Drones and Personal Injury Liability: Navigating the Evolving Regulatory Landscape and Emerging Theories of Liability

Guidance for Personal Injury Counsel Pursuing Claims for Bodily Harm, Property Damage, Invasion of Privacy, Trespass and More

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Recorded event now available

This CLE webinar will provide guidance to personal injury attorneys for navigating the emerging area of drone liability. The panel will discuss the current state of drone regulation and explain potential liability issues arising from their use, including claims against drone operators and manufacturers for bodily harm, property damage, invasion of privacy, trespass and related issues.


The use of drones for commercial and recreational purposes continues to increase at a rapid pace. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) anticipates that the purchase of drones for recreational use will surge from 1.9 million in 2016 to 4.3 million by 2020, and the purchase of drones for commercial use will grow from 600,000 in 2016 to 2.7 million by 2020.

The rise in drone activity has spurred the FAA and state legislative bodies to enact laws regulating drone activity. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 36 states have enacted laws addressing drone issues and an additional four states have adopted resolutions.

As the use of drones continues to grow, so do emerging liability issues related to their use. Personal injury claims alleging bodily injury or property damage caused by drones, invasion of privacy, and trespass are among the growing liability concerns for drone operators and manufacturers.

Listen as our authoritative panel discusses emerging issues for personal injury counsel emanating from the increased use of drones. The panel will outline the current status of FAA and state regulations and rules for drone use, and potential liability issues for drone operators and manufacturers.


  1. Overview of drone technology and uses
  2. Review of FAA and state laws regulating drones
  3. Potential personal injury claims for drone operators and manufacturers
  4. Best practices to minimize liability


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • The growing use of drones for recreational and commercial purposes
  • How federal and state lawmakers are regulating the use of drones
  • Emerging liability issues for drone operators and manufacturers


Donald Chance Mark, Jr., Shareholder
Fafinski Mark & Johnson, Eden Prairie, Minn.

Mr. Mark has more than 35 years of experience handling general litigation, aviation litigation, employment litigation, products liability, commercial litigation and medical malpractice defense matters. A well-known lecturer and presenter, Mr. Mark has spoken on personal injury and civil trial practice for many CLE seminars. He leads the firm’s Litigation and Unmanned Aircraft Systems Practices.

Andrew D. Myers, Atty
Law Offices of Andrew D. Myers, North Andover, Mass. & Derry, N.H.

Mr. Myers focuses his practice on personal injury, bankruptcy and business services. He practices in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He has broad experience litigating personal injury cases, including auto accidents, motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice, prescription error, hazardous products, aviation accidents, and workers compensation.

Carlos Soltero, Partner
McGinnis Lochridge & Kilgore, Austin, Texas

Mr. Soltero heads the firm's Litigation Group. He primarily represents individuals, lawyers and small businesses in courtroom disputes ranging from commercial, intellectual property and technology, to malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death cases. Mr. Solero has published and lectured in various areas relating to trial and pretrial practice.


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