The Attorneys at Wolfson Bolton PLLC Have Deep and Varied Experience in the Automotive Industry
Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
We have extensive experience in the purchasing functions surrounding supply chain management. Our attorneys train clients on all stages of their contracting process, including the creation of and revisions to standard terms and conditions, quoting procedures, purchase orders, long-term agreements, currency and materials indexing agreements, warranty sharing agreements, multi-party agreements, distribution agreements, information technology service agreements, software licenses, bailment and warehousing agreements, tooling and specialty equipment agreements, shipping and logistics agreements, equipment leasing agreements, and management and outsourcing agreements.
We assist our clients in developing sourcing strategies to maximize return while minimizing risk to avoid financially distressed suppliers throughout the life of their supply relationship. We include on our team the former head of a major tier-one automotive supplier's “Supplier Risk Management Group,” with over twenty years of experience proactively addressing supplier distress. This gives us an insider’s perspective on the demands placed on our clients' purchasing organizations, and we seamlessly interface with them to create a holistic approach to their sourcing needs.
We assist our clients in assessing a supplier's financial and operational health and protecting the continuity of their supply both in and out of court. Our professionals are well versed in the use of adequate assurance letters and drafting and negotiating accommodation and access agreements, and have successfully litigated automotive disputes in both federal and state courts for OEMs and suppliers, including through the use of temporary restraining orders and other injunctive relief.
Autonomous and Connected Vehicles
Our deep history representing companies on all levels of the automotive industry coupled with our knowledge of the technology sector provides us the unique ability to assist our clients in the rapidly changing world of autonomous and connected vehicles, including vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) , and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) connectivity. We are highly adept at successfully merging the standard terms of engagement in the automotive industry with those in the technology world. We provide our clients with the insight necessary to navigate through this process to timely and effectively meet their needs, including negotiating non-disclosure agreements, supply contracts, purchase orders, terms and conditions, and related agreements with governmental and quasi-governmental entities and suppliers. Our current involvement in the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) CV Pilot Deployment program puts us on the forefront of the autonomous vehicle revolution and gives us access to the market leaders and the latest industry developments.