Sidley Austin LLP

Hanna Chouest

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Hanna focuses her practice in the transportation industry, representing several of the largest railroads in the United States, including CSX Transportation, Inc., Norfolk Southern Railway Company, and Union Pacific Railroad Company.

Hanna represents railroads in a wide variety of regulatory and commercial matters before the United States Department of Transportation and the Surface Transportation Board (STB). She has represented Class I railroads in multiple rate reasonableness cases before the STB, including Stand Alone Cost cases challenging the reasonableness of rail rates for shipments of coal, plastics, and chemicals. Hanna also represents railroads in a variety of other matters before the STB, including petitions for declaratory orders, petitions for exemption, STB rulemakings and, on the transactional side, in acquisitions and financing transactions which require equipment recordations. She also represents railroads involved in litigation involving federal preemption of state and local laws.

Hanna advises both railroad and non-railroad clients regarding regulatory changes following the upswing in crude oil transport by rail. She also represents clients in matters that come before other federal transportation agencies, including the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration, particularly in response to rulemakings regarding the safety of transport of crude oil by rail.