Coats Rose transportation lawyers excel at solving the legal problems of transportation companies, logistics providers and their customers. We have gained wide experience and many happy clients for our in-depth knowledge and broad experience in serving the changing and dynamic fields of transportation and business logistics. Our clients include carriers, shippers, freight forwarders, brokers and logistics companies.

Our transportation lawyers serve clients in the following areas:

  • Represent carriers and shippers in disputes involving federal, state and foreign transportation laws
  • Prepare and review transportation contracts, logistics agreements, equipment leases, independent contractor agreements, shipping documents, rate tariffs and carrier interchange agreements
  • Defend carriers in regulatory enforcement actions and transportation tax claims
  • Represent national, regional and local carrier management in collective bargaining, union representation proceedings, multi-employer grievance hearings, grievance arbitration, drafting of policies and procedures, and other labor relations issues unique to transportation
  • Investigate transportation accidents on an expedited basis and prepare for the defense or resolution of claims
  • Represent carriers in the buying, selling or leasing of terminal facilities, including any related environmental issues
  • Handle defense of workers compensation claims for transportation companies
  • Handle defense of OSHA and MIOSHA claims
  • Represent carriers before the National Labor Relations Board
  • Prepare and review benefit plans to comply with IRS, ERISA and related agency requirements
  • Review multi-employer pension plans and withdrawal liability issues
  • Represent transportation companies in employment and civil rights litigation in state and federal courts, including disability discrimination claims presenting issues unique to the industry

Examples of matters handled by the Transportation Law and Logistics Group:

  • Brokers and brokering
  • Contracts (leases, equipment, acquisitions, service providers)
  • Customs and duties
  • Federal and state legislative activities
  • Regulatory issues
  • Safety investigations and compliance
  • Mediation, mini-trials and arbitration
  • Cargo claims
  • FAA licensing and certification
  • Personal injury and wrongful death
  • Truck accident claims and related auto no-fault law issues
  • Environmental shipping and transportation issues
  • Hazardous material incidents and spills
  • Cross-border issues with Canada and Mexico
  • Foreign drivers and vehicles
  • Overweight vehicles
  • Collective bargaining negotiations on national, regional and local basis
  • Labor and employment disputes involving Federal and state statutory and administrative agencies including EEOC, NLRB, Department of Labor, OSHA, Department of Transportation and comparable state agencies
  • Labor arbitration
  • Development of personnel plans reflecting unique circumstances of the transportation industry
  • Consultation and development of Drug and Alcohol Substance Abuse Policy reflecting compliance with applicable Department of Transportation policies
  • Defense of Workers’ Compensation claims in various state forums
  • Defense of labor, employment law and civil rights disputes in state and federal forums


9 Greenway Plaza, Ste. 1000
Houston, Texas 77046
Phone: 713.651.0111
Fax: 713.651.0220


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Dallas, Texas 75248
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Austin, Texas 78746
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New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
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Cincinnati, OH 45202
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