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Brendan M. Schulman

Special Counsel

Phone: 212.715.9247 Fax: 212.715.8220 New York

Brendan Schulman is Special Counsel in the Litigation Department and heads the firm’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems practice. Mr. Schulman defended the first federal case ever involving the operation of a commercial drone in the United States. He has two decades of hands-on experience with unmanned aircraft technology. His litigation practice also includes securities fraud cases, complex contract disputes, regulatory challenges, and corporate fiduciary duty claims, in federal and state courts and in arbitration tribunals, with an emphasis on law-and-technology subjects. Mr. Schulman lectures and writes on unmanned aircraft systems, electronic discovery, and other law-and-technology topics and is a member of the American Bar Association Forum Committee on Air and Space Law, the Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production, and the New York State Bar Association Social Media Law Committee. Mr. Schulman has been quoted in hundreds of news media outlets on the topic of Unmanned Aircraft Systems and is frequently invited to speak on the topic. He sits on the Board of Advisors of the international Humanitarian UAV Network.

In his capacity as E-Discovery Counsel, Mr. Schulman advises clients on the impact of technology and electronically stored information in litigation matters, with an emphasis on technology-assisted review and other cost-effective and defensible strategies.

Highlights of his recent work include: 

  • Defense of the first-ever FAA enforcement action brought against a commercial drone operator, in the landmark case of Huerta v. Pirker.
  • Defense of civilian drone operators in connection with FAA investigations, subpoenas, and depositions, in the context of aerial photography, agriculture and other applications.
  • Legal advisory work concerning UAS operation for a Fortune 500 corporation in the insurance sector. 
  • Advocacy for Texas EquuSearch in a D.C. Circuit challenge to an FAA order prohibiting UAS use for volunteer search-and-rescue to find missing persons. 
  • Advising leading robotics companies and universities in connection with the design and operation of UAS systems for compliance with current and anticipated future FAA regulations. 
  • Representation of a major aerospace contractor in connection with government antitrust inquiry concerning its work on next-generation fighter aircraft. 
  • Defense of a major university in litigation concerning the management and operation of a landmark science research facility.
  • Representation at trial of a tax advisory firm alleged to have committed professional malpractice.

J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1999
  • Executive Editor, Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, 1998-1999
  • Staff and Line Editor, Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, 1996-1998
  • Nathan Burkan Memorial Award, Copyright Law
B.A., Distinction in the Major, Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude, Yale University, 1996
New York, 2001
Honorable William G. Young,  U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1999 - 2000
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2002
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2002
U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia, 2013
    -New York State Bar Association
    -American Bar Association