Transportation & Logistics Industry

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SmithAmundsen knows trucks. And buses and boats, and everything else that moves freight and people. We have been in the trenches with the transportation industry for more than 30 years handling everything from transactions to litigation, regulatory compliance to labor and employment, class actions to risk management, accident rapid response to insurance services and so much more. We partner with the transportation industry on local, regional and national legal needs, we educate business owners and operators and we lead groups dedicated to the field.

Litigation:  We offer experienced, skilled and practical counsel to the commercial transportation industry. Our attorneys represent transportation and logistics businesses in personal injury, property loss, cargo loss and damage, subrogation, workers’ compensation, discrimination and harassment, wage and hour, Jones Act, FELA, insurance coverage and commercial claims in the fields of trucking, logistics services, motor coach (specialized passenger transport), maritime, bus, railroad and aviation. Our attorneys have tried hundreds of cases to verdict in multiple jurisdictions. 

Business and Transactions:  Our team understands business.  We are actively involved in sophisticated mergers and acquisitions transactions for both publicly traded and private transportation companies. We routinely draft, analyze and revise commercial contracts involving the issues that face our clients daily including: independent contractors, brokers, vendor partners, equipment leases, real estate and union agreements to name a few.  We counsel and partner with our clients on best business practices, corporate governance and operational structures. 

Insurance Services and Consulting:  We provide risk avoidance and transference counseling and advice on day-to-day issues and practices, handle regulatory compliance issues and represent you during agency. Our consulting services are not only comprehensive, but cost-effective and structured to meet each client’s individual needs. Our attorneys understand the insurance and financial responsibility requirements and needs of transportation and logistics companies and their insurers in today’s complex business environment.

Rapid Response:  SmithAmundsen’s Rapid Response Team responds to incidents and crises 24/7 throughout the Midwest. We know that incidents do not always occur during the business day and our clients receive immediate attention when the unwanted occurs.   Our team includes experienced transportation, OSHA, labor and employment and insurance attorneys as well as investigators and expert specialists.

Areas of Practice

We advise professionals on issues which include:

Trucking

  • Broker and Logistics Provider Liability
  • Cargo and Freight  Loss and Damage
  • Consumer Fraud Class Action Lawsuits
  • Corporate Services and Commercial Transactions (Corporate Finance; Venture Capital and Private Equity; Business Organization and Design and Formation; Independent Contractor; Corporate Governance and Compliance; Mergers and Acquisitions; IP Protection and Licensing; Commercial Contracts; Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliance Agreements; and Insurance Matters)
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Data Privacy
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) Compliance and Defense of Class Action Lawsuits
  • FMCSR and DOT Regulations Compliance and Audits
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Independent Contractor/Employee Status
  • Insurance Coverage and Regulations
  • Intermodal Activities
  • Labor & Employment Issues and Human Resources Services (Wage and Hour; Employment Liability Claims; Immigration; Labor Union Disputes; Owner Operators; Independent Contractors/Employee Status Reviews; Misclassification Issues; Discrimination and Harassment; Drug Testing; Medical Marijuana; Employee Benefits/ERISA; Employee Handbooks; Policies and Procedures; Hiring; Firing; Discipline; and HR Consulting)
  • Logo/Placard Liability
  • State and Federal Agency Compliance and Audits
  • OSHA Compliance and Audits
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate
  • Risk Mitigation, Subrogation and Risk Transfer Review
  • Safety Procedures
  • Workers’ Compensation

Motor Coach/Bus/SPECIALIZED – passenger carriers

  • Corporate Services and Commercial Transactions (Corporate Finance; Venture Capital and Private Equity; Business Organization and Design and Formation; Independent Contractor; Corporate Governance and Compliance; Mergers and Acquisitions; IP Protection and Licensing; Commercial Contracts; Insurance; and Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliance Agreements)
  • Data Privacy
  • FMCSR and DOT Regulations Compliance and Audits
  • Independent Contractor/Employee Status
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Labor & Employment (Wage and Hour; Employment Liability Claims; Immigration; Labor Union Disputes; Independent Contractors/Employee Status Reviews; Misclassification Issues; Discrimination and Harassment; Drug Testing; Medical Marijuana; Employee Benefits/ERISA; Employee Handbooks; Policies and Procedures; Hiring; Firing; Discipline; and HR Consulting)
  • State and Federal Agency Compliance and Audits
  • OSHA Compliance and Audits
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Risk Mitigation, Subrogation and Risk Transfer Reviews
  • Safety Procedures
  • Workers' Compensation

FELA/Railroad

  • Allegations of Hearing Loss
  • Cargo Loss and Damage
  • Contamination of Groundwater and Property
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Intermodal Activities
  • Personal Injuries to Employees and Third Parties
  • Property Damage
  • Repetitive Stress
  • Toxic Exposure to Chemicals

Marine

  • Cargo Loss and Damage
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Intermodal Activities
  • Jones Act
  • Multi-Modal Coverage
  • Ocean Carriage

AVIATION AND AEROSPACE

For a detailed description of our aerospace and aviation services please visit: http://www.salawus.com/industries-Aerospace-Industry.html.

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