Railroad Law

Railroad Law Practice

Railroad lawyers at Brown, Proctor & Howell defend national companies facing personal injury, wrongful death, property damage and employee lawsuits. Our litigation experts bring thorough knowledge of the railroad industry, including crossing accident defense, federal preemption, and the Federal Employer Liability Act, in a highly coordinated plan to protect your company’s interests. As further confirmation of our attorneys’ excellence, our firm ranks in the 2013 national first tier for railroad law in the United States as shown in the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers list.

John Proctor, Lead Partner

John W. Proctor, a railroad defense attorney with more than 30 years of experience, represents Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway, the two largest railroad companies in the nation. His extensive trial experience, combined with that of Brown, Proctor & Howell’s seasoned team of railroad attorneys, has resulted in successful outcomes involving serious injuries and significant monetary damages.  Proctor earned distinction for his work with ranking on the 2013 national Best Lawyers® list, produced by U.S. News and World Report, in the area of  Railroad Law and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants.

Brown, Proctor & Howell railroad defense attorneys assist clients with cases involving:

  • Failure to heed railroad warning systems
  • Vehicle/pedestrian railroad crossing accidents
  • Hazardous cargo spills
  • Railroad employee claims
  • Locomotive, freight car, rail track, and other equipment malfunction

Railroad clients we serve currently or have provided services to:

  • BNSF Railway Company
  • Union Pacific Corporation
  • Union Pacific Railroad Co.


John W. Proctor, Partner
Michael Peck, Partner
Sheryl Norman, Partner
Robert Piwetz, Partner
Cailin Ringelman, Partner
Afton Sands, Partner

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