Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, P.C.



Attorney Details

Clifford W. Lauchlan

Practice Concentration

Cliff’s practice is primarily devoted to assisting third-party logistics clients on a wide array of issues including contracting and cargo claims issues. Cliff also has extensive experience defending clients in state and federal courts in transportation-related matters as well as general business litigation. 


Cliff is an attorney in the Cincinnati office. His practice is focused on advising third-party logistics brokers in the transportation industry. As part of his practice, Cliff regularly reviews, drafts, and revises transportation contracts on behalf of the firm’s shipper, broker, and vendor clients. Cliff counsels clients in the transportation industry on a variety of matters including avoidance and mitigation of fundamental risks associated with the logistics industry. Cliff has experience in defending and subrogating cargo damage claims; vicarious liability for shippers and brokers; negligent hiring of carriers; compliance; enforcement and defense of employment agreements; risk analysis and review of insurance coverages and litigation of claims; and collections. Cliff also has extensive experience in general business and commercial litigation matters.  

Prior to joining the Firm, Cliff was an associate at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP where he served in its transportation and litigation practice groups and gained experience on a broad range of complex, litigation matters.   


  • Transportation Brief: Spotlight on Cargo Claim Practice
    Many people assume the Carmack Amendment (Carmack) exclusively controls their cargo claim disputes related to interstate shipments. However, due to certain contract provisions in shipper or broker/carrier agreements, Carmack may take a back seat. Unfortunately, it is often not until a court interprets the contract with conflicting provisions that the parties have a definitive answer to their dispute. Read more from the Scopelitis team that helps clients navigate the cargo claims process, both pre- and post-suit.