Bradley A. Wright

Shareholder, Managing Shareholder - Ohio

Akron
222 South Main Street
Akron, OH 44308
P 330.849.6629
F 330.376.4577
E bwright@ralaw.com
Cleveland
1375 East Ninth Street
One Cleveland Center, 10th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114
P 216.623.0150
F 216.623.0134



Bradley A. Wright

Shareholder, Managing Shareholder - Ohio

Phone: 330.849.6629
Fax: 330.376.4577
Email: bwright@ralaw.com

Mr. Wright is the Practice Group Leader for the firm’s Transportation Law Group, a team of attorneys whose legal skills and client service have led to the firm’s recognition as a National Tier “Best Law Firm” in Transportation Law by U.S. News and World Report magazine. A tireless advocate and trusted legal advisor for over 25 years, Mr. Wright’s experience includes jury trials, mediations, and arbitrations in federal, state, and local courts, where he represents his nationwide client base in semi-tractor trailer and motor vehicle litigation.

In addition to his work for transportation clients, Mr. Wright is a nationally recognized retail litigator.  He serves as national coordinating counsel and relationship counsel for multiple retail entities and as their "go to" emergency response attorney in a regional and local capacity.

During Mr. Wright’s tenure at Roetzel, he has been instrumental in developing, and then leading, the firm’s Emergency Response and Crisis Management Team – a group of Roetzel attorneys that provides 24/7/365 emergency response capabilities to our clients in any industry.  Mr. Wright and the team work with clients at every step to address issues that may arise as a result of industrial accidents, personal injuries, or other catastrophes, providing end-to-end capabilities from the investigatory stage through litigation.

Given his prominence in the transportation and retail sectors, Mr. Wright is often invited to speak at industry conferences and seminars, where he educates his legal peers, together with transportation and retail industry personnel, in relevant and timely legal topics. Many of these opportunities have arisen through Mr. Wright’s relationship with USLAW, where he has served on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and as USLAW Chair from 2013-2014. He currently serves as Chair of USLAW’s Transportation Group. In addition to his ongoing leadership through USLAW, Mr. Wright has also been a prominent speaker at conferences held by the American Trucking Association, the Transportation Lawyers Association, The Trans-European Law Firm Alliance (TELFA), and the Arkansas Trucking Conference, the largest trucking conference in the country.  Mr. Wright is also active in the Transportation Industry Defense Association (TIDA), the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), Defense Research Institute (DRI) - Transportation and Retail Section, and the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), where he is slated to assume the role of Vice Chair for the Transportation Practice Group.

Representative Matters

  • Significant experience in transportation litigation, including semi-tractor trailer, transit authority, bus, rail and heavy equipment accidents, retail litigation, and complex personal injury litigation
  • Partners with a wide range of clients including major retailers and corporations worldwide to provide business and litigation strategy
  • Experience includes jury trials, mediations and arbitrations in the federal, state and local courts, appeals in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and numerous appellate courts throughout Ohio
  • Coordinator for Roetzel's Emergency Response Team, providing immediate response capabilities to a wide variety of corporate, transportation and industrial clients involved in catastrophic events. Emergency response coordinator for several large transportation and retail companies
  • Serves as national, regional and Ohio coordinating counsel for transportation and retail entities
  • Handles multi-million dollar litigated cases for major carriers across the country

Accomplishments

  • USLAW Network, Chair (2013-2014), Chair Emeritus (2014-2016), Vice-Chair (2012-2013), Treasurer (2011-2012), Board of Directors (2005-present), Executive Committee (2008-2017), International Expansion Director (2008-2009), Emerging Markets Director (2009-2010), Chair of Transportation Group (2015-present)
  • Selected as a "Top Rated Lawyer in Transportation Law" by ALM (2012-present)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyer" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2008-present)
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America© for Transportation Law (2008-present)
  • AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (2005-present)
  • Recognized in Who's Who in American Law (2004-present)
  • Roetzel Transportation Practice Group Manager (2000-present)
  • Roetzel Retail Practice Group Manager (2000-present)
  • Roetzel Products Group Manager (2000-2007)
  • Partner-in-Charge of Roetzel Akron office (2007-2017)
  • Recognized as an "Akron Top Lawyer" by Akron Life & Leisure Magazine (2009-present)
  • Chair of USLAW Network 2008 Fall Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Chair of Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA) Advanced Seminar in Miami, Florida (Spring 2012)
  • Recognized by National University of Mexico School of Law for international presentation on civil litigation (2009)
  • U.S. News and World Report - National Tier Transportation Practice (2011-present)

Education

  • J.D., The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law
  • B.A., Miami University

Professional Affiliations

  • American Trucking Association (ATA)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Transportation, Product Liability, and Retail Committees
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA), Motor Carrier Transportation Committee Member
  • Trans European Law Firms Association (TELFA), Member and USLAW Board Liaison
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)
  • Council for Litigation Management (CLM)
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)

Community Affiliations

  • Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce
    • Board of Directors (2008-present)
    • Executive Committee (2010-2016)
    • Vice Chair, Governmental Affairs (2012-2016)
  • Leadership Akron, Graduate (1998)
  • United Way of Summit County, Board of Directors (2017-present)
  • Hudson City Schools Foundation, Board of Directors (2013-present)
  • Hudson United Soccer Club (2016-present)

Publications

  • "Trucking Litigation and D.O.T. Regulations in Ohio" - Lorman Education Services Publications
  • "Controlling Litigation Costs" - Smart Business Akron/Canton

Presentations

  • "Navigating Claims of Negligent Hiring, Training & Retention...Is It Punitive?" - American Trucking Association: Forum for Motor Carrier General Counsel (2017)
  • "Liability for the Violent, Intentional, and/or Criminal Acts of Third Parties" - USLAW Retail Seminar (2017)
  • "Responding to a Serious Accident" - Ohio Public Transit Association Annual Conference (2017)
  • "The Trucking Companies, Their Drivers and Lawyers: Techniques for Preparing Company Representatives and Drivers for Trial" - CLM Boston Conference (2016)
  • "Active Shooter: A Landlord's Potential Liability in a Changing Risk Landscape" - USLAW (2015)
  • "What do Lawyers and Clients Expect in Courtroom" - ABA Transportation Megaconference XII (2015)
  • "The Green Mile: Preparing for and Defending Against a FMCSA Safety Audit" - American Trucking Association (ATA) General Counsel Forum (2014)
  • "Motor Transport: The Double-Edged Sword of Technology for Auto Liability Exposure" - RIMS 2014 Annual Conference & Exhibition, Denver, CO (April 2014)
  • "Front Line Defense for Open & Obvious and Notice" - USLAW Network Client Conference (April 2014)
  • Ace Hardware Retail Roundtable - Chicago, Illinois (July 2013)
  • "Sleep Apnea and Fatigue Policies" - USLAW Transportation Conference (2013)
  • American Trucking Association (ATA) General Counsel Forum
  • "CSA" - USLAW Transportation Conference
  • Northeast Ohio Trade & Economic Consortium (NEOTEC) Logistics Conference
  • "CSA" - Marsh Client Boot Camp, Atlanta, Georgia
  • "CSA 2010" - Marsh Client Boot Camp, Dallas, Texas and Panther Expedited Strategy Meeting
  • "Economic Realities for Law Firms" - Trans European Law Firms Alliance (TELFA), Helsinki, Finland
  • "Social Media Use and Abuse" - International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Regional Conference, New York, New York
  • "Social Media - Obtaining and Admitting Evidence from Social Networking Sites" - USLAW Network, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • "Class Action Litigation in the United States" - Trans European Law Firms Alliance (TELFA) Annual Conference
  • "Don't Fear The Motion For Summary Judgment in Retail Litigation" - USLAW Network
  • "Civil Litigation in the United States" - National University of Mexico

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