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About Me

Dave Lincoln, Esq.

Phone: 843 737 2479



Dartmouth College – Artium Baccalaureus (Bachelor of Arts) in Chemistry and History, cum laude


Boston College Law School – Juris Doctor, cum laude


Licensed to Practice Law: Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, USPTO, Veterans Administration

Clearance: Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information / Special Access Programs


Skyward, A Verizon company

Manager, UAS Strategic InitiativesDulles, Virginia, November 2019 to present

       Identify and lead efforts for complex small UAS operations within the National Airspace System (NAS) such as operations over people and beyond visual line of sight.

       Pursue regulatory advocacy with agencies responsible for oversight of small UAS operations and UAS communication protocols, including FAA, DHS, DOJ, and FCC.

       Develop partnerships with the FAA and other public/private entities to conduct research and develop standards for Critical Non-Payload Communications (CNPC) in complex UAS operations.

       Assist Skyward commercial and public clients with waivers and authorizations for operations in the NAS.

       Verizon and Skyward representative on standards bodies such as ASTM, 3GPP, and ANSI to develop standards for UAS and for cellular networking connectivity.  

       Member of the FAA Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) and leading Security Subgroup report writing.

       Leads Small UAV Coalition Remote ID Working Group and represents Skyward/Verizon on its Board, to include meetings with Members of Congress, their staff, National Security Council, and White House.

       Program Manager for a cross-Verizon project (patent application submitted for review) relating to cellular-connected drones.

       Active in Verizon volunteer program, representing veterans pro bono at administrative hearings and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.  Recently won an appeal for a veteran at the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.


Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Security and Hazardous Materials UAS Security Division

UAS Security SpecialistWashington, D.C., August 2018 to November 2019

       Member of all pending UAS rulemaking teams including Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems over People (RIN 2120-AK85), Remote Identification of UAS (RIN 2120–AL31), Exception for Limited Recreational Operations of Unmanned Aircraft (49 U.S.C. § 22809), and 2209 Applications for Designation.

       Developed and implemented standards and processes for deployment of C-UAS systems in the NAS in conjunction with federal agencies including DOD, DOJ, DHS, and DOE.

       Key contributor to a National Security Council endorsed Concept of Operations tiger team for deployment of Counter-UAS technologies at major U.S. airports in response to a persistent Gatwick-style UAS threats.

       Provided UAS Security guidance for legislative and regulatory initiatives, including the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 and security rules pertaining to LAANC UAS Service Suppliers.

       Orchestrated and led FAA efforts to develop a reporting mechanism for UAS detection under Section 372 and to identify standards for C-UAS and UAS detection pursuant to Section 383 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018; including classified efforts to protect avionics and NAS infrastructure from C-UAS.


United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Lieutenant Commander

Staff Judge Advocate, Naval Air Systems Command Reserve Program (NRP), NAS Patuxent River, MD, August 2018 to present

       Provide legal advice to the Executive Board and NRP Admiral on personnel and operational matters.

       Billeted in NRP Rapid Research & Development and UX-24 UAS units, including CONUS C-UAS operations and leading C-UAS interagency integration at Fleet Week NY 2019. C-UAS operator under 10 U.S.C. § 130i.

       Advised on Counter UAS software classification and export requirements for Naval Information Warfare Center.


ProsecutorOffice of Military Commissions, Tysons Corner, VA, July 2015 to July 2018

       Direct liaison to the Chief Prosecutor and other federal agencies during a year-long discovery effort, which included briefing high-level officials on issues of national security relating to the case.

       Led a team in identifying discoverable information from over three million documents relating to the CIA’s former Rendition, Detection, and Interrogation Program—including intense negotiations to clear classified information for downgrade and release to the Accused in order to further prosecution.

       Developed a framework under the Classified Information Procedures Act to create and successfully defend in pretrial litigation the team’s substitutes for some of the most sensitive information held by the U.S. Government.  

       Represented and advised the Chief Prosecutor in complex multi-million dollar contract negotiations.


Instructor, Navy Reserve Naval Justice School, Newport, RI, April 2014 to July 2015

       Developed training for and taught both attorneys and senior officers in the Navy and Marine Corps.

       Acted as a judge, hearing officer, and grader in moot court and administrative hearings.


Staff Judge Advocate to the Commander, Submarine Group TWO, Groton, CT, April 2012 to February 2014

       Legal counsel to the Admiral of Submarine Group TWO and subordinate commands, which included 25 fast attack submarines, 7shipbuilding liaison officessubmarine support facilities, and 5000 personnel.

       Ruled on criminal cases and provided guidance to flag officers as a Summary Courts-Martial Officer.

       Conducted and supervised internal investigations and recommend proper corrective actions on issues including personnelmisconduct, ethics violations, and breaches of personal/classified information. 

       Primary legal advisor to the USS MIAMI Fire JAGMAN Team

       Handled all federal regulatory matters for the Submarine Group and a billeted Ethics Counselor.


     Trial Counsel / Prosecutor, Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic, Groton, CT, May 2010 to April 2012

       Prosecuted over 20 Courts-Martial for the United States, some with national media attention.

       Litigated motions and worked with forensic experts in the medical, financial, and computer fields.

       Supervised department personnel and supervised the Trial Department.

       Advised area commanders on criminal, regulatory, novel domestic terror, and operational law issues


Instructor and Class Director, Nuclear Power Training Command, Charleston, SC, April 2003 to May 2007

          Responsible for performance, training, and the administrative oversight of over 100 officer students.

          Taught future nuclear reactor operators water chemistry, materials, and radiological controls.


Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University

Professor of LawAdjunct, Arlington, VA, March 2016 to present

       Created and taught a course on Unmanned Aerial Systems (“UAS”), with topics that included the history of UAS, navigable airspace, export compliance, state police powers relating to UAS, civil recourse, and rule of war.


Lincoln Law PLLC (a certified New York Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business)

Founder, Leesburg, VA, December 2014 to present (inactive except pro bono since August 2018)

       Delivered expert legal advice to companies, politicians, and congressional committees on a range of issues relating to the manufacture, sale, and operation of UAS.

       Established strategic partnerships on behalf of clients, including the deployment of radars to support a central New York UTM corridor with substantial state funding grants.


Wiggin and Dana, LLP, New Haven, CT

AssociateFebruary 2014 to July 2015

       Interacted directly with clients to develop effective export compliance programs and to perform all aspects of investigating and reporting violations of the ITAR, EAR, and OFAC sanctions.

       Worked closely with engineers, owners, and operations officers of companies ranging from major aerospace companies to small SBIR awardees to ensure compliance with federal export and contracting regulations.

       Spear-headed growth of the Unmanned Aerial System practice group.