Nathaniel G. Saylor
Mr. Saylor's practice focuses on a wide array of transportation and logistics issues including transportation and logistics contracting; regulatory compliance; NVOCC/Ocean freight forwarders licensing and compliance; indirect air carrier licensing and compliance; intermodal issues; international transportation; third-party logistics; security (including C-T PAT certification and indirect air carrier compliance); carrier bonding; cross-border operations; cargo claims; and freight charge disputes.
Nathaniel G. Saylor’s practice includes licensing and commercial contract matters within all modes of transportation, including motor, air, ocean and rail. Saylor’s clients include motor carriers, property brokers, indirect air carriers, non-vessel operating common carriers, and other forwarders. He focuses on complex contractual issues that arise when multiple parties -- including carriers, third-party intermediaries and/or multiple modes of transportation -- are involved. Saylor regularly counsels clients on regulatory compliance obligations, especially as they relate to licensing and authorities. In this regard he regularly assists in merger and acquisition projections and client restructurings to ensure continuity of permits and authorities. He is a frequent speaker at transportation industry association conferences across the nation.
On The Road
- Arranging for Air and Ocean Transportation - Legal Considerations
Apr 11, 2019, Nathaniel G. Saylor, Transportation Intermediaries Association's 2019 Capital Ideas Conference & Exhibition - Orlando
- Transportation Intermediaries Association Webinar Series: Negotiating Customer Contracts- Assessing Your Risk Tolerance
Aug 15, 2018, Nathaniel G. Saylor
- Bridging the Gap Between Shipper Contract and Insurance Requirement Panel
Apr 11, 2018, Nathaniel G. Saylor, Transportation Intermediaries Association Capital Ideas Conference and Exhibition - Palm Desert, CA
- Government Regulation of Supply Chains Panel
Sep 25, 2017, Nathaniel G. Saylor, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals - Atlanta, GA
- International Logistics - Real World Examples of What Can Go Wrong, And How to Prevent It
Jul 20, 2017, Nathaniel G. Saylor, Scopelitis Webinar Series
- Customer Contracts Considerations for Brokers and Other Non-Asset Logistics Providers
Jun 15, 2017, Nathaniel G. Saylor, Scopelitis Webinar Series
- Motor Carrier Contract Considerations - Beyond the Basics
May 18, 2017, Nathaniel G. Saylor, Scopelitis Webinar Series
- Scopelitis International News - May 2019Updates from Scopelitis' International Transportation & Logistics Law team.
- Scopelitis International News – April 2019Updates from Scopelitis' International Transportation & Logistics Law team.
- Transportation Brief: Spotlight on Scopelitis Emerging Tech PracticeThe way transportation companies conduct business today is changing quicker than ever, with technology presenting new opportunities and challenges. The Scopelitis Firm actively follows these changes and frequently assists newly-formed, technology-based transportation companies and established companies that seek to adopt new technologies to enhance their existing business model.
- Transportation Brief: Transporting Hemp Still Risky Business After 2018 Farm BillThe 2018 Farm Bill (the Bill) removed hemp and hemp-derived products—provided they contain a THC concentration of 0.3% or less—from the Controlled Substances Act’s definition of marijuana, effectively decriminalizing the transportation of those products at the federal level. But, as some carriers and their drivers have learned, states can prohibit transportation of hemp and related products within their borders.
- Scopelitis International Newsletter - March 2019Updates from Scopelitis' International Transportation & Logistics Law team.
- Scopelitis International Newsletter - February 2019Updates from Scopelitis' International Transportation Law team.
- Law Alert: Idaho and Other States Dig In Their Heels on Interstate Hemp TransportationMore from Scopelitis on the Big Sky Scientific, LLC v. Idaho State Police case involving shipments of hemp that pass through their borders.
- Scopelitis International Newsletter - January 2019Updates from the Scopelitis International Transportation Law team.
- Transportation Brief: U.S. EPA Enforcement of California Air Resources Board (CARB) Regulations Outside of CaliforniaIf your company hires or dispatches heavy-duty trucks to operate in California various CARB regulations may apply to your operations. Read more from our attorneys.
- Law Alert: California Joint and Several Motor Carrier ListPursuant to the statutory “publication” requirement under CA Labor Code §2810.4 a list of motor carriers that have outstanding California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement wage and hour liabilities has been published. Read more.
- Scopelitis International eNewsletter: December 2018From Scopelitis' International Practice, this issue focuses on Canine Cargo Screening; Freight Forwarder Contract Issues; FCPA M&A Diligence Guidance and New GDPR Guidelines.
- Scopelitis International eNewsletter: November 2018From Scopelitis' International Practice, this issue focuses on Iran Sanctions Update; TIACA Air Cargo Forum 2018; Freight Forwarder Contract and the GDPR Offspring.
- Scopelitis International eNewsletter: October 2018From Scopelitis' International Practice, this issue focuses on NAFTA-2; Air Cargo Advance Screening Program; FCPA Update and the Sulfur Cap.
- Scopelitis International eNewsletter: September 2018From Scopelitis' International Practice, this issue focuses on FCPA enforcement; Anti-Boycott Laws; EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation and the New FMC Rule for NVOCCS.
- Scopelitis in the News: "Customer Contract Considerations for International Forwarders." June 20, 2018, Roanoke Trade.Scopelitis Partners Jacob Fisher and Nathaniel Saylor provide a brief overview of some legal and practical considerations to take into account when approached by a customer with a contract purporting to address international forwarding operations.
- Scopelitis in the News: "Be Cautious With Those Value-Added Services." Global Cold Chain Alliance's Cold Facts Magazine, March-April 2018 Edition.Scopelitis Partner Nathaniel Saylor on terms and conditions of value-added services.
- Scopelitis in the News: "CSA Study and Next Steps." September 2017 Logistics Carrier Journal, A Monthly Publication of TIAScopelitis Attorneys Nathaniel Saylor and Brandon Wiseman offer a summary of FMCSA's study of the CSA Program.
- Scopelitis in the News: "Setting the Record Straight on Broker Liability for Loss and Damage Claims." April 2017, The Logistics Journal (TLJ)Scopelitis Partner Nathaniel Saylor shares insight with TLJ on bad information and misunderstanding in the industry regarding whether and to what extent a broker is liable for cargo loss and damage claims.
- Scopelitis in the News: "The FDA's Continued Focus on the Logistics Industry: The Sanitary Food Transportation Act and Beyond." September 2016, The Logistics Journal (TLJ)Scopelitis Partner Nathaniel Saylor and Craig Helmreich share insights with TLJ on regulations that say the brokers are "shippers", thereby exposing brokers to direct regulation by FDA.
- Scopelitis In the News: "Carrier Selection Update (What Just Happened?)" June 2016 edition The Logistics Journal: A Publication of the Transportation Intermediaries AssociationScopelitis partner Nathaniel Saylor on potential liability related to carrier selection
- Scopelitis in the News: "Operational and Practical Considerations for the International Intermediary." September 2015, The Logistics Journal (TLJ)Scopelitis Partners Nathaniel Saylor and Jake Fisher share insights with TLJ on international air freight forwarders, in order to practically tender cargo to many international air carriers, must become “endorsed agents” of the International Air Transport Association (“IATA”).
- Scopelitis in the News: "International Logistics Operations—A Legal Primer" June 2015, The Logistics Journal (TLJ)Scopelitis Partner Nathaniel Saylor shares insight with TLJ on the arrangement of transportation to and from the U.S. by U.S. based intermediaries.
- Scopelitis in the News: Partner Nathaniel Saylor Talks to Transportation Intermediaries Association on a 2015 federal court case in Louisiana involving BASIC Scores in 3PLVIDEO from TIA: BASIC Scores in 3PL Court Case
- Scopelitis in the News: "Court Rejects Link Between BASIC Scores and Carrier Crash Risk" April 2015, The Logistics Journal (TLJ)Scopelitis Partner Nathaniel Saylor shares insight with TLJ on a favorable ruling for the industry when the federal district court of Louisiana granted summary judgment in a broker’s favor on numerous claims alleging broker liability for a highway accident.
- Scopelitis in the News: "Considerations in Negotiating Customer Contracts." September 2014, The Logistics Journal (TLJ)Scopelitis Partner Nathaniel Saylor shares insight with TLJ on some common requests from shippers, provide commentary on how those requests might impact your business, and suggest strategies for blunting the impact of onerous contract provisions.
- Scopelitis in the News: "Legal Structure Considerations for Diverse Logistics Operations." July 2014, The Logistics Journal (TLJ)Scopelitis Partners Nathaniel Saylor and Andy Light share insights with TLJ on whether clients should restructure their operations to separate various lines of business into different legal entities.
- Scopelitis in the News: "FMCSA’s Coercion Rule Provides Plenty of Cause for Concern." June 2014, The Logistics Journal (TLJ)Scopelitis Partner Nathaniel Saylor shares insight with TLJ on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) publishing its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) proposing regulations prohibiting coercion of drivers of commercial motor vehicles.
- The Logistics Journal
"Federal Preemption of State Law Claims Against Brokers," Transportation Intermediaries Association
- "Court Provides Roadmap to Avoid
Vicarious Liability for Motor Carrier
Conduct," Transportation Intermediaries Association, The Logistics Journal
- The Logistics Journal
"FMCSA Actions Impacting Property Brokers and Surface Freight Forwarders," Transportation Intermediaries Association
- "The Role of Load/Driver Tracking Applications in the 3PL Environment— Legal and Practical Considerations," Transportation Intermediaries Association, The Logistics Journal
- “Forwarders Face Lawsuits For Highway Accidents Caused by Truckers They Select,” Airforwarders Association, Forward Magazine (2011, co-authored)
- "Material Deviation: A Fallacious Argument Against Limitations of Motor Carrier Liability," Transportation Lawyers Association, The Transportation Lawyer (2011, co-authored)