Autonomous and Unmanned Systems

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Is your business using autonomous or unmanned systems? Whether aerial drones, autonomous vehicles or unmanned ships and subs, your business wants to maximize the opportunity to produce revenue from the advantages of these cutting-edge technologies. But the seemingly endless possibilities for using these systems also present new legal complexities. The unmanned and autonomous systems team at CWM can help entrepreneurs, insurers, manufacturers, service providers, pilots and others stay ahead of the rapidly changing legal, risk and regulatory climate to excel in business.

Our attorneys provide legal advice and services covering a range of issues surrounding the commercial use, ownership, development, insurance and manufacturing of autonomous and unmanned systems, including aerial drones, vehicles and vessels.

In addition to the above services, are experience and team of attorneys allow us to guide you through the following areas:

  • Government Contracts
  • Insurance (Coverage and Defense)
  • Intellectual Property
  • Business Disputes
  • Damage and Personal Injury
  • Product Liability, Loss Control and Risk Management
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Company Formation
  • Registered Agent Services


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Primary Contacts
Articles and Presentations

American Justice: At the Intersection of Legal Liability and Autonomous Systems, Presented at the 2nd Annual Unmanned Systems Conference (October 9-10, 2018), Sponsored by the AUVSI Ridge & Valley Chapter, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

James L. Chapman, IV, Presenter, CLE Program: Tools, Toys and Torts:  What You Need to Know about Aerial Drones in Virginia, sponsored by Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association (September 20, 2018)

James L. Chapman, IV, Cultivating Trust in Autonomous Systems (October 27, 2017)

Industry Links

News and Updates
Week in Review—Autonomous Roundup
Posted on December 4, 2019
This Week’s Highlight Our favorite report this week is the team at IntelligentUAS showing different outlandish ways to cook a Turkey using a drone! Some of the methods should not be…...
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Week in Review—Autonomous Roundup
Posted on November 27, 2019
This Week’s Highlight Our favorite report this week is Disney testing “SUV-sized” X-Wing Drones at it’s park outside of their Hollywood Studios! Rumor is these drones will be used for the…...
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3rd Annual Unmanned Systems Symposium
Posted on October 17, 2019
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is proud to sponsor the 3rd Annual Unmanned Systems Symposium in Blacksburg, VA. Jim Chapman UAS Practice Group Chair, focuses on creating sustainable and viable…...
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1st Annual Unmanned Systems Symposium and Aerospace Gala
Posted on October 16, 2019
AUVSI will hold a two day symposium on October 24th and 25th at the Hampton Roads Convention Center that will focus on highlighting the existing capabilities as well as the…...
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First National Drone Safety Awareness Week
Posted on October 14, 2019
The FAA and DOT will kick off the first National Drone Safety Awareness Week, November 4th, 2019. Join us in calling national attention to drone safety in government,…...
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Stunning Cinematography of Mexico Filmed Entirely Using Drones
Posted on April 27, 2018
Stunning Cinematography of Mexico Filmed Entirely Using Drones The video used for this three-minute montage was filmed by Tarsicio Sañudo  using six different DJI drones over a period of several years.…...
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Oceans Unmanned Launches freeFLY Program
Posted on March 20, 2018
Oceans Unmanned Launches freeFLY Drone Program Oceans Unmanned, Inc., in partnership with NOAA Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (HIHWNMS), with additional support from DJI and DARTdrones, unveiled a new initiative…...
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