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As a certified attorney, pilot, and remote pilot in command, Jacob has a uniquely valuable perspective on the complicated legal landscape surrounding drone use for business, research, or just for fun.


Whether you are negotiating a contract, litigating a claim, working through compliance issues, or setting up shop as a brand new startup, Jacob can help you develop a practical set of solutions to fit your needs on time and on budget.


Administrative law at the federal, state, or local level can be complicated. Jacob vigorously advocates for his clients until they close the deal, get their day in court, or get that  waiver from the FAA. 


Sometimes, bad things happen to good people.  Jacob has the knowledge and experience to evaluate and resolve personal injury claims fairly and efficiently from either the plaintiff's or defendant's side of the dispute.


All good things must come to an end.  Will you be ready?  Jacob can help you execute a plan for your personal or commercial assets that will honor your priorities and set up your successors for success.


Jacob will complete an LLM in Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law in December 2017.  These studies have prepared him to handle data breach response, GDPR compliance, and other cybersecurity related issues cleanly and efficiently.


Jacob Tewes is an associate in Kutak Rock, LLP's Corporate Department. He practiced law in Yankton, South Dakota and earned an LL.M. in Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law from the University of Nebraska before joining the firm. As a member of the Intellectual Property & Information Technology Group, Mr. Tewes regularly drafts and negotiates technologically complex transactions. Mr. Tewes is also a member of the Data Security and Privacy Practice Group, where he focuses on cybersecurity, data privacy, and emerging technologies. His unique academic and professional background enables Mr. Tewes to fulfill his clients’ short-term transactional needs while laying the groundwork for long-term success in dynamic and competitive business environments. Representative work includes:

A certified private and remote pilot, Jacob is also keenly interested in all aspects of aviation. His extensive work on data security, privacy, and physical security risks related to drones and counter-drone technology during his LL.M. uniquely qualifies him to address difficult issues in that arena. He is a member of the ABA Forum on Air & Space Law, an original member of its Drone Law and General Aviation Subcommittees, and a member of the Lawyer-Pilot Bar Association.

Jacob speaks regularly on drone law, privacy, and data security.  Click here to see upcoming events.

For more details, please visit Jacob's LinkedIn profile.

Representative Work
  • Drafting and negotiating software and hardware development, integration, and acquisition agreements

  • Drafting and negotiating intellectual property transfers and licenses

  • Drafting and negotiating non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements

  • Drafting and negotiating agreements for consulting and other professional services

  • Advising clients on legal developments in cybersecurity and data privacy at the state, federal, and international level, including breach notification laws, FTC guidance and enforcement, voluntary frameworks such as the NIST framework, and binding regulations such as GDPR.

  • Advising clients on legal risks and solutions relating to cybersecurity, data privacy, and emerging technologies

  • Performing due diligence for mergers & acquisitions, vendor and supplier agreements, and other corporate transactions

  • Drafting and helping clients implement robust cybersecurity and data privacy policies

  • Auditing organizational compliance with laws, regulations, orders, and internal policies relating to cybersecurity and data privacy

  • Performing Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA) and Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIA)


Upcoming Events

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