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  • Welcome New Members for April 2022!
    Sunday, May 1, 2022

    TLA would like to welcome the new TLA members for the month of April:

    Melody Demasi, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
    Bethany KarasLaw Offices of Bethany Karas
    Patrick Russell, Penske Truck Leasing Co. L.P.

    Want to reach out to the new members and send them a warm welcome? You can find their contact information in the membership directory.
  • Welcome New Members for March 2022!
    Friday, April 8, 2022

    TLA would like to welcome the new TLA members for the month of March:

    Ramon Concha, Cacheaux, Cavazos & Newton, LLP
    Neil R. JacksonGausnell, O'Keefe & Thomas, LLC
    Lisa A. Norris, Medtronic
    Brooke A. Riggs, Frilot, LLC

    Want to reach out to the new members and send them a warm welcome? You can find their contact information in the membership directory.
  • April TTL Now Available!
    Friday, April 8, 2022

    ​​The April 2022 issue is now available for download here

  • Early Bird Registration Deadline - March 15
    Friday, March 11, 2022

    Don't miss the opportunity to register for the conference with the Early Bird rates - the deadline is March 15!

    For more information and to register click here.

  • Welcome New Members for February 2022!
    Tuesday, March 1, 2022

    ​TLA would like to welcome the new TLA members for the month of February:

    Matthew Bailey, Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Morre
    Caitlin Brown, Kozacy Weitzel McGrath, PC

    Want to reach out to the new members and send them a warm welcome? You can find their contact information in the membership directory.
  • February TTL Now Available
    Friday, February 11, 2022

    ​The February 2022 issue is now available for download here

  • Celebrating Black History Month
    Tuesday, February 8, 2022

    It's #BlackHistoryMonth! This February and throughout the year, we celebrate the history and accomplishments of black men and women, both past and present. Visit

  • Welcome New Members for January 2022!
    Tuesday, February 1, 2022

    TLA would like to welcome the new TLA members for the month of January:

    Alan Cofman, Miller Thomson LLP
    James Manson, Miller Thomson LLP
    Lauren N. Smart, Transplace Texas, LP
    Michael Wahl, Keller Logistics Group
    Steven W. Moore, Fox Rothschild LLP
    Joseph E. Vaughan, Vaughan Baio & Partners
    Salman Shah, Whitten Law Office
    John D. Wagner, Cors & Bassett, LLC
    Madeleine R. Vala, Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary
    Richard J. Delaney, II, Landstar System, Inc.
    James J. Levantino, Vandeventer Black LLP
    Robert D. Hart, Mullican & Hart, P.C.
    Paul J. DeMarco, Parsons, Lee & Juliano P.C.
    George R. Mullican, Mullican & Hart, P.C.
    Shannon J. Clark, 98 Ventures, Inc.
    Allison H. Rogers, 98 Ventures, Inc.
    Chase B. Ames, SNJ Legal
    Nathan L. Lundquist, Protective Insurance Corp.

    Want to reach out to the new members and send them a warm welcome? You can find their contact information in the membership directory.
  • Happy Lunar New Year!
    Tuesday, February 1, 2022

    ​TLA and the TLA DEI Committee wishes you good luck and good fortune in the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Tiger. 

  • Call for TTL Articles - Deadline February 3
    Friday, January 28, 2022

    You still have time to submit an article to The Transportation Lawyer. Articles are due February 3 to be considered for the April 2022 issue: Email Editor Eric Benton at

  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day
    Thursday, January 27, 2022

    Eight decades after the Holocaust began, TLA and the TLA DEI Committee join the Holocaust Museum in pausing today, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Birkenau, to honor the memory of Europe's Jews, who were targeted for annihilation.

  • TLA Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Friday, January 14, 2022

    The Transportation Lawyers Association commemorates the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in his fight for justice. 

    In honor of his work, our office will be closed on Monday, January 17.

  • Welcome New Members for December 2021!
    Saturday, January 1, 2022

    TLA would like to welcome the new TLA members for the month of December:

    Olamide Akanbi, Polaris Logistics Group
    Bruno Renda, Fowler White Burnett, P.A.
    Callie A. Castillo, Lane Powell PC
    Peter C. Bobchin, Law Offices of John C. Lane
    Jay B. Freeman, Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP
    Brian P. Krzykowski, O'Conner, O'Conner, Bresee & First PC
    Jason G. Moyers, Frankl Miller Webb & Moyers, LLP
    Alexandra E. Celio, Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn
    Heather M. Spring, The Pasha Group
    Sally S. Jarratt, AJC Group LLC
    Nicole Deniset, McCarthy Tetrault LLP

    Want to reach out to the new members and send them a warm welcome? You can find their contact information in the membership directory.

  • Welcome New Members for November 2021!
    Wednesday, December 1, 2021

    TLA would like to welcome the new TLA members for the month of November:

    Joshua Stein, Cozen O'Connor
    Andrew Isakoff, Marshall Dennehey
    Jai Sharma, Clyde & Co LLP
    Joel Bello, Nicklaus & Associates, P.A.
    Stephanie Cardenas, Orleans, Canty, Novy, LLC
    Philip Davolos, Cipriani & Werner, PC
    Robert Naumoff, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Arnoff
    Kathleen Stimeling, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
    James Jarrow, Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC
    Andrew Brehm, Scopelitis Garvin Light Hanson & Feary P.C.
    Christopher Scolire, AIT Worldwide Logistics

    Want to reach out to the new members and send them a warm welcome? You can find their contact information in the membership directory.
  • Welcome New Members for October 2021!
    Wednesday, November 3, 2021

    ​TLA would like to welcome the new TLA members for the month of October:

    Alexandria Ator, Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby, LLP
    Ian Breneman, Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP
    Stephen Byrnes, Nicklaus & Associates, P.A.
    Timothy Caiello, Murphy & Grantland PA
    Clint Cox, Cox PPL
    Peter DeMasters, Flaherty, Sensabaugh Bonasso
    Jacob Enenbach, Engles, Ketcham, Olson & Keith P.C.
    George Ernst, Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon and Galchus
    Michael Furyk, Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP
    Jeanne Hamilton, Hennessy & Roach, P.C.
    Dylan Jones, DAC Beachcroft LLP
    Kristina Kamler, Engles, Ketchum, Olson, Keith, P.C.
    Colter Kennedy, Lashly & Baer, P.C.
    Jacob Liro, Wicker, Smith, Et Al.
    Drew Lombardi, Williams Kastner
    Megan MacCallum, Benesch Friedlander
    Lauren Mathews, The Lynch Law Group, LLC
    Sean Mcdonough, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
    Richard McLawhorn, Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, P.A.
    James Milstone, Kopka Pinkus Dolin PC
    Joseph Napiltonia, Phoenix Management Solutions
    Christopher Razek, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Arnoff LLP
    Michelle Ross, The Lynch Law Group
    Curtis Ruwe, Crete Carrier Corporation
    Colton Sadler, Steam Logistics, LLC
    Madeline Sisk, Ocean Network Express (NA), Inc.
    Jessica Worth, Rendigs, Fry, Kiely & Dennis, LLP

    Want to reach out to the new members and send them a warm welcome? You can find their contact information in the membership directory.
  • Former TLA President Dave Parker Receives ATAs S. Earl Dove Highway Award
    Tuesday, October 26, 2021

    ​On October 25, 2021, the American Transportation Association posthumously bestowed its highest honor, the S. Earl Dove Highway Award, on Dave Parker.  The award, which has been presented to 14 individuals since its creation in 1989, recognizes those whose contributions of time, energy and intelligence have advanced the interests of the trucking industry and the ATA.  Dave, who was senior legal counsel for Great West Casualty Co. and Great West Risk Management, spent his legal career in service to the trucking industry.  He was an active member of ATA's Insurance Task Force and chairman of the FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee.  Dave was also a dedicated member of TLA and served as President of this organization in 1991-1992.  An article with additional details regarding Dave's award can be found here:  ATA honors Parker with S. Earl Dove Highway Award | AJOT.COM

    Tuesday, October 26, 2021

    TLA is pleased to announce that it has formed a stand-alone Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee ("DEI Committee").  Hillary Arrow Booth, along with Kathy Garber, Jeffrey Simmons, Kathleen Jeffries, Heather Devine, Martha Payne, Stephanie Penninger, and Beata Shapiro made a proposal to form a DEI Committee to the Executive Committee at the June 2021 meeting, after obtaining valuable input and inspiration from Fritz Damm

    The DEI Committee will implement the stated goals of the TLA Diversity Statement, including "seeking out diverse members of the transportation law community, who may not be aware of the benefits of membership, to join and enrich our organization with their professional experience and unique points of view."  Further, the DEI Committee's mandate includes actively working with other Committees to ensure that TLA truly supports its diverse members, and that the TLA community embraces the benefits of diversity. The DEI Committee will meet regularly, provide educational presentations, and hold a committee meeting at each annual Conference where all attendees are welcome and encouraged to attend and join in the discussion.

    Broadly speaking, the role of the DEI Committee will be to support and enhance TLA's effort to achieve diversity in its membership, and to support its diverse members. It is envisioned that the DEI Committee will: (1) work with the Membership Committee on outreach to potential new members, focusing on potential diverse members; (2) assist the New Members Committee in welcoming and integrating diverse new members into TLA; (3) assist program committees with identifying diverse members for speaker and moderator positions at conferences and on webinars; (4) provide education to TLA's members on the benefits of a diverse population within TLA and ways that all members can enhance the TLA experience for diverse members; (5) provide education to members on ways they may encourage, support, and benefit from diversity within their own firms and companies; (6) foster a sense of fellowship among TLA's diverse members through activities, discussions, and mentorship; (7) encourage TLA's diverse members to submit articles for the TTL; and (8) assist in identifying and defusing any friction or issues that may arise for TLA's diverse members.

    The DEI Committee has been formed, in part, based on recent TLA experience with supporting subgroups within our membership. For example, TLA's Young Lawyers Committee has created a community feeling among TLA's younger members, supporting them as they grow their careers and increase their participation in TLA.  Something as simple as holding a subgroup reception is a successful way to create lasting bonds between TLA's members, and with TLA.  The goal of the DEI Committee is not to separate our diverse members or create silos of members but is the opposite – to recruit diverse members and give them the support they may need to flourish within the larger TLA community.

  • October TTL Now Available
    Wednesday, October 13, 2021

    ​The October 2021 issue is now available for dowload here.

  • Welcome New Members for September 2021!
    Monday, October 4, 2021

    TLA would like to welcome the new TLA members for the month of September:

    Jon Anthony, XPO Logistics, Inc.

    Shannon King, Lashly & Baer, P.C.

    Jessica Klein, Mathis Law, PLLC D/b/a Mathis Law Group

    Michael Mantovani, Taylor Johnson PL

    Stephen Marasia, Nicklaus & Associates, P.A.

    Chris Merrick, Flaster Greenberg PC

    Philip Nester, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP

    Tyler Pratt, Heyl, Royster, Voleker & Allen

    Purvi Shah, Yellow Corporation

    Andrew Steif, Abel Bean Law P.A.

    Edward Theobald, UniGroup, C.A.

    Want to reach out to the new members and send them a warm welcome? You can find their contact information in the membership directory.

  • Welcome New Members for August 2021!
    Thursday, September 2, 2021

    ​TLA would like to welcome the new TLA members for the month of August:

    Edgar R. Ocampo, Stan Koch & Sons Trucking, Inc.

    Christopher G. Dunnells, DunbarMonroe, PLLC

    Robert "Rocky" C. Rogers, Moseley Marcinak Law Group

    Adam H. McCabe, CassidaySchade, LLP

    Arleesia L. McDonald, Compass Holding, LLC

    David W. Henry, Henry Mediation

    Sophia R. Johnykutty, U.S. Xpress, Inc.

    Geoffrey T. Beck, U.S. Xpress, Inc.

    Maggie A. Vinzant, U.S. Xpress, Inc.

    Megan B. Welton, U.S. Xpress, Inc.

    Jessica M. Hamadeh, U.S. Xpress, Inc.

    Nathan Harwell, U.S. Xpress, Inc.

    Want to reach out to the new members and send them a warm welcome? You can find their contact information in the membership directory.

  • Welcome New Members for July 2021!
    Tuesday, August 3, 2021

    TLA would like to welcome the new TLA members for the month of July:

    John M. Franklin, FLS Transportation Services/Scott Logistics Corporation

    Casey M. O'Brien, Hill Rivkins LLP

    Rafael F. Pignataro, Logistics Plus, Inc.

    Kendrick M. Jordan, Marwedel, Minichello & Reeb, P.C.

    Michael Woolley, XPO Logistics

    Derek H. Goodman, Koch Companies

    Brandon M. Maxey, Mayer LLP

    Want to reach out to the new members and send them a warm welcome?  You can find their contact information in the membership directory.

  • July TTL Now Available
    Monday, July 12, 2021

    ​The July 2021 issue is now available for download here.

  • In Memoriam of Frank W. (Bill) Taylor, Jr.
    Monday, May 10, 2021

    It is with great sadness that the TLA advises of the passing of past president, Frank W. (Bill) Taylor, Jr. on April 30, 2021 at Shell Point Retirement Home in Fort Myers, Florida near his home in Sanibel, Florida.

    Bill was born November 23, 1931 in Iola, KS to Ruby Stafford Taylor and Frank William Taylor Sr. At Iola High School he played basketball and achieved Eagle Scout Honors. He then went to Iola Junior College for two years, after which he attended the University of Kansas, earning a business degree and membership in Phi Kappa Psi. Upon graduation from KU, he served in the Army and was stationed in Korea. After his service he enrolled in law school at KU and earned his law degree in August 1957. In June 1957 he married Betty Denny in Kansas City, Missouri and joined the law firm Reeder, Griffin and Dysart in 1958. At the firm he concentrated on transportation law and remained there until his retirement. He was a member of the Transportation Lawyers Association, serving as convention chairman at the Del Coronado in San Diego, California in 1978 and as president 1985-1986. In 1995 the Association awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award, one of its most distinguished honors. Bill belonged to the Rotary Club 13 until 1996 when he and Betty moved to Sanibel.

    On Sanibel, he volunteered with the Guardian Ad Litem working with children's cases. He also volunteered with FISH of Sanibel & Captiva. Bill enjoyed golf, tennis, and especially hand ball. He was a big fan of the Kansas City Royals, the Kansas City Chiefs, and all things KU! Bill is survived by his wife Betty, his brother John of Virginia Beach, VA as well as his children Trasi Sharp (Liza) and Terry Taylor (Susan), and granddaughters Rebecca Taylor and Rachel Tzomides (Alex).

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to FISH of Sanibel & Captiva, 2430-B Periwinkle Way Sanibel, FL 33957.

  • In Memoriam of John L. Alden
    Friday, April 9, 2021

    John Alden, a friend and mentor to many in the transportation industry, including many members of the TLA , has passed. John died on April 5th while vacationing with his wife, Kathy, in Arizona. After serving in the military, John attended The Ohio State University School of Law. After law school, John practiced law in the Columbus, Ohio, area where he focused his legal career on transportation law. In 1976, John founded Alden Law. In April 2018, John joined Luper Neidenthal & Logan. John was always willing to share his vast knowledge in the many nuances of transportation law. In addition to his generous advice and wisdom, John will always be remembered for his smile and quick wit by the many friends he made in his long and distinguished career.

  • TLA's 2021 Annual Conference Registration is Now Open
    Wednesday, March 3, 2021

    ​Registration for the 2021 TLA Annual Conference & CTLA Midyear Meeting is now open! Reserve your space today by clicking here and join us at the beautiful Resort at Squaw Creek.

    Please note that due to current restrictions in the state of California, our capacity for the meeting is limited. This is a hybrid event, so there is also a virtual option available for those who are not comfortable with traveling.

    Check out the website for information on the hotel, the CLE program, speakers and moderators, networking activities and more. Additional information will be available in the coming weeks on golf and other sport activities, sponsorship opportunities and networking events.  

    Reserve your spot today!

  • TLA's 2021 Annual Conference - Date Change - Mark Your Calendars!
    Monday, February 22, 2021

    TLA Membership -

    After much consideration and many meetings with the TLA Officers and Past Presidents, the Annual Conference Co-Chairs and our partners at Kellen, it has been decided to move the annual meeting from May to June 23 - 26. By moving the conference back a full month, it is our hope is that California restrictions will continue to ease and the vaccine will become more readily available to those who want to receive it. The current plan is to have an in-person meeting along with a virtual option for those who are unable or uncomfortable traveling, including our speakers and moderators.

    The location will remain the same and the schedule will generally follow the same pattern - Wednesday evening - Saturday. Safety of in-person attendees will be a paramount concern, so there will likely be changes and revisions to certain social and networking events. TLA will be following the state and local guidelines as well as the resort's enhanced safety policies and procedures.

    Look for more information on registration, the schedule of events, the CLE program, speakers and moderators and much more to come out the first week of March.

    We appreciate your patience and flexibility as TLA continues to navigate these COVID-19 related times.

    John Wilcox

    TLA President

  • Distinguished Service and Lifetime Achievement Award Winners
    Wednesday, November 18, 2020

    TLA extends their congratulations to the winners of the Distinguished Service Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award.  The awards were presented on Friday, November 13 during the virtual TLI event.

    Heather C. Devine, Partner at Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP and Stephen M. Uthoff, Founder of Uthoff Law Corporpation were both awarded the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of their distinguished and outstanding service to the Transportation Lawyers Association.

    Martha J. Payne, Of Counsel at Benesch, Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her longstanding dedication and service to the Transportation Lawyers Association and the legal profession over the course of distinguished career.

    Congratulations to Heather, Stephen and Martha! 

  • In Memoriam of Keri Simms 1964 - 2020
    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

    We are saddened to report that our good friend and colleague Keri Simms, age 56, passed away on September 4, 2020.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alabama with a degree in Finance and Psychology. He went on to receive his law degree in 1989, from the University of Alabama School of Law. He practiced law in Birmingham, Alabama for 31 years and completed his career at Webster, Henry, Bradwell, Cohan, Speagle, & DeShazo, P.C. Keri was a passionate Alabama football fan and avid outdoorsman.  His many joys included painting, his two dogs Sadie and Ellie, the beach, and spending time with family (wife Jenni and children William and Anna) and friends. Keri will be most remembered for his ability to quickly fill a room with laughter and joy.

    Donations may be made to The Robert E. Reed Foundation, P.O. Box 530186 Birmingham, Alabama 35253, or Clearview Cancer Institute, 3601 CCI Drive Northwest, Huntsville, Alabama 35805.

  • In Memoriam of W. Robert Alderson Jr.
    Monday, June 8, 2020

    With broken hearts, TLA is sad to announce the passing of W. Robert "Bob" Alderson Jr., 80, of Topeka, Kansas.  Bob passed away on Friday, June 5, 2020, from a cerebral hemorrhage.  Bob was a mentor to many and a friend to all during his career.  Bob served as President of the TLA during the 1999-2000 term, and he held an extremely successful annual meeting at Hilton Head, South Carolina.  Bob continued his involvement after his term as President with TLA; often being selected to be a Voting Past President.

    Bob married Ruth (Hoagland) Alderson in Prairie Village, Kansas, on November 13, 1971. She often attended TLA functions; including the Chicago Regional last January.  Ruth  survives as does his two daughters, B.J. Mays and her husband Brian, and Stephanie Switzky and her husband Drew and two granddaughters, Brynna and Brooklyn Mays all of Topeka; three brothers, Alan Alderson and wife Gail of Topeka, Rusty Alderson and wife Berna of Cedar Park, TX, Ross Reninger of Roeland Park, KS, step-mom Peggy Alderson of Overland Park, KS and his devoted dogs, Abby and Zeva.

    Bob was a devoted fan of the University of Kansas Jayhawks; especially the highly successful basketball team.  He also was a loyal Kansas City Royals baseball fan.  The traffic directors at his visitation are wearing the uniforms of those teams in Bob's honor at his visitation.  Bob also was an avid golfer and always played at the TLA annual conferences.  Most of all Bob was a great friend to the organization and to its members. 

    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the First Christian Church of Topeka, Disciples Center at Camp Tawakoni or to the Topeka Jazz Workshop and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66603.

    Bob will live forever in our hearts and memories.  Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!

  • TLA COVID-19 Pandemic Photo Contest -- Remembering the Quarantine
    Tuesday, April 14, 2020

    Dear TLA Members,

    I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy during the Spring of 2020.  We have all felt the loss of our Annual Conference.  We will miss the education program and the camaraderie that occurs each year with the renewal of old acquaintances and the formation of new friendships.  We will miss the fun dining and cultural experiences and, of course, the formal and informal gatherings that accompany the conference. However, despite the cancellation of the Annual Conference, life and the practice of law continue and we are all dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic in our own unique and hopefully sane but zany ways. 

    This year the July TTL will not be able to include photographs from the Annual Conference.  Accordingly, TLA is sending a call out to all members for a "TLA COVID-19 Pandemic Photo Contest" to document and remember this moment in the life of the TLA.  TLA is requesting that you send any and all defining quarantine photos, preferably photos featuring current TLA members both touching and fun, to be reviewed and considered for publication in the July TTL. We ask that these photos be sent directly to my email address.  We will need them to be submitted prior to May 7th. As many photos as possible will be included in the July issue of The Transportation Lawyer.

    Thank you for your continued support of TLA and send in those photos! 

    Wishing you all the best,

    Chris Kelly

  • TLA Update During COVID-19 Pandemic
    Wednesday, April 8, 2020

    ​The Executive Committee members want to extend their warm wishes to all TLA members and hope that you are remaining healthy and keeping safe during these uncertain times.  TLA continues to move forward, business as usual, even though the Annual Conference was cancelled for 2020.  The TLA Business Meeting will take place virtually on April 30th.  This Business Meeting is important as it provides an orderly election of the new leadership for the 2020-2021 year.  It will also provide the TLA membership an update on current TLA business and upcoming events.  

    Staff is available to assist members in any way needed. Refunds are being processed for those that had registered for the Annual Conference and they appreciate your patience as staff works through the refunds.

    Looking to get involved?  Want to join a committee?  Send an email Collin at to be added to a committee.  The Membership and Recruitment committee is also looking for assistance to keep TLA going strong into the upcoming year, including support for the Transportation Law Institute (TLI), Chicago Regional Seminar and Boot Camp and the 2021 Annual Conference in Squaw Creek. 

    Not a member?  Contact Fritz Damm ( or Patrick Foppe ( to get more information on membership.  Membership benefits include five issues of The Transportation Lawyer, listing in the membership directory, member rates for the TLI, Chicago Regional Conference, and the Annual Conference, involvement on committees and member-only access to additional resources on the website.

    Keep safe and the Executive Committee looks forward to seeing you at a future event!

  • In Memoriam of David B. Schneider
    Thursday, February 27, 2020

    It is with tremendous sadness that the TLA informs you of the loss of our dear friend and brother, David Bernard Schneider, who passed away on February 9, 2020 surrounded by family and loved ones.  David was born on March 9, 1944 in Galveston, Texas to Gertrude and Morris Schneider. After graduating high school in Texas City, he attended the University of Texas where he received a BS in Business Administration in 1966, followed by a JD from the University of Texas School of Law in 1969. While at U.T., he met the love of his life, Ronnie Jean Gottlieb Schneider, to whom he was married for over 30 years before her passing in 1999. After leaving Austin, David moved to Washington DC where he worked for the Interstate Commerce Commission and then moved to Kansas City where he was counsel for Yellow Freight. In 1978, David relocated to Oklahoma City where he established himself as a leading attorney serving the transportation industry and practiced for over 40 years.


    David was very active in professional and local charitable organizations throughout his life. He was a past President of the Transportation Lawyers Association from 1996-1997, a Distinguished Service Award Recipient in 1999, and a Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient in 2010.  David also received the well-deserved TLA Bullshippers' Award in 2000, which he cherished greatly. David was also an active board member for the Jewish Federation of Oklahoma City, St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation, Temple B'nai Israel, and Emanuel Synagogue.


    David embraced life with an unwavering confidence, humor, and occasional irreverence, demonstrated in part by how he set up office outside of TLA meeting rooms and held court. He will be remembered for his steadfast dedication to Jewish values, passion for burnt orange Texas-inspired garb (including shirts, sweaters, cuff links and ties), his unique dancing skills, and generosity beyond his means. Most of all he was resilient. His life was occasionally filled with obstacles and challenges, but he always seemed to adapt and flourish with change. After Ronnie's death in 1999, he found himself amidst a community supported not only by old friends, but he found ways to move forward and establish new friendships and loving relationships which brought him incredible joy in life.


    David is survived by his children, Jerome and Michelle, and his five loving grandchildren - Rowan, Hayden, Trey, Icelie, and Abby - all of whom had a very special place in his heart.  If you are so inclined, please make donations in David's memory to the Jewish Federation of Oklahoma City.  TLA extends its deepest sympathies to Jerome, Michelle and David's grandchildren, and well as his friends of which there were many.  May he rest in peace until we meet again to enjoy another cigar and story with him.

  • In Memoriam of Danielle C. Venezia
    Friday, January 24, 2020

    TLA member Danielle C. Venezia, 34, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019. After graduating from Nova Southeastern Law School in 2012, she went on to work for Nicklaus and Associates, Coral Gables, FL for 5 years before leaving to start the Law Practice of Danielle C. Venezia. Danielle is survived by her parents Fred and Anne Venezia of DE; her two brothers, three nieces, her fur baby and the love of her life, her dog Bane.

    Our sympathy goes out to her parents and siblings and the rest of Danielle's family and friends.  May she rest in peace.

  • In Memoriam of David R. Parker
    Friday, January 24, 2020

    TLA is sad to report the death of past president, David R. Parker, 80, attorney and former in-house counsel died January 16, 2020 after bravely fighting a year-long battle with brain cancer.  Dave was president of the TLA from 1991-1992 and hosted a memorable Annual Conference at The Don Cesar in St. Petersburg, FL.  Dave became a partner in the Nelson and Harding Law Firm in Lincoln and later established and worked in the Denver office. Following his nine-year tenure with the firm, Dave returned to Lincoln where he served as Vice President & General Counsel of Crete Carrier Corporation and affiliated companies from 1979 thru 1985. Dave then returned to private practice as a partner in the Lincoln law firm of Rembolt, Ludtke, Parker, and Berger until 1996. While working in private practice, he became actively involved in the ownership and management of trucking company JTI, Inc. and affiliated companies from 1985-1997, and served as Vice President of Active Transportation Co. and affiliated companies from 1995-1996. With the change in ownership of JTI, Inc., Dave became the Executive Vice President-Administration of U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. in 1997 and continued in that role through the end of 2004. From 2005 thru 2019, he served as Senior Legal Counsel for Great West Casualty Company and Great West Risk Management.

    Our sympathy goes out to his wife of 57 years Nancy, children and the rest of Dave's family and friends.  May he rest in peace.

  • TLA Social Media Presence Start-Up.
    Thursday, January 2, 2020

    At the July 2019 TLA Executive Committee meeting, an ad hoc group was formed to consider how best to increase TLA's presence on social media.  TLA has already developed a policy on the appropriate use of social media.  (See attached PDF). The group included Hans Huggler, Chris Kelly, and Pierre-Olivier Dumas along with representatives from Kellen. The ad hoc group considered the benefits and challenges to TLA becoming active on various social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.).  The group determined that LinkedIn is the most visible platform for professionals and networking, requires less "interaction" management (unlike Twitter or Facebook), and TLA members and recruiting targets are already well-represented on the site and accustomed to engaging in professional communications on the platform.  Therefore, the ad hoc group recommended that TLA initially focus its social media strategy on developing its presence on LinkedIn. This recommendation was adopted by the Executive Committee at its November meeting.

    There is in existence on LinkedIn a current group page for TLA that members can like.  TLA is setting up an organization-specific profile on LinkedIn which will independently post content and to which members can affiliate themselves.  We will be asking members to migrate over to the new organization page as the current group page will be closed down after a time of overlap between the 2 pages.  We will have public-facing content.  TLA will post "teaser" content from TTL on LinkedIn on a regular schedule.  Ideally, each "teaser" would include a short blurb summarizing the article's topic and author (linking to the author on LinkedIn if possible).  The post would also link to a digital copy of the TTL article housed on the TLA website, however, only the first two to three paragraphs would be available to the public.  To access the full content, a member of the public would be prompted to join TLA. 

    The LinkedIn TLA profile and page will be a tool for questions as well as possible referrals.  However, we ask that all members comply with the social media policy adopted by the EC and linked herein. 

  • My Kind of Town… See you in Chicago, January, 2020.
    Monday, November 18, 2019

    ​Register for the Chicago Regional Seminar!  The 2020 Chicago Regional will be held at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park on January 24, 2020.  The seminar will kick off with a Boot Camp on January 23, 2020, presented by chair Kathleen Jeffries providing An Inside Look Into the Transportation and Logistics Industry and its Developing Trends and Challenges.  Program Chairs David Hall and Stephanie Penninger will then present the Chicago Regional Seminar with a great  program planned by them and their program committee of Richard Clark, Tyler Hayes, Stephani Johnson, Matt Koch, Robert Reeb and Jaclyne Reive.  The seminar will feature special guest speaker Jim Mullen, Chief Counsel with the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.  Click here to check out the conference website and register today!   The Pre-Registration deadline is January 3, 2020.

  • Transportation Law Institute was a Royal Success!
    Monday, November 18, 2019

    ​It began with a tribute to Prince and ended with a one of a kind college football experience.  Congratulations to President Jeff Simmons and program chairs Beata Shapiro and Jonathan Abramson and host committee chairs Michael Glover and Jason Engkjer on a fantastic TLI in Minneapolis, MN.  With over 130 attendees this year's TLI was one of the best attended TLIs in recent history and the attendees were rewarded with a great program, excellent restaurants, a trip to the famed First Avenue after the Dine Around on Friday and an exciting college football game.  The Executive Committee was efficient and fast in its meeting so that those with tickets to the Minnesota v. Penn State football game could get there in time to enjoy an incredible game that went down to the wire. 

  • July Executive Committee Meeting in Phoenix, AZ
    Monday, July 29, 2019

    President Jeff Simmons hosted the TLA President’s Annual Executive Committee Meeting at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa on July 12-13, 2019.  The meeting was well-attended by all Officers, Voting Past Presidents and At-Large members and a number of Committee Chairs.  The budget for 2019-2020 was established, goals were established and reports and oversight related to upcoming meetings and events were covered.  After the meeting on Saturday morning the Executive Committee took a tour of GlobalTranz and then enjoyed a Top Golf outing with dinner.  It was a productive kick-off to the year and all who attended praised the hospitality of President Simmons and GlobalTranz.​

  • In Memoriam of Edward J. “Ned” Kiley
    Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    TLA is sad to report the death of past president, Edward “Ned” Kiley, 70, a longtime resident of Leesburg, attorney and former partner at the Washington, DC law firm of Grove, Jaskiewicz and Cobert, who died January 27, 2019 after a brief illness.  Ned was president of the TLA from 1993-1994 and hosted a memorable Annual Conference at Kiawah Island, SC.  Our sympathy goes out to his wife Paula, children and the rest of Ned’s family and friends.  May he rest in peace.​

  • TLA Executive Committee Takes Office
    Monday, May 13, 2019

    Click here​ for the press release regarding TLA's 2019-2020 officers and Executive Committee.

  • CTLA Annual Meeting
    Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    CTLA's Annual Meeting is October 25-27.  Click here​ for more information.​

  • TLA Webinar Series
    Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    Click here for more information on TLA's webinar series.
  • TTL Submission Deadlines for 2018-19
    Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    ​TLA - Please submit articles to J​ohn Wilcox​.
    CTLA - Please submit articles to Jean-François Bilodeau​.

    Submission deadline for upcoming issues:
    ​October 2018 - August 6
    December 2018 - October 1
    February 2019 - November 19
    April 2019 - February 4
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