Bridgette M. BlitchPartner
Bridgette Blitch handles a broad array of litigation matters in state and federal courts, and represents clients before various administrative agencies. Bridgette’s litigation experience includes handling high-dollar cargo claims; freight charge claims; traffic infractions involving commercial truck drivers; workers compensation claims; breaches of non-competition agreements, transportation agreements and warehousing agreements; prosecution of subrogation claims; and prosecution and defense of insurance coverage disputes specific to the transportation industry. Bridgette also represents motor carriers in out-of-service orders and agency actions before the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
In addition to commercial litigation and appearing before administrative bodies, Bridgette also represents motor carriers in Department of Transportation audits, workers compensation audits, and re-employment assistant audits. Bridgette also assists motor carriers in D.O.T. compliance matters, requests for upgrades in safety fitness ratings, applications to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and CBP bond forfeiture proceedings.
Bridgette also devotes a portion of her practice representing clients in business development and transactional matters, including formation, entity structure, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. Bridgette provides strategic and business advice to help clients navigate through regulatory provisions, and also develops best practices to minimize liability and enhance business growth.
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law (J.D., 2008)
- Editor in Chief, Transportation Law Journal
- Best orator, Barrister's Cup Appellate Advocacy
- magna cum laude
- Women in Trucking, Member
- Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA), Representative-At-Large
- Motor Carrier Committee (TLA), Co-Chair
- Transportation Law Institute (TLA), Co-Chair
- Membership Committee (TLA), Member
- Florida Trucking Association, Member, Public Policy Committee
- Polk County Women's Bar Association, Member
- Tenth Circuit Young Lawyers Section, Florida Bar, Member
- Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Bar, Member
- Florida Bar Association, Member
- Women in Trucking, recognized as one of the Distinguished Women in Logistics, 2017
- Next Show: September 6, 2017: Dave Nemo Show, Legal Segment aired every first Wednesday of the month
- Motor Carrier Insurance Education Foundation Annual Conference: October 7, 2017, Orlando, Florida:
- Speaker (8:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.) Full Compliance Inspection: Lt. Charles Smalley and Bridgette Blitch will share the procedures and findings of an on-site inspection so participants will gain an understanding of the results (violations, fines, and rating) – If there is a rating, what the rating reflects and if there is a rating other than Satisfactory what steps the motor carrier can take to address a less than Satisfactory rating.
- Speaker (12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.) A Crash Happens: Defending Catastrophic Claims: Bridgette Blitch and members of the Transportation Lawyers Association will perform a mock trial defending a catastrophic claim.
- Transportation Law Institute, Transportation Lawyers Association: November 10, 2017, Norfolk, Virginia: Moderator, Ethical Dilemmas Facing Transportation Attorneys: Real Life Problems and Solutions
- Women in Trucking Webinar, December 13, 2017 (11:00 a.m. EST webinar): How to Investigate Claims of Sexual Harassment
- The Dave Nemo Radio Show
(click links below to listen to Bridgette's segments.)
- January 4, 2017 (MP3) Minding the Road: A Case Study on Roadside Inspections, Review of Commercial Motor Vehicle Examinations Reports and DataQ Challenges.
- February 1, 2017 (MP3) Defending Drivers and Motor Carriers against DOT and Traffic Violations
- March 1, 2017 (MP3) What Drivers Need to Know to Protect their CDL and Motor Carriers Need to Know to Mitigate Risk of Regulatory Violations
- April 5, 2017 (MP3) Are You Ready for FSMA? The Food Safety Modernization Act
- May 3, 2017 (MP3) The Carmack Amendment: Proper Handling of Cargo Claims from a Driver's and Motor Carrier's Perspective
- June 7, 2017 (MP3) Event Recorders: How the Technology is Utilized in the Defense of Claims
- July 5, 2017 (MP3) Advanced Technology to Serve You – Busting the Myths Surrounding Event Records
- August 2, 2017 (MP3) What Motor Carriers and Drivers Must Know Before Passengers are Authorized to Ride
- Exclusive Interview with Law Enforcement: What You Need to Know Before and After You Get Stopped. Women in Trucking, Webinar Series February 2017.
- Broker or Motor Carrier - Problems When the Differences are Not Clear. Webinar (February 2017). Motor Carrier Insurance Education Foundation.
- An Enforcement Officer's Inspection. Webinar (January 2017). Motor Carrier Insurance Education Foundation.
- Legal Issues: Transportation, Employment, and Beyond. Women in Trucking Association, Accelerate! Conference & Expo! Dallas, TX.
- Bridging the Gender Gap: Ways to Get Comfortable in a Male-Dominated Industry. Women in Trucking Association, Accelerate! Conference & Expo! Dallas, TX.
- Enforcement Officer's Inspection and Its Effects on Motor Carriers’ Safety, Insurance and Claims, Motor Carrier Insurance Education Foundation 2016 Annual Conference/Truckers II, Orlando, Florida
- Transportation 101 Workshop, Transportation Lawyers Association 2016 Annual Conference, Destin, Florida
- Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: What You and Your Transportation Client Need to Know, Transportation Lawyers Association 2016 Annual Conference, Destin, Florida
- Top Ten Litigated Claims for Small Business: How to Avoid Being on the Next Lawyer’s Ad Campaign, Florida Trucking Association 2015 Fall Round Up, Daytona, Florida
- DataQ Challenges: Are you in the Queue? Transportation Lawyers Association 2015 Annual Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona; also presented to Women in Trucking and Florida Trucking Association
- Challenges to the Safe Harbor Provisions in Section 530, Transportation Lawyers Association 2009 Chicago Regional Conference, Chicago, Illinois
- Joint-Employer Jenga: Confronting New Challenges From Browning-Ferris, published in The Transportation Lawyer with J.W. Taylor, Esq.
- It's Good to be the King, A Cautionary Tale for Motor Carriers Hauling Goods for the Federal Government, published in The Transportation Lawyer with J.W. Taylor, Esq.
- It's Not Easy Being Green (Then Blue Then Red . . .): Chameleon Carriers, published in The Transportation Lawyer with J.W. Taylor, Esq.
- Routes to Getting Paid, A Case Study in Motor Carrier Avoidance of Deadbeat Constructions Contractors in Florida, published in The Transportation Lawyer with J.W. Taylor, Esq.
- Obama Bill to Close Safe Harbor Provisions in Section 530, published in the Transportation Law Journal, 34 Trans. L. J. 211
- Challenging State Accounting Methods and Discriminatory Taxation Against Railroad Properties Under the 4-R Act, published in the Transportation Law Journal, 34 Trans. L. J. 211