Transportation Law/ Insurance Defense

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Ryan, Drewniak, & Upshaw, P.A. has been engaged in the defense of motor carriers and commercial lines insurers since it was formed over 17 years ago. Indeed, Inga Upshaw has been representing motor carriers for over 20 years.

The firm has represented trucking companies and their insurers throughout the nation. The firm’s defense practice includes the handling of cases in all state and federal courts in Maryland. The firm’s attorneys have also been called upon to handle and oversee litigation pending in other jurisdictions.

Ryan, Drewniak, & Upshaw, P.A. has the requisite expertise and knowledge to successfully defend trucking companies and their insurers in motor vehicle accident litigation. The attorneys in this group defend the owners of commercial motor vehicles and their insurers on a daily basis; not as part of their practice, but as their primary practice. The attorneys in this group pride themselves on being zealous advocates and aggressively defending their clients.

Our attorneys provide a continuum of representation from post-accident attorney work product investigations to verdict. Throughout this continuum of representation, we view our relationship with our clients as that of a team. This team mentality, so necessary in the trucking industry, allows us to ensure that we actively pursue the interests of our clients at the forefront of each and every one of our cases.

We strive to keep our clients fully informed so that they have all available information when making a decision to proceed to trial or seek resolution. In doing so, we take a practical approach to our analysis ranging from a consideration of defense costs to potential exposure at trial. By doing so, we allow our clients to make an informed decision as to whether to proceed to trial.

In order to maintain a competitive advantage in our trucking cases, our attorneys stay abreast of the trends in the industry through their involvement in several transportation-related organizations, such as the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA), Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA), Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA), American Trucking Association Litigation Center (ATA), Trucking Law Committee of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), and the Maryland Motor Truck Association (MMTA).

Indeed, Inga Upshaw is a Founding member of TIDA and served as the Second President of TIDA from 1997 to 1999. Further, Ms. Upshaw served as an Officer and Director of TIDA from its formation in April of 1993 until she retired due to term limits in 2001.  Ms. Upshaw is still an active TIDA member and a frequent speaker and participant in key trucking industry events.  Please visit TIDA’s website at for more information as to how TIDA can help your motor carrier interests.