Lisa Ellman

Lisa Ellman

Executive Director, Commercial Drone Alliance

Hogan Lovells LLP

I am a Partner at Hogan Lovells and Chair of the firm’s global Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Practice Group, a “one-stop shop” for all legal and policy issues related to commercial drones in the United States and around the world. I also focus on drone security issues. I co-founded and lead the Commercial Drone Alliance, an independent organization focused on moving the commercial drone industry forward. In these roles, I use my experience in the Federal government to help bridge the sizable knowledge gap between government policymaking and business innovation.

In November 2014, I gave a TEDx talk about “polivation” – a new approach to balancing the needs of innovators and policymakers that will enable society to make good use of new technologies, including commercial and private drones, in a way that wins the public’s trust and serves its interests. In February 2015, I was featured in Fortune magazine’s “Most Powerful Women” series for my efforts to develop policy to govern drone use in the domestic United States.


New U.S. DOJ Guidance for Counter-UAS Technology and What It Means for Site Security

Monday, June 1st


In 2018, Congress and President Trump granted the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security new legal authorities to employ counter-UAS measures to perform certain missions and protect certain critical assets against unauthorized drones. Since the legislative authorization, U.S. Attorney General William Barr recently issued guidance for the DOJ’s use of counter-drone authorities and technologies, ensuring that the department continues to carry out its law enforcement and national security missions while respecting individuals’ privacy, civil rights and civil liberties. This session will provide update on the current guidance and next steps for counter-drone technology implementations.