Transportation & Logistics

OVERVIEW

Strasburger is among a limited number of law firms in North America that have made a major commitment to handling the multitude of legal matters regularly faced by transportation and logistics companies, both domestically and internationally. This commitment is supported by the firm’s substantial presence in Texas, one of the world’s most dynamic and innovative centers for transportation and logistics.

Today, the firm’s focus on transportation and logistics extends not only throughout Texas, but also far beyond Texas. Having offices located in the national capitals of the U.S. and Mexico, as well as in four major Texas cities plus New York City, Strasburger views transportation and logistics from a domestic, international and intermodal perspective, with close attention to the details “on the ground” at our strategic office locations.

Strasburger’s experience in transportation/logistics law includes representation of a wide variety of clients, such as airlines, direct and indirect air cargo carriers, aircraft and engine manufacturers, domestic and foreign aircraft repair stations, airports, banks and other capital providers to the transportation/logistics industry, travel agents, motor freight carriers (including the less than truckload, truckload, tank, dry bulk, drive-away, courier, armored and private segments), bus lines, household goods carriers, air, ocean and inland freight forwarders, transportation brokers, customs brokers, railroads, warehouse operators, consolidators, third party and fourth party logistics providers, shippers, and insurers. For these clients, we handle legal matters which are unique to the world of transportation and logistics, whether the problem involves surface, maritime, air or intermodal operations.

The firm’s industry leaders are available to answer any questions about Strasburger’s capabilities. To learn more about our experience in this industry, please contact Sam Hallman, Mark Scudder, or Mark Andrews.

EXPERIENCE

SURFACE TRANSPORTATION

We handle nearly every issue imaginable, including licensing, enforcement and other administrative proceedings before governmental agencies; expansion of operations internationally; defense of worker and third-party personal injury and property damage claims arising out of accidents; claims and litigation involving cargo loss or damage; disputes over freight charges, and controversies over federal preemption of state laws affecting transportation. We also negotiate and draft transportation, logistics and warehousing contracts; handle disputes arising from such contracts; prepare and advise on company policies concerning employees and independent contractors; draft employment contracts including non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality clauses; prepare independent contractor agreements involving truck owner-operators; and advise about laws and regulations concerning operational safety and hazardous materials.

Additionally, we assist carriers on compliance with state requirements for “legalization” of commercial vehicles; advise on taxation of transportation equipment, facilities and properties, and obtain certifications for disadvantaged, historically underutilized and/or minority owned business enterprises. We are familiar with the specialized laws and regulations applicable to railroads regarding mergers, acquisitions, labor relations, workers’ compensation and retirement benefits. We also handle customs, export and immigration issues and enforcement proceedings; help clients implement e-commerce and Web-based services; offer a full range of mediation and arbitration services, and are well–equipped to assist clients with legislative matters (drafting, advocacy and monitoring) both in Austin and in Washington, D.C.

MARITIME TRANSPORTATION

Strasburger’s transportation group includes lawyers who concentrate on admiralty and maritime law and marine transportation/logistics. The maritime group, largely based in Houston, routinely represents ocean carriers, freight forwarders, vessel owners and operators, brokers, and oilfield exploration, production and service companies in matters involving litigation, insurance/risk management, and contractual disputes. Our experience includes coastwise shipping, ocean marine cargo, maritime insurance, inland marine cargo and cases involving the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (COGSA), the Harter Act and the Interstate Commerce Act. We also handle vessel arrests, ship and yacht financing, subrogation claims, shipboard investigations, hull and machinery claims, marine pollution and environmental compliance, personal injury claims, Jones Act claims, pollution matters, vessel collisions and allisions, salvage, towage, governmental fines and risk management.

AIR TRANSPORTATION

In the realm of aviation, Strasburger’s transportation and logistics lawyers represent airlines, indirect air carriers, aircraft owners, aircraft and component manufacturers, airports, and persons doing business with them. We provide these parties with representation on purchase, sales, leasing and financing transactions related to aviation, as well as in the negotiation and drafting of transportation, logistics and fuel supply contracts. We also assist aviation clients and their customers with litigation and other forms of dispute resolution relating to air cargo loss and damage claims, pricing disputes, negligence, product liability, and conflicts between federal and state law. In addition, we advise these clients on taxation, environmental and regulatory compliance issues, on customs and export compliance matters, and on international business issues generally.

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Strasburger is among a limited number of law firms in North America that have made a major commitment to handling the multitude of legal matters regularly faced by transportation and logistics companies, both domestically and internationally. This commitment is supported by the firm’s substantial presence in Texas, one of the world’s most dynamic and innovative centers for transportation and logistics.

Today, the firm’s focus on transportation and logistics extends not only throughout Texas, but also far beyond Texas. Having offices located in the national capitals of the U.S. and Mexico, as well as in four major Texas cities plus New York City, Strasburger views transportation and logistics from a domestic, international and intermodal perspective, with close attention to the details “on the ground” at our strategic office locations.

Strasburger’s experience in transportation/logistics law includes representation of a wide variety of clients, such as airlines, direct and indirect air cargo carriers, aircraft and engine manufacturers, domestic and foreign aircraft repair stations, airports, banks and other capital providers to the transportation/logistics industry, travel agents, motor freight carriers (including the less than truckload, truckload, tank, dry bulk, drive-away, courier, armored and private segments), bus lines, household goods carriers, air, ocean and inland freight forwarders, transportation brokers, customs brokers, railroads, warehouse operators, consolidators, third party and fourth party logistics providers, shippers, and insurers. For these clients, we handle legal matters which are unique to the world of transportation and logistics, whether the problem involves surface, maritime, air or intermodal operations.

The firm’s industry leaders are available to answer any questions about Strasburger’s capabilities. To learn more about our experience in this industry, please contact Sam Hallman, Mark Scudder, or Mark Andrews.

EXPERIENCE

SURFACE TRANSPORTATION

We handle nearly every issue imaginable, including licensing, enforcement and other administrative proceedings before governmental agencies; expansion of operations internationally; defense of worker and third-party personal injury and property damage claims arising out of accidents; claims and litigation involving cargo loss or damage; disputes over freight charges, and controversies over federal preemption of state laws affecting transportation. We also negotiate and draft transportation, logistics and warehousing contracts; handle disputes arising from such contracts; prepare and advise on company policies concerning employees and independent contractors; draft employment contracts including non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality clauses; prepare independent contractor agreements involving truck owner-operators; and advise about laws and regulations concerning operational safety and hazardous materials.

Additionally, we assist carriers on compliance with state requirements for “legalization” of commercial vehicles; advise on taxation of transportation equipment, facilities and properties, and obtain certifications for disadvantaged, historically underutilized and/or minority owned business enterprises. We are familiar with the specialized laws and regulations applicable to railroads regarding mergers, acquisitions, labor relations, workers’ compensation and retirement benefits. We also handle customs, export and immigration issues and enforcement proceedings; help clients implement e-commerce and Web-based services; offer a full range of mediation and arbitration services, and are well–equipped to assist clients with legislative matters (drafting, advocacy and monitoring) both in Austin and in Washington, D.C.

MARITIME TRANSPORTATION

Strasburger’s transportation group includes lawyers who concentrate on admiralty and maritime law and marine transportation/logistics. The maritime group, largely based in Houston, routinely represents ocean carriers, freight forwarders, vessel owners and operators, brokers, and oilfield exploration, production and service companies in matters involving litigation, insurance/risk management, and contractual disputes. Our experience includes coastwise shipping, ocean marine cargo, maritime insurance, inland marine cargo and cases involving the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (COGSA), the Harter Act and the Interstate Commerce Act. We also handle vessel arrests, ship and yacht financing, subrogation claims, shipboard investigations, hull and machinery claims, marine pollution and environmental compliance, personal injury claims, Jones Act claims, pollution matters, vessel collisions and allisions, salvage, towage, governmental fines and risk management.

AIR TRANSPORTATION

In the realm of aviation, Strasburger’s transportation and logistics lawyers represent airlines, indirect air carriers, aircraft owners, aircraft and component manufacturers, airports, and persons doing business with them. We provide these parties with representation on purchase, sales, leasing and financing transactions related to aviation, as well as in the negotiation and drafting of transportation, logistics and fuel supply contracts. We also assist aviation clients and their customers with litigation and other forms of dispute resolution relating to air cargo loss and damage claims, pricing disputes, negligence, product liability, and conflicts between federal and state law. In addition, we advise these clients on taxation, environmental and regulatory compliance issues, on customs and export compliance matters, and on international business issues generally.

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