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Richard A. Plewacki


200 Public Square
Suite 2300
Cleveland, OH 44114-2378

Richard Plewacki is a partner with the firm's Litigation and Transportation & Logistics Practice Groups. Richard's practice focuses on advising and defending motor carriers, leasing companies, third party logistics providers, and large private fleets. He has been involved with the transportation and logistics industry, both as a businessman and an attorney since 1973. Richard's experience includes independent contractor/owner-operator issues, shipper/carrier matters, industry specific litigation, transportation related service agreements, freight claims, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and regulatory compliance, intermodal issues, sales and use tax issues, and licensing and permitting.

Richard actively represents a wide variety of companies in the following segments of the transportation industry located throughout the country in establishing, improving, managing and defending the independent contractor model and various equipment sourcing arrangements between motor carriers and/or their affiliates and owner-operators.

  • Regional and National Package/Parcel Delivery: Step vans, cargo vans and linehaul
  • Regional and National Retail Delivery: Cargo vans, straight trucks (bobtails) and linehaul
  • Regional Pharmaceutical Distribution: DC to pharmacy and/or physicians: Cargo vans
  • Regional and Same-Day Courier
  • Truckload
    • Dry Van
    • Refrigerated
    • Flatbed
    • Specialized and Rigging
    • Bulk and Tank
    • Drayage
  • "Lite" LTL
  • Courier


  • J.D., The University of Akron School of Law, 1980
  • B.A., Bowling Green State University, 1970

Bar Admissions

Ohio , U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association