Karyn is a partner and the leader of Thompson Hine’s Transportation practice group. For more than 25 years, she has represented Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, government entities and intermediaries in matters involving multimodal transportation and logistics services.
Chambers USA has recognized Karyn as one of the leading lawyers nationwide who represent shippers in rail and road transportation matters. Karyn also serves as general counsel to the National Industrial Transportation League, one of the nation’s oldest shipper organizations.
Karyn is actively involved in freight rail policy and adjudicatory proceedings before the U.S. Surface Transportation Board involving competitive access, rail service and rates, demurrage, and federal preemption. She is representing NITL and other shipper interests in the STB’s competitive switching proceeding, known as EP 711, and is representing the paper and forest products and scrap metal industries in the STB’s proceeding involving the review of commodity exemptions.
In today’s constrained rail market, Karyn has been active in helping companies address their rail service and cost concerns, and in developing strategies for contract negotiations. She also has represented shippers in proceedings concerning the railroad’s common carrier obligation to provide service, furnish railcars, and to haul highly toxic hazardous materials.