Dr. McNeal has 15+ years experience advising start-ups, Fortune 500 companies, venture capital funds, government agencies, and elected officials. He serves on multiple government advisory boards, has testified before Congress 6 times and serves on tech association working groups and standards bodies related to innovation, IOT, drones, and public policy.

Greg has testified before the Senate Small Business Committee, House Judiciary Committee, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee,  the House Foreign Relations Committee, and House Homeland Security Committee.  He has advised the White House in both Democratic and Republican administrations.  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 previously chaired the CTA industry standards committee on unmanned aircraft and is an editorial board member on the Journal of Unmanned Aerial Systems.

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, 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. He is currently an academic member of the Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force.  Before becoming an attorney he served as an officer in the United States Army, leading a telecommunications unit.

Past Advisory Work

  • On the eleventh episode of the Free Lunch podcast, I partnered with Mercatus Senior Research Fellow Adam Thierer to chat about the law and policy frameworks impacting emerging technologies. Our talk explored the idea of permissionless innovation, collaborative acceleration, and why a cross-cutting working group focused on emerging technology is necessary for the Regulatory Transparency

  • On October 26, 2017 I will participate in and moderate a discussion at the Commercial UAV Expo Americas 2017.  The plenary session will focus on the regulatory roadmap facing the drone industry in 2018 and beyond. Participants on the panel are: Gregory McNeal, Professor of Law and Public Policy at Pepperdine University and Co-Founder of

  • Earlier this year I was appointed to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Remote ID Aviation Rulemaking Committee.  This is my third Aviation Rulemaking Committee. From the FAA’s Announcement: Currently, there are no established requirements or voluntary standards for electrically broadcasting information to identify an unmanned aircraft while it’s in the air. To help protect the public

  • On September 6, 2017 I was quoted in a lengthy and well-researched article in American City & County Magazine. Here are some excerpts: The FAA’s regulations “focus exclusively on federal aviation safety concerns,” the NLC report notes. Among the rules, which are readily available online, is the requirement that drone pilots operating under Part 107

  • On Wednesday, July 19th I participated in a briefing at the United States Senate regarding the legal framework applicable to drones. The participants in the briefing were: Nevada State Assemblyman Elliot Anderson Utah Senator Wayne Harper Pepperdine Professor and AirMap Co-Founder, Greg McNeal Alabama State Aeronautics Bureau Chief John Eagerton Heritage Foundation Analyst Jason Snead

  • On May 31, 2017 I will be speaking at ReCode’s CodeCon.  It’s a great event with amazing speakers including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, LA Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer, Senator Kamala Harris, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. My remarks will focus on how government and industry can partner to accelerate timelines

  • On March 3, 2017 I will be a panelist at the 2017 Stanford Technology Law Review symposium.  The agenda appears below: Regulating Disruption: Responding to Emerging Technologies All events will be held at Stanford Law School Friday, March 3, 2017 8:30-9:00 AM – Registration & Breakfast 9:05-9:50 AM – Opening Keynote—Virtual Reality

  • On February 3, 2017 I will be delivering the keynote address at the Campbell Law Review Symposium.  The symposium title is Flying Above The Law: Legal Issues Surrounding the Domestic Use of Drones.  My remarks are entitled Drones and the Future of Aviation: Key Issues in Law and Policy.   Campbell has lined up a great mixture

  • On Thursday, January 19, I appeared on a panel with FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and others.  The panel description is below: Keeping our cities safe and leveraging smart technologies go hand in hand. One such technology is the use of drones. Drones have the potential to change the way local government delivers city services, particularly as

  • At 2:15pm on January 6, 2017, I will be a panelist at the Consumer Electronics Show.  The panel is entitled “Innovating to Address Drone Related Challenges.”  Details are provided below: Safety and privacy are overarching considerations as drones are integrated into the national airspace.  Where will software and hardware innovations help enhance safety and protect