One of my favorite experiences has been representing a leading U.S. drone services provider, DroneUp, before the Federal Aviation Administration and state and local government agencies. DroneUp, through its groundbreaking partnerships, has significantly enhanced the logistics sector by providing safe and scalable drone deliveries of COVID-19 test kits and other medical items to vulnerable populations.
Grant Guillot advises companies that provide drone/unmanned aircraft system (UAS) services, as well as companies operating in industries that are increasingly using drones, such as construction, energy/oil and gas, forestry and agriculture, public safety, telecommunications, and transportation and logistics.
He regularly represents clients in contractual matters between UAS companies and businesses seeking to retain UAS operators. Grant assists commercial drone users with the concurrent navigation of federal, state, and local UAS regulations. He works with companies seeking type certification, Part 135 certification, waivers, exemptions, and other authorizations from the Federal Aviation Administration. He also advocates on behalf of businesses and trade associations before legislative and executive decision-makers at the state and local levels to promote a favorable and effective regulatory environment for UAS operations. In addition, Grant assists businesses with crafting and implementing strategies to achieve maximum cost efficiency and risk reduction through the use of UAS.
Considered a thought leader by drone service providers and end-user entities, Grant has been featured on Fox Business and Fox News to discuss the opportunities and challenges arising from the exponential adaptation of drones worldwide. His articles have been published in numerous legal and trade publications, and he regularly serves as a speaker or moderator at industry events. Grant is also the host of “Drones in America”, a weekly video podcast produced by MarketScale that includes industry leaders, influencers, and experts who explore the rapidly growing commercial drone industry in the U.S. and examine the complex web of technology, policy, and other topics, such as expanding the involvement of women and minorities in the industry. With an audience of up to 2,000 viewers per episode, featured guests have included top-ranking officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and Congress as well as chief executives from leading companies in the industry.
Additionally, Grant counsels business entities and other organizations across various industries on a broad range of legal issues, including compliance with federal and state laws, contractual issues, corporate governance, employment concerns, entity formation, government actions, legislative matters, open meetings issues, public records disputes, and issues pertaining to the liability of directors and officers. Grant frequently represents telecommunications service providers, Internet service providers, cable television companies, water and wastewater companies, and other public utilities in various matters pending before the Louisiana Public Service Commission. He also defends aggrieved business entities and individuals against adverse actions taken by various government entities, including the Louisiana Board of Ethics and the Louisiana Department of Insurance. Grant has litigated disputes arising from these matters at all stages, from the filing of or initial response to the lawsuit through the final disposition of the matter by the highest appellate tribunal. He represents clients before various governmental entities, including regulatory agencies, state and federal district courts, and appellate tribunals such as the Louisiana Court of Appeal for the First Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Grant earned his J.D. and Graduate Diploma of Civil Law, magna cum laude, from Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he was selected to join the Louisiana Law Review and inducted into the Order of the Coif for graduating in the top 10 percent of his class. He earned his B.A. in Mass Communications with a Minor in Business Administration, summa cum laude, from Louisiana State University, graduating first in his college class and participating in the Honors College program. Upon graduating from law school, Grant served a one-year term as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Chief Justice Catherine D. "Kitty" Kimball of the Louisiana Supreme Court.
- Remote ID; InterDrone 2020, Dallas, Texas, December 2020.
- Privacy for Drone Companies; InterDrone 2020, Dallas, Texas, December 2020.
- Power / Utilities Asset Owner Roundtable: Ops, Data & Acceleration of Unmanned in the Enterprise?, 2020 Energy Drone & Robotics Summit and Expo, The Woodlands, Texas, November 2020.
- Putting Together the Pieces: Shaping Public Perception; AUVSI Xponential 2020 (Virtual), October 2020.
- The Role of Public Perception in Progressing the Commercial Drone Industry; ABA Forum on Air & Space Law, Drone Law Committee CLE (Virtual), September 2020.
- Success in the Time of COVID-19; A Panel Interview with Adams and Reese LLP, DroneUp LLP, and Skydio, Hosted by Commercial UAV News, August 2020.
- Drone Use in the Telecommunications Industry: Shaping Policy at All Levels and Paving a Favorable Regulatory Path Forward; International Wireless & Communications Expo (Virtual), August 2020.
- How Can We Change the Public Perception of Drones?, DJI AirWorks 2020 (Virtual), August 2020.
- Technological Advances and the Resulting Risks, Challenges, and Impacts on Construction Projects; ABA Section of Public Contract Law CLE (Virtual), August 2020.
- Diversity in the Drone World; A Webinar Hosted by MarketScale, July 2020.
- Drones in Public Safety and Emergency Response Since the Pandemic; A Panel Interview with Adams and Reese LLP, the Airborne International Response Team, and the DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Alliance, Hosted by Commercial UAV News, July 2020.
- Maximizing Part 107 Waivers for Drone Program Implementation; A Webinar Hosted by Adams and Reese LLP, July 2020.
- Regulatory Roundup for Energy/Industrial UAV Operations; Energy Drone & Robotics Coalitions Virtual Summer Summit, July 2020.
- Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs in the Drone Industry; A Webinar Hosted by MarketScale, June 2020.
- Boosting Energy Production with Autonomous Drones: The Future Is Here!; A Webinar Hosted by Percepto, June 2020.
- Celebrating and Expanding the Involvement of Women in the Drone Industry; A Webinar Hosted by Adams and Reese, June 2020.
- How Are Drones Being Used Worldwide to Combat Drones?; A Webinar Jointly Hosted by Adams and Reese LLP, Aerodyne Group, DroneUp LLC, Falcon Eye Drones, and Percepto, May 2020.
- Getting America Back to Work Using Drones; A Webinar Hosted by Commercial UAV Expo, May 2020.
- Avoiding Legal Pitfalls When Using Drones on Construction Sites; A Webinar Hosted by ConnexiCore, May 2020.
- “Sky High” – The Implications of Drone Use Across the Legal Landscape; 31st Annual Summer School Revisited, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 2019.
- The Use of Drones in Commercial Operations; Adams and Reese Summer CLE Program for the Association of Corporate Counsel, South Carolina Chapter, Columbia, South Carolina, July 2019.
- Federal, State & Local Regulations Governing Commercial Drone Use; Louisiana Public Service Commission Technical Conference, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, June 2019.
- Regulatory Roundup - Global, Federal, State & Local Current & Planned Regulations and How They Impact Industrial UAV Operations; 2019 Energy Drone & Robotics Summit and Expo, The Woodlands, Texas, June 2019.
- “Sky High” – The Implications of Drone Use Across the Legal Landscape; 2019 Louisiana State Bar Association/Louisiana Judicial College Joint Summer School, Miramar Beach, Florida, June 2013.
- Droning On Into the Future: The Increasing Utilization of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the Telecommunications Industry; 2019 Annual Joint Conference of the Louisiana Telecommunications Association and The Internet & Television Association (LCTA), New Orleans, Louisiana, February 2019.
- Horrible Bosses (and Attorneys): How the Rules of Professional Conduct Govern an Attorney’s Behavior toward Clients, Employees, and Other Attorneys; 2017 Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Professional Development CLE, January 2017.
- The Evidentiary Implication of Forever “Frozen” Social Media Content: Should You Tell Your Clients to “Let It Go”?; Dazzling Disney – A Multi-Topic CLE Seminar, Lake Buena Vista, FL, February 2015.
- The Electronic Evolution: The Implications of the Increasing Use of Technology on Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law; Louisiana State Bar Association/Louisiana Judicial College Joint Summer School, June 2013.
- The Electronic Evolution: The Implications of the Increasing Use of Technology on Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law; Louisiana City Attorneys’ Association 2013 Spring CLE, March 2013.
- Examining Recent Developments in Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law and the Use of Electronic Communications at Public Meetings; 2012 Legislative Legal Seminar, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, December 2012.
- A Multi-Industry Examination of Drone Use: How the Regulatory Environment and Public Perception Issues Shape the Ability of End Users to Leverage Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Journal of Space Law - Focus on Drone Law and Policy, a publication of The Center for Air and Space Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law (2020).
- The Integration of Drone Use Into Various Industries, Association of Corporate Counsel North Florida Chapter Newsletter, Summer 2020.
- Proposed Foreign Drone Bans—Is There Another Way?, Commercial UAV News, June 15, 2020.
- Drones are the Ideal Tool for Keeping the Economy Moving Despite Social Distancing. Here’s How, DroneLife, March 24, 2020.
- District Court Judge Overturns Louisiana Public Service Commission Order Regulating Corporate Practices of Electric Cooperatives, Adams and Reese LLP Client Alert, February 2020.
- Taking Off Part VI: Outlook for 2020 – Remote Identification Will Increase Scalability, But Public Acceptance Remains Problematic, Adams and Reese LLP Client Alert, February 2020.
- Taking Off Part V: Commercial Drone Use in the Insurance and Real Estate Industries, Adams and Reese LLP Client Alert, January 2020.
- Taking Off Part IV: Commercial Drone Use in the Transportation, Logistics, Warehousing and Maritime Industries, Adams and Reese LLP Client Alert, December 2019.
- Taking Off Part III: Commercial Drone Use in the Construction, Forestry and Agriculture Industries, Adams and Reese LLP Client Alert, November 2019.
- DRONES are SAFE! Part 5: Education, Public Perception, and Final Thoughts, LinkedIn, November 2019.
- DRONES are SAFE! Part 4: Transportation (Drone Deliveries!), Logistics, and Warehouse Management, LinkedIn, November 2019.
- DRONES are SAFE! Part 3: Construction, Energy/Oil & Gas/Utilities, Agriculture, and Forestry, LinkedIn, November 2019.
- DRONES are SAFE! Part 2: Real Estate and Insurance, LinkedIn, November 2019.
- Cybersecurity for Drones: Don’t Fly Blind, Adams and Reese LLP Client Alert, November 2019.
- DRONES are SAFE! Part 1: Public Safety and Security, LinkedIn, November 2019.
- Taking Off Part II: Commercial Drone Use in the Energy, Oil and Gas, Utilities and Telecommunications Industries, Adams and Reese LLP Client Alert, October 2019.
- Taking Off Part I: Commercial Drone Use on the Rise Across the U.S., Adams and Reese LLP Client Alert, October 2019.
- Same Hour Delivery: The Future of Drone Use in the Transportation and Logistics Industry, The Transportation Lawyer, a Joint Publication of the Transportation Lawyers Association and the Canadian Transport Lawyers Association, April 2019.
- The Regulation of Drones: A Primer of the Laws Governing Unmanned Aerial Systems, The Baton Rouge Lawyer, Publication of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, September/October 2018.
- Charting the Expansion of Charter Schools in Baton Rouge, The Baton Rouge Lawyer, Publication of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, April 2018.
- Breaking the Seal of Confession: Examining Louisiana’s Clergyman Privilege in Light of Mayeaux v. Charlet, Around the Bar, Publication of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, May 2017.
- Avoiding the Elephant in the Womb: Questions You Can and Cannot Ask Prospective Employees in Interviews, Around the Bar, Publication of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, May 2016.
- Perils of Non-professionalism: Does Being a Jerk Violate the Rules of Professional Conduct?, Around the Bar, Publication of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, January 2015.
- From the Playing Field to the Courtroom: Baton Rouge Attorneys who Played Sports in College, Around the Bar, Publication of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, September 2014.
- Evidentiary Implications of Social Media: An Examination of the Admissibility of Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter Postings in Louisiana Courts, Louisiana Bar Journal, February 2014.
- Bar Chords: The Musings of Musical Lawyers, Around the Bar, Publication of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, December 2013.
- Facebook Faux Pas: Is Social Media Sabotaging Your Client’s Case?, Around the Bar, Publication of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, April 2013.
- To Rent, or Not to Rent, That is the Constitutional Question, Around the Bar, Publication of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, October 2012.
- Circumvention via Cyberspace: Should Electronic Communications among Public Officials Be Subject to Louisiana's Open Meetings Law?, Louisiana Bar Journal, September 2012.
- Trespassing through Cyberspace: Should Wireless Piggybacking Constitute a Crime or Tort under Louisiana Law?, 69 Louisiana Law Review 389 (2009).
“ I am passionate about helping drone service providers, unmanned aircraft manufacturers, and end users unlock the maximum benefits that unmanned aircraft systems/drones are uniquely capable of providing. I do so by working with government leaders and industry stakeholders to foster a favorable regulatory environment and positively shape public perception of this game-changing technology. ”
- Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D., 2009, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Louisiana Law Review
- Louisiana State University, B.A., 2004, Mass Communications, summa cum laude
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
- United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
- Louisiana Supreme Court
Areas of Practice
- Commercial UAV Expo Americas Advisory Board, 2021
- Best Lawyers® Ones To Watch - Commercial Litigation, Transportation Law, 2021, 2022
- Leadership Louisiana, Class of 2020
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
- Commercial Drone Alliance
- DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Alliance
- American Bar Association; Forum on Air and Space Law – Drone Law Committee, Infrastructure and Regulated Utilities Section
- The Transportation Lawyers Association
- Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
- Baton Rouge Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Council, 2014
- Leadership LSBA, Class of 2012/2013; Co-Chairman of the Leadership LSBA Class of 2013–2014
- Louisiana State Bar Association, Appellate, Bench and Bar, and Young Lawyers Sections
- Wex S. Malone American Inn of Court
- St. Aloysius Catholic Church Men’s Club
- Catholic High School Men’s Club
- Counseling clients on legal issues pertaining to drone deliveries, including guidance on various Part 107 and Part 135 regulatory matters and advanced operations requiring the ability to operate over human beings and beyond the visual line of sight of the remote pilot in command.
- Working with UAS manufacturers and service providers seeking type certification, Part 135 certification, waivers, exemptions, and other authorizations from the Federal Aviation Administration.
- Providing counsel to UAS companies and organizations in matters pending before Federal Aviation Administration, including drafting and filing responsive comments to FAA notices of proposed rulemaking.
- Representing a leading drone solution services company that operates globally with more than 10,000 certified drone pilots, advocating on the company’s behalf before the Federal Aviation Administration and members of Congress.
- Advising a UAS service provider that offers drone delivery solutions to brick and mortar retailers and advocating on behalf of the company before decision-makers at multiple levels of government.
- Advocating on behalf of suppliers of Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) technology and Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) technology service providers before state and federal agencies and industry stakeholders.
- Serving as counsel to the DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Alliance, the world's fastest-growing nonprofit program supporting the use of unmanned aircraft systems for public safety.
- Representing one of the country’s first nationwide network of drone pilots since its inception, advising the company in various legal matters as the company grew in the span of two years from 10 pilots operating in four states to more than 3,500 pilots operating in all 50 states and internationally.
- Working with companies operating in industries that are increasingly using drones, such as construction, energy/oil and gas, forestry and agriculture, public safety, telecommunications, and transportation and logistics.
- Advising clients in contractual matters between UAS companies and businesses seeking to retain UAS operators.
- Providing legal counsel and regulatory guidance to drone/unmanned aircraft system companies seeking assistance with the integration of UAS technology into commercial operations across various industries.
- Advising utilities, including electric, telecommunications, water, and wastewater companies in numerous matters before the Louisiana Public Service Commission, including successful applications for interim emergency and permanent rate relief, requests for letters of non-opposition, and various other applications.
- Appellate representation of a Louisiana charter school organization, through which the Louisiana Supreme Court upheld the trial court’s ruling permitting 16,000 Louisiana charter school children to continue to receive $200 million in constitutionally protected funding.
- Advising corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships in various matters, including breach of fiduciary duty claims, contract disputes, defense against regulatory investigations and other adverse government actions, disputes among officers and directors, and preparation of corporate documents.
- Representing the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, including oral argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and successful reversal of an injunctive order requiring the Department to maintain the heat index in the Death Row prison cells at Louisiana State Penitentiary at or below 88° Fahrenheit.
- Advising business entities regarding compliance with federal and state laws, contracts, corporate bylaws, employment issues, partnership agreements, and issues pertaining to breach of fiduciary duty and fraud, and litigating disputes that pertain to these matters.
- Successful defense, from the matter’s inception to its final disposition by the Louisiana Supreme Court, of multiple state entities and officials in a lawsuit brought by a former state official alleging claims of defamation and malicious prosecution.
- Representing a Baton Rouge property owner, including oral argument before the Louisiana Supreme Court, in litigation filed against the City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge challenging the constitutionality of the definition of “family” contained within the A1 residential zoning provisions of the City/Parish’s Unified Development Code.
- Advising government entities, officials, and candidates for political office regarding constitutional issues, elections laws, employment issues, and compliance with governmental ethics and campaign finance laws, and litigating disputes pertaining to these matters.
- Successful defense, from the matter’s inception to its final disposition by the Louisiana Supreme Court, of individuals and organizations accused of violating the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act after contributing funds to a statewide election campaign.
Grant’s representative cases include:
- Ball v. LeBlanc, 792 F. 3d 584 (5th Cir. 2015).
- City of Baton Rouge/Par. of E. Baton Rouge v. Myers, 2013-2011 (La. 5/7/14), 145 So.3d 320, reh'g denied (July 1, 2014).
- Doe v. Louisiana Bd. of Ethics, 2012-1169 (La. App. 4 Cir. 3/13/13), 112 So.3d 339, writ denied, 2013-0782 (La. 8/30/13), 120 So.3d 265.
- Iberville Par. Sch. Bd. v. Louisiana State Bd. of Elementary & Secondary Educ., 2017-0257 (La. 3/13/18), 248 So. 3d 299.
- Louisiana Oil & Gas Ass'n, Inc. v. Caldwell, 2015-0889 (La. App. 1 Cir. 2/18/16).
- Peralta v. Caldwell, No. CV 15-1385, 2015 WL 7451206 (E.D. La. Nov. 23, 2015).
- Regan v. Caldwell, 2016-0659 (La. App. 1 Cir. 4/7/17), 218 So. 3d 121, 123, writ denied, 2017-0963 (La. 4/6/18), 239 So. 3d 827.
- Rombach v. State ex rel. Div. of Admin., 2015-0619 (La. App. 1 Cir. 12/23/15), writ not considered sub nom. Rombach v. State ex rel. Div. of Admin., Office of Risk Mgmt., 2016-00214 (La. 4/4/16), 190 So.3d 1200.
- Roper v. The City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge and Casey Cashio, No. 634,960, 2016 WL 4040011 (19th Jud. Dist., East Baton Rouge Parish, La. Feb. 4, 2016).