Autonomous and Connected Mobility

Venable's Mobility and Transportation Technology team is composed of policy advisors and attorneys with decades of government and private sector experience in the transportation industry. We work with clients to navigate legal and regulatory risks, defend against enforcement actions and private litigation, build industry coalitions, and promote policy solutions through engagement with Congress, the administration, and various sector-specific government agencies. We have a keen eye for optimizing our clients' ability to sustain robust growth in the emerging markets of autonomous vehicles.

Our team has a strong understanding of the legal and policy issues facing the transportation sector and is well positioned to deliver solutions for clients in this exciting new era. We provide government affairs advocacy and legal counsel to insurance companies, original equipment manufacturers, ridesharing companies, and software developers in the following areas:

  • Communications
  • Consumer protection
  • Design and manufacture
  • Federal and state industry regulation and legislation
  • Intellectual property
  • Infrastructure
  • Liability
  • Privacy and data security
  • Safety regulation


  • Monitored select state policy and regulatory efforts for the development and enactment of new legislation impacting connected and automated vehicles for global manufacturers based in Asia and Germany
  • Advising the global safety board of an electric scooter company operating in the United States and internationally on individual rider and infrastructure safety
  • Counseled a transportation solutions and logistics company with data ownership issues arising from agreements with vehicle manufacturers with which it engaged in early-phase autonomous vehicle programs
  • Provided advice to a international vehicle manufacturer with revenues exceeding $40B on developing and enhancing its U.S. safety strategy and policy priorities
  • Formed an industry-leading coalition to promote the benefits of fully self-driving vehicles and engage with policymakers and regulators to support the safe and rapid deployment of these vehicles
  • Advised clients in the manufacturing and software industries on partnership opportunities to actively engage with automotive and self-driving car and truck manufacturers
  • Testified at federal and state legislative hearings on self-driving vehicles on behalf of vehicle manufacturers, software companies, and automotive service providers
  • Drafted and submitted technical comments on federal regulatory proposals to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and its related agencies, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), on behalf of vehicle manufacturers, software companies, and automotive service providers

Government Experience

More than two dozen Venable attorneys experienced in innovative transportation matters, including several who have served in government positions, such as:

  • U.S. Secretary of Transportation
  • U.S. Senator, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
  • Counselor to the Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Chief Counsel, U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)


  • Transport Law Firm of the Year in Washington, DC, Global Law Experts, 2014 and 2016