Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

Our professionals include a former senior member of a major tier-one automotive supplier's Purchasing organization with extensive experience in the Purchasing functions surrounding supply chain management. Our attorneys have counseled and trained numerous clients on all stages of their contracting process, including the creation of and revisions to standard terms and conditions, quoting procedures, purchase orders, long term agreements, currency and materials indexing agreements, warranty sharing agreements, and multi-party agreements. We assist our clients in developing sourcing strategies, including assessing a supplier’s financial and operational health to avoid financially distressed suppliers and to monitor the financial and operational health of a supplier throughout the life of its supply relationship. Our team has a keen understanding of the demands placed on our clients' Purchasing organizations and we seamlessly interface with them to create a holistic approach to their sourcing needs.

Supplier Risk Management

We include on our team the former head of a major tier-one automotive supplier's Supplier Risk Management Group with twenty years of experience proactively addressing supplier financial and operational distress. We assist our clients in assessing a supplier's financial and operational health, and protect the continuity of their supply both in and out of court. Our professionals have tremendous experience in the use of adequate assurance letters and drafting and negotiating accommodation and access agreements, and have successfully litigated automotive disputes in both federal and state courts, including through the use of temporary restraining orders and other injunctive relief.

Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

Our experience in the automotive industry provides us the unique ability to assist our clients in the emerging world of autonomous and connected vehicles, including vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) connectivity, and ultimately vehicle-to-everything (V2X) connectivity. From working with governmental bodies to collaborating with suppliers and other constituents, our professionals provide our clients with the insight necessary to navigate through this process to timely and effectively meet their needs. Our current involvement in the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) CV Pilot Deployment program gives us access to the market leaders and the latest industry developments.