Transportation

HunterMaclean’s transportation group consists of attorneys with years of experience in handling a wide range of transportation clients, from over-the-road (OTR) trucking companies and railroads to maritime vessels and commercial carriers.

Overview

HunterMaclean’s transportation group consists of attorneys with years of experience in handling a wide range of transportation clients, from over-the-road (OTR) trucking companies and railroads to maritime vessels and commercial carriers. Our attorneys are up-to-date on the latest developments in transportation law and excel in representing clients facing freight, salvage, collision, and cargo claims, as well as accidents and catastrophic losses.

Our attorneys are available for round-the-clock investigations and can be dispatched within minutes or hours of serious accidents to supervise, coordinate, and assist. HunterMaclean is also an affiliate member of the Georgia Motor Trucking Association, where its attorneys regularly participate in Association functions.

We have represented drivers, carriers, railroads, shippers, brokers, and P&I clubs and insurers before various state and federal courts as well as before arbitration panels and administrative agencies. Our clients range from small, single-unit trucking companies to Fortune 500 companies. Over the years, we have effectively resolved hundreds of transportation matters involving catastrophic and large loss property damage, insurance, indemnity, and subrogation issues.

Beyond its litigation capabilities, HunterMaclean has a presence in the area of warehousing law and logistics. It has obtained operating authority for carriers and brokers at both the state and federal level and assisted in corporate restructuring to protect companies’ assets.

  • Obtained defense verdict in Maryland trial court for Class 1 railroad in FELA case brought by living, former railroad employee suffering from malignant mesothelioma who alleged that asbestos exposure while employed by the railroad caused his cancer. Argued successfully for affirmance of defense verdict in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Plummer v. CSXT, Circuit Court of Maryland for Alleghany County, C07-29379-F.
  • On behalf of a Class 1 railroad defendant, and on a certified question from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, obtained unanimous ruling from the Supreme Court of Georgia that an employer owed no duty to third-party, non-employees who came into contact with its employees’ asbestos-tainted work clothing away from the workplace. Williams, et al, v. CSX Transportation, 278 Ga. 888, 608 S.E. 2d 208, and subsequent summary judgment for the defendant in U.S.D.C. for the Southern District of Georgia.
  • Obtained reversal of a Tennessee jury’s adverse verdict on inadequate jury charge grounds in the Supreme Court of the United States, Hensley v. CSX Transportation, 556 U.S. 838 (2009).
  • Co-authored Amicus Brief on cancer issues to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the Association of American Railroads in Norfolk & Western R. Co. v. Ayers, 538 U.S. 135 (2003). 
  • Penske Truck Leasing LP: Court granted truck leasing company client’s summary judgment motion based on federal preemption argument pursuant to the Graves Amendment, 49 U.S.C. s. 30106
  • Hudd Distribution Services Inc./Maersk Distribution Services Inc.: Represent motor carriers in numerous personal/catastrophic injury cases
  • Bridge Terminal Transport Inc.: Represent carrier in numerous personal/catastrophic injury cases
  • Strickland v. Sysco Corp.: Represent trucking company in death case
  • Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.: Represent trucking company in various personal injury/property damage cases
  • Maersk/A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S: Represent shippers in numerous cargo and personal injury claims
  • Quality Distribution, Inc.: Emergency Response Team Panel Counsel
  • Tennessee Express/TCW: Emergency Response Team Panel Counsel
  • Gordon Trucking, Inc./Heartland Express: Emergency Response Team Panel Counsel

Arbitration & Mediation

HunterMaclean’s arbitration and mediation practice group features a talented team of attorneys who have served as mediators and arbitrators and who also routinely represent clients in various dispute resolution settings…

Litigation

HunterMaclean’s litigation attorneys regularly represent clients in federal and state courts, administrative proceedings, arbitration panels, and other alternative dispute resolution tribunals.


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David F. Sipple

Retired Partner

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Tel 912.236.0261

Bradley M. Harmon

Managing Partner

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Tel 912.236.0261