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Martha J. Payne

Of Counsel

Martha Payne is an attorney in the Litigation Practice Group. She represents and assists North American transportation and logistics providers and users on a wide variety of transportation issues. She has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating domestic and international transportation, logistics, and supply chain management contracts. She advises shippers, carriers, and 3PLs of all sizes regarding cargo liability, risk management, contracting, and collection issues.

Prior to joining Benesch, Martha had more than 30 years experience in the transportation industry, including terminal operations, accounting, pricing, collections, cargo claims management, and finally Senior Attorney for Consolidated Freightways. In the position of Senior Attorney, she was responsible for all transportation related legal issues, including contracts, cargo claims, regulatory matters, and litigation management.

Martha represented U.S. carriers on the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade's Sub-Committee on Uniform Liability Regime, which involved negotiations with representatives of Canadian, Mexican, and U.S. shippers, carriers, and government representatives.


  • J.D., Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, 1985
  • B.S., Portland State University, 1981

Bar Admissions

State and Federal courts in Oregon, Oregon State Bar Association, Lincoln County Bar Association