Law360 Again Names Steptoe a ‘Transportation Group of the Year’

(February 9, 2018, Washington, DC) — For the second consecutive year, Steptoe’s Transportation Group has been named a Law360 Transportation Group of the Year. In a profile published February 8, the editors highlight some of the group’s successes over the past year including defending major railroads in antitrust and liability suits and helping airlines like Portugal's TAP and Japan Airlines navigate the complex international regulatory environment for air travel, as well as US regulations.

According to the profile, “Steptoe's transportation team, led by partner Linda Stein, boasts a deep bench of attorneys with expertise in issues related to aviation, railroad, trucking and autonomous vehicles.”

Steptoe was called in to provide support for the trial team on industry and regulatory issues related to the case when Union Pacific Railroad was named in a Texas liability suit over an accident involving a parade float that drove onto a railroad crossing, resulting in four deaths.

Partner Alice Loughran says Steptoe's work supporting trial teams on cases like this is analogous to a "special operations team" brought in to provide expert support on complex, industry-specific issues related to federal preemption, tax issues, tribal-sovereign immunity issues, property damage and a variety of other cases.

"We parachute in, we write a lot of summary judgment papers, we do a lot of work cooperating with the trial court team and we focus on our specific area and let the trial court team hone in on other arguments they want to make," she adds.

The full profile can be read at Law360 (subscription required).

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