Our Team

Franceska Schroeder


Managing Member

Kelsey McBarron




Franceska Schroeder

Franceska Schroeder is the Managing Member of Schroeder Law PLLC, a Washington, D.C. firm that focuses on space and national security law. Clients turn to Ms. Schroeder for help with complex issues involving licensing and regulation of spacecraft and launch projects, compliance with U.S. export controls and economic sanctions, drafting and negotiating commercial and government contracts, liability and risk management, and legislative and policy matters.

Ms. Schroeder’s clients include aerospace and defense contractors, satellite manufacturers and operators, launch services providers, systems engineering firms, software companies, insurance brokers and underwriters, and investors in high-technology projects. She is Legal Counsel to the American Astronautical Society and has served as a Private Sector Advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the Legal Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. In 2012, Ms. Schroeder was appointed to the NASA Advisory Council’s Commercial Space Committee and in 2014 was elected a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society. Ms. Schroeder also is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Nebraska School of Law, where she co-teaches a course on Space and Satellite Business Law.


J.D., American University, Washington College of Law 

Executive Editor, American University Journal of International Law and Policy 

B.A., Tufts University, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions 

District of Columbia 

Memberships & Affiliations 

American Astronautical Society 

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 

District of Columbia Bar Association 

International Academy of Astronautics 

National Defense Industrial Association 

International Aviation Women's Association 

International Institute of Space Law 

Women in Aerospace 

Women in Defense  


• Elected Fellow of the American Astronautical Society, March 2014 

• Served on the NASA Advisory Council Commercial Space Committee, 2012-2014 

• Selected “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property, 2013-2018 

• Named to the Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll, June 2012 

• Elected Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics, August 2003


Kelsey McBarron

Kelsey McBarron is an Associate based in Washington D.C., where she assists clients in the commercial space and national security fields with matters regarding regulatory compliance, risk management, insurance, export controls, contract drafting, administrative law and more.

Prior to joining Schroeder Law PLLC, Ms. McBarron worked as a staff attorney for the Regulatory Practice Group at Fish and Richardson, handling matters related to commercial space, telecommunications, data protection, and export controls. Ms. McBarron also worked on the regulatory team for a communications satellite owner and operator. During law school, she held an internship at the Federal Aviation Administration Office of General Counsel, Regulations Division addressing space issues, and worked as an extern at the U.S. Federal District Court for the Southern District of California. Ms. McBarron earned her J.D. from California Western School of Law, and dual undergraduate degrees in English and Criminal Justice from Indiana University.


J.D., California Western School of Law 

B.A., English, Indiana University

B.A., Criminal Justice, Indiana University

Bar Admissions 


District of Columbia

Memberships & Affiliations 

ABA Forum on Air and Space Law

International Space University - Space Studies Program 2016

Space Generation Advisory Council