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James Mackler Addresses Drone Laws at American Railway Development Association Annual Meeting

Bone McAllester Norton attorney James E. Mackler spoke about drone laws at the American Railway Development Association’s (ARDA) annual meeting in Denver today. The founder of the firm’s unmanned aerial systems (UAS, or commonly "drones") focus, he was part of a panel that discussed inspections and imaging using UAS.

ARDA is a not-for-profit educational trade association founded to promote economic development, real estate development, technology and environmental activities of North American railroads.

 

 

 

 

 

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 Talks about Staying Power of Drones with the Nashville Scene

Bone McAllester Norton attorney James E. Mackler spoke with Steve Haruch, reporter for the Nashville Scene, about the complexity of the laws and regulations surrounding the use of drones. But despite the difficulty in traversing those rules, the reporter points out that drones are here to stay.

James’s comments appeared in two articles in this week’s Scene. In the cover story, he explains that the rules are confusing, so he tends to be cautious in his reading of what the FAA says is allowed and what isn’t allowed. The current law starts with a blanket ban on the use of drones and then includes exceptions, such as for authorized military use, search and rescue and scholarly research. “I would never tell a client to violate FAA regulations. . .but if someone came to me and said the FAA was trying to enforce those regulations, I would work very hard to defend them by arguing that those regulations are not enforceable. That particular person may or may not have violated the law, or the regulation, but there’s probably an argument to be made either way,” he said.

And in a supporting story on how two Tennessee companies are using drones legally, James points that “a strict reading of the regulation” hints that a commercial organization utilizing drones for commercial purposes “would be included in the regulations, unless you’ve got a COA (certificate of authorization) or you’re flying at an FAA test site.”

James concentrates his law practice in the areas of federal criminal defense, regulatory compliance and civil litigation. He is the founder of Bonelaw’s unmanned aerial systems (UAS) focus, the first of its kind in the region.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 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.

Bonelaw Attorney James Mackler will Make Presentation on How New and Changing Laws on Drones will Impact Your Clients

Bone McAllester Norton attorney James E. Mackler will speak at an upcoming Nashville Bar Association presentation on drones and how new and developing laws will impact clients. The lunch and learn program, “Drones: How New and Evolving Federal and State Laws on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) will Impact Your Clients,” will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the Nashville Bar Association’s office in downtown Nashville. The course has been approved for 1.0 CLE hours.

James will discuss proposed legislation on drones and how it is expected to ban all use by civilian, except as specifically authorized, as well as how businesses and law enforcement are increasingly using the devices in ways that are outside of, or in violation of, the legal framework. Corporate counsel, civil rights attorneys, criminal defense, insurance defense and plaintiff attorneys, government attorneys and prosecutors are encouraged to attend.

James concentrates his practice in the areas of federal criminal defense, regulatory compliance and civil litigation, where he has 15 years of experience defending and prosecuting criminal cases at the state, federal and military levels. He is the founder of Bonelaw’s unmanned aerial systems focus, the first of its kind in the region.

More information on the presentation, including how to register, can be found here.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 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.