George Carl Pezold


George Carl Pezold is the senior member of the firm of Pezold, Smith, Hirschmann & Selvaggio, LLC in Huntington, New York, engaged in general practice with a concentration in transportation law.  Mr. Pezold represents shippers, carriers, freight forwarders, brokers and intermediaries in transportation matters throughout the country.  In addition to his extensive litigation background, he has written numerous texts, manuals and articles and lectured widely on transportation subjects.


Stevens Institute of Technology, M.E.
New York University School of Law, J.D.


In addition to over forty-five years of experience with the law firm of Pezold, Smith, Hirschmann & Selvaggio, Mr. Pezold is the Executive Director of the Transportation & Logistics Council, the Executive Director/General Counsel of the Freight Users Association of New York, and former General Counsel of the Long Island Import Export Association. His prior experience also includes contract administration and corporate planning with Grumman Aerospace Corporation. 

Admissions & Affiliations

  • New York State Supreme Court
  • Federal District Court, Eastern, Southern, Western and Northern Districts of New York
  • Court of Appeals, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Huntington Lawyers Club
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Pi Delta Epsilon
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Association for Transportation Law Professionals
  • Maritime Law Association
  • National Industrial Transportation League

Civic & Other Activities

  • General Counsel, The Traffic Club of New York, Inc.
  • Legal Counsel, Alfa Romeo Owners Club, Inc.
  • Legal Counsel & Director, Long Island Alfa Romeo Owners Club, Inc.
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Huntington Choral Society
  • Past Chairman, Town of Huntington Citizens Advisory Committee on the Capital Budget
  • Past President & Director, Huntington Beach Community Association

Mr. Pezold has also served on numerous committees and advisory boards, including National Industrial Transportation League (Highway Committee), North American Committee on Surface Transportation (NAFTA), LIA Transportation Committee, Freight Services Improvement Conference, Freight Distribution Advisory Group, Suffolk County Transportation Advisory Board, Advisory Committee on the Comprehensive Plan, LIRR Rail Freight Advisory Board, etc.

Articles and Publications

  • "Transportation & Logistics - Questions & Answers - Book X", T&LC 2014
  • "Transportation & Logistics - Questions & Answers - Book IX", T&LC 2012
  • "Transportation & Logistics - Questions & Answers - Book VIII", T&LC 2010
  • "Shipping & Receiving in Plain English - A Best Practices Guide", T&LC 2009
  • “Freight Claims in Plain English”, (4th Edition)  T&LC 2009
  • “Transportation & Logistics – Questions & Answers – Book VII”, T&LC 2008
  • “Transportation & Logistics – Questions & Answers – Book VI”, T&LC 2007
  • “Transportation & Logistics – Questions & Answers – Book V”, T&LC 2006
  • “Transportation & Logistics – Questions & Answers – Book IV”, TCPC 2004
  • “Liability of Brokers for Loss & Damage Claims”, TCPC 2004
  • "Contracting for Motor Carrier Services",  ATLL&P 2003
  • “Transportation & Logistics – Questions & Answers – Book III”, TCPC 2003
  • "Subrogating Freight Loss and Damage Claims",  National Association of Subrogation Professionals 2002
  • "Transportation Law",  Office Furniture Distribution Association 2002
  • "Subrogating Freight Loss and Damage Claims",  National Association of Subrogation Professionals 2001
  • “Pitfalls & Solutions Inherent in Sourcing the Extended International Supply Chain", ATLL&P 2001
  • "Contracting for Transportation & Logistics Services",  Ceramic Tile Distributors Assn.,  2001
  • “Basics of Freight Claims:  Liability, Concealed Damage & Burden of Proof", American Furniture Manufacturers Assn., Transportation & Logistics Divn. 2001
  • “Transportation & Logistics – Questions & Answers – Book II”,  TCPC 2001
  • “Subrogating Freight Loss and Damage Claims”,  National Association of Subrogation Professionals 2000
  • “Contracting for Transportation and Logistics Services", TCPC 1999
  • "Questions & Answers in Plain English", TCPC 1999
  • "Can Carriers Unilaterally Avoid Full Cargo Liability?", ATLL&P 1999
  • "Contracts of Carriage and Bills of Lading", TCPC 1998
  • "Parcel Insurance", Parcel Shipping & Distribution, Nov. 1996
  • "Freight Claims in Plain English", 3rd Ed., TCPC 1995, Co-Author
  • "Liability for Freight Charges", TCPC 1992
  • "The Perennial Conflict:  Liability Limitations", TCPC 1991
  • "Constructive Notice", SNFCC 1990
  • "Purchase Order Terms and Their Impact on Transit Losses", SNFCC 1989
  • "Recording Devices - Pinpointing When and Where the Damage Occurs", SNFCC 1987
  • "How to Determine Liability in Today's Transportation Market", SNFCC 1986
  • "The Court Decisions & Laws to Govern Carrier Liability in the Second Half of the '80's", SNFCC 1986
  • "Cargo Liability - Protecting Yourself in a Changing Environment", ATP 1983
  • "Liability Terms in Contracts of Carriage", SNFCC 1983
  • "Loss and Damage - Carmack Amendment Revisited", AICCP 1982
  • "Common Law Limitation on Contract Terms and Liability of Common Carriers", SNFCC 1981
  • "The Nine-Month Time Limit for Filing a Written Claim", SNFCC 1979

Speaking Engagements, Conferences & Seminars 

In addition to his many publications and articles, Mr. Pezold is a frequent participant and speaker at conferences and seminars sponsored by organizations including: Wine & Spirits Shippers Association, Southern Transportation Logistics, Assn., Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc., Parcel Shipping & Distribution Expo, NITL Transportation Committee, Association of Transportation Law Professionals, Canadian Transport Lawyers, Maine Transportation Logistics Council, Hamilton Ontario Chamber of Commerce, American Iron & Steel Institute, Document Management Industries Assn., NITL COGSA Revision Committee, Pearson Logistics Council, Global Maritime & Transportation (USMMA), ITW Logistics Group, National Association of Manufacturers, National Assn. of Subrogation Professionals, North American Committee for Surface Transportation (NAFTA), American Furniture Manufacturer's Assn., International Furniture Transportation & Logistics Council, and the Transportation & Logistics Council.