Transportation

The nearly 70 attorneys in Wilson Elser’s Transportation practice nationwide are a formidable team of industry veterans and respected trial lawyers whose skills are directed at achieving a successful result from the outset. Combining progressive and established defense capabilities with years of proven litigation experience, practice attorneys consistently provide clients in the transportation industry and their insurers with sound and uncompromising representation.

We understand the unique issues facing companies that transport cargo and people, first- and third-party liability, subrogation issues, and the interplay of legislation surrounding vehicle operation and ownership responsibility.
We offer extensive claims handling and litigation management experience together with major trial sophistication. And we know the industry. We know, for instance, that trucking and other transportation companies can no longer pay exorbitant settlements or judgments along with rising tolls, skyrocketing fuel costs, and increases in fines and fees. With government oversight and regulations increasing the cost of doing business and the economy eroding consumer demand, shippers, carriers and their insurers need attorneys committed to staying abreast of legislative, regulatory, technological and other developments that will have an impact on the industry.

We have that commitment and we share our knowledge with our clients through publications on developments in the industry, presentations on issues affecting transportation interests, and articles and issue briefs on matters as they arise. We make every effort to keep our clients informed and empowered with up-to-date briefings and complimentary educational seminars customized to their needs.

Wilson Elser represents public and private railroads, aviation companies, bus lines, small to large fleet carriers, freight forwarders and brokers, shippers, and taxi and limousine companies. We understand the unique issues facing companies that transport cargo and people, first- and third-party liability, subrogation issues, and the interplay of legislation surrounding vehicle operation and ownership responsibility.

We have broad experience representing and defending U.S. and Canadian trucking companies, owner-operators, freight forwarders, freight brokers, common carriers, household goods carriers, warehouses, overnight and expedited shipping companies, ship and tanker lines, air and rail carriers, stevedores, terminals, and navigation concerns in interstate and intrastate claims in the United States, on the high seas and throughout the world.

Our cases include all types of first- and third-party liability matters, personal injury and accident claims, regulatory compliance issues, environmental concerns, cargo shortages, damages and theft, cargo securement and packaging claims, recovery of stolen trailers or containers, products/manufacturing claims and subrogation claims. We have the unique capability to handle catastrophic cases given our depth of experience, broad geographic scope and adherence to a collaborative “cross-practice” approach frequently involving colleagues well-versed in regulatory and administrative matters.  Our nationwide 24/7 response program helps ensure that team members are engaged during the first critical hours following a catastrophe.

We also prepare transportation agreements and shipping terms and conditions, conduct evaluations of third-party administrators, conduct insurance/reinsurance reviews and audits, and prepare policy wording. We represent clients before federal and state regulatory agencies and engage a network of established experts whose credibility in the required fields supplements the superior legal performance our clients expect from Wilson Elser.

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Diversity

 At Wilson Elser, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is a foundational value, critical to the success of our firm and central to the integrity and vitality of the legal field. Bringing together people of different backgrounds and beliefs, people with diverse perspectives, fosters the innovative and creative thinking that enhances our response to the needs of our clients. Wilson Elser’s commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and training as well as the organizations to which we belong and the programs we sponsor.

We believe in creating a work environment free of barriers and bias, where individual outlooks and talents are respected and valued. Our firm’s policy is to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment based on race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, disability, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by the law. 

Beyond legal compliance, our firm strives to mirror the rich diversity of the communities in which we practice, to respect the diversity of our clients and their workforce and to employ best practices to identify, select, hire, retain and promote qualified individuals without boundaries or limitations, other than those imposed by their own choices and capabilities. This allows us to better represent our clients in today’s diverse, multicultural society. 

Wilson Elser is also committed to promoting diversity through the selection of vendors. We actively seek certified minority- and women-owned businesses and provide them with the opportunity to partner with us to provide services to our firm and our clients.