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Gregory S. McNeal, J.D. Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Law and Public Policy

Office: School of Law (SOL)
Phone: (310) 506-7292

  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University
  • M.P.A., American University
  • B.A., Lehigh University

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Professor Gregory S. McNeal, JD/PhD, is an Associate Professor of Law and Public Policy at Pepperdine University. He is an expert on drones and topics related to security, technology and crime. He is a nationally recognized commentator for Forbes, and a frequent keynote speaker about technology, law and policy.

His articles have been published by the Georgetown Law Journal, the George Washington Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy, the Washington & Lee Law Review and the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy among others.

Civilian Drone Expert

Dr. McNeal is a widely recognized expert on unmanned aircraft. He 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 advice 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 and is a member of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International technical advisory and advocacy committees. 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 risks and benefits associated with drone technology.

Dr. McNeal is currently writing a book about the emergent civilian drone market. Some of his recent or forthcoming publications related to civilian drones include Drones and the Future of Aerial Surveillance in the George Washington Law Review, the co-authored Legislating for Drones: A Guide and Model Ordinances (with Troy Rule) and the Brookings Institution White Paper, Drones and Aerial Surveillance: Considerations for Legislators.

Security and Privacy Expert

Dr. McNeal is currently an academic member of the Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force. He has testified before the House Foreign Relations Committee, and House Homeland Security Committee. Previously, he served as assistant director of the Institute for Global Security, served as an advisor to the Chief Prosecutor of the Department of Defense Office of Military Commissions on matters related to the prosecution of suspected terrorists held in the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and co-directed a U.S. Department of Justice counterterrorism grant program. He has also consulted with the Department of Defense on a range of issues. Before becoming an attorney he served as an officer in the United States Army.

Dr. McNeal's current security research includes a book about targeted killings, and a treatise on Cybersecurity and Privacy. He is the co-author of the casebook Anti-Terrorism and Criminal Enforcement (with Norman Abrams), and co-editor of the book Saddam On Trial: Understanding and Debating the Iraqi High Tribunal (with Michael Scharf).



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