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Mary-Caitlin Ray

Phone: +1 202.688.3524
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Mary-Caitlin Ray is a counsel in Crowell & Moring’s Aviation Group in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Her 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.

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 contracts. She also served as 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 is currently a member of the Forum on Air and Space Law, having 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.


  • Washington and Lee University, B.A. (2009) cum laude
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D. (2012)


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Massachusetts, New York, U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Memberships

  • Member, American Bar Association Forum on Air and Space Law
  • Member, International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading

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"Drone Use Brings New Advantages and Opportunities in the Energy Sector," Energy Law Alert (March 5, 2019). Contacts: Sophia Browning, Mary-Caitlin Ray, Deborah A. Carpentier
Client Alert/Newsletter
"Off to the Races: The FAA Initiates Informal Drone Rulemaking," Regulatory Alert (February 14, 2019). Contacts: Mary-Caitlin Ray, Scott L. Winkelman, Cheryl A. Falvey
Client Alert/Newsletter
"A Day for Drones: FAA Releases Drafts of Long-Awaited Enabling Rules (Part 2)," Regulatory Alert (January 25, 2019). Contacts: Mary-Caitlin Ray, Scott L. Winkelman, Cheryl A. Falvey
Client Alert/Newsletter
"A Day for Drones: FAA Releases Drafts of Long-Awaited Enabling Rules," Regulatory Alert (January 22, 2019). Contact: Mary-Caitlin Ray
Client Alert/Newsletter
"ISO Releases First Global Drone Standard," Regulatory Alert (December 4, 2018). Contacts: Scott L. Winkelman, Cheryl A. Falvey, Mark Thomson, Mary-Caitlin Ray
Client Alert/Newsletter

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