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Trucking & Transporta­tion Team


The hours following a serious trucking accident are critical. This is the time to take immediate action to deploy investigators and experts, collect and preserve important evidence, gather information, talk to witnesses and provide informed legal counsel to your company and driver. Having the right people on the scene when you need them can mean the difference between a successful resolution and a significant loss.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has rules and regulations in place that govern the collection of certain data and evidence following an accident, including drug and alcohol testing of professional drivers. In addition, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have procedures in place that govern their investigation of an accident. These agencies do not, however, have an interest in protecting the individuals or companies involved in the accident. And while they may have an interest in “collecting” data and evidence, the manner in which the data and evidence is collected might not always result in that information being properly “preserved.” Banker Lopez Gassler’s Trucking & Transportation Team has established rapid response protocols to assist clients who find themselves in the unfortunate position of being involved in such accidents.

BLG has a team of trucking lawyers with extensive experience managing serious post-accident investigations, claims and litigation. One of the services provided by our firm that separates us from others is our rapid response capability.

BLG Rapid Response attorneys are prepared to assist our trucking clients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have assembled a team of outstanding professionals in the industry who are also on call 24/7 in the event of a serious accident, including accident reconstruction experts, field investigators and independent adjusters. With the assistance of these individuals, our rapid response attorneys can immediately begin the investigation of a serious accident taking into consideration our client’s interests with an eye toward preserving and collecting information likely to have a major impact during subsequent litigation.

Rapid response team

  • Trevor Rhodes is a Shareholder in the firm’s Tampa office. He has a diverse civil litigation and trial practice focusing on trucking and transportation litigation, first and third-party insurance coverage, personal injury defense, and construction law. Mr. Rhodes represents clients statewide and is admitted to US District Courts in the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.

    Originally from Pinellas County, Florida, Mr. Rhodes graduated with honors from the University of Florida and then went on to law school at the University of Florida as well. He received his law degree with honors and is a member of The Order of the Coif. His wife is also an attorney and the couple have three children together.

    (813) 769-7865 Office Direct
  • John Owens is a Shareholder in the firm’s Tampa office. He is an AV rated attorney with a diverse civil litigation and trial practice in trucking and transportation litigation, construction law, civil rights and governmental defense and sports law. He is also a registered sports agent with the NFL. Mr. Owens represents clients statewide and is admitted to US District Courts in the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is a member of the Barney Masterson Inn of Court, Defense Research Institute, Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Sports Lawyers Association and the NFL Players Association.

    Originally from upstate New York, John graduated from Dartmouth College in 1991 and was a three year letterman in football and baseball and a member of the 1990 Ivy League Football Champions. After playing professional football in Europe, John attended Tulane University Law School and graduated cum Laude in 1995. John and his wife Tanya have four children, John, Owen, Stone, and Bryce.

    (813) 222-3355 Office Direct
  • Jesse Gubernat is an Shareholder in the firm’s Fort Myers office. He has significant experience in many facets of civil litigation including trucking and transportation litigation, traffic citation litigation, construction litigation, personal injury law, wrongful death cases, medical malpractice, premises liability law, and in the areas of insurance coverage questions. Mr. Gubernat represents clients statewide and is admitted to US District Courts in the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is a member of the Lee County Bar Association, Defense Research Institute and Florida Defense Lawyers Association. He received his B.A. from the University of South Florida and his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law.

    Born and raised in Chicago, Mr. Gubernat is a die-hard fan of the Chicago White Sox, Blackhawks, Bears and Bulls. In his free time, Mr. Gubernat enjoys running, playing basketball, traveling and working with Habitat for Humanity.

    (239) 322-1302 Office Direct
  • Adam Kantor is a Shareholder in the firm’s Tampa office. He is an AV-Preeminent rated trial attorney who specializes in the areas of trucking and transportation, personal injury, premises liability, and property damage. Mr. Kantor is admitted to the Florida Supreme Court, Middle District Court of Florida, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He is also a Certified Civil Court Mediator through the Florida Supreme Court.  He is licensed to practice in both Florida and New Jersey.

    Mr. Kantor received his JD from Boston University School of Law in 1998 and his BA magna cum laude from Boston University in 1995. Prior to making the transition into private practice, he was a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

    (813) 769-7779 Office Direct