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Automotive Industry

Comprehensive, business-oriented legal representation for motor vehicle manufacturers and distributors

Capabilities at a glance

  • Full-service national practice representing motor vehicle manufacturers and distributors of all kinds, led by attorneys with decades of experience.
  • Deep understanding of the automotive industry and its regulatory environment, responsive to ever-changing and cutting-edge issues.
  • Business-centric approach to client needs, understanding legal problems are business issues to be resolved cost-effectively.
  • Multidisciplinary team with diverse legal backgrounds and skills, built around vehicle distribution, product liability and warranty core practices.
  • Lasting relationships with clients, based on a strong ethic of collaboration around client strategic goals.

Bringing business and legal acumen to the automotive industry

Our world revolves around representing automotive, truck and powersports manufacturers and distributor — from exciting startups and boutique producers to long‐standing manufacturers and iconic brands. We represent both imported and domestic vehicle brands. 

As strategic business thinkers, we offer deep experience with industry-specific issues. As new technologies and approaches emerge, we counsel our clients about how to adapt their businesses to those emerging trends. Our business-centric approach and deep knowledge of the laws impacting the automotive industry allow us to develop strategies to permit our clients’ businesses — and their bottom lines — to thrive. 

Providing a complete set of legal services

Our cross‐disciplinary Automotive Industry Practice Group brings together the knowledge of more than 25 lawyers across a half dozen areas of legal practice to provide comprehensive representation to our clients. A cornerstone of our firm’s Automotive Industry practice is our representation of motor vehicle manufacturers and distributors in distribution, franchising and dealer relationship matters. Our attorneys have decades of experience counselling clients on regulatory compliance and licensing matters, the development and evolution of distribution systems and a wide range of dealer relationship issues. We represent clients in strategic transactions and serve as litigation counsel in judicial, administrative and arbitration disputes throughout the country. Our Automotive Industry attorneys have industry-leading experience in motor vehicle product liability matters, serving as national products liability counsel for several clients and provide counsel on warranty matters. 


Our attorneys pride themselves on serving as true partners with our clients, where we experience success when our clients experience success. We have helped clients launch new companies, new brands, new distribution systems and new business products, including those based on cutting-edge practices and technologies, such as electric vehicles, over-the-air technologies, subscription programs, car-sharing services and digital transformation products. We have represented clients in large-dollar strategic transactions that have added significant value to our clients’ bottom lines. In the litigation space, our attorneys have won numerous disputes and appeals in matters before judges and juries throughout the country, including successfully arguing constitutional matters in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the federal courts of appeals and several state supreme courts.

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