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Mayer Brown

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Adrian Steel

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Adrian Steel is a partner in the Washington office of Mayer Brown’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Antitrust & Competition practices. He focuses on assisting clients secure approval of mergers, share acquisitions, asset sales, and other control transactions from foreign competition authorities, and he assists several major international corporations in globally coordinating their merger control filings. He concentrates on identifying new developments in filing requirements and in assisting clients in efficiently and effectively obtaining timely approvals. In administrative and regulatory matters, Adrian represents corporations before federal and state administrative agencies in rulemaking and adjudicatory proceedings, including representation of major Class I rail carriers in proceedings before the Surface Transportation Board. In the area of dispute resolution, Adrian represents corporate clients in securities fraud, products liability, breach of contract, and other business litigation matters. He manages complex multistate litigation involving the coordination of pending cases and discovery. He also has experience with, and has served as a party-appointed arbitrator, in major commercial disputes. A member of Mayer Brown’s Washington, DC office since 1981, Adrian served as co-Chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee from 2005 to 2011. Following law school graduation, he was Law Clerk to The Honorable William H. Webster, US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and from 1978 to 1981 was Special Assistant to Judge Webster when the Judge served as Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation. Between those assignments, Adrian practiced with a St. Louis law firm.

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Transport: rail and road - litigation

Within: Transport: rail and road - litigation

Mayer Brown represents railroad-sector clients in a range of litigation, and is best known for its appellate work, which has impacted the law governing railroad tort liability. A key client for the team is CSX Transportation. In a recent highlight, Evan Tager defended CSX in a case that determined that railroads have no duty to provide crews with automatic external defibrillators and other equipment for responding to medical emergencies. Senior counsel Adrian Steel is representing BNSF in a dispute with Union Pacific Railroad Corporation regarding the allocation of certain costs related to over 30 trackage rights agreements between the parties. Pre-emption expert Andrew Tauber represented North Coast Railroad Authority in the US Supreme Court’s review of the California Supreme Court decision holding that the ICCTA does not pre-empt state environmental permitting laws when they are applied to a publicly owned railroad. In the road sector, the team handles regulatory matters involving motor vehicle safety and consumer product safety. Michael Kimberly and counsel Carl Summers are also key figures. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC. Peter Denton joined Steptoe & Johnson LLP in 2018.

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Transport: rail and road - regulation

Within: Transport: rail and road - regulation

Mayer Brown handles a raft of rail and road regulatory mandates. On the rail side, the team represents major rail operators in the US and Canada, as well as industry associations, in regulatory proceedings; it is also noted for its experience in crafting and defeating rail sector legislation. Andrew Tauber assisted CSX Transportation with its efforts to defeat proposed legislation that would have imposed discriminatory hazardous material-transportation fees on railroads. Senior counsel Adrian Steel advised BNSF Railway Company on the implementation of its rights to access shippers in Lake Charles, Louisiana via a rail line owned jointly by the Union Pacific Railroad Company and the Kansas City Southern Railway Company. In the road sector, the team represents clients in regulatory matters involving motor vehicle safety and consumer product safety, and related litigation. Contacts in the road and auto practice include Erika Jones and Philip Recht, who is based in Los Angeles. Evan Tager and Tauber jointly head the team. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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