Safe, convenient, and efficient modes of transporting goods, services, and people are fundamental to the stability and financial well-being of our nation

The legal challenges faced by the railroad industry are complex and require a comprehensive understanding of the law and industry-specific regulations. Effective legal representation can help railroads manage risk, protect their interests, and avoid costly litigation.

Railroads may face claims alleging that they caused or contributed to personal injuries or fatalities, such as train accidents, collisions with vehicles, or slip and fall accidents on railroad property. 

In addition, railroads may face claims related to property damage, such as damage to cargo during transportation or damage to private property as a result of train accidents.  Railroads may face liability related to environmental damage, such as spills of hazardous materials or contamination of soil or water.

Employees of railroads may bring forward claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, or breach of employment contracts against the company.

Railroads are obligated to comply with various federal and state regulations, such as labor laws, environmental regulations, and safety regulations, to ensure their operations are legally compliant.  They are subject to antitrust laws that prohibit anti-competitive behavior, such as price fixing or market allocation.

At Burns White, our attorneys have a pivotal role in supporting the railroad industry by helping railroad companies defend against FELA claims, comply with regulations, defend against litigation, manage risk, and navigate complex labor and employment law issues.