Cohen & Merrick is a national transportation practice that encompasses a spectrum of litigation and commercial matters arising from the movement of freight. Cohen & Merrick represents railroads, motor carriers, and logistics companies in connection with commercial transportation litigation and contracting, and is one of the most respected transportation law practices in the country. While we focus on transportation related litigation, within that category our work is diverse. For example, we may be representing our clients' interests in connection with a derailment in Indiana, a demurrage dispute in Virginia, a high value freight loss in New Jersey, a bridge strike in Illinois, a contract dispute in Texas, or pursuing a fraud claim in New York.
Cohen & Merrick is a legal industry leader in the areas it focuses on, and this leadership is reflected in our work product resulting in dozens of reported U.S. District Courts and U.S. Courts of Appeal rulings.
Cohen & Merrick attorneys are uniquely skilled and experienced serving as plaintiff's attorneys on behalf of corporate clients. Our attorneys aggressively and creatively seek recoveries on behalf of our transportation clients in areas including freight /demurrage collections, contract/tariff disputes with customers and disputes with vendors. Cohen & Merrick has recovered tens of millions in damage to transportation infrastructure caused by accidents, derailments or even barge impacts with bridges. Cohen & Merrick relies on an established network of experts in areas ranging from metallurgy to geotechnical to forensic accounting. Because Cohen & Merrick attorneys have been representing transportation interests for decades, we are familiar with the relevant terminology, relevant people/departments to secure necessary information to support both the liability and damages components of a case, and are able to identify types of available damages. This experience leads to higher recoveries for our clients.
In order to manage client expenses, maximize efficiency, and ensure that Cohen & Merrick's interests are fully aligned with our clients’ interests. Cohen & Merrick regularly implements fee arrangements based on agreed measures of value rather than on the billable hour. While hourly billing certainly remains an available option, in certain collection / expenditure recovery / subrogation matters Cohen & Merrick offers alternate fee structures such as: