Alternative project delivery methods, such as public-private partnerships (P3), offer state, county and municipal governments new tools to combat growing infrastructure needs without relying solely on traditional government resources. Leveraging two decades of experience in innovative project delivery throughout New England and across the country, Burns & Levinson’s Infrastructure & Public-Private Partnerships team provides public and private sector clients with seamless ‘one stop’ legal services to successfully procure and deliver complex infrastructure projects in a highly regulated and complex environment.
Our attorneys are experienced in the many sophisticated legal areas required of project counsel including design & construction, corporate, municipal and state, public and private finance, public procurement, real estate, environmental, and tax law. We are thought-leaders in the public project arena and actively involved with industry groups like the National Council of Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP) and the Design-Build Institute of America, among several others. Our work in this area has been cited by many national and regional groups including the Massachusetts Municipal Association and National League of Cities. In addition to our legal acumen, our team brings practical advisory expertise drawing upon our unique experiences as civil engineers, transportation policy experts, government relations specialists, and former public servants.
The Burns & Levinson Infrastructure & P3 team supports the legal needs of all project participants—state and local government project sponsors, developers, design professionals, contractors, lenders and investors—across a range of industry segments, including:
Our representation of clients in alternative project delivery transactions covers the entire span of the project life cycle. From initial project assessment through construction, turnover and operation, Burns provides clients with the needed assistance for successful project delivery. With careful analysis, structuring and comprehensive legal documentation, risk can be clearly allocated and mitigated. The net result maximizes real estate asset value, provides efficiencies in service delivery, enhances regulatory compliance, mitigates public sector reliance on its bond cap, and reduces public employee and pension liabilities, among other benefits.
Governmental entities request our assistance on legislative matters including drafting and interpreting statutes and regulations that bear upon the project procurement process. We advise both public and private entities regarding deal structuring, financing mechanisms, public procurement requirements, permitting and entitlements, design/construction contracting, labor law, and surety and insurance issues.