Southwest Traffic Services

Established in 1985,

Southwest Traffic Services

is your full service truck, rail and distribution consulting company.

Our Staff:

  • Arnold Lewin

  • John Kirkemo

  • Gail Daugherty

    Our Legal Council:

  • Mary Kay Reynolds, Attorney at Law

  • Arnold Lewin

    Arnold Lewin has been in motor freight in the Southwest U.S. area for almost 20 years. Starting as a driver for major carriers, Lewin moved into management after three years. He became Terminal Manager for McLean Trucking in San Marcos and then was promoted to Tucson, Arizona. When McLean Trucking filed for bankruptcy, Lewin joined the sales department of Consolidated Freightways. After three years Lewin established Southwest Traffic Services. One year later, Lewin petitioned the California Public Utilities Commission to establish Southwest Motor Tariff Bureau, Inc. Authority was granted in 1986 and four tariffs were written and on file by January 1988. In the first four years, over 35 carriers had joined the Bureau.

    Lewin is also president of Southwest Traffic Services, a company serving as a consultant to California interstate and intrastate common and contract carriers. Assisting with the interpretation of rates, rules, and regulations of the Interstate Commerce Commission, Department of Transportation and the California Public Utilities Commission. Southwest Traffic Services also advises passenger operations; i.e. airport shuttles, limousines, and bus lines as to the rules and regulations of the ICC, the DOT and CPUC.

    Since 1989, Arnold Lewin has been an instructor in the Extension Program of the University of California at San Diego and at the University of California at Los Angeles, teaching Industrial Traffic Management. The course concentrates on the rules and regulations of:

    Lewin also taught courses in Southern California for the Transportation Claims and Prevention Council. He is also an ICC Practitioner, licensed to practice before the Interstate Commerce Commission.

    Mr. Lewin can be reached at:

    Arnold Lewin

    John Kirkemo

    John Kirkemo has over 24 years of unique transportation experience. He served in a variety of positions with the Interstate Commerce Commission including: Investigator, Regional Compliance Officer, and Regional Director.

    Mr. Kirkemo provided fiscal, operational and administrative leadership for a staff of 60 employees; represented the ICC before industry and public groups; served as a liaison with industry, local, state and federal agencies; and administered public policy.

    A graduate of the University of Maryland, Mr. Kirkemo joined the Interstate Commerce Commission in 1971 and was licensed as a Practitioner in 1974.

    Mr. Kirkemo can be reached at:

    John Kirkemo

    Gail Daugherty

    Ms Daugherty was employed by the Interstate Commerce Commission since 1974.

    She has served in ICC field offices in Milwaukee, Chicago, Minneapolis and Los Angeles.

    From 1992 to 1996, Ms Daugherty served as the ICC's Officer in Charge and Supervisory Investigator in Los Angeles

    Ms Daugherty's areas of expertise include enforcement of the President's moratorium restricting Mexican Trucking into the United States at U.S. border crossings in California, Arizona, and New Mexico consistent with the North American Free Trade Agreement. This includes determining the limited operations in which Mexican carriers may engage and the approval, rejection, or modification of their applications; coordinating and participating in surveys of Mexican carriers at various border locations; training U.S. Customs and state enforcement personnel to implement provisions of the moratorium and the requirements for Mexican carriers to enter the United States.

    Ms Daugherty can be reached at:

    Gail Daugherty

    Mary Kay Reynolds, Attorney at Law
    9696 Culver Boulevard, Suite 205
    Culver City, California 90232-2753
    Telephone (310) 845-1945
    Facsimile (310) 845-1950

    FOCUS OF PRACTICE: International and Domestic Transportation and Trade Litigation; Freight Forwarder, Carrier and Warehouse Defense

    MARY KAY REYNOLDS a graduate of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles (J.D. 1979), has been admitted since 1979 to practice before all State and Federal Courts, before the Ninth Circuit (1989) and the United States Supreme Court (1993). Ms Reynolds has worked as a litigator in international and domestic trade and transportation matters, including a nine year stint with the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Co. handling cargo damage, freight rate and personal injury claims. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the L.A. County Bar Association, The Transportation Lawyers Association, and serves as national Secretary of the Association for Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy (formerly the ATP). She served as the president of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Transportation Practitioners and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Transportation Lawyers Association, has chaired the national ATP Litigation Committee. Ms Reynolds' practice emphasizes trade and transportation litigation.

    Ms Reynolds' areas of emphasis includes tariff undercharge litigation. She has vigorously defined shipper interests in several landmark undercharge cases, including Milne v. Makita, the leading Ninth Circuit case recognizing rate reasonableness as a defense to the filed rate doctrine and a precursor to Reiter v. Cooper. She has also successfully defined the constitutionality of the Negotiated Rates Act of 1993 in In re Transcon: Gumport v. L.F. George at the trial court level, which decision is now on appeal to the Ninth Circuit by Transcon's Chapter 7 Trustee. Most recently she has led a successful charge to have the California Public Utilities Commission, as opposed to the Bankruptcy Court, decide intrastate transportation issues in the Industrial Freight System undercharge cases, and she and her clients actively participated in the effort that culminated in the passage of undercharge relief legislation by the California Legislature.

    Ms Reynolds can be reached at:

    Mary Kay Reynolds


    Southwest Traffic Services

    1166 Wotan Drive

    Encinitas, California


    (760) 753-2298


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