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Unmanned Aerial Systems Federal Regulations Meeting, March 17

Bone McAllester Norton will host a federal regulations meeting concerning the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS or, commonly, “drones”) at its Nashville office on Tuesday, March 17. Attorney James E. Mackler and Lt. Gen. John Castellaw, USMC, Retired and CEO of Farmspace Systems will lead the discussion.

“Unmanned Aerial Systems Federal Regulations Meeting” will provide an overview of UAS technology and how it is being used in the U.S. marketplace, and the Federal Aviation Administration’s proposed regulations will be addressed. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide comments to the proposed ruling. CLE credits are available.

This event will take place from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Find out more including how to register, here.

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

James Mackler will Address UAS in Law Enforcement Webinar

Bone McAllester Norton attorney James E. Mackler is part of a panel discussion on the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS or, more commonly, “drones”) in law enforcement. As a relatively new technology, law enforcement agencies are seeking to better understand which platforms and sensor payloads will best meet their needs. Users of this emerging tool also have to consider training requirements, Federal Aviation Administration regulations, legal issues and public reaction.

The webinar, “Aerial Assets: UAS in Law Enforcement,” will take place at 2 p.m. Central, Thursday, March 5. Joining Mackler will be the lead instructor of the Unmanned Aerial Institute and the deputy as well as chief UAS pilot from Grand Forks County (N.D.) Sheriff’s Department. Patrick C. Miller, staff writer with UAS Magazine, will serve as the moderator.

Mackler is the founder of the firm’s UAS focus, the first of its kind in the region, and has become a go-to source for the legalities surrounding the use of drones.

For more on the webinar, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

James Mackler Discusses New Drone Law Enforcement Guidelines with UAS Magazine

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently released new guidelines to law enforcement agencies regarding the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly known as drones. UAS Magazine interviewed Bone McAllester Norton attorney James E. Mackler about these new rules, which he says are off target.

The FAA is requesting assistance from the law enforcement community to crack down on the increased, unauthorized use of drones by those who do not understand rules of the air and those who endanger airspace.

“Law enforcement is busy enough investigating crimes, and police should know that they have no authority of any kind to investigate civil violations of administrative regulations,” he told the magazine.”

Read the full interview here.

In another story with UAS Magazine, he explained that law enforcement officials have every right to investigate possible law violations within their jurisdictions—regardless of whether a UAS is involved—but they have no jurisdiction when it comes to enforcing the FAA’s UAS regulations.

“To me, this is another example of the FAA really struggling to keep up with facts on the ground instead of getting ahead of things and creating the appropriate regulations,” he said.

Read that article here.

James concentrates his practice in the areas of federal criminal defense, regulatory compliance and civil litigation. He is also the founder of the firm’s UAS focus, the first of its kind in the region.

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 40 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

James Mackler will Speak on Unmanned Aerial Systems, Nov. 20

Bone McAllester Norton attorney James E. Mackler is slated to speak on a panel discussion Thursday, Nov. 20 about unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The exploration of current UAS technologies and their future will be outlined, including how FAA regulations are shaping up the way the units can be used. Attendees will have a chance to get hands-on experience with some of the vehicles while hearing from academic, government and private sector experts. Those interested in investing in UAS technologies, using UAS in educational settings or to get jobs done and hobbyists interested in learning more should attend.

James is the founder of the firm’s UAS focus, the first of its kind in the region. He also leads the firm’s veteran and military law efforts.

Mind2Marketplace is the host of this event. It will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport. Registration is $30 and includes a light dinner and drink ticket.

Get more information here.

 

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Bone McAllester Norton Expands Practice with Focus on UAS

News Release

Thursday – April 10, 2014

Law firm is the only Tennessee firm providing services in area of UAS


 

Nashville, TN — Bone McAllester Norton PLLC today announced an expansion of the Entrepreneurial and Emerging Business Law practice group to include legal services in the area of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), commonly known as drones.

The law firm is the only one in Tennessee covering UAS and issues surrounding the use of drones. Bone McAllester Norton attorneys in the Entrepreneurial and Emerging Business Law practice group focus on company formation, capital strategies, trademark registrations, copyright protection, intellectual property, social media law, privacy issues and now the unique regulatory and legal issues impacting the commercial use, legal enforcement and privacy of this emerging technology in UAS.

James E. Mackler, veteran attorney and Bonelaw member, is the lead attorney focused on the increasingly complex system of state and federal laws regarding the commercial use of drones. Joining Mackler with a focus in the area of UAS are attorneys Richard J. Nickels. These attorneys have extensive experience in entrepreneurship, commercial law, aviation, protection of intellectual property, privacy concerns and regulatory compliance.

Many states, including Tennessee, have passed laws regulating the use of drones. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is under a mandate to fully integrate them for commercial use.

“With the FAA’s injunction to integrate drones into commercial airspace and the designation of 16 test sites nationwide, the growing opportunities—and risks—associated with drones cannot be ignored,” Mackler said. “We have a strong group of attorneys with sophisticated experience that will be able to provide counsel to individuals and corporations wanting to leverage the power of UAS within existing business models or seeking to start a new venture within the UAS sphere.”

The firm’s first UAS-centered client is Farmspace Systems, LLC, created to help farmers obtain a high level of situation awareness of threats to their crops, much like that of military commanders who need to detect threats to their troops. Farmspace was founded by a team of military veterans, who, in previous careers, applied UAS technology on the battlefield.

For more information, visit Bonelaw.com.

ABOUT BONE MCALLESTER NORTON PLLC

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, call 615-238-6300 or visit bonelaw.com.

 

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