Transportation, Trucking & Logistics Law

Genova Burns has extensive experience handling matters on behalf of companies in the transportation, trucking and logistics industries. The expertise of the lawyers in our Transportation, Trucking & Logistics Practice Group is complemented by the professionals in the Firm’s  Aviation & Aircraft, Complex Commercial Litigation, Business Law & Commercial Transactions, Public Contract LawEmployment Law & Litigation, and Labor Law practice groups, who work together to solve the various legal issues our clients face in these expanding and complex industries.

Our Transportation & Logistics Practice Group’s knowledge and experience with the various federal and state enforcement agencies and their regulatory environments are invaluable assets to the business community, particularly for companies and professionals doing business in the aviation, port commerce, warehousing, shipping, mass transit, rail, and trucking industries. Our team is capable of responding to our clients’ legal needs arising anywhere in the supply chain and they do so in a practical and cost-effective manner. The team covers all modes of transportation, including motor carrier, aviation, rail, maritime, and third party logistics. We regularly advise our clients on regulatory compliance, contract management, commercial and financial matters, insurance/risk management and state and federal lobbying. In addition, our litigators have represented clients successfully in administrative and civil litigation in state and federal courts.

Trucking, Rail and Surface Transportation

The attorneys in our Transportation & Logistics Practice Group advise clients on a wide range of regulatory compliance matters, including the Motor Carrier Safety Act, Railway Labor Act, and National Labor Relations Act.  This includes issues such as:

  • Drug and Alcohol Testing.
  • Driver Duty of Hours and Rest Periods.
  • Electronic Logging Device Requirements.
  • Independent Contractor and Owner/Operator issues.
  • Safety Regulations.
  • Licensing Requirements.
  • “Truth in Leasing” Regulations.
  • Negotiating and reviewing leases for warehouse and terminal facilities.
  • Auditing lease agreements and procedures utilized by motor carriers to contract and manage their owner-operators’ fleets.
  • Drafting transportation agreements, equipment leases, and employment contracts.
  • Advising clients regarding the acquisition and financing of trucks, trailers, and related equipment.
  • Human Resource Matters.
  • Employee Benefits Issues.
  • Wage and Hour Matters.
  • Independent Contractor Issues.
  • Union-Free Training.
  • Responding to Union Campaigns.
  • National Labor Relations Board Matters.
  • Labor Arbitration.
  • Collective Bargaining.
  • OSHA Matters.
  • Employment Litigation.


Genova Burns has experience handling the legal and business needs of the regional port district business community, including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.  Within the increasingly complex regulatory systems, complicated marine transportation systems, challenging security issues, and a multi-step global supply chain, our attorneys are well equipped to deliver effective representation from planning to delivery for the region’s shipping and port businesses, including dispute advocacy.

Our attorneys have experience in the fully maritime and port-related areas:

  • Port facility development and operating agreements.
  • Leasehold Agreements for Port and Port related Facilities.
  • Negotiated with State and Local Regulatory bodies.
  • Union and Labor Issues.
  • Waterfront Commission Licensing, Regulatory Compliance, and Hearings.
  • Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Office of Inspector General (PAOIG) Investigations and Audits.
  • Public Private Partnerships.


Genova Burns has an Aviation and Aircraft Labor Practice Group.  In addition, our team has experience in that the following aviation/airport related practice areas:

  • Air Terminal Facility Development.
  • Leasehold and Operations Agreements.
  • Union and Labor Matters.
  • Employee Matters.
  • Insurance Coverage.
  • Tort and Contract Claims.
  • Legislative and Regulatory Policy.

Contact: John R. Vreeland, Esq. 
Chair, Transportation, Trucking & Logistics Law Practice Group