Transportation & Logistics Practice
The firm serves the needs of motor carriers, freight forwarders, freight brokers, logistics service providers, shippers, and insurers in a broad range of transactional, regulatory, and contentious matters. The firm’s Transportation & Logistics Practice is led by veteran transportation lawyer, Robert M. Spira, and supported by Jon Yormick.
The firm offers a wealth of experience in preparing, reviewing and negotiating a wide range of agreements, such as bills of lading, distribution agreements, employment agreements, finance agreements, independent contractor agreements, and logistics management agreements.
A well-planned corporate structure can help protect a client’s assets, as well as grow its business through mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other strategic alliances. We are prepared to assist clients achieve these objectives. When matters involve real estate, the firm’s experience in the purchase, leasing, and sale of commercial and industrial property benefits our transportation and logistics clients.
The transportation sectors are heavily regulated by federal, state, and foreign laws and regulations. The firm’s attorneys have assisted clients with DOT safety audits, responding to notices of violation, preparing operating authority filings, and obtaining special permits from DOT agencies and their state equivalents.
Today, more than ever before, regulatory compliance also means Customs, export controls, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and UK Bribery Act (UKBA) compliance. In recent years, some of the largest, most newsworthy penalties and fines for Customs, export controls, and FCPA violations have been assessed against transportation and logistics companies. Failure to have written compliance policies and following those policies can be costly to any company. The firm, led by Jon Yormick, can assist companies develop and improve international trade compliance policies, determine export license requirements and exemptions, as well as defend and respond to the increasing volume of investigations and penalty cases brought by agencies such as the Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In addition, the firm’s International Trade Advisors can work with companies to evaluate and obtain benefits offered under security and compliance initiatives, such as C-TPAT, and implement new business practices to support compliance with other security initiatives, such as the Importer Security Filing (ISF), also known as “10+2.”
Contentious matters can often arise in the transportation and logistics fields. Our attorneys protect our client’s interests in these disputes. The firm has experience handling litigation, arbitration, mediation, and negotiation of disputes involving freight loss and cargo damage claims; insurance subrogation, coverage and recovery; international trade disputes; employment claims, and a broad range of contractual disputes.