Mazzola Lindstrom attorneys are trained to represent cargo, marine, and transportation professionals in international and domestic litigation, arbitration, and mediation. Our team has developed multi-jurisdictional legal solutions for clients that have become standard for the global supply chain. We regularly counsel clients on the carriage of goods from manufacturing through transit and import/export, to placement on store shelves and consumption.
We are knowledgeable of international laws and regulations governing the transportation industry such as the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (COGSA), Hague-Visby Convention, Warsaw Convention and Montreal Protocols, the Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road (CMR) and the Carmack Amendment to the Interstate Commerce Clause. We advise shippers on how to navigate customs regulations and assist with transportation solutions concerning all manner of consumer goods, construction equipment, automobiles, petroleum products, metals, garments, household goods, chemicals, ore, grain, bulk cargo, perishables, frozen food, and high-value luxury items such as fine art, antiques, gems, jewelry, and specie.
We routinely counsel and represent warehouses, truckers, airlines, armored car carriers, railroads, carrier escorts, pilots, stevedores, longshoremen and shipping companies in cargo claims arising from multi-modal carriage contracts for freight worldwide. Our clients have included shipowners, freight forwarders, customs house brokers, vessel operators, NVOCCs, charterers, manufacturers, cargo owners, shipyards, terminals, wind farm operators, energy companies, offshore rigs, and marine construction companies. We litigate domestic and international cargo claims involving loss, damage, shortage, spoilage, and theft. We have experience handling warehouse claims caused by fire, contamination, temperature variation, and ventilation problems.
Our significant experience litigating transportation, logistics and warehousing disputes makes us uniquely suited to handle transactional work designed to protect our clients from liability. We understand how carefully drafted contracts are necessary to shield our clients from litigation. We draft strong bills of lading, air waybills, warehouse receipts, service agreements, and standard terms and conditions. We provide sound advice and craft effective contracts that keep our clients out of court so they can focus their time, money, and efforts on their core business.