June 10, 2019

2019 Drone Law Conference

2019 Drone Law Conference
June 18, 2019
Washington, DC

Parsing the Preemption Puzzle: Where is the Line?


Mary-Caitlin Ray
, Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington, DC


Brent Connor
, Senior Counsel, Thomson Hine LLP, Washington, DC

Ben Husch, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee Director, National Conference of State Legislatures, Washington, DC

Joshua Turner, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP, Washington, DC

  1. The Uniform Tort Law Relating to Drones Act, which will be presented at the ULC meeting in Anchorage in July
  2. A July 20, 2018 press release from the FAA addressing state and local authority
  3. The State and Local Regulation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Fact Sheet- published by the FAA in 2015 
  4. Huerta v. Haughwout, No. 3:16-cv-358, Dkt. No. 30 (D. Conn. Jul. 18, 2016)

Legislative and Regulatory Update


Sohum Karia
, Counsel, Airlines Reporting Corporation, Arlington, VA


Rob A. Hawks
, Manager – Operations Law Branch, Office of the Chief Counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration, Washington, DC

Jeff Immel, Associate, Jenner & Block, Washington, DC

Michael Reynolds, Deputy Policy Director for Aviation and Space at U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Washington, DC

Mike Tien, Counsel, Subcommittee on Aviation, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Washington, DC

  1. UAS Identification and Tracking (UAS ID) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) Final Report
  2. Operations of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Over People - NPRM
  3. Safe and Secure Operations of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems - ANPRM

Connecting counter-UAS solutions within the interagency and industry partners, making use of new legal authority   


William D. Toronto, USAF Judge Advocate, Chief - Operations and Cyber Law Division, International and Operations Law Directorate, Headquarters, USAF, Pentagon


Simone V. Davis
, USAF Judge Advocate, Chief – Air and Space Law, International and Operations Law Directorate, Headquarters, USAF, Pentagon

Stephanie Giese, CACI International Inc., Vice President, Deputy General Counsel,  Arlington, VA

Angela Stubblefield, FAA, Deputy Associate Administrator for Security and Hazardous Materials Safety, Washington, DC

  1. 10 USC 130i: Protection of certain facilities and assets from unmanned aircraft
  2. 50 USC 2661: Protection of certain nuclear facilities and assets from unmanned aircraft
  3. FAA Reauthorization CUAS
  4. Updated Information UAS Detection- Countermeasures
  5. Panel “Connecting Counter-UAS Solutions Within the Interagency and Industry Partner, Making Use of New Legal Authorities”

Preparing to Launch An In-House Drone Program


Caroline Gentry, Partner, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, Dayton, OH


Lisa Ellman
, Partner, Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC

Mark Blanks, Director, Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership and Virginia Tech UAS Test Site, Blacksburg, VA

  1. Rules of the Sky for Commercial UAVs

Cybersecurity Issues Facing the Drone Community


Samir Jain, Partner, Jones Day, Washington, DC


Pamela Cohn, Managing Partner, Ascension Global, Washington, DC

Torsten Staab, Principal Engineering Fellow, Raytheon, Herndon, VA

  1. Announcement Letter- FAA Aviation
  2. CSF Roadmap 1.1
  3. Drones and Privacy by Design
  4. FAA Cybersecurity Program Final Report
  6. NSAS Signed
  7. UAS Privacy – Best Practices

Understanding Traffic Management: UTM 101 for Lawyers


Dean Griffith, Of Counsel, Jones Day, Washington, DC


Mark DeNicuolo, Deputy Vice President Program Management Office, Air Traffic Organizations, Federal Aviation Administration, Washington, DC

Max Fenkell, Director, Unmanned and Emerging Aviation Technologies, Aerospace Industries Association, Arlington, VA

Jacob Ruytenbeek, Legal Counsel, Thales Air Traffic Management U.S., Arlington, VA

  1. Development of Non-System Specific Technology To Integrate Unmanned Aircraft Systes (UAS) _White Paper Call
  2. UAS Traffic Management UTM
  3. 2018 UAS Annual Report
  4. UTM UAS Service Supplier Development
  5. NCDOT Integration Pilot Program
  6. Concept of Operations
  7. UAS BAA

Conference Schedule

Attendee List

Upcoming Events: 

  1. Annual Meeting 
    September 12-13, 2019 - Seattle, WA
  2. Aviation Finance 
    December 5, 2019 - New York, NY