“Drone Attorney” and former helicopter pilot now running for US Senate

A Tennessee attorney with an expertise in drone and aviation law announced this week that he is running in 2018 for United States Senate. Earlier this month, James Mackler quit his job at Frost Brown Todd, a Midwest and East Coast law firm, to pursue his political campaign full time.

Mackler, who goes by @drone_attorney on Twitter, represented David Boggs, who recently lost a lawsuit he filed against a man named William Merideth. Merideth is a Kentucky man who shot down Boggs’ drone when Boggs flew it over Merideth’s property in 2015. Other attorneys from Frost Brown will continue to represent Boggs as he evaluates whether to appeal the decision.

Mackler, who is running as a Democrat, will face off next year against incumbent Sen. Bob Corker, a Republican, among other challengers. Tennessee hasn’t elected a non-incumbent Democratic senator since Al Gore, who served in the position from 1985 to 1993. Gore resigned the post to become vice president under President Bill Clinton.

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