Transportation & Logistics

The Benesch Transportation & Logistics Group is nationally preeminent and was specifically created to address the needs of users and providers of transportation and logistics services. This multidisciplinary group of transactional, regulatory, and litigation attorneys, like so many others within the firm, services clients nationally and internationally.

For the sixth consecutive year (2014-2019), Benesch has received a national first-tier ranking in Transportation Law by U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” The U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on an evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer review from leading attorneys in their field. Benesch also received the distinction of being named Transportation Law Firm of the Year by Best Lawyers in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Only one law firm per practice area in the U.S. receives this recognition each year, making this award a particularly significant achievement.

We have significant experience in transportation and logistics management, in all transportation modes, on a regional, national, and global basis. Seven of the Group’s attorneys were formerly in the transportation industry, working in-house at various motor carriers and freight forwarders for decades. Consequently, we are also able to provide valuable industry perspectives and a deep and broad historical knowledge of the regulatory and legal regime. Our firm also has specific expertise in supply chain, logistics management, and warehousing related issues. By its very nature, the transportation industry is labor intensive. Thus, our labor and employment law skill sets are an integral part of the Transportation & Logistics Group. Also, we have deep experience with cargo claims, vehicular casualty work, environmental claims, coverage disputes, freight charge disputes, freight intermediary issues, transportation and warehouse contracting, regulatory matters, acquisitions, restructuring, and subrogation work.

Broad Based Representation Throughout the Supply Chain

Benesch is one of the few law firms in the country that not only has a full service Transportation & Logistics Practice Group, but also represents entities all along the transportation continuum and in all modes of transportation – whether surface (truck or rail), water (ocean as well as inland waterways), or air (international and domestic). We understand the business. We understand the thought processes, rationales, and business and legal motivations of other entities in the transportation chain with whom our clients have dealings. We are able to thus springboard from that expertise and extrapolate it into cutting edge, up-to-the-minute legal representation of our clients in transportation and logistics. This cutting edge representation maximizes protections and advantages for our clients in that transportation continuum. More specifically, we represent motor carriers, air carriers, rail carriers, and maritime carriers. However, we also represent a broad array of “freight intermediaries,” e.g., transportation brokers, surface freight forwarders, air freight forwarders, ocean freight forwarders, and non-vessel operating common carriers. We represent warehousing entities up and down the transportation chain and numerous shippers and consignees. This broad based expertise, and intricate and intensive working knowledge of all aspects, and all entities, in the transportation continuum, places Benesch in a unique position to serve its clients in an extraordinary way.

Contractual Experience

We also have specific experience in all types of contracts up and down the transportation continuum. We regularly assist our clients with the drafting, negotiation, and revision of shipper-carrier contracts, broker-carrier contracts, broker-shipper contracts, warehouseman contracts, cross-docking arrangements, drayage contracts, customs brokerage contracts, port-terminal operational contracts, global services agreements, and the plethora of other transportation and logistics contracts in the industry. The Group is also well experienced at preparing and negotiating warehouse operating and pick-&-pack agreements for major distribution center activities for both domestic and international shipments in addition to mainstream domestic motor carrier and rail related transportation and broker agreements. The group also has extensive experience in preparing and negotiating multimodal transportation contracts for shipments that never touch the United States and move point to point between countries throughout the world, particularly with respect to cargo with governing law provisions based upon treaties and conventions.
We also have experience in developing state of the art contractual transportation templates for shippers, carriers, and intermediaries for use with all modes of transportation. Each template is designed for regular use and specifically to protect the interests of the client.