The Freeborn Dispatch is written by the attorneys that are members of the Transportation Team at Freeborn & Peters LLP, each offering unique skills and proficiency to the transportation industry. At Freeborn, our mission is simple: Use our business and legal capabilities to build a better future for the transportation industry. We accomplish this in many different ways. Freeborn offers the unique combination of legal acumen and real-world experience to provide the utmost in counsel and practical advice to the transportation industry. Whether addressing the areas of regulation and government affairs or guiding companies through M&A transactions or litigation proceedings, our team is poised to help our transportation clients overcome their challenges and take advantage of business opportunities.
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As a Transportation Team member, Bob Baratta represents transportation clients with their environmental and insurance needs. His experience includes advising on environmental cleanups, permitting, compliance and enforcement, as well as cost recovery strategies. Bob has extensive experience in responding to major releases of hazardous substances, including those caused by derailments and in negotiating agreements with federal, state and local regulatory bodies. Additionally, he represents policyholders in all aspects of insurance coverage, including obtaining coverage for transportation-related risks.
As the leader of the Transportation Team, Cindy advises transportation companies on their legal and business affairs, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic transactions, financing, real estate and general corporate matters. Her role as former in-house counsel gives Cindy a unique perspective as both a business and legal advisor. Before joining Freeborn, she was U.S. Corporate Counsel for Canadian National Railroad where she managed all legal aspects of U.S. corporate, real estate and financial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, the acquisition and development of new facilities, the disposition of surplus assets, financing transactions, equipment leases, credit policy and bankruptcy management. Cindy is the immediate Past President of the Association of Transportation Law Professionals and has served as its President, Annual Meeting Program Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. She is a member of the Transportation Lawyers Association and the Traffic Club of Chicago.
Mitch’s practice focuses on representing public and private companies, land owners, developers and investors in helping them secure land use and zoning approvals, public incentives, local regulatory and siting approvals, as well as performing zoning due diligence. Among Mitch’s projects, he has helped obtain approvals for the siting of wireless communications facilities and written about the process from siting to completion. Additionally, Mitch has assisted a transportation client with the sale of air rights over existing railroad operations including the structuring of land use and zoning approvals to exclude the railroad use and operations from the land use and zoning controls in Chicago. He has worked with a transportation client on community matters and outreach efforts in connection with the development and operations of an intermodal facility in Chicago, as well as Assisted clients with seeking land use and zoning approvals to allow distribution facilities in Chicago and in the Chicago suburbs. He also represents clients before local plan commissions, zoning boards and city councils.
Jerry Callaghan focuses on Development, Government Relations and Regulatory Law, and Land Use and Zoning. He is particularly adept in serving transportation clients by applying his experience in TIF financing, public infrastructure improvements, host community benefits, and facility siting. He served as counsel to the State of Illinois in connection with the Joliet Arsenal redevelopment, represented a major railroad in securing development incentives in connection with a $140 million redevelopment of a switching yard and is currently representing an industrial development company with the redevelopment of a 200-acre site for a major distribution facility.
Prior to rejoining Freeborn, Rich was Associate General Counsel at United Airlines, Inc., where he led the litigation and intellectual property team in managing all aspects of the company’s litigation and intellectual property portfolios. During his ten years with the airline, Rich managed significant litigation matters in all areas, including antitrust, bankruptcy, class actions, construction, consumer fraud, employment, general commercial, government investigations, labor arbitrations, real estate, regulatory, tax, toxic tort, and wrongful death litigation including major airline disasters.