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Covington’s transportation lawyers have extensive experience handling a broad range of regulatory, antitrust, litigation, transactional, technology, and governmental affairs matters involving all modes of transportation, including rail, aviation, maritime, and trucking. We use our deep knowledge and understanding of the business and legal issues confronting our transportation clients in today’s highly regulated world to deliver strategic advice and representation that helps them resolve their most complex and challenging matters.
Our lawyers have deep knowledge of the regulation of transportation and have represented clients in a wide range of regulatory matters, including:
The firm represents transportation clients in a wide range of antitrust and competition law matters, including:
The firm has provided a broad range of governmental affairs counsel to transportation clients on a variety of significant issues, including:
Our top-ranked insurance practice has wide-ranging experiences helping transportation-sector clients worldwide recover insurance for a tremendous variety of losses, and advising them on insurance placements, contractual risk transfer and related issues. Our experience includes:
Our lawyers have substantial experience with transportation-related litigation and arbitration matters, including:
Our firm has unique knowledge and experience in representing transportation clients in connection with their technology and distribution transactions, including:
Representing Union Pacific Railroad in a wide variety of regulatory, legislative, and antitrust matters, including ongoing rulemakings involving rail rates and access to customer facilities and a multidistrict class action litigation alleging price-fixing of fuel surcharges.
Representing American Airlines on a series of global ticket inventory distribution arrangements with Amadeus, Sabre, and Travelport, and in information technology services agreements with Amadeus, Sabre, HP, and ITA Software (Google).
Representing Hapag-Lloyd and United Arab Shipping Company in connection with the Container Shipping investigation in the EU.
Representing the leading carriers of a major container shipping alliance as they expand, deepen and widen their global cooperation.
Representing the second largest airline in South Korea in connection with the U.S. government’s yearlong investigation of the 2014 accident at San Francisco International Airport.
Advocating on a variety of legislative and policy issues before Congress on behalf of major corporations and industry associations, including United Airlines, Union Pacific Railroad, Associated of General Contractors, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, and U.S. Custom Harvesters.
Represented Union Pacific Railroad as the largest creditor in this Chapter 15 cross-border bankruptcy case.
Represented Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, on a multi-faceted technology and distribution deal with Sabre valued at over a $1 billion.
Represented Megabus in call center service outsourcing agreement.
When the U.S. Transportation Command issued a $1.6 billion multiple-award contract for transportation services, we protested the agency’s decision not to include our client among the awardees. After briefing and subsequent negotiations, the agency agreed to award a contract to our client.
Represented Scout Partners, a partnership between David Howe and Peterson Capital, in connection with a growth capital investment in The Hinckley Company, a privately-held boat manufacturer.
Represent numerous Fortune 500 companies in the pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, health insurance, home equipment, advertising, motor vehicles, network communications, and technology industries with respect to the resolution of shareholder proposals concerning executive compensation, majority voting, proxy access, the right to call special meetings, political spending and lobbying disclosures, and a host of other topics.
Advising on a development and production joint venture formed by two leading suppliers of components for automobiles, trucks, and commercial vehicles, and on a distribution joint venture of leading commercial truck manufacturers.
Represented American Airlines in a software development and outsourced technology services agreement with HP for a next generation reservation, inventory, and availability system.
Represented American Airlines on a series of global ticket inventory distribution arrangements with Amadeus, Sabre, and Travelport.
Represented 7 out of 11 airlines in the Abacus International consortium, in long-term global distribution agreements in connection with the sale of Abacus International (Global Distribution System) to Sabre Corporation.
Represented American Airlines in information technology services agreements with Amadeus, Sabre, HP, and ITA Software.
Represented Apple Leisure Group in a series of information technology transactions, including electronic distribution agreements with hotels.
We represented a freight railroad company in an antidumping and countervailing duty proceeding at the International Trade Commission covering certain intermodal containers from China. We assisted the company in successfully opposing the imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties on the Chinese containers.
Represented CHEP USA in an information technology outsourcing to Dell.
Represented boards in the pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, health insurance, home equipment, advertising, motor vehicles, network communications, and technology industries as well as hedge funds, public pension funds, and other investors with respect to corporate governance developments regarding board and committee composition, crisis management, cybersecurity, internal controls, shareholder proposals, proxy access, political spending, and other sensitive disclosures and similar matters.
Represented Union Pacific Railroad as a creditor in this Chapter 11 case.
Represented The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in a $620 million refinancing of a revolving credit facility for its European businesses.
One of the world’s largest manufacturers of civilian aircraft wanted to promote its foreign direct investment and expand access to government procurements in the United States and Latin America. We supported the company’s increased engagement in Washington, achieving notable recognition by U.S. policymakers at the most senior levels of government. We also advised on U.S. trade policy, export credit programs, and market access issues.
Represent Alps Electric in putative class actions alleging price-fixing in the heater control panel market.
Represent Keihin Corporation in putative class actions alleging price-fixing in the fuel injection systems business.
Representation of a leading U.S. railroad in a London arbitration against an insurer for liabilities arising from a major train derailment and lethal chemical release, resulting in a highly favorable settlement.
Representing S-Y Systems Technologies Europe, GmbH, the only defendant dismissed in its entirety from the wire harness price-fixing litigation, which is the lead case in the sprawling Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation pending in Detroit. The court granted motion to dismiss, on personal jurisdiction grounds and did not grant the plaintiffs’ request for jurisdictional discovery.
A global air cargo company wanted to enhance its political influence as a respected industry voice on public policy issues in order to advance its global business objectives. We helped the company resolve difficult regulatory disputes in several countries, including a fast-moving dispute in China that endangered its business model. We also achieved legislative success for the company in the U.S. Congress on defense policy matters in the authorization bill (NDAA).
Represent Los Angeles County Transit System on alternative fuel incentives.
Defending senior executives in auto parts-related investigations.
Represent several Japanese and European manufacturers of automotive parts in investigations of alleged anticompetitive activity.
Represented Union Pacific Railroad Company in multidistrict litigation alleging price-fixing of freight fuel surcharges.
We have significant experience advising clients on all aspects of their European commercialization networks, including the design and operation of exclusive and selective distribution systems, pricing/rebates, sales and rental channels, supply chain management, customer loyalty programs, dealer financing, central warehousing, consumer warranties, dealer termination, etc.
We represent a major European carrier in the European Commission’s container liner shipping investigation into alleged collusion/abuse of dominance.
Represented a major U.S. transportation company in a DOJ investigation with no action taken against our client.
Represented railroad clients in obtaining more than $150 million through scores of settlements for FELA, environmental, and employment practice claims.
Represented Copa Airlines in a technology services agreement with Sabre for its SabreSonic Customer Sales & Service (CSS) reservations system.
Represented American Airlines in connection with its data ownership strategies, including implementing standard terms and conditions regarding data in various forms of service provider and partner agreements.
Represented Union Pacific Railroad as a creditor in this Chapter 11 case.
Represented ad hoc committee of secured noteholders in connection with Section 363 sale of substantially all of the assets of this Chapter 11 debtor.
The second largest airline in South Korea was under investigation by the U.S. government in connection with a 2014 accident in San Francisco. Our Washington office guided the company’s participation in the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation, and successfully mitigated U.S. public relations issues.
Counseling companies with rising volumes of asbestos and silica liability claims in the energy, automotive, construction, mining, respiratory protection, and railroad industries.
Representation of A.P. Moeller-Maersk in a SCC arbitration concerning a licensing dispute for technology related to reduction of shipboard emissions.
Successfully defended a major maritime services corporation’s $160 million federal contract to modify and operate a vessel on behalf of the Navy against protests litigated to a decision on the merits at both the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Court of Federal Claims.
Represented a large Puerto Rican construction company and its principal in suspension and debarment proceedings before the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, resulting in a decision of no debarment.
We represented the company in connection with a series of cloud, digital merchandising, e-commerce, music and content licensing, marketing and distribution transactions with companies such as Google, Sojern, ADARA, Oracle, Ebay, and Twitter.
Following a seven-day jury trial in the Southern District of New York, our litigators won a jury verdict in favor of Efans Trading Corporation and Unicorn Tire Corporation in a high-profile civil forfeiture case involving the export of high-end luxury cars to China. Our clients ran two companies—Unicorn Tire, a tire import business, and Efans Trading Corporation, which bought and exported high-end luxury automobiles to China. In 2013, the Government seized 47 vehicles and over $3.3 million in funds based on the allegation that Efans had defrauded dealers and manufacturers, and that Unicorn had provided essential facilitation of that crime. At the February 2017 trial, because of the unusual civil forfeiture context, we had the burden of proving that our clients had not committed mail and wire fraud, as the Government alleged. Based on the evidence of dealership knowledge, lack of harm, and Claimants’ good faith belief that their business was proper, it took jurors three hours to return a verdict for our clients, answering each of 53 questions on a lengthy verdict form in our favor. We expect that this verdict will soon lead to the return of our clients’ property.
February 6, 2017, Law360
Beth Brinkmann is quoted in a Law360 article regarding her recent arrival to Covington’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice Group. According to Brinkmann, “The teamwork and collaboration at Covington is incredible and the strength of its appellate practice attracted me to the firm.”
February 2, 2017, Commercial Dispute Resolution
Beth Brinkmann and Robert Long are quoted in a Commercial Dispute Resolution article regarding Brinkmann’s arrival to Covington’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice Group. Citing “Covington’s long history litigating important cases in the Supreme Court,” Brinkmann says she looks forward to the opportunity to help expand the appellate practice.
According to ...
January 31, 2017
WASHINGTON—Beth Brinkmann has joined Covington as a partner in the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice Group in Washington. Ms. Brinkmann served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 2009 to 2016. She has argued 24 cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Ms. Brinkmann is an ...
January 31, 2017, The National Law Journal
Beth Brinkmann is quoted by The National Law Journal in an article regarding her arrival to Covington’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice Group. "Covington turned out to be just a really unique opportunity," Brinkmann says. The firm is "a longstanding presence in the legal community," she adds, praising the "culture of teamwork."
January 3, 2017
WASHINGTON—Law360 has named six Covington lawyers as MVPs in their respective practice areas. The awards single out lawyers from across various practice areas based on their “success in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters, and record-breaking deals.”
The Covington lawyers recognized as Law360 MVPs are:
Shara Aranoff, International Trade. Ms. ...
December 1, 2016, Law360
Law360 selected Marty Myers as a 2016 Insurance MVP and profiled his work over the past year, including his representation of World Fuel Services which scored the company a $24.5 million reward for insurance coverage related to a $17 million marine cargo loss off the coast of West Africa. “Each case suggests its own strategies,” Myers says. “In part, it’s being ...
September 26, 2016
LONDON—Graham Vinter, General Counsel of BG Group plc from 2007 until 2015, has joined Covington’s London office. Mr. Vinter will chair the firm’s Project Finance practice and supervise an expansion of the firm’s capabilities in this area.
At BG Group, Mr. Vinter was a member of the Group Executive Committee and reported to the Chief Executive Officer. He was ...
September 13, 2016, ABF Journal
Timothy Hester and Tom DeFilipps are quoted in an ABF Journal article regarding the arrival of DeFilipps to Covington. According to Hester, “Adding Tom to our Silicon Valley office is a major step forward in our plan for continued growth in California.”
DeFilipps says, “I am very pleased to join Covington’s growing California practice.” He continues, “I am ...
September 13, 2016, The Recorder
Tom DeFilipps and Doug Gibson are quoted by The Recorder in an article regarding DeFilipps’ recent move to Covington, where he will serve as chair of the West Coast corporate practice. According to DeFilipps, “Covington presented to me an opportunity to do something that sounded very interesting at this point in my career.” He continues, "I felt as though it was ...
September 13, 2016, Daily Journal
Tom DeFilipps and Doug Gibson are quoted in a Daily Journal article regarding DeFilipps’ move to Covington’s Silicon Valley office. Commenting on the draw to Covington DeFilipps says, “One of the more compelling aspects of the Covington platforms is the way it allows you to meld the strength of its regulatory practice in D.C. and non-U.S. jurisdictions, like ...
September 12, 2016
SILICON VALLEY—Tom DeFilipps has joined Covington as a partner in the Silicon Valley office and will serve as chair of the West Coast Corporate practice.
“Adding Tom to our Silicon Valley office is a major step forward in our plan for continued growth in California,” said Timothy Hester, Covington’s chair. “Tom has built a successful Northern California ...
September 12, 2016, Law360
Timothy Hester and Tom DeFilipps are quoted in a Law360 article regarding DeFilipps’ recent arrival. According to Hester, “Adding Tom to our Silicon Valley office is a major step forward in our plan for continued growth in California.” He continues, “Tom has built a successful Northern California corporate practice over many years and has a demonstrated track ...
June 22, 2016, Covington Alert
On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) finalized its long-awaited rule on the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS” or “drones”). The rule is significant because it provides a comprehensive and generally applicable set of rules for anyone wishing to operate a small drone for commercial purposes.
June 7, 2016
WASHINGTON—Covington has again received top rankings from Chambers USA, with 60 practice rankings and 120 individual rankings for lawyers in the publication’s 2016 edition. The legal guide identifies leading lawyers and law firm practices based on interviews conducted by Chambers’ researchers with thousands of lawyers and their clients.
The firm was ranked in ...
February 9, 2016, Law360
Jack Schenendorf is quoted in this Law360 article discussing how the Obama administration’s proposed $98.1 billion budget for the U.S. Department of Transportation for fiscal 2017 is unlikely to pick up much momentum. According to Schenendorf, "It's just very surprising that the administration didn't make much of an effort during the surface transportation bill ...
December 2, 2015, Law360
Jack Schenendorf is quoted in a Law360 article discussing the winners and losers of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST ACT) Schenendorf said, “Overall, the bill is a significant accomplishment because one of the real problems the program has been going through — over 30 short-term extensions — is there hasn’t been time for states to do any ...
August 15, 2014, Law360
Covington partner Anita Stork recently argued a motion summary judgement for client Philippine Airlines, which is quoted in this article:
"Under questioning from Judge Breyer, Philippines Airlines attorney Anita Stork of Covington & Burling LLP said the airlines file the majority of their rates with the ATPCO, and the remainder are “unfiled rates within the ...
May 14, 2014, Law360
Covington partner Marty Myers is featured in this article about his recent move to the firm.
May 12, 2014, Bloomberg
Marty Myers is mentioned in Bloomberg regarding his recent move to Covington:
"Covington & Burling LLP said Martin H. Myers joined its insurance recovery practice, representing corporate policyholders in complex coverage disputes with insurers. Myers, who joins the firm as a partner in San Francisco, was previously at Jones Day."
WASHINGTON, DC, September 25, 2013 — Jack Schenendorf, of counsel at Covington & Burling, testified today before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the need to invest in the country’s infrastructure and preserve federal transportation funding.
In his testimony, Mr. Schenendorf explained that in recent decades the United States has ...
WASHINGTON, DC, November 7, 2012 — Covington & Burling received 97 first-tier practice rankings in the 2013 “Best Law Firms” survey by U.S. News-Best Lawyers, placing Covington among the top 10 firms nationwide. Covington was also named “Law Firm of the Year” in both FDA Law and Corporate Compliance Law. The honor is presented to one law firm in each of the ...
September 13, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, September 13, 2012 — Best Lawyers in America named seven Covington & Burling lawyers today as “2013 Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas and cities. The selected lawyers received strong ratings from their peers for their “abilities, professionalism and integrity,” in the publication’s annual survey. Best Lawyers recognizes only ...
August 27, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, August 27, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP lawyers received 196 individual mentions in 57 areas of law in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top U.S. lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession.
The Covington lawyers recognized are as ...
May 2, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, May 2, 2012 — D.C. Super Lawyers selected 64 Covington & Burling lawyers for its 2012 list of top legal talent. Super Lawyers selects no more than five percent of the total lawyers who practice in Washington based on peer review and the publication’s independent research.
Deborah Garza and Robert Long have been named among the “Top 100” for ...
November 1, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, November 1, 2011 — For the second consecutive year, U.S. News-Best Lawyers awarded Covington & Burling the most first-tier practice rankings for Washington, DC in the “Best Law Firms” survey. The 2011-12 survey also awarded the firm 82 first-tier practice rankings, placing Covington among the top 20 firms nationwide.
Additionally, U.S. ...
September 7, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, September 7, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP lawyers received 184 individual mentions in 56 areas of law in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top US lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession.
The Covington lawyers recognized are as follows: ...
July 22, 2011, BNA Daily Report for Executives
June 10, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, June 10, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP received 123 individual mentions and 45 practice mentions in Chambers USA 2011. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers by state and national practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
Here are the Covington lawyers and practices ...
January 6, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC, January 6, 2011 — Covington & Burling LLP announced today that it plans to establish a strategic risk and crisis management practice to assist national and international businesses and their managements and boards.
Senior members of the group include former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff; Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat; former DC ...
September 17, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, September 17, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP received 33 first-tier practice rankings in the 2010 “Best Law Firms” survey by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. Covington’s first-tier national rankings place it among the top 10 firms nationwide and at the top of the first-tier rankings for Washington, DC.
The inaugural rankings presented in ...
August 6, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, August 6, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP received 138 individual mentions in 40 areas of law in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top US lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession.
The Covington lawyers recognized are as follows:
June 16, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, June 16, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP received 112 individual mentions and 44 practice mentions in Chambers USA 2010. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers by state and national practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
Here are the Covington lawyers and practices ...
August 7, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC, August 7, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP received 131 individual mentions in 38 areas of law in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top US lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession.
The Covington lawyers recognized are as follows:
June 12, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC, June 12, 2009 — Covington & Burling LLP received 100 individual mentions and 40 practice mentions in Chambers USA 2009. The guidebook, which ranks lawyers by state and national practice area, is designed to identify the most skilled legal practitioners based on the qualities most valued by clients.
Here are the Covington lawyers and practices ...
September 29, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC, September 29, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP received 124 individual mentions in 40 areas of law in the 2009 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top US lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession. The Covington lawyers recognized are as follows:
WASHINGTON, DC, January 15, 2008 — The National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission today released the results of its nearly two-year study, which calls for a “new beginning” to reform the nation’s transportation programs into a world-class system. During a press conference held at the National Press Club, the bipartisan national ...
NEW YORK, NY, November 1, 2007 — Mainfreight Limited has completed its acquisition of AMEX-listed Target Logistics, Inc. in an all-cash transaction. Covington & Burling LLP advised Mainfreight on the transaction. Mainfreight is a global supply chain logistics provider with approximately 3,000 team members based in operations in New Zealand, Australia, Asia, and ...
September 6, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC, September 6, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP received 115 individual mentions in 38 areas of law in the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This annual compilation of top US lawyers is based on peer-review surveys and is used as a referral guide in the legal profession. The recipients are as follows:
Administrative: E. Edward Bruce and ...
June 18, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC, June 18, 2007 — Covington & Burling LLP received 44 practice mentions and 74 individual mentions in the newly released 2007 Chambers USA guidebook. The 2007 edition of Chambers USA attempts to identify the most skilled legal practitioners throughout the country based on the qualities most valued by clients. Covington attorneys have been ...
July 12, 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 12, 2006 - Covington & Burling LLP's Jack Schenendorf was elected Vice-Chairman of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission. The Commission was created under Section 1909 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act - A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). It is comprised of 12 members ...
June 5, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC, June 5, 2006 - Fifty Covington & Burling lawyers practicing in 27 fields and in each of the firm's US offices were recognized as "leaders in their field" in this year's edition of Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers. The 2006 edition of Chambers USA, which was released June 2, 2006, attempts to identify the most skilled legal ...
October 3, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 3, 2005 - Covington & Burling announced the election of ten new partners, effective October 1. Stuart Stock, chair of the firm's management committee, commented: "These exceptional lawyers reflect the strength, excellence and diversity of the firm, and the continuing growth of our practices across the firm." Covington's newest partners ...
May 27, 2005
Washington, D.C., June 28, 2005 - Twenty-nine Covington & Burling lawyers practicing in fourteen fields and in each of the firm's U.S. offices were recognized as "leaders in their field" in this year's edition of Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers. The 2005 edition of Chambers USA, which was released online earlier today, attempts to identify the ...
February 2005, NARTC Conference
October 3, 2002
October 3, 2002 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Covington & Burling announced that eight attorneys have been elected to the partnership, effective October 1, 2002. New partners in Covington's Litigation Practice include Georgia Kazakis and Edward H. Rippey. Michael S. Labson is a new partner in the firm's Food and Drug and Life Sciences Practices. Erin M. Egan and Jennifer ...
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