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 previously served 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 and volunteered for over ten years with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program.
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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