Paul R. Hitchcock is a senior policy advisor in Holland & Knight's Jacksonville office. He has more than 40 years of legal experience in the transportation industry, specifically in the freight rail arena.

Mr. Hitchcock brings a pragmatic approach to counseling clients, which he developed during his lengthy career with CSX Corp., one of the largest railroad operators in the U.S. During his tenure at CSX's operating subsidiary, CSX Transportation, Mr. Hitchcock served as General Commerce Counsel, a vice president level position responsible for the company's commercial legal and regulatory matters.

Utilizing his extensive experience, Mr. Hitchcock provides strategic advice and guidance on daily operational issues and other matters common to freight rail operators, including transportation contracts, transactions, regulatory issues, complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

Mr. Hitchcock also is well-versed in industry-related matters, such as tariffs, railroad bankruptcies, line sales and abandonments, trackage rights, haulage agreements, intercarrier agreements, industry self-regulation rules, freight car use and compensation, industrial development, short line relations, embargos, warehousing laws and railroad operations. His work has involved numerous port issues, including related trucking and intermodal operations, and commercial arrangements.

In addition, Mr. Hitchcock is experienced in working with and navigating through the intricacies of rail-related federal agencies, including the Surface Transportation Board (STB), Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

For three years, Mr. Hitchcock taught a course he created in railroad litigation and regulation at Florida Coastal School of Law.

Mr. Hitchcock regularly writes about topics pertaining to freight rail and contributes to the Holland & Knight Transportation Blog.


  • The Ohio State University College of Law, J.D.
  • The Ohio State University, B.S.


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