As General Counsel, Mr. Tobin is responsible for directing the Project’s legal affairs and providing counsel on all significant legal issues. He has more than 38 years of legal expertise in mergers and acquisitions, railroad regulatory compliance and commercial transactions. Prior to joining Brightline, Mr. Tobin served as partner in the Chicago law firm of Fletcher and Sippel LLC where he represented Fortune 1000 companies, including several Class I, II, and III railroads, railcar manufacturers and lessors, and financial institutions engaged in railroad financing transactions. He also previously served as Vice President of U.S. Legal Affairs for Canadian National Railway, where he counseled senior executives and directed the legal affairs for 40 U.S. subsidiaries ranging from land acquisition companies, bulk terminals and equipment leasing companies to several large and medium-sized railroads, including Illinois Central, Grand Trunk Western and Chicago Central & Pacific. Prior to Canadian National Railway’s merger with Illinois Central Railroad, Mr. Tobin served Illinois Central for nine years, ultimately as General Counsel. Mr. Tobin also served as General Solicitor for the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company where he handled corporate and regulatory activities.
Mr. Tobin holds a Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University School of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Northwestern University. He is admitted to practice law in the U.S. Supreme Court, the courts of the State of Illinois, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and numerous other state and federal courts.