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 focuses her practice on railroad transactions and disputes, along with associated legislative and policy issues.  She regularly counsels on the group's rail transportation projects.

Ms. Morgan was recently named 2015 Washington, DC "Lawyer of the Year" for Transportation Law by Best Lawyers.  Best Lawyers also named her 2014 Washington, DC, "Lawyer of the Year" for Railroad Law.  Each year she has been in private practice, her talent in the area of railroad law has been recognized by Chambers & Partners, Best Lawyers in America and Washington, DC, Super Lawyers.

Before joining Nossaman in 2011, Ms. Morgan led the transportation practice group at a large DC law firm, where she represented carriers and shippers in matters pertaining to economic regulation, transportation safety and financing before the USDOT, various federal regulatory bodies and the U.S. Congress.  She sits on the board of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

From 1994 to 2002, Ms. Morgan was chair of U.S. Surface Transportation Board and its predecessor, the Interstate Commerce Commission.  During her eight-year term, she presided over many transportation regulatory proceedings, including rail-rate and rail-service matters.  In addition, she presided over merger cases of unique national scope and complexity.

Prior to joining the Surface Transportation Board, Ms. Morgan served for 15 years as counsel with the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, including seven years as general counsel.  She was responsible for much of the legislation establishing the framework for today's transportation system.

Ms. Morgan is a longstanding and active member of the Association of Transportation Law Professionals, which honored her with its Presidential Award in 2008.

Ms. Morgan regularly speaks to industry, professional and government groups on the approval and financing of high-priority rail transportation projects.  She also publishes on this subject and contributes her insights on emerging developments to the Firm's Infra Insight blog.

Representative Work

  • California High-Speed Rail Authority – California High-Speed Rail.  Key member of the Nossaman team advising CHSRA on regulatory approvals, institutional arrangements, procurement plans and financing options.  The Nossaman team advised on key elements of the first phase of what will become an 800-mile, $68 billion high-speed train system to connect the state's major urban centers – the first high-speed rail project in North America and among the largest global infrastructure projects ever undertaken.  The first $1 billion design-build contract has been awarded to help develop the Central Valley segment.

    Currently under procurement is a $1.5-2 billion 60-mile civil works segment to run south of Fresno and a contract (jointly offered by Amtrak) to manufacture, supply, maintain and finance the initial train sets.  The Nossaman team is advising on many other aspects of the CHSR project, including public and private financing, jurisdiction of the Surface Transportation Board, federal and state environmental permitting, and contracting for trackage, systems, power, dispatch, communications, signaling and long-term operations.

  • National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak).  Special counsel to Amtrak in its negotiations with freight railroads concerning the terms and compensation governing access to rail lines.  The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, doing business as Amtrak, is a publicly funded railroad network operated and managed as a for-profit corporation to provide intercity passenger train service throughout the United States.  It operates 374 trains each day on 31,500 miles of track in 46 states and three Canadian provinces.  Outside the Northeast Corridor, which it owns, Amtrak is a tenant on the nation's freight railroads.  The Firm represents Amtrak in U.S. Surface Transportation Board proceedings related to rail line access and performance.

  • Grafton & Upton Railroad – Federal Preemption.  Special counsel to the railroad.  The Grafton & Upton Railroad is a privately owned short-line railroad in east-central Massachusetts.  The recently refurbished 15-mile freight line connects to CSX Transportation lines at both ends.  Ms. Morgan advises this railroad in regulatory and litigation matters pertaining to a proposed $5-million rail-truck propane transloading facility and the applicability of federal preemption laws to those operations.  The railroad maintains that the Town of Grafton's actions to stop the facility using local environmental and land use laws are preempted under the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act.  The dispute is before the U.S. Surface Transportation Board.

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® 2015 Transportation Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Washington DC.

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

Recognized in Best Lawyers in America as one of the top transportation and railroad lawyers in the country, 2007 to 2015. 

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® 2015 Transportation Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Washington DC.

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

Recognized in Best Lawyers in America as one of the top transportation and railroad lawyers in the country, 2007 to 2015. 

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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