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David E.Benz

Focus Areas

  • Transportation contracts: draft, counsel and advise.
  • Rail line acquisition, including relevant documents and regulatory requirements.
  • Railroad rate reasonableness at the Surface Transportation Board.
  • Rail line crossings, easements and other property issues.
  • Railroads’ duty to provide service under the common carrier obligation.
  • Federal preemption issues related to rail transportation.
  • Rail line abandonments, including relevant documents and regulatory requirements.
  • Trackage rights agreements, rail line leases, and other agreements related to rail operations.
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022, 2023 for Railroad Law
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Transportation, Nationwide, 2016 to 2019
  • Listed as a Rising Star in The Legal 500, 2022; listed in The Legal 500, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022

Professional Associations

  • Association of Transportation Law Professionals

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2002
  • University of Virginia, 1992,

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Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
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