Genova Burns LLC Launches Autonomous Vehicles Law Practice

Newark-based Genova Burns LLC has launched its Autonomous Vehicles Practice, focusing on the unique legal and business needs relating to this emerging technology and associated industries. This new practice area will leverage this rapidly advancing technology with the legal matters, government regulation, and business concerns associated with bringing the technology to market. 

The promise of autonomous vehicles has been made for decades, but contemporary technological innovations have put this vision on the brink of becoming reality,” said Angelo Genova, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Genova Burns LLC. “With this technological advancement comes a host of legal questions that will mean big changes in the areas of automobile liability, insurance, government regulation and licensing, labor, and real estate.”

Led by Avi D. Kelin, Esq., a legal expert in this emerging field of law, Genova Burns’ team of attorneys provides innovative solutions in this fast-growing area to automakers, technology companies, insurance companies, real-estate developers, government entities, and other businesses that depend on transportation and mobility. Kelin is also a Governor-confirmed member of the New Jersey Advanced Autonomous Vehicle Task Force that has been studying autonomous vehicles and has drafted model legislation and legal definitions for government leaders.

Genova Burns’ attorneys in this specialty area are recognized as thought leaders in the legal world regarding autonomous vehicles. They provide guidance to insurance companies on the changing landscape of automobile liability and insurance, and advise transportation companies on the changing nature of mobility and the business and labor implications that will result.

“As we move closer to the reality of autonomous vehicles on our roads and highways, we are now equipped to provide a full complement of legal counsel and services to all manner of companies in navigating changing government regulations, proactively addressing unsettled liability questions, and developing and protecting their intellectual property surrounding this new vehicle technology,” said Kelin. “We also maintain deep expertise in every aspect of real-estate development and land use, labor law, and employment law, so we can assist companies in understanding the impact that changes in mobility technology will have within the worlds of real estate and labor.”

Kelin and the firm anticipate that the autonomous-vehicle landscape will also impact the operations and the regulatory environment that manufacturers, transportation companies, and related businesses currently operate in. As a result, the Firm is prepared to guide transportation companies through government regulations in a changing landscape, including licensing processes and requirements, and offering transactional and corporate guidance, drafting, and negotiations to businesses of all sizes.

As part of the New Jersey Advanced Autonomous Vehicle Task Force, Kelin and fellow Task Force members recently forwarded their legislatively mandated report to the Governor, as outlined in a joint resolution of the State Senate in 2018. This report is expected to be a significant steering document for how the state government will address autonomous vehicles in the Garden State.

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