2024 Annual Membership Conference Educational Program
Legal Landscape of the Trucking Industry: A Comprehensive Update
Friday January 19, 2024, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Omni La Costa Resort, Carlsbad
In the ever-evolving world of trucking, staying informed about the legal aspects affecting the industry is crucial.
A distinguished panel of legal experts will delve into the legal aspects of the lawsuit recently filed by CTA against the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Advanced Clean Fleets Regulation, provide the latest insights on the ongoing legal challenge to AB 5, and offer an overview of new laws that could have a direct impact on your business operations.
This legal panel promises to offer attendees the knowledge and perspective necessary to navigate the complex legal and regulatory landscape of the trucking industry in California.
These sessions will be a highlight of CTA's Annual Membership Conference.
Bernice Jimenez Creager
Director, Government & Public Affairs
California Trucking Association
Rich Pianka is General Counsel and Executive Vice President for Legal Affairs at the American Trucking Associations, where he advocates on behalf of the trucking industry before Congress and the executive branch on a wide range of legislative and regulatory issues. In addition, as Chief Counsel of the ATA Litigation Center, he is responsible for advancing and defending the interests of motor carriers in the nation's courts, and regularly represents ATA in cases with broad policy implications for the trucking industry.
Rich came to ATA in 2012 from the general and appellate litigation practice at Mayer Brown LLP. Previously, Rich clerked for Chief Judge Danny J. Boggs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and is a graduate of Princeton University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Georgetown University Law Center.
Marne Sussman is an environmental attorney in Holland & Knight's San Francisco office and is a member of the firm's West Coast Land Use and Environment Group. Ms. Sussman focuses her practice on regulatory matters, with a specific emphasis on climate change and air quality, energy and natural resources.
Ms. Sussman routinely counsels clients on air quality and climate change matters, including development of legislation and regulations, and environmental compliance and facility permitting. She also has experience with administrative appeals and litigation. Ms. Sussman has specific experience with the California Air Resources Board's Low Carbon Fuel Standard and Cap-and-Trade Program, and the federal Clean Power Plan.
In addition, Ms. Sussman has experience with land use permitting and approvals, and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance for energy, transportation and development projects, including CEQA litigation. She also has handled renewable energy projects, including representing solar and wind developers for due diligence and permitting.
Ms. Sussman also has general experience with environmental laws relating to natural resources, water and contaminated sites.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Sussman was a counsel at an international law firm in its San Francisco office and a fellow at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School.
Robert "Bob" Roginson is the managing shareholder of the Los Angeles office and Chair of the firm’s Trucking and Logistics Industry Group. His practice focuses on all aspects of California and federal wage and hour and pay practice counseling and class action defense.
Robert represents employers in administrative agency investigations and state and federal class action litigation. He has defended dozens of employers, motor carriers, and other companies in class actions and PAGA lawsuits involving a variety of allegations, including worker misclassification, meal and rest period violations, reimbursement claims, off-the-clock claims, and record keeping violations. He also counsels employers and companies on California and federal wage and hour and pay practice laws, federal preemption matters, prevailing wage laws, project labor agreements (PLAs), labor relations and union matters. Robert is regarded by clients as a trusted strategic advisor focused on developing effective and practical solutions to complex legal employment challenges. He is adept at developing compliant policies and practices to avoid and minimize litigation.
Chris McNatt focuses on independent contractor and employment matters, regulatory compliance, contracts, and litigation. He advises transportation companies on the full range of business issues including regulatory affairs and contracts. Mr. McNatt is also often involved in litigation concerning commercial transactions, employment-related matters, and independent contractor disputes.
He represents motor carriers and logistics companies in various issues, including operational and regulatory compliance as well as contract review.