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Gregory S. McNeal, Ph.D.

Gregory S. McNeal, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Law and Public Policy

Contact Information

Phone: (310) 506-7292
Blog: Forbes blog
School: School of Law
School of Public Policy
Location: Malibu

Areas of Expertise

  • Technology Law and Policy
  • Drones (civilian and commercial)
  • Entrepreneurship and Start-Ups (focus on Los Angeles tech)
  • Smart Cities
  • Internet of Things
  • Privacy Law

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Gregory S. McNeal, JD/PhD, is a tenured Professor of Law & Public Policy at Pepperdine University and co-founder of drone software platform AirMap.  He is an expert on topics related to technology, law, and policy. 

He has advised start-ups, Fortune 500 companies, and venture funds on tech policy.  He has aided federal, state, and local elected officials in crafting laws related to emerging technology, including consulting with the White House in Democrat and Republican administrations, and advising senior and agency officials. He was appointed by the Secretary of Transportation to serve on the UAS Registration Task Force, Aviation Rulemaking Committee and was appointed by the FAA Administrator to serve on the Micro UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee and the Remote Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee.  He is the Chair of the Consumer Technology Association's ANSI accredited standards working group R6WG23.  He is also the Chair of the Federalist Society's Emerging Technology Working Group.  He presently serves as the Reporter for the Uniform Law Commission's working group on unmanned aircraft.  Greg is also a nationally recognized commentator for Forbes, and a frequent keynote speaker at industry events and academic conferences related to tech policy.  

Dr. Gregory McNeal is an expert in law and public policy with a focus on security, technology and crime. He teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and courses related to national security and public policy. His current research projects include a book focused on the investigation and prosecution of national security related crimes (under contract with Oxford University Press), a book about targeted killings (grant funded), and a book about the emergent civilian drone market. His law review articles have been published by or are forthcoming in The Georgetown Law JournalThe Northwestern University Law Review ColloquyThe Washington and Lee Law Review, and The Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy among others. He is a co-author of the casebook Anti-Terrorism and Criminal Enforcement (with Norman Abrams, 4th Edition Supplement and 5th Edition), co-editor of Saddam On Trial: Understanding and Debating the Iraqi High Tribunal (with Michael Scharf) and is the editor of a forthcoming treatise Cybersecurity and Privacy.

Dr. McNeal has testified before Congress about drones, surveillance, and counterterrorism and has also aided members of Congress and their committees in drafting legislation. 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 program. He has consulted with the Department of Defense on a range of issues, including helping to draft a manual aimed at reducing harm to civilians in conflict, and advising on matters related to cybersecurity.

Dr. McNeal has also advised Fortune 500 companies and the defense industry on matters related to privacy, surveillance, and homeland security. Before becoming an attorney he served as an officer in the United States Army. His popular writing has appeared in publications such as The New York TimesThe Washington Times, andThe Baltimore Sun, and he has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News Channel, CNN, NPR, NBC Nightly News, BBC, C-SPAN, and other national media outlets as an expert commentator on security, technology and crime.

Dr. McNeal is a FORBES contributor, writing about law and public policy, and he is one of the nation's top law professor bloggers based on the Law Prof Blog Traffic Rankings.


Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

J.D., Case Western Reserve University

M.P.A., American University

B.A., Lehigh University