Eric C. Jeffrey is a counsel in Nixon Peabody’s M&A and Corporate Transactions practice with an emphasis on international trade and transportation issues.
I help clients in the transportation business deal with complex regulatory issues. My clients include ocean common carriers, marine terminal operators and other global trade entities. I offer advice with respect to the requirements of the Shipping Act of 1984, the Merchant Marine Act of 1936 and other pertinent statutes. I also represent clients in proceedings before the Federal Maritime Commission, the Maritime Administration, the Surface Transportation Board and other federal agencies and federal courts.
Economic pressures and technological advances are driving the rapid and ongoing evolution of the transportation industry, and this is likely to accelerate, not slow down. Now more than ever, the industry needs globally sophisticated lawyers who understand all aspects of the transportation business and its regulatory regimes, where they have been and where they are going.
For international ocean transportation, the prevailing theme is reduction of per-unit costs by corporate and operational consolidation. The carriers are shrinking in number, but expanding in size and reach. At the operational level, all large carriers are now party to one of three major vessel-sharing alliances, providing coordinated services using ever-larger ships. These developments are straining the regulatory system and affecting ports, marine terminal operators and other participants in the transportation process.
The increasingly complex and integrated intermodal and domestic networks necessary to move cargo from point of origin to point of destination are also changing. The trucking industry faces multiple regulatory challenges, such as proposed changes to the hours of service rules, electronic logging devices, new safety reporting proposals and re-categorization of independent contractors as employees. These and other factors create a significant shortage of drivers, a trend likely to continue.
University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
Cornell University, B.A., cum laude
District of Columbia
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of the District of Columbia
Eric was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 and 2021 in the field of Admiralty and Maritime Law.
Eric serves on the Executive Board of the Maritime Administrative Bar Association.