Overview

Matt focuses his practice on transportation law. He represents a variety of domestic and international transportation organizations including motor carriers, leasing companies, third-party logistics providers, regional and national shippers and large private fleets. Matt has served as General Counsel for a transportation company where he regularly dealt with legal, safety, compliance and risk matters. He has extensive experience in litigating transportation related disputes. In addition to his transportation experience, Matt has also been involved in all aspects of several acquisitions including legal and integration into core business as well as overseeing a Compliance and HR Department. 

Practices

    • Advised on the use of independent contractors/owner operators drivers throughout the United States and Canada.
    • Established strategic structures to ensure compliance with various state and federal regulations in numerous segments of the transportation industry including long-haul, dray, LTL and last mile delivery.
    • Advised on all aspects of motor carrier and broker compliance for various transportation organizations.
    • Conducted FMCSA compliance reviews, established protocols and policies for compliance as well as overseeing various state and federal compliance audits for private and for hire motor carriers. 
    • Responsible for all transportation due diligence during the acquisition or selling of various types of transportation entities.
    • Managed and negotiated insurance programs for all lines of coverage including public liability, physical damage, cargo, broker, EPLI, workers’ compensation, occupational accident and health insurance.
    • Managed all internal and external compliance audits pertaining to motor carrier and broker compliance obligations with U.S. DOT and applicable state agencies.
    • Procured numerous grants in several states relating to the use of alternative fuels.
  • Education

    • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 2003
    • John Carroll University, B.A., 2000

    Admissions

    • State of Ohio 
  • Professional Affiliations

    • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association—Member (2020-Present) 
    • Ohio State Bar Association — Litigation Section (2003-Present)
    • American Trucking Associations — Safety Policy Committee Member (2010–Present); Steering Sub Committee (2016-2018)
    • Truckload Carriers Association — Independent Contractor Committee (2017-Present)
    • Ohio Trucking Association (2010-Present)
    • Team 88 — Member (2018-Present)
    • National Tank Truck Carriers Association (2016-Present)
    • Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (2016-Present)
    • Customized Logistics and Delivery Association (2016-Present)
    • Trip Captive Insurance Group — Board Member (2013-2016) 
    • Transportation Lawyers Association — Member (2010-2016)
    • “Gov. Signs Bill Expanding Stranglehold on IC’s in CA: What Now in California?” InterConnect FLASH! No. 75 (September 2019)
    • “Ohio Legislature Enacts Statutory Protections for Motor Carriers Using Bona Fide Independent Contractor Drivers, InterConnect FLASH! No. 73 (June 2019)
    • “Independent Contractor/Owner-Operators: Exempt From Arbitration for Dispute Resolution,” InterConnect FLASH! No. 71 (January 2019)
    • “California Lawmakers Drag in Shippers and their Intermediaries to IC Battlefront,” InterConnect FLASH! No. 69 (October 2018)
    • “Truth-in-Leasing Regulations Derail Motor Carrier’s Motion to Dismiss," InterConnect FLASH! No. 68 (August 2018)
    • “CA Supreme Court Imposes a Presumption of Employment in the Wage Order Context,” InterConnect FLASH No. 67 (May 2018)
    • “Fleet Model Withstands Misclassification Challenge in Massachusetts,” InterConnect FLASH! No. 66 (April 2018)
    • “Shipper’s Control Over Courier’s IC Drivers Results in Adverse Joint Employer Ruling,” InterConnect FLASH! No. 65 (February 2018)
    • “NLRB Rules Against Employee Status for Menard’s Drivers,” InterConnect FLASH! No. 64 (November 2017)
    • “Employee v. IC: Dual Role of Agent and Small Fleet Owner,” InterConnect FLASH! No. 63 (August 2017)
    • “Arbitration Clauses in IC Agreements: The Winds are Shifting,” InterConnect FLASH! No. 62 (June 2017)
    • “Regardless of Status (Broker/Motor Carrier): Contract & Control Still Matter,” InterConnect FLASH! No. 61 (May 2017)