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Jonathan Todd
Attorney, Benesch, Friendlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Jonathan Todd practices law in the areas of supply chain management, international trade, logistics, and transportation. He represents manufacturers, retailers, third party logistics providers, and carriers in transactional and regulatory matters. Those issues span the wide range of challenges that arise when clients buy and sell regulated companies, procure and offer regulated services, procure and produce goods, and deliver those services or ship those goods around the world.

Today’s global supply chains require creative solutions that bridge strategic goals with legal and commercial risk management, all while operating within the practical reality of multiple stakeholders and complex regulatory environments. Jon’s deep understanding of business operations, best practices, and regulatory requirements guides in-house counsel, management, and executives with actionable advice as they achieve success and contribute to enterprise value. He delivers the responsiveness, attention to detail, and dynamic problem solving that his clients expect from themselves and their leadership.

Jon is effective because he speaks the language of global supply chain management. He was previously in-house as Senior Corporate Counsel for a global transportation and logistics provider with operations in North America, Western Europe, and Asia. He holds a U.S. Customs Broker license, APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional certification, and an MBA in Supply Chan Management. He also sits on the American Trucking Association’s Supply Chain Security Policy Committee. In 2016, the U.S. Transportation Secretary appointed him to serve as industry representative on a FMCSA advisory committee.

A few examples of his experience include:

Transportation and Logistics – Structuring business operations to meet both commercial needs and regulatory requirements during the launch of new business lines, including the drafting and implementation of operational paperwork, contracts, standard operating procedures, and compliance manuals.

Supply Chain Management – Developing creative solutions to structure new relationships and contracts for launching new production and distribution strategies that involve pool points, drop shipping, local fulfillment, kitting, on-site assembly, as well as outsourcing production and reverse logistics.

Corporate Procurement – Completing competitive bid seasons involving procurement of domestic and international transportation and logistics services, including through the use of electronic contract negotiation and management software.

Licensing and Permits – Acquiring, transferring, and modifying operating authorities with the approval of enforcement agencies during acquisitions and changes within operating companies.

Regulatory Compliance – Successfully representing clients during regulatory enforcement investigations and audits, often with the elimination or mitigation of penalties, including those conducted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Department of Commerce, Federal Aviation Administration, and the Transportation Security Administration.

International Trade – Developing compliance programs and operating procedures, based on industry knowledge and experience, to minimize risk ensure compliance with import and export controls regulations as well as international trade agreements.

Mergers and Acquisitions – Providing valuable due diligence review and reporting on the legal and regulatory requirements, operational best practices, and commercial standards for targets in the global transportation, logistics, trade, and supply chain management industries.

Jon is a proud member of Benesch’s distinguished Transportation & Logistics Practice Group, which was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as “Law Firm of the Year” in transportation law for the years 2014, 2016, and 2017.

Saint Louis University, 2013, M.B.A., Supply Chain Management
Saint Louis University, 2008, J.D., International Law Certificate
Westminister College, 2003, B.A., Political Science
U.S. Customs Broker
APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)
Hazardous Materials Transportation Certified
Airforwarders Association (AFA) – Contributor to “At The Bar” Column
American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA)
American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS)
American Trucking Associations (ATA) – Supply Chain Security Policy Committee
Cleveland Freight Association
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)
Institute for Supply Chain Management (ISM)
National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA)
Northeast Ohio Logistics Network
Transportation Lawyer’s Association (TLA)
Transportation & Logistics Council (TLC)