Transportation and Trucking

Cowles & Thompson has a long history of representing transportation and trucking companies, their drivers and employees, as well as working with their insurance carriers and third-party administrators. Our attorneys handle matters in all aspects of transportation law for clients involved in the shipping process, including direct and carrier-directed representation for truck accidents; assistance in evidence gathering/preservation and risk management in high-profile, high-damage-exposure accidents; assistance with hours of service and other Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act compliance issues; as well as other general operational issues.

Our attorneys also serve as general counsel to many trucking companies, advising them on issues related to business transactions, employment litigation and policy implementation, as well as commercial lease negotiations and other real estate-related matters. In addition, we represent motor carriers, private fleet operators, logistics companies and private motorists, both directly and through their insurers. This representation includes transportation companies in the trucking and logistics industries.  In addition to handling disputes after they arise, attorneys work with clients to try to prevent disputes from happening and/or to assist in resolving the disputes before they reach the litigation stage.

Types of Carriers Represented
Our proven track record is a result of years of litigation experience plus our diligence in staying abreast of changes that occur within the industry. Our clients include inter-/intra-state trucking companies, retail companies that operate their own fleets, air freight carriers, service and logistics providers, oil and gas industry-related, heavy equipment, and others including:

  • Freight barge operations
  • Intermodal companies
  • LTL carriers
  • Moving companies
  • Specialized carriers
  • TL carriers
  • Towing companies
  • Truck leasing companies


Litigation of Disputes
Our attorneys appear in all state and federal trial courts in Texas and have experience before each of the various administrative tribunals within the state. We also are experienced in arguing cases in all of the state and federal appellate courts, and we have worked with the National Transportation and Safety Board on investigation and determination of loss and injury questions.

Areas of Representation
Our transportation and trucking attorneys combine extensive knowledge of the transportation industry with deep trial experience, to provide both legal defense and consulting services, including:

  • Accident investigation coordination
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Commercial lease negotiations and other real estate-related representation
  • Contract negotiation and preparation
  • Contractual disputes
  • Employment, non-competition and personnel matters
  • Environmental/toxic tort claims
  • Freight loss and damage claims
  • Improper maintenance of equipment
  • In-house risk management
  • Insurance coverage issues
  • Negligent retention and supervision of employees
  • Pre-litigation assistance, including preservation of evidence and accident investigation
  • Preventative Measures
  • Property damage and cargo claims
  • Regulatory compliance and licensing
  • Risk management counseling
  • Tort liability defense
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Wrongful death claims and personal injury lawsuits