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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

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Conducted on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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This CLE course 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.
Donald Chance Mark, Jr.

Fafinski Mark & Johnson

Mr. Mark has more than 35 years of experience handling general litigation, aviation litigation, employment litigation,...  |  Read More

Andrew D. Myers
Andrew D. Myers

Law Offices of Andrew D. Myers

Mr. Myers focuses his practice on personal injury, bankruptcy and business services. He practices in both Massachusetts...  |  Read More

Carlos Soltero
Carlos Soltero

McGinnis Lochridge & Kilgore

Mr. Soltero heads the firm's Litigation Group. He primarily represents individuals, lawyers and small businesses in...  |  Read More

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