Counsel in Crowell & Moring’s Aviation Group
Mary-Caitlin Ray practice focuses on complex regulatory and commercial concerns associated with the operation, sale, and acquisition of aircraft. Mary-Caitlin advises clients across multiple industries on safe, innovative integration of unmanned aircraft systems (aka UAS or drones) into their operations. Mary-Caitlin also advises clients on Federal Aviation Administration procurement issues, including contract negotiation and administration, the Buy American Act, novation of contracts and compliance with the agency’s gran assurances. Representative Matters – Performed aviation due diligence for acquisitions and sales of aircraft operators engaged in civil and military operations, Part 145 Repair Stations, Holders of Type Certificates, Parts Manufacturer Approvals and Supplemental Type Certificates. – Advised a manufacturer on the regulatory requirements for manufacturing and operating small recreational drones. – Assisted clients in structuring entities to ensure compliance with U.S. citizenship requirements under federal aviation statutes. – Represented and advised airline and aerospace companies on compliance with Federal Aviation Administration grand assurances and Buy America Act requirements. Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Mary-Caitlin served as an attorney in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of the Chief Counsel, Where she provided commercial and litigation risk advice on NextGen and UAS procurements. She also served as lead procurement counsel to the UAS Integration Pilot Program, a White House initiative allowing for state, local, and tribal governments to partner with private sector entities to accelerate safe integration of complex UAS operations. Mary-Caitlin is an active member of the American Bar Association. She serves as the Young Lawyer Liaison to the Forum on Air and Space Law, and she previously served as a vice chair of the Public Contract Law Section’s Young Lawyers Committee. Mary-Caitlin received her J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law and her B.A. (cum laude) from Washington and Lee University. In law school, she was an editor of the Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice.
Currently Scheduled: Day 1 Session 4: Regulations (Commercial)