T&L
The Becker T&L Benefit

The Firm’s Trucking & Logistics Group has extensive experience working closely with owners and management of trucking, warehouse, and logistic companies to assist them in handling the many complex business and legal related issues that they encounter on a daily basis.  The Group helps clients focus on growing their businesses, reducing their potential risk exposure, and planning for the future needs of their companies. 

Our Firm understands that the Trucking & Logistics industry is constantly evolving as the industry’s laws and regulations are comprehensive, complex, and always changing.  Through ongoing communication with our clients, our relationships with other industry professionals, such as accountants, insurance specialists and bankers, and our participation in industry trade organizations, we advise clients of new laws, rules and regulations, and proposed legislation pending on the national and state levels that have the potential to impact their businesses.  We also pride ourselves on working with the professionals within our clients’ organizations so that our legal advice is framed by, and consistent with, clients’ business related and financial needs.  Our Trucking & Logistics Group attorneys define themselves in being more than just our clients’ legal counsel, but also becoming our clients’ long-term trusted business advisors.

Our “hands-on” approach with our clients’ owners and management teams and their respective business advisors ensures our Group’s ability to navigate the complex issues affecting our clients.  Our attorneys work also very closely with the Firm’s other departments, whose lawyers are experienced and seasoned professionals in the areas of corporate, employment, taxation, mergers & acquisitions, bankruptcy and insolvency, intellectual property, insurance, and real estate law.  Our Firm’s fully-integrated practice thus ensures that we meet a client’s overall expectations and needs in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

 

Our Group’s representations include the following:

  • Logistics company in the leasing of a new warehouse space, tripling our client’s warehousing and storage capabilities.

  • Multi-generational trucking company in the relocation of its business by negotiating a new long-term lease with the Port Authority for a highly competitive space. 

  • Newer trucking company expanding its business operations by restructuring the company to permit new classifications of ownership interests for key employees.    

  • Trucking company with hundreds of employees in the implementation of company policies and procedures for multiple classes of employees, office personnel, and drivers. 

  • Food storage company in obtaining injunctions to enforce restrictive covenants against an employee who shared our client’s pricing models, trade secrets, and other confidential information with the employee’s new employer.

  • Warehouse client in negotiating the early termination of an existing warehouse lease so that our client could enter into a new lease to double our client’s warehousing capabilities.

  • Trucking company in its due diligence activities assessing whether to purchase the assets of a former competitor in bankruptcy.

  • Logistic company in the negotiating of warehouse and distribution agreements.

  • New Jersey trucking company in the bulk sale of the company assets to a New England based regional carrier seeking to expand its market to the Tri-State area.

  • Trucking company in the drafting of various freight-forwarding agreements.

  • Trucking company in the enforcement of carrier and warehouse liens.

  • Trucking company in the development and drafting of owner-operator leases.   

  • Trucking company in the defense of various preference actions by a bankruptcy trustee seeking to call back large sums of monies paid to our client prior to the customer’s Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing.

  • Advising all the Firm’s trucking & logistics clients during the COVID-19 pandemic crises including addressing specific employee situations under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), implementation of new policies and procedures in response to state government ordered shutdowns and social distancing policies, applying for funding and loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Act (PPP) and availability of assistance under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

“The assistance that Becker LLC’s Trucking and Logistics Group has provided to our company cannot be overstated.  They are our on-call general counsel. They provide us with all of the resources an in-house attorney would provide. We have improved our company’s business performance, met the needs of our clients, and reduced our company’s risk profile by following the advice of Becker LLC. We have further been able to grow our business with the guidance that Becker LLC has provided on business matters for which we have not typically utilized lawyers. We are truly appreciative of the Transportation Group’s continued support.” 
 

Will Grato, Co-founder of International Motor Freight