The Commercial Use of Drones in Real Estate Development and Construction: Benefits, Legal Compliance, Respecting Privacy and Best Practices


CLE credits earned: 1 General Credit (WA 1 Law and Legal)

The commercial use of drones is proliferating, and their benefits in real estate development and construction are unparalleled. Drones’ unique device characteristics enable engineers to provide to real estate developers and contractors real-time, highly-detailed data for urban planning, land use, construction and post-construction forensics. Drones’ multiple benefits offer particular value for commercial use during COVID-19. But with every advancing technology comes a cost, and for drones it is intensified privacy concerns.

Key topics to be discussed:

• The regulatory framework for drones used in the private sector
• Drones’ device characteristics and abilities
• The current state of privacy laws
• Tips for businesses seeking to counter privacy concerns to use drones without controversy

Date / Time: December 3, 2020

•   4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern
•   3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Central
•   2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Mountain
•   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: December 3, 2020

Virginia K. Trunkes | Robinson & Cole LLP’s Construction Law Group

Ms. Trunkes advocates on behalf of developers; apartment building, brownstone and condominium unit owners; cooperative boards of directors; construction managers, contractors and subcontractors; and design services professionals in negotiating their business contracts and adjacent-owner license access agreements. As former Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Construction Law Committee, Virginia has a broad overview of all issues implicating construction projects, including insurance and regulatory issues, which inform her practical approach in negotiating parties’ respective obligations. Coupled with her demonstrated collaborative and project-oriented spirit, she is skilled at bringing parties together to arrive at practical solutions to effectuate their deal while still protecting their interests.

When complex disputes do arise, and when alternative dispute resolution cannot be achieved, Virginia litigates in state and federal courts, where she advocates fiercely on her clients’ behalf. Common litigation issues include any and all construction disputes, including construction and design defects, bond claims, mechanic’s liens, delay and lost productivity claims, and claims arising from force majeure events. In addition to her construction specific litigation experience, Virginia has handled civil matters ranging from contractual breaches, fiduciary obligations, licenses, the right to access, boundaries (trespass and encroachment), Zoning Lot Development Agreements, and interpretation of and compliance with administrative regulations. Virginia’s several years as a Court Attorney at the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, First Department, enhance her ability to navigate and sift through granular details while communicating to judges the core factual issues and persuasive legal arguments.

Virginia performs volunteer work with organizations such as the Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert, where she serves as Vice-President, the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, where she co-chairs the Corporate and Commercial Committee, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the White Plains Bar Association. She has published articles in numerous bar journals, industry trade publications and newsletters, examining legal topics du jour and exploring their potential directions and reach. She is currently the Editor of Robinson & Cole LLP’s Construction Law Zone Blog.
Kathryn M. Rattigan | Associate | Robinson & Cole LLP

Kathryn Rattigan is a member of the Robinson & Cole’s Business Litigation Group and Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. She advises clients on data privacy and security, cybersecurity, and compliance with related state and federal laws. Kathryn also provides legal advice regarding the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS, or drones) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. She represents clients across all industries, such as insurance, health care, education, energy, and construction.

Kathryn helps clients comply with all state and federal regulations related to data privacy and cybersecurity. She counsels clients facing government investigations over alleged non-compliance. She advises clients on the development of privacy and security plans, and how to best handle high-risk data to avoid breaches and cyber intrusions. Kathryn also advises clients on all legal issues surrounding the use of commercial drones, including navigation of Federal Aviation Administration regulations, commercial registration requirements, and Part 107 waivers. She reviews and prepares employee and subcontractor agreements for the piloting and use of drones. She advises commercial businesses on insurance options for adequate coverage for drone use.

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