Railroad and Transit Law

CWM’s attorneys have a long history of successfully representing clients across a broad spectrum of railroad, trucking and other transportation matters.  Our clients include railroads, trucking companies, cargo owners and other transportation interests and their insurers.  We handle disputed matters in state and federal courts, the Virginia State Corporation Commission, and before the Surface Transportation Board.  Our attorneys have won directed verdicts in multi-million dollar FELA cases, full recoveries in cargo claims, and declaratory relief in coverage cases.

Because of our experience, our attorneys are able to quickly grasp our client’s needs and problems and develop strategies to resolve them.  In the railroad industry, our attorneys handle regulatory matters, boundary disputes, riparian rights, FELA claims, crossing accidents, property damage claims, eminent domain and land acquisition, ICCTA preemption, rate disputes, labor issues, and other matters.  In the broader transportation industry, our attorneys handle cargo claims (marine, air and motor truck), rate disputes, insurance coverage disputes, trucking accidents, pollution, vessel arrests, maritime attachments, contract disputes, subrogation, and other matters.

  • Asbestos and Silicosis Claims
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • FELA Defense
  • FRA Compliance
  • Grade Crossing Incidents
  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
  • Railway Labor Act
  • Real Estate Matters
  • Riparian Rights
  • Surface Transportation Board Matters
  • Trespassing Incidents
Representative Clients

Railroads

Mass Transit

Sidetrack Operators

Utility Companies

Representative Cases

Norfolk and Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad Co. v. Wilson, 667 S.E.2d 735 (Va. 2008)

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Posted on July 26, 2021
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on July 8, 2021
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on June 16, 2021
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on June 10, 2021
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on June 4, 2021
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on May 26, 2021
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Op-ed: Clear Evidence for Regional High Speed Connectivity by Darius K. Davenport, Esq.
Posted on May 17, 2021
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on May 12, 2021
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CWM Attorneys Recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers®
Posted on May 11, 2021
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on April 28, 2021
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on April 15, 2021
Self-Driving Cars to Start Delivering Domino's Pizza in Houston Nuro, self-driving delivery company, is collaborating with Domino’s to introduce an entirely new delivery experience. Pentagon Consolidates Counter-UAS Programs as Menace Grows The military…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on April 8, 2021
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on April 1, 2021
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on March 25, 2021
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on March 18, 2021
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on March 11, 2021
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on March 4, 2021
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on February 24, 2021
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on February 18, 2021
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on February 10, 2021
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on February 3, 2021
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on January 27, 2021
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on January 11, 2021
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on January 4, 2021
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Darius Davenport Elected to Serve as 2021 Norfolk Division Board Chair, Hampton Roads Chamber
Posted on January 4, 2021
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Darius Davenport Appointed to Serve on the Norfolk Innovation Corridor Board of Directors
Posted on December 29, 2020
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on December 21, 2020
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on December 14, 2020
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on December 7, 2020
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on November 25, 2020
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