When disputes involving rail and transit clients cannot be resolved by negotiation, the case goes before the Surface Transportation Board (STB), federal or state courts, and or other administrative tribunals (including the Federal Railroad Administration or the Railroad Retirement Board).
Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell has handled the full range of proceedings before the STB, including petitions for declaratory orders, exemptions, and offers of financial assistance; National Trails Act matters; operating and track access matters; and abandonment (both affirmative and adverse) cases. When disputes require litigation in federal or state courts, our attorneys apply their litigation experience in combination with their practiced familiarity with rail and transit law to provide principled, zealous, and creative advocacy tailored to the needs and goals of our rail and transit clients. We frequently litigate cases of first impression or cases in which obtaining a positive outcome is mission-critical for our client. Whether before a court or the STB, our deep knowledge of the substantive law and litigation savvy enables us to present the best case for our clients.