Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

May 14, 2019 | Publication| Butler on Drones (Third Edition): A Practical Guide for Insurers

James Michael Shaw , Jr., Ryan K. Hilton

Drones – also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)—are a transformative technology affecting the recreational and commercial sectors at an accelerating pace.   As the U.S. airspace becomes more crowded with these flying robots, insurers need to stay informed as to the rapidly changing legal landscape as their insureds, and insurers themselves, begin to use them more frequently. 

Butler on Drones: A Practical Guide for Insurers began life as a white paper but quickly grew into an encyclopedic EBook providing an overview of the many federal, state, and municipal laws that affect them. While there are several books and websites that serve as indexes for statutes and regulations relating to drones, Butler on Drones strives to fill a different need: the need for a book that can be read cover-to-cover by novice and expert alike as a roadmap for laws affecting the use of drones. First published electronically in June 2016, Butler on Drones is now in its Third Edition, greatly expanding its coverage of industry use and regulation at the federal, state, and local levels. This edition of Butler on Drones incorporates further updates in this ever-changing technology, including, but not limited to, discussions about the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018 and its impact on drones, test programs utilizing drones in the delivery of goods and medical supplies, and the emerging case law relating to coverage under insurance policies that are not necessarily intended to cover them.

Because Butler is committed to keeping abreast of new developments in the law that affect our clients, reporting the developments to our clients in a comprehensive and timely fashion, and delivering a superlative work product, we proudly present the Third Edition of Butler on Drones: A Practical Guide for Insurers as a courtesy to our clients who share our interest in emerging technologies and their effect on the insurance industry. 

For further information, please contact James Shaw or Ryan Hilton.

A profile photo of Ryan K. HiltonRyan K. Hilton | PARTNER

Aviation, Casualty Defense Litigation, Construction, Extra-Contractual, Third-Party Coverage and Trucking

(813) 281-1900 | TAMPA


A profile photo of James Michael ShawJames Michael Shaw, Jr. | PARTNER

Aviation, Casualty Defense Litigation and Extra-Contractual

(813) 281-1900 | TAMPA

September 26, 2017 PublicationBUTLER ON DRONES (Second Edition) : A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR INSURERS

Drones – also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or unmanned aircraft systems ( UAS ) – have left no industry unaffected, and the insurance industry is perhaps affected most of all. Unlike manned aircraft, whose risks are largely confined to the industry’s aviation sector, the affordability, versatility, and ubiquity of drones are bringing exposures to sectors of the insurance industry that were previously insulated from aviation risks. For these carriers especially, it is vitally important to acquaint themselves with this technology and the complex web of federal, state, and local laws that governs them. 

Request a copy of the EBook here.

Read More »

Key Points