Railroad Defense Lawyers St Louis, MO and Memphis, TN

Fighting for Their Clients in the Railroad Industry

For many years, Boyle Brasher LLC attorneys have been national and regional counsel for several Class I railroads. The firm traces its history directly to the Kramer and Kramer firm formed in the mid-1880s to represent the railroad industry. Boyle Brasher LLC has represented one switching railroad in the St. Louis metropolitan area since that company's inception in the 1890s. Boyle Brasher LLC also handles the defense of passenger rail cases. In more recent years, Boyle Brasher LLC has represented the short line railroad industry as it has expanded.

Effective Litigators and Knowledgeable Counselors at Law

Boyle Brasher LLC attorneys are heavily involved in the defense of its railroad clients in civil lawsuits brought against them in Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee and other jurisdictions around the nation. The firm has frequently been called upon by its railroad clients and railroad industry trade associations to provide analysis and advice concerning new legal and legislative developments of special interest to the railroad industry.

FELA Cases - Traumatic and Occupational Injury

Boyle Brasher LLC's trial attorneys have handled thousands of Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), Safety Appliance Act and Locomotive Inspection Act cases for railroad clients. Those cases have involved allegations of both traumatic and occupational injury. In the past five years alone the firm's attorneys have tried many FELA cases to verdict in some of the most difficult jurisdictions for railroad defendants in the U.S.

Asbestos and Occupational Disease Litigation Defense

Boyle Brasher LLC has years of experience in preparing and trying "occupational" FELA cases involving allegations of exposure to asbestos, diesel exhaust, benzene, silicon, creosote and other toxic and particulate substances. The firm represents two railroads as National Counsel in their asbestos litigation. For several years Boyle Brasher LLC has also successfully represented railroad clients in other "occupational" cases, including ballast, repetitive stress, rough ride, whole body vibration, carpal tunnel and noise-induced hearing loss claims.

Traumatic Injury Defense

In the area of traumatic injury lawsuits Boyle Brasher LLC has handled numerous FELA, Safety Appliance Act, and Locomotive Inspection Act cases that allege serious injuries and significant monetary damages against the firm's railroad clients. The firm's attorneys are very familiar with, have deposed and have cross examined in depositions and trial most of the liability, medical and damages experts utilized by the plaintiffs' FELA bar.

Team Players

Because of our long experience with representing the railroad industry, our lawyers understand our clients' needs. Boyle Brasher LLC attorneys work closely as team members with the claims professionals and law department attorneys responsible for managing their companys' risks and litigation.

Railroad Defense

Grade Crossing Cases

Boyle Brasher LLC has defended hundreds of serious grade crossing and trespasser suits involving potential catastrophic damage claims. The firm is often called on to assist its clients in the earliest investigative stages at accident scenes involving serious injury or death. Boyle Brasher works cooperatively with all agencies at the scene of a serious accident, including government investigators. Boyle Brasher LLC attorneys fully understand that the successful trial of a grade crossing or trespasser case must be preceded by meticulous witness preparation, selection of credible experts, and a detailed understanding of the state and federal regulatory policies governing railroads, highway safety and grade crossings.

Other Representation of Railroads

Boyle Brasher LLC attorneys have frequently represented railroad clients in employment discrimination and labor injunction cases in both Federal and State Courts. More recently the firm has been retained to represent railroad clients anticipating or charged with Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) violations. The firm has handled a variety of other state and federal regulatory matters, freight charge collections, and matters involving crossing closures before federal and state administrative bodies. Often Boyle Brasher LLC attorneys are retained by railroads to serve as members of arbitration panels in arbitrations mandated by contract or law.

Cutting Edge Responses to Evolving Theories of Liability

Boyle Brasher LLC attorneys are frequently consulted by railroad officers and trade associations to assess the always evolving new theories of liability asserted by the plaintiff's bar against the industry. The firm assists in planning and coordinating the industry's responses to these new challenges. Boyle Brasher LLC has been at the forefront in the development of federal preemption in grade crossing cases. The firm has participated directly in the development of new defense strategies in response to the new approach of the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) to disability payments to FELA claimants. The firm is also actively working with railroads to develop strategies for handling the recent increase in Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) investigations on railroad property.

Contact Our Railroad Defense Attorneys

The attorneys at Boyle Brasher LLC are proud of the firm's achievements for its railroad clients and appreciates the relationships and trust it has developed over the years. To schedule a consultation at our law offices in St. Louis, Memphis, or Belleville, Illinois, contact us online or give us a call.