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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From Augusta: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

On March 13, 2020, Maine Senate President Troy Jackson and Speaker of the House Sara Gideon issued a joint statement to the 129th Maine Legislature signifying their intention to suspend the remainder of the...

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From Concord: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, all legislative activities in the state of New Hampshire, with a couple of exceptions, will be handled remotely. Several employment-related bills will be considered and voted on during this...

Press Coverage

Sabattus Family's Bat Woes Prompt Bill To Force Real Estate Pest Disclosure

Press Coverage

Maine Newspapers Challenge Rule Concealing Electronic Court Records

A Maine court committee in December established a 90-day blackout period rule on public access to newly filed electronic court records, a move which has been challenged by Maine's newspapers as a violation of the First Amendment. Paper...

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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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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision Regarding Statute of Limitations in Coordination of Benefits

Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision in Charest v. Hydraulic Hose Dealing with Unique Statute of Limitations Issue in the Context of the Coordination of Benefits On March 30, 2021, the Law Court issued 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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Changing Control in the Time of COVID: Navigating ‘Change of Ownership’ Prior to PPP Loan Satisfaction.

The Hypothetical Everyone loves a hypothetical, right? So let’s begin with one about Billy Builder: Billy Builder holds 55% of the equity in a construction business he founded way back when the fax machine...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Appellate Division Affirms Decision Involving Gradual Injury That First Manifested at Home, Not at Work

In Thomas v. United Ambulance , United Ambulance appealed a Decision (Goodnough, ALJ) granting Thomas’s Petition for Award and granting in part his Petition for Payment. United Ambulance argued that the ALJ erred in...

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Never Say Goodbye: Employee Performance Reviews, Terminations, and Alternatives

Laura Rideout and Dottie Chalmers Cutter, VP of Operations at Chalmers Insurance Group will present on employee performance reviews, terminations, and alternatives as a part of the Institute for Family Owned Business Legal Lunch...