DLA Piper’s Transportation Regulatory and Litigation practice provides practical, effective and creative legal advice and representation for companies whose businesses, products and services are subject to transportation laws and regulations. Our experienced lawyers assist clients with regulatory compliance, investigations, enforcement, disputes and litigation, participating in government programs, evaluating transportation transactions and investments, and seeking regulatory and legislative change in industries that are both heavily regulated and rapidly changing.

Transportation – of people, goods and materials – is vital to nearly every business in the US and around the globe. And the transportation industry by itself is huge, encompassing automobile and truck manufacturing and operation, aviation, passenger and freight railroads, water transportation, pipelines, space transportation, highway construction and maintenance and other transportation infrastructure. Our US Transportation practice provides experience-based regulatory and litigation services to automotive OEMs and equipment manufacturers and suppliers; heavy truck manufacturers and motor carriers, transportation as a service and mobility companies; and manufacturers and service providers across transportation modes and businesses in the rapidly evolving transportation sector.

Globally, we provide diverse transportation-related legal services through our interdisciplinary Infrastructure, Construction and Transportation sector teams, which draw on diverse practice groups to assist companies with practical and experience-based advice in markets around the world.

Today, the US transportation sector is more dynamic than ever as new technologies and business models and other innovations cause disruptive change. At the same time, many segments of the transportation industry in the US are heavily regulated, involve substantial government funding and oversight, or both. The combination of rapid industry change and heavy regulation – which is itself evolving – makes it critical for industry participants to receive regulatory advice and assistance that is up to date, strategic and based on hands-on experience with the development and application of transportation regulations. Our US Transportation Regulatory practice has the experience to provide informed and effective transportation regulatory representation in this dynamic environment, including experience as federal transportation regulators, senior in-house counsel to a major auto company and decades of experience in transportation regulation and litigation. Services we offer include (for more detailed listing, see Capabilities):

Automotive industry regulatory, counseling and litigation

Generally applicable motor vehicle (sedans, light trucks, motorcycles) and equipment regulation and policy We represent OEMs, suppliers and equipment manufacturers with respect to safety standards and exemptions; rulemaking; compliance and reporting; investigations, defects, recalls, and enforcement; fuel economy and standards, and heavy truck regulation.

Autonomous, connected, and electric vehicle regulation and litigation at federal, state and local levels, including regulatory development, compliance, and enforcement proceedings; advice regarding regulatory strategies, risks, and opportunities associated with autonomous, connected, and electric vehicles; and assistance with related infrastructure development, funding, and regulatory matters.

Transportation regulation, counseling and litigation, including railroad economic and safety regulation; unmanned aircraft systems (i.e., drones) regulation and policy; Federal Highway Administration projects and regulations and other transportation infrastructure projects; transit system regulation, projects, and public funding; high-speed rail projects; and federal transportation and infrastructure projects and programs (including “green” infrastructure, transportation, and energy programs and projects), funding, compliance, and oversight.