Our attorneys counsel clients across the transportation industry on legal matters ranging from litigation to transactions to regulatory issues. We have extensive experience in motor transportation, aviation, rail and maritime transport and we regularly handle both interstate and international transport issues. By working closely with our litigation, corporate, environmental, workers’ compensation and employment law groups, we offer our clients a wide range of capabilities and services and a unique understanding of the legal issues within the transportation sector. Our experience includes:

  • Defense of liability claims and lawsuits
  • Longshoremen’s and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act claims
  • Federal Court admiralty litigation
  • Ship mortgages and foreclosures, in rem actions, and arrests of vessels
  • International trade and carriage of goods
  • Purchase and sale of vessels, charter party agreements and other transactions
  • Defense of personal injury lawsuits
  • Insurance policy and coverage analysis
  • Representation of insurance companies in liability cases and loss and damage lawsuits
  • Defense of Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuits against interstate carriers
  • Defense of transporters against claims of criminal violations
  • Defense of U.S. Department of Transportation safety audits

Covering the full transportation spectrum

In addition to serving clients in the shipping industry, our attorneys represent a wide range of motor carriers, motor coach operators, airlines, freight facility operators and other entities in the transportation sector. We also have extensive experience representing insurers specializing in this area and defending claims. We regularly assist clients with issues before the courts and with regulation by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Firm Highlights

Press Coverage

6th Circ. Says Auto Parts Co. Can't Arbitrate Price-Fixing Suit

On February 24, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Michigan district court's January 2019 decision that KYB Corp. can't force a suit accusing it of conspiring with other auto parts...

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2020 Employment Law Series: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

For more than 25 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners, and friends up to date on recent developments in employment law. Join us as we continue that tradition...

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Maine State Police May Be Spying on You

Police and governments are increasingly turning to new tracking and monitoring methods in their efforts to prevent and record evidence of crimes. A Portland Press Herald investigation examines these expanding law enforcement abilities and the...

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Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2020 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2020 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. The Benchmark Awards honor distinguished litigators and law firms in all 50 states and 10 practice...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys James W. Beers, Jr., and Alan E. Topalian to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of two new attorneys: James W. Beers, Jr., and Alan E. Topalian. James joins the Environmental Practice Group as a Director and will work from the...

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NH Gov. Sununu Issues Stay-At-Home Order - Construction Considered Essential Industry

Yesterday, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu issued an emergency order shuttering all non-essential businesses in the state effective today. This morning, the governor's office released a list of...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB Announces New Nature and Cause of Injury Codes and FAQ for COVID-19

New Nature & Cause of Injury Codes The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has updated the Injury Description Tables that are used by the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) to...

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Attorney Betsy E. Wakefield Joins Preti Flaherty’s Business Law Group

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Betsy E. Wakefield has joined the firm. Betsy will practice with the Business Law Group from the firm’s Portland office, where she will be counseling banking and...

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Maine - Waterville Coronavirus Panel Illegally Met in Secret

A Waterville City Council coronavirus subcommittee formed in response to the outbreak has been accused of illegally meeting in secret, denying public access to its deliberations, and making unlawful decisions. Extended Coverage: Virus Concerns Lead to 'Public' Meetings Without...

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EPA Announces Temporary Relaxation of Certain Environmental Compliance and Monitoring Obligations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Citing potential worker shortages and social distancing and travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, on Thursday, March 26, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would exercise enforcement discretion and temporarily...