Proven Authority on Drone Law.

Drone Law InterviewJonathan 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 Manned Aviation Experience. 

He is an FAA-certificated commercial pilot with single and multi-engine aircraft ratings and is also a current flight instructor for airplanes and instruments.

Proven Results

Here is a quick summary of what I have helped accomplish for clients.

Proven Commercial Drone Law Experience.

Part-107-night-waiverOne of the exemptions Jonathan filed helped one of his clients to be among the first group in the US to obtain a Part 107 waiver for night operations. This waiver allows for operations in Class G airspace throughout the entire United States till 2020.  On the same day his client received the Part 107 night waiver, he took the Part 107 initial knowledge exam to validate the Part 107 Study Guide he created and passed with a 100%.

333 exemptions and drone law firmsHe has successfully obtained 333 exemptions, including closed-set tv/movie filming exemptions, for many of his clients. As of 12/31/2015, Rupprecht Law, P.A. was ranked second in the U.S. by the number of 333 clients. As you can see by the graph, a large majority of “drone law firms” and drone attorneys assisting commercial drone companies lack the experience needed to help you reach your goals.

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.


  • 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

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.

Watch this video below to find out:

  • When do you need an aviation attorney?
  • When do you NOT need an aviation attorney?
  • What are some things a drone consultant can and cannot do?
  • What are the problems with hiring a drone consultant versus an attorney?
  • What other federal agencies regulate the use of drones? Isn’t it just the FAA?



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