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Thomas R. DeCesar

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Thomas DeCesar is an associate in the firm’s Harrisburg office. He focuses his practice on:

Litigation - Tom’s litigation experience involves matters relating to commercial litigation, contract disputes, tort claims, constitutional issues, and energy/oil and gas-related litigation. He has litigated cases before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the Middle and Eastern Federal District Courts of Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, and various Pennsylvania courts of common pleas.

Unmanned Aircraft - Tom has provided legal counsel to a variety of clients on regulatory, legal, and contract-related issues involving the burgeoning unmanned aircraft industry (also known as UAS or “drones”). He has assisted clients on unmanned aircraft issues in the oil and gas, utility, telecommunications, unmanned aircraft-delivery, transportation, and retail sectors.

Transportation - Tom has experience with various federal regulatory compliance issues in the transportation and telematics/intelligent transportation fields. His experience includes Department of Transportation compliance, including matters relating to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Surface Transportation Board (STB).

Aviation Transactions - Tom has assisted several clients on aircraft acquisitions and sales, along with Part 91 compliance matters.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Tom was a law clerk for Judge Samuel G. Wilson for the United States Federal District Court in the Western District of Virginia. He also worked as a SLIP Intern for the Land Acquisition Section of the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and for the United States Attorney’s office in Anchorage, Alaska.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Transportation Research Board, Emerging Technology Law Section (Young Member, 2017-2018)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Aeronautical and Space Law Committee (Treasurer and Secretary)
  • Marcellus Shale Coalition, Pipeline and Midstream Committee, Unmanned Aircraft System Working Group (Co-Chair)
  • Dauphin County Bar Association
  • The Hon. William L. Lipsitt American Inn of Court, Former Member

Speaking Engagements

  • 2016 Associated Pennsylvania Constructors/PennDOT Fall Seminar, Drones: Legal, Industry, and Insurance Aspects (November 2016)
  • Shale Insight 2016, The Sky’s the Limit: Unmanned Aircraft in the Natural Gas Industry (September 2016) (Moderator)
  • Reaching New Heights: An Overview of the Unmanned Aircraft Atmosphere for 2016 (June 2016)
  • FutureFlight Conference, The Regulation of Unmanned Aircraft – Present and Future (April 2016)
  • Aviation’s Next Frontier: UAS Outlook for 2016 (February 2016) (Moderator)
  • The Law of Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems, K&L Gates Webinar (October 2014)
  • Legal and Regulatory Issues related to Intelligent Transportation Systems and Automated Vehicles, Intelligent Transportation Systems & Automated Vehicle Summit, ICCVE 2013 Conference (December 2013)