James W. Kelly II

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Offices Cincinnati
Phone 513.723.4089
Fax 513.852.7883

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Jay is a partner in the Vorys Cincinnati office and is a member of the firm’s litigation and transportation & logistics groups. His practice is focused on business and commercial litigation with specific experience in all aspects of transportation law.   Jay also has considerable transactional experience in the transportation industry. As part of his practice, Jay regularly reviews, drafts, and revises transportation contracts on behalf of the firm’s shipper, broker, freight forwarder and vendor clients.

Jay frequently counsels brokers and intermediaries in the transportation industry on a variety of matters, including how to avoid and/or mitigate the fundamental risks associated with the transportation and logistics industry. Jay has experience in all aspects of transportation law including the Carmack Amendment; defending and subrogating cargo damage claims; vicarious liability for shippers and brokers; negligent hiring of carriers; MAP-21 regulations and compliance; CARB compliance and enforcement defense; Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”) compliance; Electronic Logging Device (“ELD”) Mandate obligations and compliance; drafting, advising and enforcement of employment agreements; drafting and enforcement of employment policies; misappropriation of trade secrets; breach of contract and negligence claims; risk analysis and review of insurance coverages and litigation of claims; and collections.

His notable experience includes:

Jay has presented on issues regarding risks inherent in the transportation and logistics industry, including customer contract negotiation, audits, vicarious liability, negligent hiring of carriers, the Carmack Amendment, CARB, FSMA, and the ELD Mandate.

Jay received his J.D. from the Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law. He received his B.S.B.A. from Xavier University.

Jay served as a law clerk for the Honorable Charles J. Kubicki, Jr. of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas.

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