Cargo, Marine & Transportation

At Mazzola Lindstrom, we are trained to represent cargo, marine and transportation professionals in international and domestic litigation, arbitration and mediation.  Our legal team has multi-jurisdictional legal solutions for the global supply chain.   Shipowners, airlines, rail and motor carriers transport cargo across the globe. We regularly counsel clients on the carriage of goods from manufacturing through transit, 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 known shippers through customs regulations and assist with transportation solutions concerning all sorts of goods  – 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 defend warehouses, truckers, airlines, armored car carriers, railroads, carrier escorts, pilots, stevedores, longshoremen and other shipping companies in cargo claims arising from multi-modal carriage contracts for freight worldwide.  Our lawyers have represented 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.

We often handle marine and inland marine insurance coverage, defense and subrogation for P&I clubs, Lloyd’s syndicates and domestic primary and excess insurers. We are skilled at handling insurance coverage disputes arising from the routine to atypical crises.

Our emergency response team is ready and available to respond urgently to loss, damage and casualty brought on by hurricanes, fires, floods, contaminations, tornados, earthquakes, power outages, rogue waves, government seizures and pandemics.

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 are available whenever needed to provide sound advice and to craft strong contracts to keep our clients out of court so they can focus their time, money and efforts on their core business.