Biography

Professor Burnett is an attorney and business advisor with experience in commercial transactions and regulatory matters representing both U.S. and foreign clients in the aerospace industry.  He has extensive international experience; particularly in Europe, Russia and China.  Professor Burnett has recognized subject matter expertise in all aspects of commercial space activities, export licensing and compliance and foreign ownership control or influence (“FOCI”) mitigation for U.S. companies holding U.S. facility security clearances.  His experience includes government service, corporate counsel and private practice. 

Some highlights from Professor Burnett’s career include:  representing the Russian Space Agency in the negotiation of the first multi-million dollar Space Station contract with NASA; negotiation of several satellite purchase contracts; drafting the model launch services agreement for an international launch service provider; preparing and obtaining satellite operating licenses for both communications satellites and remote sensing satellites and obtaining national security waivers from the President to allow launches of U.S. satellites or U.S. satellite components from China. 

Professor Burnett actively supports development of space law and policy and export law and policy.  He is a member of the D.C. Bar, American Bar Association, American Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is a member and Treasurer of the International Institute of Space Law.  He also served three terms on the Defense Trade Advisory Group for the U.S. Department of State.   Professor Burnett is the Vice Chair of the Advisory Board for the LL.M. Space, Cyber and Telecom Program of the University of Nebraska College of Law.

Education

LL.M. Georgetown University Law Center, 1976
J.D. University of Nebraska College of Law (Associate Editor, Nebraska Law Review), 1972
B.S., Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1970

Areas of Expertise