Partner and Chair of Transportation Practice, Thompson Hine LLP
Karyn is a partner and leader of Thompson Hine LLP’s Transportation practice group. Karyn is a strategic advisor to multinational corporations, logistics companies, and trade associations regarding domestic and international freight transportation matters. Her practice covers the carriage of goods by rail, motor, vessel, and air carriers.
Karyn has been at the forefront of major policy reforms and proceedings before the Congress and U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) involving ocean demurrage and detention, reform of the Shipping Act of 1984, including passage and implementation of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 1998, and modernization of the rules governing cargo loss and damage occurring during sea transport. Karyn was counsel to the Coalition for Fair Port Practices whose petition at the FMC resulted in a rule on reasonable demurrage and detention practices. She represents U.S. exporters and importers in coalitions seeking to improve the efficiency and productivity of our nation’s seaports and to promote fair business practices in international ocean shipping arrangements. Karyn also served as an industry advisor to the US delegation that negotiated the Rotterdam Rules before UNCITRAL.
Karyn has spear-headed regulatory reform efforts to increase rail competition in the U.S. through competitive switching arrangements, and to remove regulatory exemptions for the scrap metal and forest products industries. She represents rail customers across a multitude of industries in proceedings before the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) regarding railroad rates, service, and demurrage practices, as well as railroad merger proceedings.
She has been directly involved in efforts by the trucking industry to preempt state laws that regulate trucking rates, routes and services and interfere with the flow of goods in interstate commerce, including driver classification matters. She provides counseling services in transactions involving acquisitions of trucking and logistics companies and advises companies operating truck fleets on compliance with safety and economic regulation.
Karyn has been consistently recognized for her work in transportation by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America, Legal 500, and Washington, DC Super Lawyers. She was named "Lawyer of the Year" for Transportation for the Washington D.C. region in 2017 by America’s Leading Lawyers and again by Best Lawyers in America in 2022. She is a past President of the Association for Transportation Law Professionals.
Based in Washington, D.C., Karyn's practice includes a full range of services with a focus on regulatory compliance and counseling; proceedings before STB, FMC, Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). She has experience with all types of transportation contracts; transportation security; legislation; and litigation/arbitration of transportation-related disputes.