Experience and expertise are the keys to success when defending transportation companies and their insurers in motor vehicle accident litigation, freight claims, workers’ compensation, employment issues, and insurance coverage disputes. The Commercial Motor Vehicle Section at Rawle & Henderson is composed of more than 25 attorneys who focus their practice on the defense of transportation companies. The attorneys in the CMV group defend transportation companies and their insurers on a daily basis; not as a part of their practice, but as their primary practice.
Aggressive defense and frequent reporting are the hallmarks of this practice group. Headed by Tim Abeel, Chair of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Section, this team of trial lawyers defends lawsuits against transportation companies in all the federal and state courts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Delaware. Additionally, they have been asked by clients to defend lawsuits in other states, such as Maryland, Ohio, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts, Virginia, West Virginia and Florida.
The attorneys in the CMV group have experience in federal and state court litigation and know the problems facing the transportation industry today. The attorneys are active members in industry organizations, such as the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA), United Motorcoach Association (UMA), American Trucking Association (ATA), Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA), Conference of Freight Counsel, Trucking Law Committee of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) and Transportation Loss Prevention and Security.
The Commercial Motor Vehicle Section publishes a newsletter, Transportation Law Update, as a service to its clients and the transportation industry. The newsletter provides timely articles on new trends in the law and the potential impact of these developments on litigation involving the transportation Industry. Selected articles are available on this website. State Law Summaries for Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware which highlight laws that affect commercial motor vehicles operating in those jurisdictions are also available on the Rawle & Henderson website.
TIMOTHY J. ABEEL, Chair of Rawle & Henderson LLP’s Commercial Vehicle Section.
New York, 1989
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits
U.S. District Court (Pennsylvania) Eastern, Middle and Western Districts
U.S. District Court (New York) Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts
New Jersey and Delaware (pro hac vice Admissions since 1982)
Temple University School of Law, (J.D. 1976)
Recipient: Associate Justice Powell Award for Excellence in Advocacy by American College of Trial Lawyers
Recipient: Frank Edward Roda Memorial Award for Excellence in Advocacy by Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers’ Association
Recipient: Temple University School of Law Moot Court Award by Temple University Law Alumni Association
State University of New York at Albany, (B.A., magna cum laude, 1972)
Recipient, John T. Biezup Memorial Service Award by Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA), 2005
Named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers in 2004 through 2019
Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA) President (2000-2001) and Board of Directors (1994-2003), Founding Member
Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA)
American Bar Association Transportation Litigation Committee
United Motorcoach Association
American College of Transportation Attorneys (ACTA), Founding Member
PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS:
Editor, Trucking Industry Defense Association Newsletter (TIDA), 1993-2017
Speaker, Trucking Industry Defense Association Seminar, Las Vegas, NV, 2005
Speaker, American Trucking Association (ATA) Litigation Center Forum for Motor Carrier General Counsels, Vail, CO, 2004
Speaker, Vanliner Insurance Company Annual Loss Prevention/Cost Containment Seminar, Langhorne, PA, 2003
Speaker, Great West Risk Management Annual Transportation Conference, Tampa, FL, 2002
Speaker, Vanliner Insurance Company Annual Loss Prevention/Cost Containment Seminar, Elmhurst, NY, 2002
Author, Insurance Coverage for Punitive Damages, The Transportation Lawyer, Vol. 5, No. 4, Feb., 2004
Author, The Future of Trucking Litigation?, The Transportation Lawyer, Vol. 5, No. 1, July, 2003