Mickey H. Osterreicher is of Counsel to Finnerty Osterreicher & Abdulla and serves as general counsel to the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). He is a member of the New York State Bar Association Media Law Committee, the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) newsgathering committee and the First Amendment Lawyers Association (FALA). He is an award-winning photojournalist with overt forty years’ experience in print and broadcast. His work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Time, Newsweek and USA Today as well as on ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News and ESPN.
As a lawyer, Mr. Osterreicher is actively involved in such issues as: cameras in the courtroom, the federal shield law, media access, public photography, ag-gag legislation, anti-paparazzi statutes, drones, copyright, and fair use. He writes for the NPPA and the Media Law Research Center (MLRC) as well as other online publications. He has also been quoted in the news nationally on many of these issues. In 2015 the Pepperdine Law Review published his paper: Charting the Course for Use of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems in Newsgathering and in 2018 he helped develop a survey resulting in a white paper from the Center for Journalism Ethics, University of Wisconsin-Madison: “Drones in the News: Journalist Conceptions and Public Engagement.” He was also a member of the FAA Beyond Visual Line of Sight Aviation Rulemaking Committee 2014-2015. He is on the Advisory board of DroneResponders and was an official observer on the Uniform Law Commission’s Tort Law Relating to Drones Act Committee.