We represent national and local transportation companies, owner-operators, third-party administrators, brokers, intermediaries and insurers in virtually all aspects of transportation law and litigation in a wide range of transport modes – motor carrier, air, rail and marine. Doerner lawyers have tried cases involving all aspects of transportation law including cases which routinely involve Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act issues, allegations of negligent hiring/retention, company safety standards/policies, Carmack Amendment liability issues and contract disputes. Some of our lawyers have been members for 20 years or more in the Transportation Lawyers Association and Trucking Industry Defense Association.

Transportation clients rely on our representation in a wide array of controversies, including commercial litigation in federal and state courts, administrative actions, rate complaints, and competitive access disputes. That includes transport-specific disputes and related counseling involving railway labor, antitrust, federal preemption, and environmental issues. We offer full support in rulemaking proceedings before the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and state and local agencies. And on the transactional side Doerner advises carriers, investors, and financial institutions in transactions involving the creation of short-line and regional carriers, as well as assisting with financings, mergers and acquisitions, tax planning, environmental and other regulatory compliance, bankruptcy, and EU regulatory issues.

  • Abandonment and line sales
  • Airport slot allocation
  • Aircraft finance
  • Antitrust/competition (U.S. and EU)
  • Arbitration
  • Bankruptcy and corporate reorganizations
  • Carmack Amendment and liability
  • Competitive access
  • Commercial and personal injury litigation
  • Contracts
  • Cruise ships
  • Environmental law
  • Equipment supply and compensation
  • EU Regulations
  • Intermodal transport
  • Labor law
  • Admiralty/maritime and ocean shipping
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Motor carrier (truck) regulation and compliance
  • Railroad mergers and consolidations
  • Rate regulation
  • Trackage rights and other joint facility agreements
  • Transport legislation
  • Undercharge disputes
  • U.S. Commerce Act exemptions
  • Voting trusts

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From ensuring regulatory compliance to defending against claims in litigation, Doerner provides comprehensive representation to transportation clients. We understand their competitive needs and unique regulatory concerns and skillfully handle their full range of disputes and transactions.

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