As business continues to become increasingly global, companies are finding themselves confronted not only with foreign law and enforcement concerns, but also with maritime issues and some gray area in between. These issues are critical to Texas businesses in particular; recent reports from the Texas Department of Transportation show that Texas ports generate $368.7 billion in economic activity in the state annually. Companies that do business from Texas to overseas, or are thinking of emerging from Texas into this international market need to be aware of particular transportation issues that arise from dealings with freight forwarders, freight carriers, brokers, customs and cross-border insolvency. This CLE, presented by Texas attorney Nicole Hay, is intended to educate those operating or owning Texas businesses on current legal determinations in this area, the uncertainties that persist, and best practices to manage risk.
Nicole has experience advising and representing a diverse group of people and entities, including city governments, homeowners associations, small to midsize businesses and independent contractors in all commercial and consumer areas of the law. As a former entrepreneur, Nicole has a passion for startups and business owners trying to begin, reorganize or expand their reach.
Nicole enjoys helping businesses in matters involving international components, whether that is trade, transportation or cross-border disputes. Outside of the office, Nicole enjoys supporting various causes through The Juniper Fund and 4-H.