Railroads, trucking companies and aviation entities depend on Stinson's skilled transportation attorneys to understand their challenges and business goals. Our broad scope of service encompasses the needs of transportation companies, as well as the shippers who use their services, and the equipment vendors and manufacturers who serve the industry.

Whether it's day-to-day operational issues or complex dispute resolution, leading transportation companies, including Canadian Pacific Railway, major U.S. airlines and Jefferson Lines, know to count on Stinson's experienced team of attorneys. We play an active role in local, regional and national transportation industry associations, and frequently present and write on pertinent issues concerning companies in the industry.


Our attorneys are dedicated to seeing clients through numerous legal challenges. We have significant experience assisting our transportation clients with:

  • Regulatory compliance counseling
  • Day-to-day operational issues
  • Specialized issues, such as transportation of hazardous materials
  • Transactions, including acquisitions, mergers, divestitures, financing and real estate conveyances
  • Contracts, including transportation contracts, vendor-supply and inter-carrier agreements, track abandonments and line relocations, and transportation service agreements for oil and gas clients
  • Litigation before federal and state courts and alternative dispute resolution, including contract and commercial disputes, product liability, cargo loss and tort claims
  • Titling, tag and licensing issues
  • Surface Transportation Board appearances, including rate reasonableness challenges, abandonments and discontinuances, tariff issues, and acquisition, control, merger, consolidation project, trackage rights, lease and construction proceedings
  • Federal administrative enforcement proceedings
  • U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) appearances, including economic regulatory proceedings such as application for operating authority and licensing foreign airlines to commence U.S. operations
  • Airline Clearing House billing disputes, patent and trademark infringement claims and eminent domain proceedings
  • Government relations at federal, state and local levels
  • Labor and employment matters and benefits issues unique to the transportation industry, including assistance with OSHA whistle-blower provisions and immigration matters
  • Real estate and land use issues
  • Securities compliance, corporate governance and financial reporting
  • National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) appearances regarding accident investigations



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