Abigail Roberts practices in the areas of aviation law, drone law, appeals and construction defect litigation. She represents airlines in matters including the Warsaw and Montreal Conventions, simple negligence claims, security issues, as well as catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. Abby played a large role in the successful defense of the American Airlines Flight 331 crash in Kingston, Jamaica in December 2009.
She is dedicated to serving individual, corporate and government clients in all aspects of drone law and litigation including assistance with obtaining airspace and operational waivers under Part 107, obtaining Public Certificates of Authorization or Waiver (Public COAs), policies and procedures for drone programs, and regulatory compliance. Abigail monitors the latest developments in the drone law industry, and is published frequently regarding the legal considerations in the various aspects of this exciting market.
With regard to her construction practice, Abby handles a wide variety of construction-related matters, representing general contractors and design professionals in complex contract-based multi-million dollar construction defect disputes. Abby is also experienced in contract review and dispute resolution.
As a result of her work on the Flight 331 litigation, Abigail is a member of the team selected as a finalist for the Daily Business Review’s “Most Effective Lawyers” for 2014 for the aviation law category.
- International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA)
- American Bar Association
Aviation Law Committee
- Dade County Bar Association
University of Miami School of Law — J.D., cum laude, 2007
- “Dean’s Certificate of Achievement – Family Law”
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award
Purdue University — B.A., Telecommunications, with highest distinction, 2003
- Distinguished Senior in Communications Award
- Dean’s List & Semester Honors every semester
- Florida — 2007
- U.S. District Courts of Florida (Southern, Middle)
- Co-Presenter, "Rise of the Machines: Drone Technologies," IAAO 84th Annual Conference, September 25, 2018
- Author, "The Sky is the Limit: Legal Considerations for Drone Technology in Appraisals," Appraisal Buzz, May 21, 2018
- Co-Presenter, "Drones and Property Assessments," Florida Chapter IAAO Annual Conference, April 2018
- Co-Presenter, "Rise of the Machines: Drone Technologies," GIS/CAMA Conference, March 2018
- "Your Business Drone Crashed... What Do You Do?" April 2017
- “FAA Announces Release of UAS Facility Maps for Drone Operators.” April 11, 2017
- “City of Orlando Passes Drone Ordinance Effective Immediately,” January 27, 2017
- "Overview of Recent FAA Remarks on UAS/Drone Integration into the National Airspace;" JD Supra; January 11, 2017
- "Drones: Preemptive Effect of Federal Aviation Regulations on State and Local Laws;" Published in DRI's December 2016 For the Defense Edition
- "Stranded: Navigating Aviation Delay Damages Under the Montreal Convention," Feature article in the Florida Bar Journal's September/October 2014 edition
- Co-Author, Chapter on "Appeals in Florida Proceedings After Dissolution of Marriage," Tenth Edition (Published 2011); Eleventh Edition (Published 2013) and Twelfth Edition (Published 2015)