World Maker Faire New York 2014

Civilian Drones: The Legal Landscape

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Saturday2:30 PM3:00 PMMake: Live Stage

Drones are increasingly popular for recreation and useful purposes like cinematography, search and rescue, real estate photos, farming, and lots more. These uses have raised questions about the legal framework. Brendan Schulman, the attorney who is defending Raphael Pirker, Texas EquuSearch and others in the FAA drone cases, will present an overview and update on the current legal situation and what drone enthusiasts might expect in the future.


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Brendan Schulman — Head of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Brendan Schulman is an attorney at the law firm of Kramer Levin in New York City, where he heads the firm's Unmanned Aircraft Systems practice. He successfully defended prominent civilian drone pilot Raphael Pirker in the Federal Aviation Administration's first-ever federal case involving the use of commercial drones. He also represents EquuSearch, a volunteer search and rescue organization, in its use of drones to help find missing people. He has been building and flying drones as a hobbyist for 20 years.