Infrastructure and Surface Transportation

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When a constitutional challenge threatened to shut down the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA), affecting both Reagan and Dulles airports, Baker Donelson's public policy advisors provided Congress with key information and insights which helped to enact legislation to resolve the challenge and keep MWAA operating.  Baker Donelson's Infrastructure Practice has consistently achieved appropriations and policy results that matter most to clients. 

Some key accomplishments include:

  • Providing ongoing assistance to several public transit agencies in obtaining federal appropriations for critical capital projects.
  • Securing $150 million federal financing commitment in a major expansion of one of the United States' largest airports.
  • Assisting with the creation of a strategic inside-the-beltway plan to focus on a client's core business areas and to increase their interaction with relevant Federal agencies and Capitol Hill. A major area of focus is water resource development through the Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Assisting with the air rights development and the modernization of the transportation infrastructure at Washington, D.C.'s historic Union Station.
  • Providing ongoing assistance in securing federal funding for updating roadway access to a major defense base in the wake of changes mandated by the BRAC legislation.

The Infrastructure Practice represents clients in virtually every sector of the infrastructure industry, both public and private, bringing together the Firm's broad experience in federal legislative, regulatory and appropriations issues, environmental matters and state and local government counseling.

Because many infrastructure projects by nature require federal appropriations, securing funding is paramount.  In addition to securing funding, our public policy advisors work to affect public policy changes, saving clients millions of dollars and allowing them to maintain their competitive edge. 

Having served on the key Congressional transportation committee staffs and in federal transportation agencies, the members of the Infrastructure Practice are uniquely positioned to develop winning strategies for clients, and to work closely with key federal policymakers to achieve the best results possible in the highly competitive public policy arena.

Top infrastructure lobbyists and strategists comprise the Baker Donelson Infrastructure Practice, including JC Sandberg who recently played a significant role in the passage of the bipartisan $286 billion reauthorization of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century; and Jan Powell, a former appropriations staffer with more than 20 years of experience in federal budget and transportation policy.  For more information on the team, please see their bios at the Related Attorneys and Advisors link to the right.

Selected Clients

  • Akridge, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate firm
  • BAE Systems
  • Camp, Dresser and McKee (CDM), a consulting, engineering and construction firm 
  • Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
  • Foothill Transit
  • Hamilton County, Indiana
  • Prince William County, Virginia