- What We Do
- Transportation and Logistics
The cargo transportation industry faces multiple challenges. These include intense antitrust scrutiny by governments worldwide; increasing liability for damage to third parties even when the transport arranger is not directly involved in an accident; protection against business failure of customers and counterparties; compliance with U.S. and international cargo screening and security requirements; restrictions on trading with certain countries; and the need to establish standards and best practices to protect the consumer.
Services to Meet Your Challenges
Since the formation of our firm in 1966, we have been providing businesses and trade associations in the transportation industry, both nationally and internationally, with the services they need to meet their business and legal challenges and successfully capitalize on opportunities. For example, we
- Respond to antitrust suits and investigations, and provide training to avoid antitrust problems
- Determine clients’ insurance coverage needs
- Help design and implement preventive measures to avoid unreliable customers and counterparties
- Advise forwarders and carriers about collection matters related to bankruptcies of major importers, enforcement of cargo liens, and conflicting claims by buyers and sellers over disposition of cargo in transit
- Counsel clients on federal agency rules, such as those involving federal security requirements and economic regulation of the industry
- Design and customize standard forms and shipping documents
- Respond to audits, complaints and investigations by federal agencies charged with regulating the transportation industry
- Help mediate and resolve disputes with customers and business counterparts such as subcontractors and agents
- Participate in the deliberations of national and international institutions such as the U.S. Congress and the United Nations on issues of concern to the transport industry
In addition, we provide advice on "doing business" matters, such as contracts with vendors and service providers, software licenses, labor and employment issues, taxation, corporate reorganizations, financing and acquisitions, and bidding on government contracts.
We are more than a law firm serving the transportation industry — we are part of this industry.
Serving Clients Across the Entire Transportation Industry
We counsel companies and individuals in the domestic and international transportation industry, including the following:
- Ocean shipping lines
- Barge lines
- Air, truck and rail carriers
- Logistics companies
- Freight forwarders
- Freight consolidators and brokers
- Terminal operators and port authorities
- Cargo inspection and security companies
- Software developers
- Cargo owners
- Buyers' cooperatives and shippers associations
- Household goods moving companies
- Cargo and capacity matching services, that is "load boards"
Partial Client List
- China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (COSCO)
- Tokyo Marine Co., Ltd.
- Transportation Intermediaries Association
- International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations
- Overseas Shippers Association
- Expeditors International of Washington
- Samson Tug & Barge Co., Inc.
- England Logistics
- Cotecna USA
- Innovative Trade Network
- Saltchuk Resources
- Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. (TOTE)
- Foss Maritime Company
- Hawaiian Tug & Barge
- Young Brothers, Limited
- Sea Star Line
- Interocean American Shipping Corporation
Delivering Value, Benefiting Clients
We know how the transportation industry functions. We know its documents and transaction models. We know the regulators and their thinking on compliance. We enjoy excellent relationships with trade associations and congressional delegations from Alaska, Washington and Oregon. Additionally, we can draw on our informal network of experts in related fields such as economics and risk management for advice about clients' business or legal needs.
In short, because of our experience in the transportation industry, we respond quickly and efficiently to our clients’ diverse needs and requests. Indeed, other law firms often consult us when they encounter client problems unique to the transportation industry.
Represented Receiver, Tyrell B. Vance, Inc., in wind down of nonprofit Cascade Sierra Solutions, Inc. with a significant portfolio of commercial truck leases and sale contracts for benefit of secured creditors and unsecured creditors, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
U.S. District Court, Columbia, South Carolina
Obtained summary judgment for over 90% of claims on behalf of national moving and storage company in a federal False Claims Act qui tam case.
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Portland, Oregon
Obtained a non prosecution decision on behalf of a 15,000 ton research vessel under investigation for violations of the Clean Water Act.
U.S. Attorney's Office, Seattle, Washington
Obtained a non prosecution decision on behalf of an 11,000 ton international chemical/oil tanker under investigation for violations of the Federal Clean Water Act and MARPOL Conventions.
U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division
Obtained non prosecution decision for client accused of violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
U.S. District Court, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Successfully represented water freight carrier in U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division prosecution for multi-million dollar conspiracy to violate the Sherman Antitrust Act.
Assisted in the equity sale by seller stakeholders of Revenue Management Solutions (RMS) to a foreign investor group. RMS leverages premier consulting services and patented methodology in the use of statistics and quantitative modelling for the airline industry.
Represented a Canadian trucking operation in its strategic purchase of Washington-based trucking affiliates, using an unorthodox structure to purchase stock (of one company) at the same time as assets (of the other). This transaction required special attention to an environmental issue that arose at the eleventh hour and threatened to terminate the deal.
News & Events
- TradeWinds, 5.25.18
- GSB Newsroom, 9.5.17
- GSB Newsroom, 7.11.17
- GSB Newsroom, 5.1.17
- Going the Distance: GSB Advises Transportation Intermediaries Association in Major Logistics Deal with China’s Ministry of TransportGSB Press Release, 11.4.16
- Business Wire, 1.22.14
- American Shipper, 1.17.14
- Journal of Commerce, 12.27.13
- Seminar on “American Logistics Regulatory and Investment Law” Co-organized by China International Freight Forwarders Association, Garvey Schubert Barer Law Firm and Beijing Dacheng Law FirmGSB Press Release, 6.5.13
- China Introduces a New Class of Non-Truck-Owning-Carriers to Reduce Logistics Cost and Improve EfficiencyCross Border Business Law Blog, 8.31.17
- The Journal of Commerce, 10.12.09
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- Office Managing Director and Principal