Firm profile submitted by Slover & Loftus LLP
Number of lawyers: 12
Slover & Loftus LLP is a national law firm founded in 1967 and specializes in commercial transactions, litigation, and arbitration in transportation, energy, and administrative law. Clients include investor-owned, municipal, and cooperative utilities, bulk commodity rail shippers, port authorities, state and local entities, regional railroads, and trade associations. The firm engages in trial and appellate advocacy in federal and state courts, federal and state administrative agencies, and before arbitral tribunals. Slover & Loftus LLP’s attorney biographies and additional information on the firm, including its practice areas and representative engagements, is available on the firm’s website: www.sloverandloftus.com.
Slover & Loftus LLP has effectively represented shippers in major Surface Transportation Board proceedings, including rulemakings, declaratory order proceedings, unreasonable practice proceedings, mergers, railroad construction, railroad abandonments, and rate cases. The firm has also represented clients in commercial disputes with all of the major US railroads in federal courts, state courts, and arbitrations. In addition, Slover & Loftus LLP regularly counsels shippers in the negotiation and administration of rail transportation contracts and railcar purchases and leases, and it has extensive experience in rail service matters, accessorial fee disputes, railroad and customer liability issues, federal preemption, and corporate transactional work involving railroad and rail asset acquisitions.
Energy & Fuel Supply:
Slover & Loftus LLP has extensive experience representing clients in the coal supply arena, including the representation of coal purchasers in the negotiation of new contracts, renegotiation of existing contracts, price adjustment audits, and contract buy-outs or buy-downs. The firm has also represented clients in litigation and arbitration over coal supply arrangements.
Electric & Natural Gas:
Slover & Loftus LLP represents utilities in electric regulatory matters, including most of the major rulemakings of the past decade and individual utility proceedings involving requirements and proposals for open access tariffs, management of transmission systems by independent system operators, and compliance with FERC reporting and filing requirements for public utilities. The firm has also counseled clients on power purchase and sale agreements. In addition, Slover & Loftus LLP has represented gas clients through FERC’s restructuring of the nation’s natural gas pipelines, from its early rulemaking stage, through the promulgation of FERC’s Order 636, to federal court review by the D.C. Circuit.
Port Authorities, Public Entities & General Commodities:
Slover & Loftus LLP has represented major US port authorities in connection with port terminal and dock rail switching services. The firm has also represented and counseled various state and local entities in connection with rail acquisition, environmental mitigation, and service preservation issues. In addition, Slover & Loftus LLP has represented and counseled chemical, iron ore, taconite, wood and building products, steel, agriculture and many other bulk commodity, recyclable materials, and intermodal/exempt traffic shippers in connection with commercial agreements and common carrier rail transportation arrangements.
Regional Railroads, Motor Carriers & Water Carriers:
Slover & Loftus LLP has assisted numerous entrepreneurs and diversified companies in establishing new rail carriers through line purchases and leases from larger railroads. The firm has also structured and negotiated rail line acquisition transactions, trackage rights arrangements, labor protection issues, and financing. In addition, Slover & Loftus LLP has extensive experience in railroad and rail asset acquisition due diligence, in railroad construction, acquisition, and abandonment proceedings before the Surface Transportation Board, and in Federal Railroad Administration safety and Railroad Retirement Board compliance matters. The firm has also represented a variety of barge lines and ocean carriers.