Business Services

Transportation & Logistics

Representation of transportation service providers includes corporate matters, labor affairs, contract negotiations, real estate transactions, the implementation and coordination of immediate response teams, civil litigation in all federal and state courts, and advice regarding compliance with existing federal and state laws, as well as proposed and pending legislation.

We offer our clients integrated knowledge and an experienced understanding of how legal issues within the industry incorporate a broad scope of other services within our firm.

Our attorneys focus on the motor carrier, autonomous vehicle, 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 attorneys' client base includes third-party logistics providers; private fleets; commercial vessels; barge and shipping industries on the Inland Rivers, Great Lakes, and the Gulf, including cargo, employment, Jones Act; collision and environmental issues related to water borne commerce; brokers; insurance specialists, and insurance carriers, in areas such as litigation, transactional, and contractual assignments. The firm's clients represent a cross-section of carriers such as couriers; package; less-than-truckload; truckload; general freight; liquid and dry bulk; temperature-controlled; public transit; and rail carriers; as well as airlines; domestic freight forwarders; transportation brokers; and insurers of the industry.

The Transportation Law Group is experienced and aware of any industry issues that affect both shippers and carriers who deal with the many challenges of delivering, transporting, and receiving commercial goods in interstate, intrastate, and foreign commerce. We offer our clients integrated knowledge and an experienced understanding of how legal issues within the transportation industry incorporate a broad scope of other practice area services within our firm.

Our Experience

  • Serve as national counsel, regional counsel or an equivalent role for numerous transportation carriers, insurance carriers, retail entities and other businesses
  • 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
  • Served as coordinated counsel for emergency response protocol for transportation, retail and business clients involving catastrophic accidents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Served as national transportation counsel for several large retail grocers
  • Counsel to seven large bus companies operating throughout Ohio
  • Participated in worker classification matters on a national basis related to owner-operators
  • Represented several motor carriers in various segments within the industry regarding the creation and establishment of preventative owner/operator/independent contractor operation models, including their requisite contractual documentation and ongoing training
  • Represented several major motor carriers before the national Office of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding worker classification issues
  • Significant experience in shipper/carrier contractual relationships and shipper/broker and carrier/broker relationships involving several Fortune 100 retailers
  • Represented a transit authority in the acquisition of properties for development of a rail line and completed associated environmental due diligence activities
  • Negotiated property-related agreements and joint facility agreements
  • Represented AirTran Airways in federal whistleblower actions, including Majali v. AirTran Airways, Dept. of Labor ARB and Branche v. AirTran Airways
  • Represented aviation employers in employee discrimination claims, including national origin, race and sex
  • Represented a fixed-based operator (FBO) at one of the busiest executive airports in South Florida in the sale of its operations to one of the largest operators of FBO facilities worldwide, with signification tax and government law issues involved; transaction was a hybrid real estate/corporate transaction combining the sale of operating assets with a sublease of the operating facilities from the seller to the buyer, while retaining the rights to develop two commercial outparcels pursuant to the original lease held from the airport authority
  • Facilitated Air Installation Compatible Use Zone (ACIUZ) planning for Massachusetts Port Authority, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and Akron Canton Airport Authority
  • Represented Associated Aviation Underwriters in environmental claims by Massport, Delta Airlines and American Airlines related to flight operations
  • Handled environmental issues citations associated with maintenance and hangar operations for several carriers at McCoy Field
  • Accident/passenger claims by passengers injured during takeoff, landing and taxi
  • Represented a carrier for claims of passenger discrimination and racial profiling aimed at persons of Arab descent
  • Commercial disputes with suppliers of equipment and services, including complicated hushkit litigation associated with operations of DC-9 aircraft
  • Represented Planet Airlines for certificate issues for operations at McCoy Field and Fort Lauderdale Airport
  • Represented air carriers in union arbitrations for pilots, flight attendants, maintenance and ramp workers on diverse issues, including bids, scheduling and overtime calculation
  • Represented Naval Air Stations as corporate counsel for all legal issues
  • Drafted hangar service agreements, fuel purchase agreements and vendor sublease agreements for a fixed-base operator
  • Represented a fixed-base operator in tenant eviction actions
  • Represented a fixed-base operator in placing liens on aircraft for non-payment of fuel purchases, hangar rent and ramp tie-down fees
  • Represented a fixed-base operator in obtaining final judgments against aircraft owners for non-payment of services
  • Represented a fixed-base operator in post-judgment enforcement, including garnishing debtors' assets and levying on debtors' aircraft
  • Represented a major Northeast Ohio airport in general aviation facility ground leases for fixed-based operators, specialized aviation service providers and private aircraft hangars
  • Represented a major Northeast Ohio airport in connection with a public bidding dispute involving excavation contractors for significant runway construction project excavation phase
  • Represented a county airport in drafting of minimum standards for its aeronautical activities
  • Represented a fixed-base operator in sale of business
  • Represented an airport in connection with airport terminal food concessionaire agreement
  • Counseled an airport board in regard to public entity and conflict of interest policies
  • Drafted a private aircraft charter agreement template for corporate jet
  • Drafted a private aircraft management agreement
  • Represented an airport management contractor in connection with airport agreement for a county airport
  • Represented a seller in a 1031 exchange involving disposition/acquisition of a commercial hangar facility and a corporate jet
  • Represented an airport in cell tower lease site negotiations
  • Represented an airport in rental car company lease for terminal counter space
  • Represented an airport in landlord consent documentation for ground tenant financing transactions
  • Represent an owner of business aircraft in documenting charter and leasing agreements
  • Represented a Fort Lauderdale-based cargo airline on leasing 767 aircraft to update its fleet
  • Represented a discount air carrier in formation and capital raising efforts
  • Represented numerous parties in the purchase, sale, lease and financing of commercial and business aircraft
  • Relying on the Montreal Convention, obtained partial summary judgment for commercial airline in baggage damage claim

What We Do

  • Commercial transactions
  • Driver leasing
  • Emergency response protocol and services
  • Equipment leasing
  • Hazardous materials
  • Independent contractor / employee status
  • Insurance coverage
  • International law
  • Labor and employment
  • Mergers & acquisitions and corporate structuring
  • Multi-modal coverage
  • Personal injury, property damage and cargo claims
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Risk management services
  • Taxation
  • Trucking litigation and counseling
  • Workers' compensation

Related Media & Events

  1. Alerts
    Ohio Appellate Court Holds Hazardous Material Transportation Act Does Not Preempt Ohio Products Liability Act - Feb 8, 2024
    Recent Changes to the Ohio Rules Address Remote Attendance, Discovery Disputes, and Service of Process - Jul 25, 2023
    Limited English, Limited Defenses (Potentially…) - Oct 13, 2022
    Beware of “Crash Tax” — Dealing with Accident Response Fees - Jun 1, 2022
    “Permanent and Substantial Deformity”: What it Means and How it is Interpreted Regarding the Application of the Statutory Cap on Noneconomic Damages - Mar 29, 2022
    Minor Settlements in Ohio - Feb 15, 2022
    22 Affirmative Defenses for 2022 - Jan 10, 2022
    H.R. 3684: Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act - Nov 8, 2021
    Ohio CDL Manuals Do Not Alter the Standard of Care for Truck Drivers - Oct 11, 2021
    School Bus Stop-Arm Camera Laws: Safety Takes a Front Seat as Kids Head Back to Class - Sep 8, 2021
    Does Joint & Several Liability Apply to Punitive Damages? - Aug 10, 2021
    Minding Your P’s and Q’s: How to Properly Assert and Maintain the Empty Chair Defense - Jun 29, 2021
    What You Should Know About Liability Waivers for Minors in Ohio - Jun 22, 2021
    It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a … Drone? - May 4, 2021
    Are Violations of the FMCSRs Admissible to Show Negligence in a Trucking Case? Not According to the Sixth Circuit - Jan 12, 2021
    The Ohio Supreme Court Holds Driving On but Not Over the Highway Fog Line Is Not a Violation of Ohio Law - Jan 5, 2021
    Can an Ohio Jury Award $0 for Pain and Suffering Even When It Finds That Plaintiff Was Injured? It Depends. - Dec 22, 2020
    The Supreme Court of Ohio Disqualifies a Trial Court Judge for Failure to Implement COVID-19 Safety Measures - Dec 15, 2020
    Federal Government Temporarily Postpones Certain Import Duties, Taxes, and Fees - Apr 21, 2020
    DOT Suspends FMCSR Enforcement for COVID-19 Supply and Passenger Transportation; Ohio Suspends Intrastate HOS Enforcement - Mar 15, 2020
    Ohio’s Solution for Exorbitant Towing and Storing Fees: Ohio Revised Code 4513.70 - Dec 19, 2019
    Ohio Transportation Budget Update - Apr 4, 2019
    FAA Approves Civilian Drone Use Beyond Visual Line of Sight with Radar - Oct 19, 2018
    DOT Aims to Revise Truckers' Hours-of-Service Regulations - Aug 23, 2018
    FMCSA Issues New Guidance Regarding the Use of Personal Conveyance - Jun 28, 2018
    Buckle Your Seat Belts: Federal Government Launches Pilot Program Designed to Accelerate Integration of Commercial Drones into the National Airspace - Nov 14, 2017
    Can Your Business Fly Under the Radar? - Oct 16, 2017
    Recent United States Supreme Court Decision Further Constricts Use of General Personal Jurisdiction to "Forum Shop" Against Transportation Companies - Jun 9, 2017
    Significant Victory for Trucking Company in Admitted Negligence Case - Sep 27, 2016
    FAA Issues Long-Anticipated Commercial Drone Rules & Eliminates the Section 333 Exemption Process - Jun 22, 2016
    It's Final: The Electronic Logging Device Rule Is Here - Dec 11, 2015
    Congress Passes Multi-Year Surface Transportation Bill - Dec 8, 2015
    Driver Coercion Rule is Final and Effective January 29, 2016 - Dec 1, 2015
    FAA Launches Commercial Drone "Pathfinder" Program - May 6, 2015
    TransVantage Bankruptcy Leads to Multiple Lawsuits against Motor Carriers - May 4, 2015
    The FAA Proposes New Rules On Commercial Drones - Feb 16, 2015
    2015 Spending Bill Passes Congress, Suspends Hours-of-Service Regulations Related to 34-Hour Rest Period - Dec 15, 2014
    New Decision on Catastrophic Loss Exceptions to the Non-Economic Damages Cap: The Cap Applies As a Matter of Law - Jul 17, 2014
    New Northern District of Ohio Decision Interprets Ohio's Catastrophic Loss Exception to the Cap on Noneconomic Damages - Feb 19, 2014
    Federal Court Declares the Ohio Supreme Court "Misinterpreted" the Law in Creating "Logo Liability" in Ohio - Jan 9, 2014
  2. Articles
    Transportation Defense Strikes Back: FAAAA preemption and the fight against plaintiff’s claims against transportation brokers and shippers - Winter 2023 - USLAW Magazine
    Be Aware of Potential Risks: Defending Collision Avoidance Systems Claims in Truck Accident Lawsuits - December 2021 - DRI: For the Defense
    Sudden Medical Emergencies in the Trucking Industry: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to the Rescue - October 2021 - Transportation Lawyers Association
    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
    When to File Loss and Damage Claims: Know Your Rights - Jan 1, 2017
    Accidents Happen: Is Your Transportation Partner Prepared? - Oct 25, 2016 - Inbound Logistics
    Lifting the Fog on Extreme Caution Driving - Jun 20, 2016 - Inbound Logistics
    The Trials and Errors of Preventability Determinations - May 3, 2016 - Inbound Logistics
    What Makes a Motor Carrier Unfit for Service? - Apr 11, 2016 - USLAW Magazine
    Driver Coercion Rule: What Shippers and Carriers Need to Know - Jan 15, 2016 - Inbound Logistics
    Working with an FMCSA Regulations / Hiring and Retention Expert - Jun 29, 2015
    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
    Recent Developments in Montreal Convention Litigation - 2014
    Recent Case Law Addressing Three Contentious Issues in the Montreal Convention - Nov 4, 2012 - The Air & Space Lawyer, Volume 24
    Wake-Up Call for Carrier and Driver - December 2011 - For The Defense
    The Transportation Lawyer: "Extreme Caution" and a Driver's Standard of Care When Encountering Inclement Weather - July 2011 - The Transportation Lawyer
    "Extreme Caution" and a Driver's Standard of Care When Encountering Inclement Weather - 2011 - The Transportation Lawyer
    How to Avoid Producing Your Investigative Team and File - Fall/Winer 2011 - USLaw
    Insurance Coverage Issues in Trucking Law-Ohio-The Duty to Preserve Coverage and to Cooperate - January 2009 - D.R.I. Trucking Insurance Law Compendium
    VORAD Data Admitted As Basis For Accident Reconstruction Opinions - August 2008 - TIDA e-newsletter; D.R.I. In Transit
  3. Presentation
    "Legal Update: Transportation and Regulatory Developments" - November 2022 - Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Association Meeting
  4. Firm News
    Roetzel & Andress Announces Three Newly Elected Shareholders - Jan 2, 2024
    Roetzel Earns National and Regional Rankings in 2024 Best Law Firms® - Nov 2, 2023
    15 Roetzel Attorneys Named Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch - Aug 17, 2023
    Roetzel & Andress Earns Recognition in 2024 Best Lawyers - Aug 17, 2023
    Roetzel & Andress Names Three New Shareholders - Jan 4, 2023
    Roetzel Continues Strategic Growth with Addition of Over 30 Attorneys in 12 Months - Jan 3, 2023
    Roetzel & Andress Named to 2023 “Best Law Firms” List - Nov 3, 2022
    Roetzel Attorneys Recognized in 2023 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® - Aug 18, 2022
    Moriah Cheatham Williams Named 2022 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award Winner - Aug 5, 2022
    Two Roetzel Attorneys Honored as “20 in their Twenties” Class of 2022 by Crain’s Cleveland Business - Jun 6, 2022
    Roetzel Expands Transportation & Logistics Team with Addition of Columbus Attorneys Greg Melick and Alex Karcher - Jan 21, 2022
    Roetzel & Andress Announces the Election of Two New Shareholders - Jan 3, 2022
    Twenty-Seven Roetzel Attorneys Selected to 2022 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List - Dec 30, 2021
    Roetzel Adds Five Associates to the Firm - Nov 9, 2021
    Roetzel & Andress Named to 2022 “Best Law Firms” List - Nov 4, 2021
    Roetzel’s Moriah Cheatham-Williams Named a 30 for the Future Award Recipient - Oct 8, 2021
    74 Roetzel Attorneys Named 2022 Best Lawyers in America®; 18 Recognized as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch - Aug 19, 2021
    Eight Roetzel Attorneys Promoted to Shareholder in 2021 - Jan 1, 2021
    Thirty Roetzel Attorneys Selected to 2021 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List - Dec 8, 2020
    Roetzel & Andress Ranked Among “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® - Nov 5, 2020
    Seventy Roetzel Attorneys Named to 2021 The Best Lawyers in America© List; Ten Named “Lawyer of the Year” - Aug 20, 2020
    Eleven Roetzel & Andress Attorneys Selected to Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch - Aug 20, 2020
    Patrick Healy Joins Roetzel’s Cincinnati Office as Shareholder - Feb 14, 2020
    Roetzel’s Cincinnati Office Continues Growth; Adds Associate Robert Schrimpf - Jan 15, 2020
    Heebsh Named Shareholder-in-Charge of Roetzel’s Toledo Office - Jan 1, 2020
    23 Roetzel Attorneys Named 2020 Ohio Super Lawyers®; 11 Named Rising Stars® - Nov 27, 2019
    Roetzel & Andress Ranked Among Nation’s 2020 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News — Best Lawyers® - Nov 1, 2019
    Roetzel Promotes Resetar and Young to Shareholder - Feb 16, 2018
    Roetzel & Andress Ranked in 2018 "Best Law Firms" List - Nov 2, 2017
    The Akron Beacon Journal quotes Partner, Karen Adinolfi - Jun 9, 2017
    Roetzel & Andress Ranked in 2017 "Best Law Firms" - Nov 1, 2016
    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 Akron Office Adds 11 Attorneys - Jan 13, 2016
    Roetzel & Andress Ranked in 2016 "Best Law Firms" - Nov 2, 2015
    Roetzel & Andress Welcomes Philip S. Heebsh to Toledo Office - Oct 7, 2015
    Roetzel & Andress Ranked in 2015 "Best Law Firms" - Nov 3, 2014
    Roetzel Ranked Among Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report - Nov 5, 2013
    Roetzel's Bradley A. Wright Named Chair of USLAW Board of Directors - Oct 4, 2013