Timothy Strafford

Timothy Strafford

Associate General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Association of American Railroads

Tim Strafford serves as Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Association of American Railroads (AAR).  For two decades, Mr. Strafford’s legal practice has focused principally on the regulation of railroads, including issues related to economic regulation and federal preemption.  At the AAR, he has been involved in the development of legislative and regulatory policy and standard setting measures for the freight rail industry.  He has represented the railroad industry before the federal courts and federal regulatory agencies including the Surface Transportation Board (STB), Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Communications Commission, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Customs and Border Protection.

Prior to joining the AAR in 2012, Mr. Strafford served as Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the STB.  He worked as an attorney at the STB for 13 years, including a detail to the staff of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives from October 2009 until July 2010. 

Mr. Strafford received his Juris Doctor from American University in 1998, and a Bachelor of Arts with General Honors, in Political Science, from Rutgers University in 1995.