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Transportation, Logistics and Manufacturing

Transportation Law is dynamic. Keeping current of changing market forces and government regulations in the transportation industry is critical. Burnham Brown's Transportation Industry Group is experienced in all areas of transportation law and policy. Our interdisciplinary expertise is derived from the firm's other practice groups, including Commercial Law, Environmental Law, Employment Law, and Insurance Law. We regularly represent motor carriers, inter-modal shippers, motor coach and bus companies, municipalities, railroads, school districts, freight system manufacturers and operators. Over the years, we have effectively resolved hundreds of transportation matters involving catastrophic and large loss property damage, insurance, indemnity and subrogation issues, including regulatory compliance requirements and uninsured motorist coverage issues.

Areas of Expertise


Transportation Advocacy

  • Skilled and knowledgeable advocates in civil litigation regularly appearing before Superior Courts, U.S. District Courts, and Courts of Appeal throughout California

Commercial Litigation

  • Arbitration and administrative hearings
  • Breach of contract claims and warranty disputes
  • Service contracts and delay claims
  • Pre-transactional strategic planning and negotiations

Legal Investigation

  • Pre-litigation investigation for catastrophic injuries and property damage
  • Experience with sophisticated computerized equipment, including Global Positioning Systems (GPS), on-board recording devices, log scanners and location systems for successful defense of claims, and in pursuing discovery from other entities where preservation and/or spoliation of evidence is alleged

Environmental and Toxic Torts

  • Environmental regulatory compliance
  • Transportation, release, and exposure to hazardous materials or wastes
  • Mass toxic tort and environmental clean-up litigation

Trucking and Motor Carrier Accident Litigation

  • Freeway and grade-crossing collisions; road construction and guard rail litigation
  • Personal injury and wrongful death claims
  • Product and trucking distribution centers and terminals; loading and unloading accidents
  • Property damage claims
  • Product liability claims
  • Railroad claims and litigation

For more information regarding Burnham Brown or the services available to the Transportaion, Logistics and Manufacturing  Industry, please contact us at (510) 444-6800