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 government relations and public policy advisors provided Congress with key information and insights which helped them to enact legislation to resolve the challenge and keep MWAA operating.  Baker Donelson's Infrastructure and Surface Transportation Practice consistently achieves appropriations and policy results that matter most to clients.

Some key accomplishments:

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

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

Because many infrastructure projects require federal appropriations, securing funding is paramount and our team has a proven track record in that area.  But in addition to the critical funding aspect, our advisors also work to affect policy changes, saving clients millions of dollars and allowing them to maintain their competitive edge.

Having served on key Congressional transportation committee staffs as well as in federal transportation agencies, the members of Baker Donelson's Infrastructure Practice are uniquely qualified to develop winning strategies for clients, and to work closely with federal policymakers to achieve the best results possible in the highly competitive government relations and public policy arena. Our team includes Jan Powell, a former appropriations staffer with more than 20 years of experience in federal budget and transportation policy, and Ellen O'Kane Tauscher, former member of the United States House of Representatives.

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