Lisa Ellman: Partner and Chair, Global UAS Practice, Hogan Lovells and Co-Executive Director, Commercial Drone Alliance
Lisa Ellman chairs the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Group at the global law firm Hogan Lovells, where she’s a leading public policy lawyer focusing on domestic drones and other emerging technologies. She co-founded and co-leads the Commercial Drone Alliance, an independent 501c6 non-profit lead by key figures of the commercial drone industry. Lisa is widely recognized as one of the “world’s foremost authorities on drone and law.”
Throughout her career, Lisa has worked to bridge government policymaking and business innovation. 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 DOJ’s effort to develop policy that would govern the use of UAS in the United States and participated in the federal interagency group tasked with integrating UAS into the National Airspace System.
Lisa’s focus is expanding the commercial drone industry. She also focuses on UAS security efforts. Lisa co-hosts the Domestic Drone Security Summit Series events, bringing together national security agencies with industry to explore collaboration opportunities around drone security.
Lisa is a highly sought-after thought leader on drone law and policy. Her opinions have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fortune Magazine, MSNBC, Politico, The Hill and numerous 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, and regularly keynotes at conferences around the world on drones and public policy.