Bone McAllester Norton expands practice with focus on UAS Law firm is the only Tennessee firm providing services in area of UAS


Bone McAllester Norton PLLC today announced an expansion of the Entrepreneurial and Emerging Business Law practice group to include legal services in the area of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), commonly known as drones.

The law firm is the only one in Tennessee covering UAS and issues surrounding the use of drones. Bone McAllester Norton attorneys in the Entrepreneurial and Emerging Business Law practice group focus on company formation, capital strategies, trademark registrations, copyright protection, intellectual property, social media law, privacy issues and now the unique regulatory and legal issues impacting the commercial use, legal enforcement and privacy of this emerging technology in UAS.

James E. Mackler, veteran attorney and Bonelaw member, is the lead attorney focused on the increasingly complex system of state and federal laws regarding the commercial use of drones. Joining Mackler with a focus in the area of UAS are attorneys Richard J. Nickels and Stephen J. Zralek. These three attorneys have extensive experience in entrepreneurship, commercial law, aviation, protection of intellectual property, privacy concerns and regulatory compliance.

Many states, including Tennessee, have passed laws regulating the use of drones. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is under a mandate to fully integrate them for commercial use.

“With the FAA’s injunction to integrate drones into commercial airspace and the designation of 16 test sites nationwide, the growing opportunities—and risks—associated with drones cannot be ignored,” Mackler said. “We have a strong group of attorneys with sophisticated experience that will be able to provide counsel to individuals and corporations wanting to leverage the power of UAS within existing business models or seeking to start a new venture within the UAS sphere.”

The firm’s first UAS-centered client is Farmspace Systems, LLC, ( created to help farmers obtain a high level of situation awareness of threats to their crops, much like that of military commanders who need to detect threats to their troops. Farmspace was founded by a team of military veterans, who, in previous careers, applied UAS technology on the battlefield.

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