Chris Merrick represents rail carriers, motor carriers (including household goods carriers), freight forwarders, warehouses, and ocean carriers in a wide variety of commercial matters. Chris handles all stages of litigation, including appellate litigation and alternative dispute resolution, on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. Chris also assists clients with preparation and revision of their commercial contracts, as well as navigating challenging regulatory issues impacting their operations.
Chris has handled multimillion-dollar contractual disputes between multinational corporations and “bet the company” matters involving unique and diverse actions such as: Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) actions; litigation arising out of complex transportation statutes, treaties, and regulations; and defending carrier clients named in class action lawsuits. In addition, Chris defends carriers in high-value freight loss and damage suits throughout the country, and pursues recovery of expenditures incurred by carriers due to the negligence of outside parties.
In addition to this litigation work, Chris assists clients with their unique legal needs related to the international, interstate, and intrastate transportation and storage of goods. This has included navigating and overcoming the legal and logistical hurdles associated with transporting historically-significant items from the White House and negotiating terms for international transportation and storage of priceless paintings prior to their sale at auction.
Chris previously served as law clerk to the Honorable Lynne A. Sitarski of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and he also served as a Special Deputy Attorney General in the Civil Litigation Section of the New Jersey Attorney General’s office.
Chris is a long-time member of the National Conference of Freight Counsel and the Villanova Law School J. Willard O’Brien American Inn of Court. Chris and his wife Hillorie have two children, Simon and George.
Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 2008
Appalachian State University, B.S., 2003
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