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

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Fifteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected as Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field

Fifteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and five practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

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Escalation Clause: An escape from the price-spike trap

Anyone in real estate development would have to be living under a rock not to know about skyrocketing lumber and material prices in the “post”-pandemic world. Pre-pandemic, the average cost for 1,000 board feet...

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Maine’s Exemption Laws Are Changing

In March of this year, Representative Denise Tepler (D. Topsham) introduced “An Act To Increase the Value of Property Exempt from Attachment and Execution,” LD 737, which sought to dramatically change Maine’s exemption scheme. ...

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Maine Justice Foundation Makes Inaugural Grants to Six Maine Groups Working for Racial Justice and Equity

The Maine Justice Foundation has made inaugural grants from its Racial Justice Fund to six Maine groups. The goal of the Fund is to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color statewide to forge...

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Preti Flaherty Attorneys Sig Schutz and Alex Harriman Assist with Amicus Brief in Defense of Maine's Anti-SLAPP Law

Serving as counsel for The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and 14 other news media organizations, Preti Flaherty attorneys Sigmund Schutz and Alexandra Harriman filed with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court a...

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Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2021 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2021 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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Legislative Alert: Maine Legislature Adjourns!

The First Special Session of the 130 th Legislature finally adjourned on Monday night, July 19 th . As many of you may remember, the First Regular Session ended in March 30th when the...

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The Latest from OSHA on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 at Work

On the tails of updated guidance from other agencies, the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") released new pandemic-related guidance last month. This guidance was issued on June 10, 2021...

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How to Avoid Misclassifying Your Employees Under the Maine Workers’ Compensation Act

What criteria are necessary to classify someone as an independent contractor and how can employers avoid misclassification and the repercussions that come with it? In this article, Preti Flaherty attorney and Mainebiz guest columnist John...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys Angelica Li and Hannah M. Oakes to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of two new attorneys to our Boston, Massachusetts, office: Angelica Li and Hannah M. Oakes. Angelica joins the firm as an Associate in our Environmental Practice...