Ryan W. Wright
Mr. Wright focuses his practice on independent contractor issues, including drafting and reviewing independent contractor agreements and equipment lease agreements, assisting in the counsel and design of independent contractor programs, and auditing clients’ independent contractor programs. He also represents motor carriers, forwarders, and logistics companies in contract reviews and regulatory compliance.
Ryan W. Wright counsels clients on a wide array of transportation issues including independent contractor issues, owner-operator arrangements, Federal Leasing Regulations compliance, and motor carrier and logistics operations, business dealings, and contracts. He regularly drafts and reviews various transportation-related contracts, including independent contractor agreements, equipment lease agreements, motor carrier services contracts, and logistics services contracts. Mr. Wright also counsels clients regarding licensing and regulatory compliance, arbitration, and antitrust issues, and advises vehicle manufacturers regarding National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) matters, including recall campaigns and compliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and Early Warning Reporting (EWR) requirements.
On The Road
- Latest Developments in Owner-Operator Status and Related Issues
May 16, 2019, Ryan W. Wright, Scopelitis Webinar Series
This session addressed the evolving landscape of owner-operator independent contractor issues both at the state and federal level. It also identified case law and legislation that might signal changes in judicial temperament, as well as case law and legislation that suggests business as usual. The Firm’s presenters identified potential challenges and best practices for operating under an independent contractor model.
- The U.S. Supreme Court’s Opinion in New Prime: What It Means for Arbitration with Owner-Operators
Apr 12, 2019, Ryan W. Wright, North American Transportation Employee Relations Association (NATERA) Webinar
- Risk Management: Transportation Exposures
Feb 10, 2019, Ryan W. Wright, 55th World Food Logistics Organization Institute East - Atlanta, GA
- Arbitration Hits the Skids: Unpacking the New Prime Opinion and What it Means for Arbitration with Owner-Operators
Jan 28, 2019, Ryan W. Wright, Scopelitis Webinar Series
- Transportation Industry Legal Challenges in 2018
Feb 1, 2018, Ryan W. Wright, Trucking Owners Business Roundtable - Indianapolis, IN
- Law Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Declares Owner-Operators Exempt from the Federal Arbitration ActRead more from Scopelitis on the U.S. Supreme Court opinion in New Prime, Inc. v. Oliveira.
- Law Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in New PrimeRead more on the oral argument in New Prime, Inc v. Oliveira a case primarily about whether trucking independent contractors are exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA).
- Video Law Alert: New Prime Oral Argument PreviewRead a preview of next week’s oral argument in a trucking case pending before the United States Supreme Court that will significantly impact the use of arbitration to resolve disputes with owner-operators.
- Law Alert: Supreme Court Allows Class Waivers in ArbitrationRead Scopelitis' take on the Supreme Court ruling that Class-Action and Collective-Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements Do Not Violate the NLRA
- Law Alert: Supreme Court to Consider the “Transportation Worker” Exemption from the Federal Arbitration ActRead Scopelitis' take on the U.S. Supreme Court agreeing to hear an appeal by motor carrier New Prime, Inc. challenging a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit that found the company’s owner-operators worked under “contracts of employment.”
- Law Alert: First Circuit Denies Full-Court Review of Arbitration Opinion Unfavorable for Transportation ProvidersRead more on Scopelitis' take on First Circuit decision.
- The Death of the Baga Serpent - Non-HHG Carrier Exposure for Attorney Fees Extinguished