Credentials


Miles L. Kavaller was admitted to the New York Bar in 1972 and the California State Bar in 1977. He was employed by the Bureau of Enforcement of the Interstate Commerce Commission as a trial attorney and Assistant Regional Counsel from 1972 to 1977 in Washington, D.C., Chicago, IL and Los Angeles, CA. In 1977 he went into private practice and in 1985 became a sole practitioner. Specializing in transportation law and litigation, Kavaller regularly practices in the Federal and State trial and appellate courts litigating virtually any matter which arises in the transportation business. He routinely handles cargo claims and freight charge collections. He also has litigated trade secret protection, insurance and bad faith claims, employment law and various commercial disputes. In addition to litigation, Kavaller frequently counsels shippers, trucking firms and intermediaries (brokers, forwarders, 3 and 4 PLs) regarding Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and California Highway Patrol requirements, carrier and warehouse liens under the UCC and federal law, liability for payment of freight charges and cargo claims.

Arbitration and Mediation

During the past several years Kavaller has acted as a mediator and arbitrator. He is on the ADR Panel of the United States District Court for the Central District of California and has mediated several transportation matters. He is a qualified arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and presided over its matters. And he was on the ADR panel for the Los Angeles County Superior Court while it had an ADR program.

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1977
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1991
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1988
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1977

Education

    University at Buffalo Law School, Buffalo, New York

      J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence – 1972
      Law Review: Member, Buffalo Law Review, 1972
    State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York

      B.A., Bachelor of Arts – 1968
      Honors: With Distinction