MATTHEW CAHILL is an associate in Sidley’s Washington, D.C., office and a member of the Transportation group. He represents surface transportation clients in regulatory proceedings, commercial litigation, and mergers and acquisitions subject to oversight by the Surface Transportation Board (STB). His experience includes working with the nation’s largest railroads to resolve disputes related to track access, rates, and service issues. He assists railroads in responding to proposed STB rulemakings, including arbitration of rate disputes and reciprocal switching.
Recently he has helped clients navigate a rail access dispute in the southeastern United States, advised a client in connection with a proposed major rail industry merger, and advised a potential buyer on regulatory aspects of an acquisition in the trucking and intermodal freight industry. Matthew maintains an active pro bono practice, assisting criminal defendants with appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court in collaboration with Northwestern University’s Bluhm Legal Clinic.
Prior to joining Sidley, Matthew was a consultant to federal agencies, public transit authorities, private bus operators, and railroad equipment suppliers. His services included project management, government affairs, communications, and business development focused on the transportation industry. He advised the federal government on oversight of $2.5 billion in grants to improve railroad infrastructure in the midwestern and northeastern United States.
Matthew earned his B.S. from Eureka College and his J.D. and M.B.A. from Northwestern University.
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