Eric M. Hocky
Eric M. Hocky represents railroads and other transportation interests on a variety of regulatory and commercial matters including mergers, acquisitions of rail lines, and construction of new rail lines, as well as abandonments and conversions of rail lines to trails.
Eric serves railroad clients involved in short line and regional railroads, as well as holding company families of railroads and railroad startups. Eric regularly appears before the Surface Transportation Board and counsels on other regulatory requirements including Railroad Retirement and safety requirements. In connection with commercial matters, he negotiates a variety of contracts between railroads, as well as between railroads and shippers and suppliers.
Dealing with railroad real estate can present unique issues. Eric counsels clients on real property issues that arise in the course of acquisitions and in connection with the abandonment and transfer of rail lines, as well as those which arise in connection with the licensing and leasing of railroad property.
In financing transactions, Eric advises both borrowers and lenders on the specialized requirements for mortgages and security interests in railroad property and equipment and the proper recording of those interests.
He has litigated transportation matters involving preemption of local regulation of carriers, rail rates and commercial practices of carriers, freight loss and damage claims on behalf of carriers and freight shippers, and judicial review of a variety of agency orders.
Recipient, Association of Transportation Law Professionals Presidential Award for Exceptional Service, 2008, 2009, 2013
Association of Transportation Law Professionals, Member (President, 2009-2010; Board, 2005-2016)
American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, Associate Member (General Counsel Committee, Chair, 2014-2016)
Philadelphia Bar Association