team recently advised on COVID-19 flight cancellations, refunds, and consumer protection matters, as well as regulatory issues. Heading the global aviation practice, senior counsel Robert Cohn‘s client base includes US and foreign airlines, low-cost airlines, financial institutions, and airport and infrastructure developers. Lisa Ellman plays a leadership role in the un-crewed aircraft systems and drones sectors. Also integral to the team are counsel Patrick Rizzi, who has extensive aviation law experience and regularly represents clients before the US DOT and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); and senior counsel Ted Ellett, who advises aviation industry clients on business, legislative, FAA and US DOT regulatory matters. Arjun Garg joined in 2021 as partner from the FAA, where he was Chief Counsel, while senior associate Matthew Clark is a regulatory specialist.