Overview

Thompson Hine’s Supply Chain Management team is focused on addressing complex supply chain issues and disputes across numerous industries. We help our clients implement their supply chain strategies and address problems that arise in these multifaceted economic relationships. Our lawyers have the experience and judgment to guide clients through the constantly evolving technological, economic and regulatory environments and to overcome the ongoing challenges in managing and participating in supply chain networks.

We take a business-oriented approach to supply chain matters. We understand our clients’ overriding goals for supply chain excellence as a means of achieving operational efficiencies, product growth and, ultimately, enhanced value to customers. Our goal is to help the client’s supply chain team achieve success.

Thompson Hine lawyers understand the complex issues involved in structuring, optimizing and managing supply chains. Our lawyers have assisted clients to:

  • Implement flexible and accountable manufacturing and logistics operations through outsourcing arrangements and multi-tier networks.
  • Achieve product growth by expanding their geographic footprints, increasing market penetration and implementing more efficient networks and processes.
  • Minimize risks of disruption and improve resilience in their supply chains through innovative procurement and contracting strategies, compliance reviews and audits, and constructive resolution of disputes.
  • Innovate new supply chain structures and multi-tier relationships to make their supply chain more flexible and demand-driven.
  • Enforce contract and other rights through mediation, arbitration and litigation before domestic and international tribunals.
Experience

Thompson Hine’s Supply Chain Management team includes lawyers from diverse practice groups, allowing us to address a wide spectrum of issues that arise in a modern multi-tier and international supply chain. Among the many services provided by our lawyers are the following:

  • Drafting and negotiation of contracts and other documentation required for the web of third-party relationships that exist in a modern supply chain, including supply agreements, master services agreements, letters of credit and related commercial documentation.
  • Handling disputes between suppliers, distributors and customers, including mediation, arbitration and courtroom litigation.
  • Advising regarding distribution and reseller arrangements, including compliance with pricing, antitrust and advertising laws and regulations.
  • Managing and protecting intellectual property in supply chain relationships, including in outsourcing and cloud transactions.
  • Drafting and counseling regarding logistics, warehousing and transportation management arrangements, as well as regulatory and other issues involving the transportation of goods by rail, truck, vessel, aircraft and pipeline.
  • Training business personnel and advising on best practices for supplier qualification, selection and management, as well as antitrust, antibribery, privacy and cybersecurity issues.
  • Advising regarding product labeling, warnings, recalls, warranties and related issues and risks.
  • Counseling and representation regarding import/export controls, customs and international trade compliance, country of origin labeling and related international trade matters.
  • Representing companies before the Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Transportation Security Administration, the Federal Maritime Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, the Surface Transportation Board and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
  • Advising clients on regulatory requirements pertaining to the transportation and storage of hazardous materials and matters before the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.