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Mary-Caitlin Ray

Counsel

mray@crowell.com
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. 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 grant 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 grant 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.

Education

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

Affiliations

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

Professional Memberships

  • Chair, Young Lawyers Committee of the American Bar Association Forum on Air and Space Law
  • Young Lawyer Liaison to the American Bar Association Forum on Air and Space Law
  • Member, International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading
  • Member, Women in Aviation International
  • Vice Chair, ABA Section of Public Contract Law Young Lawyers Committee (August 2017-August 2018)

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"New Decade, New Drone Rules: FAA Announces Proposed Rule for Remote ID," Regulatory Alert (January 3, 2020). Contacts: Mary-Caitlin Ray, Laura Foggan, Scott L. Winkelman
Client Alert / Newsletter
"USPS Joins the Drone Delivery Domain with RFI for Services," Regulatory Alert (October 3, 2019). Contacts: Mary-Caitlin Ray, Laura Foggan, Cheryl A. Falvey
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Expecting A Pizza Delivered By Drone? It May Take A While," Law360 (August 29, 2019). Author: Mary-Caitlin Ray.
Publication
"FAA Seeks Industry Cohorts to Administer Knowledge Test for Recreational Drone Operators," Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Legal Forum (August 27, 2019). Author: Mary-Caitlin Ray.
Publication
"Alaska Drone Team Achieves Major Regulatory and Operational Milestone," Regulatory Alert (August 8, 2019). Contacts: Mary-Caitlin Ray, Scott L. Winkelman, Cheryl A. Falvey, Laura Foggan
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Drone Use Brings New Advantages and Opportunities in the Energy Sector," Energy Law Alert (March 5, 2019). Contacts: 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, Mary-Caitlin Ray
Client Alert / Newsletter

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