Transportation, Maritime, & Logistics

Franklin & Prokopik is nationally recognized for its expertise in transportation, maritime, & logistics with lawyers that are active in all aspects of the industries.  The firm represents a wide variety of motor carriers and private fleet operators, freight brokers and shippers, third-party logistics companies and freight forwarders, both directly and through their insurers.

Areas of Service

  • Trucking, Motor, and Maritime emergency and casualty response
    • 24-hour scene response and coordination
    • Investigation of accidents including:
      • Collisions and allisions
      • Fatalities
      • Cargo loss and damage
  • Vetting, negotiating and drafting documents specific to the industry:
    • Owner/operator agreements
    • Vehicle lease
    • Purchase agreements
    • Non-compete agreements
    • Maritime and logistics contracts for carriers, brokers, and third-party providers
  • Claims pursuant to the Carmack Amendment and the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (COGSA)
  • Maritime personal injury claims, including claims under the Longshore Act
  • Marine appellate and amicus curiae

Firm Qualifications

F &P has our own Emergency Response Team to provide 24-hour assistance, 365 days a year for accidents and emergencies that occur outside of traditional business hours.  An attorney with transportation experience is always on call. In addition, the firm has created a “Go Team Response List” for each jurisdiction in which it practices, which includes 24-hour contact information for field adjusters and investigators.  We also routinely handle all aspects of follow-up investigation of an accident, including documents prepared during that process, and all aspects of related litigation when it arises.

Firm attorneys are active in a wide variety of other transportation and related legal professional organizations, including:

  • American Bar Association (ABA) Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) Trucking Law Committee
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)
  • Association of Transportation Law Professionals
  • American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA)
  • National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC)
  • Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA) – Cargo & Freight Committee
  • Conference of Freight Counsel (CFC)
  • Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA)
  • Transportation Loss Prevention & Security Association (TLP&SA)
  • Maryland Motor Truck Association (MMTA), General Counsel
  • Maryland Movers Conference, General Counsel
  • Transportation Loss Prevention & Security Association
  • Delaware Motor Truck Association (DMTA)