About Mr. Wilson
Richard R. Wilson, Esq. has broad legal expertise in the surface transportation industry serving railroads, motor carriers, major industrial shippers, third party intermediaries and trade associations in connection with freight transportation matters. He represents his clients in commercial transactions, administrative proceedings and civil litigation. He has counseled rail clients on matters concerning the negotiation and interpretation of rail transportation contracts, operating agreements , facilities leases and property deeds. Mr. Wilson has extensive experience representing clients before the Surface Transportation Board and in state and federal courts. He also has extensive legislative experience with regulatory issues involving competitive access, railroad mergers and transportation infrastructure. He served as Special Rail Counsel to the House and Senate Transportation Committees of the Pennsylvania Legislature in the Conrail acquisition proceeding before the Surface Transportation Board and represents numerous clients in connection with rail crossing matters before the Pennsylvania and Ohio Public Utility Commissions. Mr. Wilson has also served as general counsel to various Class II and Class III railroads for over twenty years. He is a recognized authority in the acquisition and preservation of railroad corridors for economic development and recreational trail use. In 1992, he published the Pennsylvania Rails to Trails Non-profit Corporation Organization Form Book which is distributed through the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Rails to Trails Conservancy. Mr. Wilson also represents many trail organizations throughout Pennsylvania.
Mr. Wilson began his career in 1968 as a transportation planner with the Boston Redevelopment Authority while attending law school. After completing military service as an Infantry Captain in 1972, he joined the Trust Department of the Philadelphia National Bank. Upon receipt of his law degree in 1977, he served a judicial clerkship with the Common Pleas Court of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and in 1979, joined the law department of Consolidated Rail Corporation. In 1981, Mr. Wilson became Commerce Counsel for the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad Company and in 1983, entered private practice with the law firm of Vuono & Gray, LLC becoming a partner in 1985.
Mr. Wilson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in 1967 and his law degree from Villanova University School of Law in 1977. He is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and before various federal district courts and circuit courts of appeal as well as the Federal Surface Transportation Board and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Wilson is a member of the American Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He has also served as a member of the Rail Planning Group for the Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Planning Commission and was formerly Board Chairman of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Rails to Trails Conservancy. He presently serves as a Director of the Montour Trail Council. He is a member of the Association for Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy, and is an Associate Member of the American Short Line Association and the Keystone State Railroad Association.
In January, 1997, Mr. Wilson established his own law firm. His main office is centrally located in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania and he maintains a branch office in Pittsburgh where he is Of Counsel to Vuono & Gray, LLC. Both offices are fully equipped with computerized legal research, word processing and document transmission capabilities.