Practice Areas & Industries: Greenberg Traurig, LLP


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Greenberg Traurig cuts across practices and geographic areas to bring together teams of talented attorneys experienced in the unique issues facing clients in the transportation industry. Our practice encompasses aviation, shipping, railroads and infrastructure development, as well as a full range of legal disciplines. Specifically, our work includes:


  • Aircraft and aircraft portfolio, engine, spare parts, and equipment financing, leasing, sales and securitizations
  • Airline equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, and investments
  • Leveraged lease unwinds, conditional sales arrangements, equipment trusts, mortgage financings and sale leasebacks
  • Fleet enhancement programs
  • Strategic alliances and other commercial and operational arrangements (such as code share and marketing alliances, technology systems and maintenance agreements)
  • General corporate, commercial and operational matters
  • Tax planning
  • Airline restructurings and bankruptcies


  • Structuring, negotiation, documentation, implementation and restructuring of:
    • Ship finance structures, (operational) leases and other off-balance sheet financing for the shipping and offshore industries
    • Sales and purchases of ships, FPSOs, rigs and other offshore installations
    • Shipbuilding and ship registration
    • Mergers, acquisitions, bond issues and IPOs
    • Restructuring and recovery of defaulting loans
  • International transport-related finance 
  • Shipping container lease finance
  • Worldwide shipping group restructurings
  • International joint ventures (particularly between Western European entities, as well as entities within the former Soviet Union and the Balkans)
  • Claims for cargo loss or damage (including Carmack Amendment claims)
  • Corporate transactions

Public Finance

  • Municipal finance transactions
  • Transportation infrastructure financing at the local, state and federal levels

Infrastructure Investment

  • Advice to both government and private sector clients
  • Representation in connection with providing, organizing, operating, managing, financing, acquiring and privatizing public infrastructure


  • Tax structuring of transportation bond issues
  • Purchase agreement and government contract structuring
  • Federal air transportation excise tax issues
  • State and federal fuel excise tax issues

Construction/Infrastructure Development

  • Bid preparation and contract negotiation
  • Construction dispute resolution

Environmental/Land Development

  • Environmental permitting and safety audits
  • Compliance counseling (including HAZMAT regulations)
  • Administrative rule development and challenges
  • Environmental, superfund and takings litigation
  • Defense of enforcement actions
  • Business transactions and due diligence


  • Policy and procedure drafting
  • Union avoidance matters and organizational work
  • Defense against discrimination charges (both at the agency level and in court)

Governmental Affairs

  • Legislative and regulatory counseling
  • Representation before government agencies in the U.S. and abroad
  • Department of Transportation compliance programs
  • Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration,
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, and
  • Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
  • Administration rules and regulations

Government Contracts/Federal Procurement

  • Federal, state, local and foreign government contracts
  • Commercial contract drafting and negotiating
  • Shipping and intermodal transportation agreements
  • Federal Aviation Administration and Amtrak procurement policies and contracting practices
  • The Surface Transportation Board’s rail car description process, car hire rates and rules (including Circular OT-10 and rate arbitration)
  • The Association of American Railroads RAIL-CARDS and CHARM electronic filing programs


Services Available

Past Seminar Materials
  ATA - 2013 Forum for Motor Carrier General Counsel, July 14, 2013
TEAMFL Quarterly Meeting, April 9, 2013
Articles Authored by Lawyers at this office:

Special Transportation & Infrastructure Panel Releases Report on Public-Private Partnerships
Diane J. Blagman,Robert S. Brams,Alais L. M. Griffin,Yosbel A. Ibarra,Jamey L. Tesler, October 15, 2014
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Panel on Public-Private Partnerships (P3 Panel) released its final report and recommendations regarding how to improve the delivery, oversight, and transparency of P3s (Report). This Report comes at the...

White House Initiative to Expand Public-Private Partnerships
Alais L. M. Griffin,Jamey L. Tesler,David Veator, July 24, 2014
On July 17, 2014, President Obama announced a new infrastructure investment initiative, the “Build America Investment Initiative.” Among other things, this program is designed to foster increased use of federal credit programs and public-private partnerships (P3s) by state and local...

The GROW AMERICA Act - Paves the Way for Public-Private Partnerships and State Funding for Infrastructure Through Tolling Facilities
Diane J. Blagman,Jean M. DeLuca,Alais L. M. Griffin,Jamey L. Tesler,David Veator, May 19, 2014
On April 30, 2014, the President sent a $302 billion surface transportation act to Congress, titled the Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerating Mobility, Efficiency and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America Act (GROW AMERICA Act or the Act). This...