Transportation Litigation

The Transportation Litigation group at Roetzel provides solutions for clients' immediate legal defense needs in the transportation area. Representation of these transportation service providers includes the implementation and coordination of immediate response teams in catastrophic accidents, and civil litigation in all federal and state courts.

Roetzel's Transportation Litigation group provides solutions for clients' immediate legal defense needs in the transportation area.

Our attorneys focus on the motor carrier, passenger, air, water, third-party logistic providers, and rail transportation segments of the transportation and logistics industries. In addition to direct suppliers and users of such services, our Transportation Litigation attorneys' client base includes third-party logistics providers, brokers, insurance specialists, and insurance carriers.

Our Experience

  • Represented major transportation carriers and insurers in local, regional and national liability litigation
  • Represented major transportation carriers in local, regional and national cargo claims litigation
  • Represented railroads in FELA litigation 
  • Serve as coordinated counsel for emergency response protocol for transportation, retail and business clients involving catastrophic accidents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Defended truckload carrier companies against claims arising under union collective bargaining agreements and various discrimination claims
  • Retained to represent a large school bus operating company and in various trials involving minor bodily injury and / or property damage from motor vehicle accidents
  • Defended a major transportation carrier against sexual orientation claims involving allegations that an employee was disciplined as a result of his sexual orientation
  • Defended a motorcycle manufacturer against alleged deceptive trade practices and breach of warranty regarding a motorcycle sprocket
  • Represented a global leader in building materials to determine if the company was liable when a rail maintenance crew member died cleaning out a railcar. We obtained summary judgement on behalf of our client
  • Defended a class A railroad in a jury trial involving tresspassing minor whose leg was traumatically amputated
  • Negotiated settlement of a $20 million claim against a publically traded railroad, after the close of discovery, for less than the budgeted amount to defend the case at trial; this case was actively litigated for over four years and was reviewed quarterly by the Railroad's Board of Directors as "material" litigation

What We Do

  • Cargo loss and damaged cargo
  • Civil litigation
  • Damage claims
  • Emergency response protocol and services
  • Insurance coverage
  • Liability defense
  • Personal injury defense
  • Risk management services
  • Trucking litigation
  • Freight collection
  • Carmack litigation

Related Media & Events

  1. Alerts
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    Dismissal with Prejudice Too Severe a Sanction for Failure to File Mediation Certification of Authority - Sep 27, 2016
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  2. Articles
    Be Aware of Potential Risks: Defending Collision Avoidance Systems Claims in Truck Accident Lawsuits - December 2021 - DRI: For the Defense
    The Importance of an Effective Opening Statement - May 15, 2019 - Defense Research Institute
    Not Fake News, But Fake Claims-A Federal Court Dismisses Nine of Twelve Claims in Plaintiff's "Shotgun" Style Complaint - February 2019 - The Transportation Lawyer
    Direct Negligence Claims for Failing to Use Advanced Safety Technologies - 2018 - DRI In Transit Newsletter, Volume 21, Issue 1
    Litigating Against the Latest Efforts by the Plaintiffs' Bar to Misconstrue the FMCSA Regulations - Jul 1, 2017 - The Transportation Lawyer
    Accidents Happen: Is Your Transportation Partner Prepared? - Oct 25, 2016 - Inbound Logistics
    Lifting the Fog on Extreme Caution Driving - Jun 20, 2016 - Inbound Logistics
    Driving the Preventability Determination Out of Court: Practical Guidance on Excluding the Preventability Determination from Trial When the Commercial Driver's Negligence Is Contested - 2015
    When It's Time to Face the Facts: Using the Physical Facts Rule to Win Summary Judgment - Dec 12, 2012 - The Voice, DRI Newsletter
    Wake-Up Call for Carrier and Driver - December 2011 - For The Defense
    How to Avoid Producing Your Investigative Team and File - Fall/Winer 2011 - USLaw
    VORAD Data Admitted As Basis For Accident Reconstruction Opinions - August 2008 - TIDA e-newsletter; D.R.I. In Transit
  3. Presentation
    “The Ethics of Remote Litigation” - October 2021 - ABA TIPS Aviation and Space Law Conference
  4. Firm News
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    Roetzel & Andress Announces Three Newly Elected Shareholders - Jan 2, 2024
    19 Roetzel Attorneys Named Ohio Super Lawyers/Rising Stars - Dec 29, 2023
    Moriah Cheatham Williams Named 2022 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award Winner - Aug 5, 2022
    Roetzel’s Cincinnati Office Continues Growth; Adds Associate Robert Schrimpf - Jan 15, 2020
    Phillip Sarnowksi Joins Roetzel’s Columbus Office as Associate - Aug 12, 2019
    Roetzel Promotes Resetar and Young to Shareholder - Feb 16, 2018
    Brad Wright Receives USLAW Network's O'Hagan Award - Sep 30, 2016
    Bradley Wright to Speak at the 2016 CLM Boston Conference - Jun 20, 2016
    Roetzel's Bradley A. Wright Named Chair of USLAW Board of Directors - Oct 4, 2013