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Matthew J. Kalas is an attorney in Locke Lord's litigation department focused on defending product designers, manufacturers, owners, sellers, lessors, operators and service providers. From pressure switches, turbines and railroad tank cars to general and commercial aircraft, Matthew has defended against mass tort, product liability and negligence claims in wrongful death, personal injury and property damage actions across multiple jurisdictions in trial and appellate courts throughout the U.S. and abroad. Matthew's experience includes defending cases implicating ITAR and OFAC regulatory schemes and involving requests under Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties. He also advises U.S. and London Market based insurers and reinsurers as to existing and emerging risks and assists in coverage determinations related to same.
A member of Locke Lord’s Aviation & Defense practice group, he actively counsels existing participants in and new entrants to the UAS market (drones, UAVs, RPAS) on regulatory compliance, licensing and insurance issues. Prior to entering the legal profession, he served as an engineering consultant on both government and privately funded ventures focusing on the analysis, design and manufacture of complex aircraft structures, component parts and systems for aircraft operated throughout North America, Europe, the Middle and Far East. Matthew's experience includes working with FAA Certification Offices and Flight Standards District Offices in support of securing type certificate, production certificate and supplemental type certificate approvals.
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