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Former Panalpina Group General Counsel of Americas Joins Arent Fox in Boston

Arent Fox LLP is pleased to announce the expansion of its Logistics & Transportation group with the addition of Partner Robert J. Ernest.

Mr. Ernest joins the firm’s Boston office after serving as General Counsel of Americas at The Panalpina Group (now DSV Panalpina A/S), one of the world’s leading providers of international transportation, logistics, and supply chain solutions. He will advise clients on issues relating to their international and domestic supply chains.

“We are happy to welcome Bob to Arent Fox,” said International Trade Practice Leader Kay C. Georgi. “Bob’s experience as an executive team member at Panalpina – including managing complex commercial agreements, labor and employment matters, global trade compliance and investigations, and aviation and maritime regulatory matters – will be a valuable asset to our logistics and trade clients.”

Mr. Ernest has more than 20 years of experience in the logistics and transportation industry, with a focus in managing a diverse range of corporate and regulatory issues. As an executive team member at Panalpina, Mr. Ernest was deeply involved in company strategy and provided legal, business, and risk management advice to C-level decision makers. In addition, Mr. Ernest directed all phases of affirmative and defensive litigation matters at Panalpina, including multi-million dollar commercial disputes with customers and actions by individual claimants.

Prior to his role at Panalpina, Mr. Ernest served as Corporate Counsel – North America for Kuehne + Nagel Inc., another market leader in the international freight forwarding industry, and as an attorney for the Federal Aviation Administration.

“Bob brings a wealth of legal and business experience from a global leader in supply chain management,” said Logistics & Transportation Group Leader Richard D. Bickelman. “Having spent more than two decades in the transportation industry, Bob has developed exceptional skills as a lawyer and experience as general counsel. Our clients will immediately benefit from that practical insight.”

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