United States: Drones: New Uses And Unique Legal Issues For Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Last Updated: April 29 2016

This program will address the cutting-edge legal, policy, and liability issues surrounding the dramatically increased design, manufacture, sale, and use of unmanned aircraft systems, or "drones." Approximately 1.6 million drones were sold in 2015, and another 600,000 are expected to be sold for commercial purposes this year. Safe and legal use of drones in the national airspace system is a high priority for industries that are expanding their drone use, including energy, construction, rail, entertainment, agriculture, and real estate. National security concerns are equally important for all commercial users, particularly entities that own or use vital transportation, shipping, or energy infrastructure.

Our speakers will include an authority on national security, along with attorneys experienced in all facets of aviation law, including regulatory compliance, governmental affairs, import and export control, and accident investigation and litigation.



Dr. Ronald J. Clark, Deputy Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Dr. Clark oversees the Office of Infrastructure Protection, the Office of Biometric Identity Management, the Federal Protective Service, and the Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis, and he works with the Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications to ensure a holistic approach to critical infrastructure protection across physical and cyber risks activities. Before coming to DHS, Dr. Clark served for five years at the White House on the National Security Council staff, focusing on issues ranging from global counterterrorism strategy and operations to the strategic allocation of security and intelligence resources.

Rebecca MacPherson, Of Counsel, Jones Day Government Regulation Practice

Formerly Assistant Chief Counsel for International Law, Legislation, and Regulations at the FAA, Rebecca advises a wide range of clients in the transportation sector, including companies that design, manufacture, and use drones.

John D. Goetz, Partner, Jones Day Business & Tort Litigation Practice

A licensed pilot, John leads Jones Day's worldwide Airlines & Aviation Practice. He is a recognized authority on aviation litigation and National Transportation Safety Board accident investigations.

Paul V. Lettow, Partner, Jones Day Government Regulation Practice

Formerly Senior Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council staff at the White House, Paul is a litigator who also advises clients on regulatory compliance.

Laura Fraedrich, Partner, Jones Day Government Regulation Practice

Laura advises clients on export control, customs, and trade remedy matters. She is experienced with issues relating to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, the Export Administration Regulations, and the embargoes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

RSVP by Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Jones Day Washington
300 New Jersey Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


This program has been approved for 2.50 hours of general credit by the State Bar of California and 3.00 hours of areas of professional practice credit (including transitional credit) by the New York State CLE Board. Jones Day is a State Bar of California MCLE approved provider, as well as an accredited provider in New York. Application for CLE credit in other states will be made as needed.

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