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TRANSPORTATION LEGAL ADVICE

Assisting all levels of transportation in the implementation and management of complex transportation and safety programs.

PRACTICE

AREAS

FMCSA Compliance //

NHTSA Safety Standards //

Motor Carrier Safety Technology //

Transportation Due Diligence //

General Compliance Counseling //

THE FIRM

 

A veteran owned small business, Childress Law PLLC provides legal counsel to transportation-related public and private companies, particularly in the areas of DOT regulatory compliance and the implementation of complex safety and transportation programs. With a vast network of industry connections and experience, Childress Law is able to provide a personable and precise service to its client base. 

 

With experience in litigation, business, legislative, and regulatory considerations at the local, state, and federal levels, we provide legal services that incorporate these experiences to solve complex problems. By taking the time to understand client issues and providing more than just an answer, Childress Law is able to achieve cost-effective and impactful results. 

 

Our firm’s objective is to increase safety in the transportation and manufacturing sectors, and we strive to accomplish that daily. 

 

OUR ATTORNEYS

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Managing Partner
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Prior to establishing Childress Law, Jerad Childress worked as an attorney at Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, the largest transportation law firm in the U.S. While at Scopelitis, Jerad worked primarily in the firm's transportation safety and compliance practice group. Then and now, Jerad serves transportation and manufacturing clients on a multitude of issues including regulatory issues associated with various DOT administrations such as FMCSA, NHTSA, and FAA. Jerad also assists carriers and manufacturers with various issues related to Electronic Logging Devices, including third party review of manufacturer’s self-certification requirements and auditing of a carrier’s ELD compliance programs and other safety technologies. Jerad has assisted all manner of motor carriers from carriers with thousands of vehicles down to those carriers with 20 or fewer vehicles. Jerad currently serves as part of a Third Party Auditor Team appointed by NHTSA to oversee a major auto manufacturer regarding their NHTSA obligations under the Safety Act. Jerad also previously served a three year commitment as a member of another Third Party Auditor Team appointed by NHTSA to oversee a major RV manufacturer regarding their NHTSA obligations under the Safety Act. Jerad also has experience in commercial and employment related litigation. This provides Jerad with a more robust understanding of contract and employment related issues that can be applied to his work with his transportation and manufacturing clients. Jerad frequently speaks at industry events and webinars, offering his unique perspective to compliance. 

 

Prior to servicing the transportation industry, Jerad was an active duty member of the U.S. Navy. Jerad has also worked in financial operations for a Fortune 500 company, volunteered for over ten years with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program, and is currently working extensively on non-profit projects impacting child hunger. 

 

Jerad is licensed to practice law before all state and federal courts in the State of Indiana, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

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Partner
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Brandon Wiseman has spent over a decade representing some the nation's largest and most sophisticated motor carriers and transportation entities, primarily in the area of USDOT safety and compliance. Prior to joining Childress Law, Brandon was a partner with Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary and helped lead the firm's DOT Safety & Compliance practice group. Brandon has helped carriers build state-of-the-art safety programs to help minimize highway accidents and improve regulatory compliance. He has helped carriers avoid Unsatisfactory safety ratings and civil penalties, and has represented them before the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and federal courts. 

Brandon is a regular speaker at industry events, lecturing on topics such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, driver qualification, hours-of-service, CSA/SMS, drug/alcohol testing, and DOT enforcement. Brandon also is a frequent contributor to industry publications and has also taught a course on USDOT safety at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. Brandon is licensed to practice law before all state and federal courts in Indiana. 

Aside from his legal career, Brandon enjoys volunteering at his church and has served as President of the Board of Directors of the Mt. Vernon Education Foundation. Brandon and his wife Alyssa have two boys, Walter and Jackson.