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 vessel, rail, motor, and air carriers.
Karyn has been at the forefront of major policy proceedings before federal transportation agencies, including the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), and the Congress. She was directly involved in recent and prior efforts to reform the Shipping Act of 1984, leading to passage of the Ocean Shipping Reform Acts of 2022 and 1998. Karyn represented the Coalition for Fair Port Practices in FMC proceedings that resulted in a new rule on reasonable demurrage and detention practices. She routinely assists clients with all types of shipping contracts, provides regulatory compliance counseling, and handles enforcement proceedings.
Karyn has been consistently recognized for her transportation legal work 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 and 2022 by Best Lawyers. She is a past President of the Association for Transportation Law Professionals.