Garrett Caffee practices in the Transportation & Logistics, General Corporate & Business, Intellectual Property, and Bankruptcy & Insolvency practice groups where he concentrates in the areas of purchasing, selling, financing, leasing and cross-border transactions of commercial and private transportation assets.
Additionally, Garrett assists clients with protecting their intellectual property by managing their trademark and copyright portfolios including registering, maintaining and licensing intellectual property as well as assisting in resolving domain name conflicts.
Garrett has significant experience in navigating and negotiating complex commercial disputes. Transactions and business, in general, are his passions; Garrett’s purpose is to help businesses move forward, from inception through disposition.
Prior to joining FMJ, Garrett was corporate counsel for a billion-dollar retailer where he led the transactional, commercial litigation, and intellectual property practice groups.
Drake University Law School (JD 2005)
University of Nebraska (BA 2002)
State Bar Admissions:
State of Minnesota (2013)
State of Wisconsin (2008)
State of Iowa (2005)
Professional Memberships and Associations:
Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
Minnesota Independent Community Bankers Association (ICBM)
“I would like to personally thank Garrett Caffee, our lead counsel from the law firm of Fafinski Mark & Johnson, for outstanding work in our Section 333 Exemption and COA for UAS commercial operations. We look forward to our long term relationship with what is undoubtedly one of, if not the best aviation attorney in the United States.”
Dan Hendrix, Founder & CEO, Hendrix Consulting Group
Publications and Presentations:
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), 2019 Minnesota Airports Conference, April 2019
“The FAA and Drones: A Modern Day Dr. Frankenstein and His Monster?” Hennepin Lawyer, January/February 2019
“The H.R. 302 – FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 and the Future of UAS,” FMJ Newsroom, October 2018
“International Aircraft Workouts: What Happens When Your Collateral Can Outrun the Repo Man?” FMJ Newsroom, April 2018
“What to Do When Your Aircraft’s Owner Trustee Resigns,” FMJ Newsroom, October 2017
“The IRS Steps Back on FET for Managed Aircraft Services,” FMJ Newsroom, August 2017
“UAS Facility Maps Made Available to UAS Operators,” FMJ Newsroom, May 2017
“Legislation Introduced Regarding IRS’s FET Interpretation for Managed Aircraft Services,” FMJ Newsroom, March 2017
“UAS Roadmap: Commercial UAS…60 Days”, FMJ Aviation Advisor, June 2016
“Ho-Ho-Hold On. Did You Register the Drone that Santa Brought?” FMJ Aviation Advisor, December 2015
“The NTSB Rules on the Pirker Case,” FMJ Aviation Advisor, November 2014
“Looking Behind the FAA’s New Model Aircraft Guidelines: These Are Not the Drones You’re Looking For,” FMJ Aviation Advisor, June 2014
“Politics of Drones,” PBS: Almanac at the Capitol, May 3, 2016
“As an avid reader, I approach every business transaction as its own book. Whether my clients ask me to start reading at chapter one or 21, I learn all of the ‘who, what, where, when and why’ details, so I can help them understand each possible ending, but contract for the happy one.”
The Rest of the Story:
Garrett and his three children Montana, Liam, and Madeline spend their free time learning about the world around them. They can often be found camera in-hand and imaginations at the ready at museums and parks.