Apple has retained international law firm Hogan Lovells to lobby on aviation laws on Capitol Hill.

HL will work for the Cupertino, CA-based tech giant on issues related to the use and regulation of unmanned aerial vehicles, according to lobbying documents filed with Congress in January.


Apple in recent years has been relying on the use of drones to collect aerial data for its Maps app., for which it received permission from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in 2016.

Bloomberg in December reported that Apple has a “secret team” exploring satellite technology in an effort to bypass wireless networks and beam Internet services directly to devices.

Hogan Lovell partner Lisa ​Ellman, who chairs Unmanned Aircraft Systems practice, handles the Apple account.

Ellman previously held a number of positions at the U.S. Justice Department and also served in the executive office of the president at the White House during the Obama administration.