Jeff is a partner in the firm's Transportation practice group, where he handles both commercial and regulatory transportation issues, with a heavy focus upon transportation by rail and truck. Based upon interviews with clients and peers, Chambers USA has recognized Jeff as one of the top leading lawyers nationwide who represent shippers in rail transportation matters.
Jeff represents major utility, petrochemical, mining, agricultural, metals, automotive and other industrial interests. He advises shipper clients and transportation intermediaries on transportation contract matters, service issues, loss and damage claims, hazardous materials liability, rail line purchase and construction, rail abandonments, rail car leases, and a host of related transportation issues. This includes litigation or arbitration, when necessary.
Jeff has extensive experience in matters before the Surface Transportation Board (STB) and agencies within the Department of Transportation, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Jeff handles all rail regulatory matters within the jurisdiction of the STB. Before the NHTSA, Jeff advises auto equipment manufacturers on various vehicle equipment safety requirements and safety recalls. At the FRA and FMCSA, Jeff advises clients on rail and motor carrier safety requirements, respectively. In addition, Jeff handles hazardous material enforcement and compliance matters before the FRA and PHMSA.
In today's capacity-constrained transportation markets, Jeff has been particularly active in helping clients address their service and cost concerns. He has been at the forefront of changes in rail rate regulation, having represented a large coalition of shippers in the STBs revisions to its small rate case regulations and having successfully prosecuted the very first cases filed under those new rules. More recently, he has represented several chemical and plastics companies in some of the most complex large rate cases ever filed at the STB. Jeff also has represented shippers and trade associations in regulatory proceedings concerning the safety and security of hazardous materials transportation, as well as the common carrier obligation of rail carriers to haul hazardous materials.
Jeff is admitted to practice law in the Ccommonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia. He also is a past president of the Association for Transportation Law Professionals (ATLP).
- Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1991
- Eckerd College, B.A., 1988, in Economics with Honors
Professional & Civic Involvement
Association for Transportation Law Professionals (President 2002-2003, Secretary 1999-2001)
Eckerd College, National Advisory Council
The Belvedere Condominium Unit Owners Association, Board Member
- "Changing Role of Rail Rate Regulation" · Journal of Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy, Vol. 74, No. 3, Oct. 2007
- "Rail Pricing Under Capacity Constraints" · Journal of Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy, Vol. 72, No. 3, Oct. 2005
- "Model Truckload Agreement" · Association Highlights, Vol. 27, No. 6, Sept.-Oct. 2004
- "The Phasing Constraint: Relief to Whom and When?" · Journal of Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy; Vol. 71, No. 4, Oct. 2004
- Co-author, "Transportation" · Fourth Edition of the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology
- Co-author, "Preemption of Local Regulation of Radio Antennas" · Federal Communications Law Journal, Vol. 46, No. 3, June, 1994
- Selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Transportation, nationally, 2009-2012
- Rated by SuperLawyers in the Transportation field, 2011-12