Companies across the transport industry are working to develop today's vision into tomorrow's reality ─ from intercity transportation to global transport. To exploit emerging opportunities, the world's leading transportation companies and service providers are turning to Holland & Knight because of our extensive experience, our deep knowledge and our prompt responsiveness. With a long history of representing clients in transportation matters, we advise clients at nearly every point in the supply and distribution chains and deal with the myriad issues that have emerged in the industry, including recent COVID-19 issues.
Maritime: Maritime industry leaders are focused on market consolidation to enhance efficiencies and reduce costs with the use of AI and blockchain smart contracts. Industry agreements require updating to address significant new court rulings as to maritime liens, safe berth / safe port, use of arbitration and mediation, punitive damages, and the interpretation of bills of lading impacting intermodal carriage of cargo.
Motor Carrier/Road: Motor Carriers that utilize independent contractors are increasingly being subjected to new laws and court rulings attempting to reclassify independent contractors as employees. While this problem is most acute in California and Massachusetts, it is also becoming more of an issue in many other states. It is envisioned that motor carriers will be faced with lawsuits and potentially fines and even criminal charges related to classification. In the meantime, the U.S. motor carrier and logistics industry has been heavily impacted by supply chain disruptions and decreased demand resulting from COVID-19. Manufacturing and trade are generally down. However, certain segments of the market have experienced increased demand, such as transportation of essential goods to medical providers, groceries and warehouses.
Freight Railroads: In these unprecedented times, freight railroads confront the dual challenge of achieving ever-lower operating ratios, while simultaneously striving for ever-higher customer on-time deliveries. Despite COVID-19 overall volume reductions year to date, railroads’ efforts to implement operating expense savings over recent years are proving significant in maintaining those operating ratios. Growing government actions to address the nation’s health crisis may lead to efforts by interest groups to leverage existing efforts to enlarge regulation over the still-extensively regulated rail industry.
Holland & Knight's Transportation Team has a long tradition of providing legal counsel to major sectors within the industry, including aviation, maritime, transit, freight rail, motor carriers and logistics and intercity transportation. Members of our team have extensive industry knowledge and experience and represent transportation clients in all aspects of their business operations, including:
The combination of our thorough knowledge and experience, our extensive history of leadership in bar and industry organizations, the established working relationships we maintain with participants in every facet of the industry and our sincere commitment to provide responsive service is why clients entrust our Transportation Team to handle their legal needs.
These attributes are also the reason why members of our Transportation Team have been recognized among the top legal professionals in the country by leading publications, including Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Best Lawyers in America, Euromoney Legal Media Group Guide to the World’s Leading Aviation Lawyers, The International Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers, Legal Media Group: The Best of the Best, Legal Media Group: The Best of the Best USA, Legal 500, U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms," Euromoney Legal Media Group Guide to the World’s Leading Shipping and Maritime Lawyers and The International Who's Who of Shipping & Maritime Lawyers. These publications base their rankings and commentary on input provided by those who are best positioned to evaluate our capabilities ─ our clients and other attorneys in the industry.
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