Biography

Gregory S. McNeal, JD/PhD | Professor of Law and Public Policy | Co-Founder of AirMap

Professor Gregory S. McNeal, JD/PhD, is a tenured Professor of Law and Public Policy at Pepperdine University and the co-founder of AirMap.  He is an expert on drones and topics related to technology, law and policy.  He was appointed by the Secretary of Transportation to serve on the UAS Registration Task Force and was appointed by the FAA Administrator to serve on the Micro UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee.  He chairs the CTA industry standards committee on unmanned aircraft, and is an editorial board member on the Journal of Unmanned Aerial Systems.  He is a nationally recognized commentator for Forbes, and a frequent keynote speaker at industry events and academic conferences related to drones, technology, law, and public policy.

A short conference bio is here and follows.  

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Gregory S. McNeal, JD/PhD
Professor of Law & Public Policy, Pepperdine University
Co-Founder, AirMap
Twitter: @GregoryMcNeal
Facebook: GregorySMcNeal

Gregory S. McNeal, JD/PhD, is a tenured Professor of Law and Public Policy at Pepperdine University and the co-founder of AirMap.  AirMap’s platform provides airspace information and services to drone operators, drone manufacturers, software developers and aviation stakeholders — reaching over 85% of the drones in operation today and more than 125 airports.    

Dr. McNeal is an expert on drones and topics related to technology, law and policy.  He is a nationally recognized commentator for Forbes, and a frequent keynote speaker at industry events and academic conferences related to drones, technology, law, and public policy.  

Dr. McNeal, has on multiple occasions testified before Congress and state legislatures about the legal and policy issues associated with drones and has aided state legislators, cities, municipalities, and executive branch officials in drafting legislation and ordinances related to drones.  He served on the Federal Aviation Administration’s Micro Unmanned Aircraft Systems Aviation Rulemaking Committee, and on the Federal Aviation Administration’s UAS Registration Task Force, Aviation Rulemaking Committee.

He serves as Chair of the Consumer Technology Association’s Industry Standards Working Group on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (R6 WG 23) and as a voting member of the ASTM technical committee creating scientific standards to govern unmanned aircraft and their operation.  He is also a member of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International technical advisory and advocacy committees, and sits on the advisory council for the Humanitarian UAV Network.  He has advised drone start-ups, sensor manufacturers, law enforcement, consulting firms, insurance companies, and Fortune 500 companies about the legal and regulatory issues and benefits associated with drone technology.

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A lengthier biography (as if this isn’t long enough) is available below.

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Dr. Gregory McNeal speaking at a conference.

Discussing UAS, the future ecosystem and drone traffic control at Raytheon.

Dr. Gregory McNeal discussing UAS, the future ecosystem and drone air traffic control (also known as Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) ) at Raytheon.

 

 


ADDITIONAL EXPERTISE

Work Related To Civilian Drones:

Dr. McNeal is a widely recognized expert on unmanned aircraft.  He co-founded AirMap, a software tool for drone manufacturers, operators, and software developers.  He has testified before Congress and state legislatures about the legal and policy issues associated with drones and has aided state legislators, cities, municipalities, and executive branch officials in drafting legislation and ordinances related to drones.

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Dr. McNeal testifying before Congress about drones.

He serves as a voting member of the ASTM technical committee creating scientific standards to govern unmanned aircraft and their operation and is a member of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International technical advisory and advocacy committees. He has advised drone start-ups, sensor manufacturers, law enforcement, consulting firms, insurance companies, and Fortune 500 companies about the legal and regulatory issues and risks and benefits associated with drone technology.

Writing Related To Civilian Drones:

Dr. McNeal is currently writing a book about the emergent civilian drone market.  Some of his recent or forthcoming publications related to civilian drones include Drones and the Future of Aerial Surveillance in the George Washington Law Review, and the Brookings Institution White Paper, Drones and Aerial Surveillance: Considerations for Legislators.

As a writer for Forbes he was the first person to break the story about the details of the FAA’s then unpublished notice of proposed rule-making for small unmanned aircraft, forcing the agency to call a hastily arranged Sunday press conference to formally announce the rule.  He also broke the story about the FAA’s granting of approval for Hollywood to use drones in filmmaking, and was credited with influencing the National Park Service’s decision to issue a formal policy memorandum articulating the legal rationale for their ban on drones in national parks.

Keynote Speaker About Civilian Drones:

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Gregory McNeal speaking at a conference.

Dr. McNeal is a sought after speaker at corporate events, industry conferences and academic conferences related to drones.  He also frequently appears on television and radio to discuss emerging technologies and related matters of law and policy.  He has been named one of the seven most influential people in drones, described as a prolific writer about drones and an engaging media personality on the complex technical and legal challenges associated with unmanned aircraft.

His speaking engagements include six appearances at The Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s annual conference (the largest and most influential event in the world dedicated to unmanned systems, drones and intelligent robotics), SXSW Interactive, InterDrone, The Ohio UAS Conference, The National League of Cities (regarding drone ordinances), The UAS Commercialization Conference, Commercial UAV Expo, Drone World Expo, The Integrated Pest Management symposium (about uses of drones in agriculture), Stanford University, The Brookings Institution, The University of Michigan, Columbia University, UC Irvine, UCLA, Georgetown University, The University of Southern California, NYU, Ohio State, and dozens of others colleges, universities, law firms and corporations.

SECURITY AND PRIVACY EXPERT

Writing Related to Security and Privacy: 

Dr. McNeal’s current security research includes a book focused on the investigation and prosecution of national security crimes (under contract with Oxford University Press), a book about targeted killings (grant funded), and the forthcoming treatise Cybersecurity and Privacy.  He is the co-author of the casebook Anti-Terrorism and Criminal Enforcement (with Norman Abrams), co-editor of the book Saddam On Trial: Understanding and Debating the Iraqi High Tribunal (with Michael Scharf).  His security related law review articles have been published by or are forthcoming in The Georgetown Law Journal (winner of an article of the year award), The Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy, The Washington and Lee Law Review, and The Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy among others.

Work Related to Security and Privacy:  

He is currently an academic member of the Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force.  He has testified before the House Foreign Relations Committee, and House Homeland Security Committee.  Previously, he served as assistant director of the Institute for Global Security, served as an advisor to the Chief Prosecutor of the Department of Defense Office of Military Commissions on matters related to the prosecution of suspected terrorists held in the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and co-directed a U.S. Department of Justice counterterrorism grant program.  He has consulted with the Department of Defense on a range of issues, including helping to draft a manual aimed at reducing harm to civilians in conflict. Before becoming an attorney he served as an officer in the United States Army.

MEDIA APPEARANCES

Dr. McNeal’s popular writing has appeared in publications such as The New York TimesThe Washington Times, and The Baltimore Sun.  He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, NPR (Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, OnPoint With Tom Ashbrook, Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane), CBS Evening News (national), ABC World News Tonight (national), C-SPAN BookTV, and dozens of other local and national broadcasts.  He has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, Reuters, and other newspapers and web magazines.

Professor McNeal is a Forbes contributor where he writes about law and public policy and is one of the nation’s top law professor bloggers based on the Law Professor Blog Traffic Rankings.  You can follow him on Twitter @GregoryMcNeal on Facebook at GregorySMcNeal, and you can sign up for his weekly email update list HERE.

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