About

Jonathan being interviewed on tv about drone law

Proven Authority on Drone Law

Jonathan has made numerous media appearances (New York Times, Politico, Forbes, etc.) on the topic of drones as a drone attorney. His legal analysis of drones has been sought after by major media networks and drone industry-specific media. Not only have the networks reached out to him for his analysis, they have cited his legal works when reporting on major drone-related stories. If you are media and are interested in interviewing Jonathan, please contact him.

Jonathan currently is a contributor at Forbes.com for aerospace and defense. He was adjunct faculty at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for their Unmanned Systems Legal and Regulatory Compliance course.


Proven Customer Service

Just check out my Google Reviews page to verify things. I did NOT pay for any of them. You can see some of them on the right hand side of this page.


Proven Experience

Few drone attorneys even have remote pilot certificates. Even fewer drone attorneys have any manned aircraft experience. On 7/11/2020, this was the result of searching the FAA airmen directory: 

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Proven Results

Here is a quick summary of what I have helped accomplish for clients. As of 7/12/2020, here are my stats:

Special Program With The FAA

  • Assisted in setting up and maintaining a special program (Partnership for Safety Program) with the Federal Aviation Administration

Part 107 Waivers

  • 119 Night Waivers Approved
  • 3 Over People for Day & Night Waivers Approved
  • 2 Night Waivers to Allow Drone Spraying of Economic Poisons

Exemptions

  • 45 Exemptions Granted Total
  • 18 Exemptions Granted to Allow Part 137 Drone Agricultural Aircraft Operations

Operating Certificates

  • 6 Agricultural Aircraft Operating Certificates from Start to Finish
  • 2 Drone Add-Ons to Already Existing Manned Aircraft Part 137 Operations.

Airspace Authorizations

  • 51 Airspace Authorizations Approved
  • 21 Airspace Authorizations to Allow a Night Waiver Operations
  • 1 Airspace Authorization to do a Night Swarm Waiver Operation

FAA Related Investigation/ Litigation

  • 16 FAA Investigations I Assisted With On the Defense Side
  • 5 Lawsuits Against the FAA I Assisted With On the Plaintiff’s Side

Litigation

  • Defense
    • Criminal defense against state prosecution in multiple cases (misdemeanor and felony reckless endangerment, trespass, etc.)
    • Civil defense against plaintiff’s accusation of invasion of privacy
  • Plaintiff
    • 6 Cases in Federal Courts

Things I’ve Created (No, I do not outsource my work like other attorneys do).

  • Qualitative operational risk assessments. I have calculated probability of fatality per hour on multiple aircraft.
  • Quantitative operational risk assessments
  • Concept of Operations Document (CONOPs)
  • Waiver Safety Explanation Guideline Traceability Matrices
  • Operations Manuals (with emergency procedures, normal procedures, etc.)
  • Training Manuals
  • Safety Management System (SMS) Manuals
  • Checklists
  • Special Security Instructions Manuals (Really Important If You Are Working With SSI)

Other Important Things You Might Want To Know

You can verify that I’m an attorney, I have had NO disciplinary history, and I’m eligible to practice law at the Florida Bar’s website. 

I also have malpractice insurance, and can provide a certificate of insurance upon request.


Proven Legal Author

Drone Law BookPrior to graduating law school, Jonathan did research on Japan’s integration of unmanned aircraft. From that research, Jonathan authored a book on the law in the United States pertaining to unmanned aircraft called Drones: Their Many Civilian Uses and the U.S. Laws Surrounding Them. This book is currently being used as a textbook at multiple universities around the U.S. as part of their UAS degree programs. He later was an adviser for one of the amicus briefs for the highly publicized Huerta v. Pirker case.

The first book led into him being requested to be a co-author on an American Bar Association book, while still in law school, called Unmanned Aircraft in the National Airspace: Critical Issues, Technology, and the Law.  Jonathan wrote on administrative law, the FAA rule making process, and the special rule on unmanned aircraft. This book is in the Harvard Law School Library. unmanned-aircraft-book-harvard

Drone Operator's Logbook

Jonathan’s 100+ drone clients had a growing need for a drone-specific logbook which inspired Jonathan to create the Drone Operator’s Logbook.


Proven Knowledge

The chapter on the FAA rule-making process for the American Bar Association was instrumental in giving him the foundation to assist in the three Taylor v. FAA cases at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the FAA’s drone registration regulations.


PROFESSIONAL LICENSES, ACHIEVEMENTS, & MEMBERSHIPS

  • FAA Commercial Pilot’s License with instrument rating for single-engine and multi-engine aircraft.
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor for Airplanes
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor for Instruments
  • Florida Bar License
  • Eagle Scout
  • U.S. Federal District Court of the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Federal District Court of the Middle District of Florida

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