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Firm Summary







Countryman & McDaniel ("C&McD") was established in 1978 and exclusively serves the aviation, maritime and transportation industries. C&McD is an AM Best rated firm and its attorneys include AV-rated partners, Proctors in Admiralty and a Certified Specialist in Admiralty and Maritime Law. C&McD handles claims, commercial trade disputes and litigation in every U.S. state and in 87 trading nations worldwide through their CargoLaw Network®.


The firm has recently achieved two significant industry victories before the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; one enforces the ability of Carmack carriers to limit their liability without a formal tariff and another enhances indemnity rights between international air carriers. Chubb Ins. Co. of Europe S.A. v. Menlo Worldwide Forwarding, Inc., 643 F.3d 1023 (9th Cir. 2011); Onebeacon Ins. Co. v. Haas Industries, Inc., 634 F.3d 1092 (9th Cir. 2011).


In addition to defending and prosecurting transportation cases, the firm's practice includes specializiation in transactional and regulatory matters for the transportation industry.C&McD's clients include Fortune 500 logistics companies, airlines, customs brokers, importers and exporters as well as marine underwriters.



C&McD services to the transportation industry include:






* Defense and subrogation in area of domestic and international marine, aviation and

intermodal transportation cargo casualties and commercial trade disputes


* Representation in regulatory investigations and proceedings of federal agencies, including Customs and

Border Protection, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Federal Aviation Administration,

Federal Maritime Commission and Departments of Treasury and Commerce


*Review and advise on regulatory compliance, regulatory licensing and security initiative issues


*One-stop claim handling and litigation coordination across the United States and in 87 trading nations

by way of The CargoLaw Network®


*Document review and drafting, including form terms and conditions for all services, modes and routes as

well as shipper agreements, broker agreements, equipment charters and interlining agreements.


*International agency relationships


*Cargo lien representation


*First and third-party insurance coverage review


*Risk exposure analysis, development of operating procedures and claims training


*Logistics business formation, acquisition and corporate structuring







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