Nossaman LLP

Linda J. Morgan

Partner

T 202.887.1429
F 202.466.3215
1666 K Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20006

Linda Morgan has 35 years of in-depth regulatory and legislative experience in the transportation industry, with a practice focusing on a variety of railroad and other regulatory and commercial transportation matters and associated legislative and policy issues. 

Ms. Morgan's past experience includes acting as the Chairman, during President Clinton's Administration, of the former Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC), which became the Surface Transportation Board (STB) in 1996.  During her 8 years as agency Chairman, she presided over numerous transportation regulatory proceedings, including rail rate and service matters and railroad merger cases of unprecedented national scope and complexity.  In 1999, the Senate confirmed Ms. Morgan for a second term, and in 2001, President Bush asked for her continued service as Chairman until he designated a new Chairman in December 2002.

Prior to joining the ICC, Ms. Morgan served for 15 years as counsel with the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation, including seven years as General Counsel.  During this period, Ms. Morgan was responsible for much of the legislation that established the framework for today's transportation system, including surface transportation policy that she later was in charge of implementing as Chairman of the ICC and the STB.

Representative Work

California High Speed Rail Authority (Authority).  Counsel for the Authority on regulatory matters.  In particular, recently assisted the Authority in securing expedited Surface Transportation Board consideration of and approval for the construction of the initial segment of the planned 800-mile high speed network.

National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak).  Counsel for Amtrak in its negotiations with freight railroads concerning the terms and compensation governing access to their rail lines, and in Surface Transportation Board proceedings related to this access. 

XpressWest.  Lead DC counsel for a group of private investors interested in building a 200-mile high speed rail line between Las Vegas, Nevada and Southern California.  Assisted the client in securing needed authority from the Surface Transportation Board to construct and operate this line and continues to counsel them on funding and implementation matters.

Grafton & Upton Railroad.  Counsel to this Massachusetts based short line railroad in regulatory and litigation matters pertaining to its rail-truck transloading operations and the applicability of Federal preemption to those operations. 

Other Experience 

Has represented shippers and carriers in matters pertaining to transportation safety and financing before the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Congress.

Drafted legislation for an investment company establishing a National Infrastructure Bank.

Serves as an expert witness on transportation regulatory policy in ongoing litigation.

Awards & Honors

 

Selected as a leading lawyer nationally in the area of Transportation (Rail) by Chambers and Partners, 2004 to 2014. 

Named the Best Lawyers' 2014 Washington DC Railroad Law "Lawyer of the Year."

Recognized in "Best Lawyers in America" as one of the top transportation lawyers in the country, 2007 to 2013. 

Named a Washington DC "Super Lawyer" in the area of Transportation/Maritime Law, 2010 to 2014.

Induction into the Georgetown University 1789 Society for her lifetime of service, 2013.

Honored by Georgetown University Law Center for her contributions to the legal professional, 1999 and 2006.

Presidential Award, Association of Transportation Law Professionals, 2008.

Person of the Year in Transportation, University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, 2003.

One of five "People to Watch" named by The Washington Post, 1998

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Practices

Education

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1976

A.B., Vassar College, 1973

Program for Senior Managers in Government, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 1991

Admissions

District of Columbia

United States Supreme Court

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Professional Affiliations

Canadian Pacific Railway, Member of Board of Directors

Georgetown University Law Center, Member of Board of Visitors

Northwestern University's Transportation Center, Member of Business Advisory Committee

Association of Transportation of Law Professionals

Awards & Honors

 

Selected as a leading lawyer nationally in the area of Transportation (Rail) by Chambers and Partners, 2004 to 2014. 

Named the Best Lawyers' 2014 Washington DC Railroad Law "Lawyer of the Year."

Recognized in "Best Lawyers in America" as one of the top transportation lawyers in the country, 2007 to 2013. 

Named a Washington DC "Super Lawyer" in the area of Transportation/Maritime Law, 2010 to 2014.

Induction into the Georgetown University 1789 Society for her lifetime of service, 2013.

Honored by Georgetown University Law Center for her contributions to the legal professional, 1999 and 2006.

Presidential Award, Association of Transportation Law Professionals, 2008.

Person of the Year in Transportation, University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, 2003.

One of five "People to Watch" named by The Washington Post, 1998

     
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