Our railroad practice dates back to when steam locomotives dominated the rails. Our relationship with the industry continues to this day with one of the largest practices in the country—26 attorneys and 10 paralegals working together to represent numerous Class I, regional and short line railroads. We know the business, its people and its history.
The scope of service we provide to the industry is all-encompassing. Thompson Coburn defends FELA traumatic and occupational claims, third-party tort claims, labor cases, environmental matters, freight disputes and disputes about side track agreements. We also provide real estate, regulatory and corporate assistance to major railroads. We also play a significant role in shaping railroad law, participating in the regulatory process and obtaining successful results in federal and state appeals courts.
Our decades of experience includes representing such notable clients as the Norfolk and Western Railway; New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad; and St. Louis Southwestern Railway. Now we count some of the biggest names in the industry as our clients—BNSF Railway, CSX Transportation, Canadian National Railway, Kansas City Southern Railway, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific Railroad.
We are proud of our relationships with our railroad clients. We work hand-in-hand with clients to achieve their objectives, combining an understanding of their needs with our knowledge of the industry. We apply the depth of our industry knowledge, talented personnel and cutting-edge technology to ensure the highest quality of service in a timely and cost-efficient manner.
We are pioneers in the use of alternative billing arrangements and database management. In addition, we are always cognizant of the need for early, high-quality evaluations of difficult cases. Perhaps most important, at all levels of the firm we stress the need for imaginative approaches to tough cases and the importance of prompt and timely communication.