Lisa Ellman

"During her time in government and now in private practice, Ellman has served as an eloquent and passionate conduit between technology companies and government in furthering the creation of sensible policies for integrating drones into the National Airspace System."

Dan Gettinger, Center for the Study of the Drone

Widely recognized as one of the "world's foremost authorities on drones and law," Lisa Ellman offers a unique perspective and vast experience to clients, helping them push policy boundaries forward and get ahead in the fast-changing regulatory environment.

Lisa chairs the firm's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) practice, a group dedicated to helping businesses succeed in the dynamic drone marketplace. Lisa's focus is expanding the commercial drone industry, including as co-founder and co-leader of the Commercial Drone Alliance. She also focuses on UAS security efforts. Lisa recently hosted the Domestic Drone Security Summit, for the first time ever bringing national security agencies together with industry to explore collaboration opportunities around drone security.

Throughout her career, Lisa has worked to bridge government policymaking and business innovation (a combination that has become known as "polivation".) Lisa has held a variety of positions at top levels of the executive branch at the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Most recently, she led the DOJ's effort to develop policy that would govern the use of UAS in the United States, and represented the DOJ in the federal interagency process considering UAS-related policy issues.

Lisa is a highly sought-after thought leader on drones law and policy. Her opinions have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fortune Magazine, and other publications — and she regularly appears on television to talk about the latest developments. Lisa was recently featured in Fortune's "Most Powerful Women" series for her efforts to develop policy to govern drone use in the United States. She also delivered a TEDx talk in 2014.

Awards and recognitions

2017-2018

Transport: Aviation and Air Travel, Leading Lawyer
Legal 500 US

2016-2017

Government: Government Relations
Legal 500 US

2016-2017

Media, Technology, and Telecoms: Technology: Transactions
Legal 500 US

2016-2017

Media, Technology, and Telecoms: Telecoms and Broadcast: Transactional
Legal 500 US

2016

Government: Government Contracts
Legal 500 US

2015

Rising Star
National Law Journal D.C.

Education and admissions

Education

J.D./M.P.P., The University of Chicago Law School and Harris School of Public Policy, 2005

B.A. History, University of Michigan, 2000

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

Illinois

Court admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

Related Knowledge

Internet of Things

Representative experience

Assist UAS companies with participation in FAA's UAS Pathfinder Program to push UAS policy boundaries forward.

Help companies and universities navigate the FAA's Section 333 exemption process to get permission to fly drones in the U.S.

Assist businesses and trade associations to craft a public policy strategy that moves innovation forward and enables their businesses to succeed.

Assist companies entering the dynamic UAS marketplace to craft a business strategy for success.

Provide UAS companies with counsel on privacy and data security issues.

Latest thinking and events

Sponsorships and Speaking Engagements

2018 New York UAS Symposium

Events

Commercial UAV Expo

Hogan Lovells Publications

What's next? Podcast

Sponsorships and Speaking Engagements

Drone Security Roundtable

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