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Small Unmanned Aerial Systems: Keep Your Drones From Going Rogue

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Small Unmanned Aerial Systems:
Keep Your Drones From Going Rogue
Presented by:
Scott M. Shea and Katherine Dawson Varholak
Sherman & Howard, L.L.C.

Are you flying a drone without a pilot’s license? Laugh if you will, but the Federal Aviation Administration adopted rules recently to regulate the commercial operation of drones. Drones offer extensive benefits to all the parties involved in construction projects, but drones are not mere off-the-shelf toys that you can take out of their boxes and fire up for use. For better or worse, operating a drone is legally considered operating an aircraft in U.S. airspace, with all the attendant regulatory burdens and legal risks.

In this informative 90-minute recorded webinar program, Scott Shea and Katherine Dawson Varholak of Sherman & Howard L.L.C. will present an overview of the operation and regulation of commercial drone operation, and listeners will:

  • Learn how to license drones for commercial operation
  • Understand important issues in the safe operation of drones
  • Review records necessary to the efficient and legal use of drones
  • Appreciate operational restrictions
  • Protect against legal risks associated with drone operation
  • Respect privacy rights of third-parties whose activities are observed by drones
  • Understand insurance coverage necessary to protect drone operation
  • And much, much more!
Who Will Benefit?

This webinar is a must for any contractor, owner, subcontractor, construction manager, owner's representative, architect, engineer, or other design professional considering or already using unmanned aerial systems to assist in the design and construction process.

This event features key insights from our knowledgeable construction and insurance experts:

Scott M. Shea
Sherman & Howard, L.L.C.

Scott Shea brings over 14 years of experience in architectural design and research when representing clients in construction law matters. His background designing retirement and military housing projects with budgets ranging from $5 million to $90 million gives him a close understanding of the needs and concerns of his clients in the design and construction industry, whether providing advice on contract matters or representing clients in court. Scott has defended clients in construction defect actions, and his current primary focus area is representing clients in contract and intellectual property disputes in the construction and design industry.

Katherine Dawson Varholak
Sherman & Howard, L.L.C.

Katie Varholak is a Member and Chair of the firm’s Litigation, Trials and Appeals Practice Group. She has more than sixteen years of experience representing companies and individuals in all manner of civil litigation. Her primary areas of focus include: insurance recovery, trust and estate controversies, cyber security, construction law and appellate litigation. In her insurance recovery practice, she represents corporate and individual policy holders in pursuing insurance benefits and pursuing legal action when the insurers refuse to pay benefits. Katie has advised clients concerning virtually every type of commercial insurance policy, including general liability, directors and officers liability, property, builder’s risk, excess/umbrella, disability, crime, cyber risk, inland marine and others. Prior to joining Sherman & Howard, Katie spent several years at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she represented federal government agencies in federal appeals across the country.

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