I am passionate about helping drone service providers 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.
Grant J. 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 & gas, forestry and agriculture, public safety, telecommunications, and transportation & 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 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. Grant is also the host of “Drones in America”, a weekly podcast produced by MarketScale that features 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 considerations.
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 liability of directors and officers. Grant frequently represents telecommunications service providers, Internet service providers, cable television companies, electric utilities, 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 litigates 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.
Grant has presented seminars on various matters, including the legal issues arising out of the increasing use of drone/unmanned aircraft system (UAS) technology across numerous industries, the legal implications of the utilization of social media and other forms of electronic communications, and professionalism in the practice of law.
- “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, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 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, Florida, February 2015.
- The Electronic Evolution: The Implications of the Increasing Use of Technology on Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law; 2013 Louisiana State Bar Association/Louisiana Judicial College Joint Summer School, Miramar Beach, Florida, 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, New Iberia, Louisiana, 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.
- 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).
“ One of my favorite experiences has been representing one of the country’s first nationwide networks of drone pilots from its inception and seeing that company grow in the span of two years from 10 pilots operating in 4 states to more than 3500 pilots operating in all 50 states and internationally. ”
- 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
- Leadership Louisiana, Class of 2020
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- Leadership Louisiana, Class of 2020
- 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
- Publications Committee Member and Former Assistant Editor, The Baton Rouge Lawyer, the Magazine of the Baton Rouge Bar 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 Inns of Court
- St. Aloysius Catholic Church Men’s Club
- Catholic High School Men’s Club
- Served as counsel to the DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Alliance, the world's fastest growing non-profit program supporting the use of unmanned aircraft systems for public safety
- Represented unmanned aircraft systems companies and organizations in matters pending before Federal Aviation Administration, including drafting and filing responsive comments to FAA notices of proposed rulemaking.
- Represented 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 4 states to more than 3500 pilots operating in all 50 states and internationally.
- Worked with companies operating in industries that are increasingly using drones, such as construction, energy/oil & gas, forestry and agriculture, public safety, telecommunications, and transportation & logistics.
- Advocated on behalf of drone/unmanned aircraft system companies before legislative and executive decision makers at the state and local levels to promote a favorable and effective regulatory environment for UAS operations.
- Represented clients in contractual matters between UAS companies and businesses seeking to retain UAS operators.
- Worked with industry stakeholders and government leaders to assist drone service providers and end users with meeting objectives and maximizing the benefits of commercial drone utilization.
- Provided legal counsel and regulatory guidance to a drone/unmanned aircraft system companies seeking assistance with the integration of UAS technology into commercial operations across various industries.
- Represented 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.
- Represented telecommunications giant T-Mobile USA, Inc. in its Louisiana merger proceedings with Sprint Corporation.
- Negotiated with the Louisiana Public Service Commission to secure the easing of disaster planning response protocols governing wireless communications service providers.
- Represented 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.
- As part of a team of Adams and Reese charter school attorneys, represented the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools and several charter school entities in a constitutional dispute before the Louisiana Supreme Court, thus resulting in the successful reversal of an injunctive order prohibiting the funding of 42 Type 2 charter schools that serve approximately 16,000 students across Louisiana.
- Guided charter schools through the charter application process.
- Negotiated with state and municipal government officials and agencies on behalf of businesses regarding various matters, including contractual issues and election matters.
- Successfully defended entities and individuals in investigations undertaken by the Louisiana Board of Ethics, thus leading to dismissal of the investigations.
- Defended, from the matter’s inception to its final disposition by the Louisiana Supreme Court, individuals and organizations accused of violating the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act after contributing funds to a state-wide election campaign.
- Represented 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.
- Defended, from the matter’s inception to its final disposition by the Louisiana Supreme Court, multiple State entities and officials in a lawsuit brought by a former state official alleging claims of defamation and malicious prosecution.
- Represented the Louisiana Secretary of State, including oral argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in a lawsuit filed pursuant Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act wherein the plaintiffs unsuccessfully sought to have an adverse judgment vacated in light of intervening legislation.
- Represented 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.