Daniel R. Elliott, III

  • Partner at Conner & Winters, LLP (117 Attorneys)
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Daniel R. Elliott was presidentially appointed to two terms in 2009 and 2015 on the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB), an independent economic regulator of the freight railroad industry, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate both times. He was designated by the President to be Chairman for both of these terms until January 2017.

As Chairman, Mr. Elliott became an authority in railroad economic regulatory matters handled before the STB, in Congress and through the courts. He was responsible for decisions at the agency regarding complex rulemakings, rate cases, preemption issues, and major rail construction cases. Another part of his job included constant interaction with Congress, especially the committees with oversight over STB activities, including testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee on several occasions.

Prior to assuming his leadership role in the federal government, Mr. Elliott litigated labor and transportation cases for sixteen years before the federal courts and numerous federal agencies. He has appeared before the Surface Transportation Board, the National Mediation Board, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Department of Labor. He won numerous significant cases before these agencies and in the federal district and appeals courts during this time.

Mr. Elliott was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and grew up in Cleveland.


•Conner & Winters Hosting Inaugural Passenger & Freight Railroads Unite Conference
•Conner & Winters Hosting Passenger & Freight Railaroads Unite 2019
•Dan Elliott's Essay Featured on The Regulatory Review's Year In Review
The Regulatory Review , 12.26.2018
•Conner & Winters Attorney Dan Elliott quoted in article focused on how railroads, shippers seek ways to build trust
Argus Media , 10.08.2018
•Conner & Winters To Host Inaugural Railroads + Shippers = Solutions Seminar
•Dan Elliott Interviewed on AFPM Podcast
Flash Point with Ryan Mills , 07.13.2018
•Article written by CW attorney Dan Elliott published in The Regulatory Review
•CW Attorney Daniel Elliott Presenting to American Coal Council 2018 Spring Forum
•Even when not at fault, Amtrak can bear cost of accidents
Associated Press , 02.28.2018
•Q&A: CSX is most pressing issue at STB by attorney Dan Elliott
Argus Rail Business , 11.08.2017
•Daniel Elliott Joins Conner & Winters

Alerts & Publications

•Matthew Rose, Executive Chairman of BNSF, to speak at the Passenger and Freight Railroads Unite 2019 Conference Hosted by Conner & Winters

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation
  • Transportation and Logistics Litigation
  • Transportation and Logistics

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.887.2112  Phone
202.887.6999  Fax
University Attended:
University of Michigan, B.A., 1985
Law School Attended:
Ohio State University, J.D., 1989
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; U.S Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; 2018, District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; 1989, Supreme Court of Ohio

Community & Professional

•Past - Ex Officio Member Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council
•Past - Ex Officio Member, National Grain Car Council
•Past - Ex Officio Member, Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee
•Past - Government Member, Administrative Conference of the United States
•Past - Member, American Bar Association, Railway and Airline Labor Law Committee, Section of Labor and Employment Law
•Past - Senior Editor, The Railway Labor Act

Birth Information:
Ann Arbor, Michigan, December 1, 1962

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