Eric J. Emerson Joins Tressler LLP, Positions New Trucking & Transportation Practice Group

CHICAGO - Tressler LLP has announced that Eric J. Emerson has joined the firm as a partner and will chair the firm's new Trucking & Transportation Practice Group.

As a former general counsel and CEO of a national bulk commodity carrier, he leads a team that understands the business realities facing management in transportation today. With Tressler uniquely positioned "At the Intersection of Trucking & Law," the firm's Trucking & Transportation Practice Group is corporate counsel for trucking industry companies. Core clients include trucking companies, equipment manufacturers, shippers and freight intermediaries.

Emerson works with transportation clients nationwide as corporate counsel to find innovative solutions to operational and strategic challenges. The Tressler Trucking & Transportation Practice Group is comprised of a team of skilled and experienced attorneys. The practice group is designed to provide operationally based and comprehensive services that address the day-to-day challenges facing the firm's clients.

Under Emerson's leadership, practice group team members provide counsel to clients in the areas of personnel management; mergers and acquisitions; contract review and negotiation; environmental and real estate due diligence, reorganization; litigation oversight; pursuit and defense of cargo claims; insurance coverage questions; and accident response efforts. In addition, members offer guidance in Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) compliance and risk exposure, and monitor changes in industry regulations and case law relating to hours of service requirements, driver and equipment compliance, hazardous material handling, HIPAA standards, OSHA and EEOC matters. The practice group is further bolstered by the collective knowledge and experience of all other Tressler lawyers throughout the country. Tressler is also experienced in insurance coverage, self-insured and retention programs, and captive insurance companies as tools for risk and financial management efforts.

Emerson was president and CEO of Tidewater Transit Company, a 400-truck bulk commodity carrier with 14 locations and destinations from coast to coast. He also previously served as general counsel for Tidewater and affiliated companies. Tidewater has more than 750 employees and hauls everything from salt to ultrahazardous materials on behalf of hundreds of companies throughout the United States. Eric guided Tidewater to consistent profit margins during each year of his leadership, including through the recession. Tidewater grew its tractor and trailer fleet, added terminal locations, increased its workforce, and greatly reduced injury, accident and non-conformance claims.

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