Gregory S. McNeal, JD/PhD, is a professor of law and public policy at Pepperdine University and the co-founder of AirMap. AirMap provides airspace information to drone operators, drone manufacturers and software developers. Dr. McNeal is an expert on drones and topics related to technology, law and policy. He is a nationally recognized commentator for Forbes, and a frequent keynote speaker at industry events and academic conferences related to drones, technology, law, and public policy.
Dr. McNeal, has testified before Congress and state legislatures about the legal and policy issues associated with drones and has aided state legislators, cities, municipalities, and executive branch officials in drafting legislation and ordinances related to drones. He is one of a handful of people outside of government (and the only professor) to have met with and provided input to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget about the FAA’s pending drone regulations.
He serves as a voting member of the ASTM technical committee creating scientific standards to govern unmanned aircraft and their operation, he is also a member of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International technical advisory and advocacy committees, serves as a board member of the UAVUS and sits on the advisory council for the Humanitarian UAV Network. He has advised drone start-ups, sensor manufacturers, law enforcement, consulting firms, insurance companies, and Fortune 500 companies about the legal and regulatory issues and benefits associated with drone technology.