Infrastructure Development - Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Completing public infrastructure projects on budget and on schedule takes a combination of diverse legal skills and credible government relations individuals at the federal, state and local levels. Our Infrastructure Development Group brings these elements together in one comprehensive and talented team. 

We represent public agencies, utilities and private construction contractors, guiding them through the challenges facing infrastructure development. Our group includes attorneys with experience in state and federal funding, real estate transactions (including use of eminent domain), environmental review and permitting (federal, state and local), contracting for design, engineering, project management and construction, and utility contracting (including water transfers and alternative energy contracts). Our team includes policy advisors in Washington, DC, and in state capitals throughout the West.

The firm has a long history of helping government and the private sector collaborate on projects. Our attorneys have worked on some of the largest and most complex real estate deals in Colorado, and continue to provide legal counsel on significant public-private partnership deals. With a deep knowledge of city government, we routinely advise clients on zoning compliance, development issues, entitlements and governmental economic incentives for real estate development projects.

In addition, our team brings hands-on experience in federal, state and local government, both from public-sector service and in various lobbying capacities. Brownstein attorneys and policy consultants have served as general counsel for municipalities and for water, wastewater and community service, and in major capacities on congressional committees and with Capitol Hill leadership.

Representative Matters
  • Provided legal services to the Central Coast Water Authority for all phases of planning, permitting, environmental compliance, right-of-way acquisition, construction and operation related to a $600 million drinking water delivery system. The project included 150 miles of pipeline, multiple pumping stations and a water treatment plant. Construction disputes were largely resolved by negotiation, with one dispute being successfully defended in court.

  • Drafted special legislation on behalf a major California city to provide concrete authority for it to utilize a public-private partnership (P3) for development of a civic center project.

  • Advised a major California city on the development of a new city center project for its municipal offices and related public facilities utilizing a public-private partnership model. Worked closely with development and financial consultants to develop a framework that responded to the city’s cost constraints and overcame tax hurdles to meet the city’s goals and timing. Services included development of performance criteria, request for proposal and selection of the preferred proposer.

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Meet The Team

Steven A. Amerikaner Shareholder T 805.882.1407 samerikaner@bhfs.com
Steven C. Demby Shareholder T 303.223.1119 sdemby@bhfs.com
Bruce A. James Shareholder T 303.223.1167 bjames@bhfs.com
Gary M. Kvistad Shareholder T 805.882.1414 gkvistad@bhfs.com
Don Perata Policy Director T 916.594.9717 dperata@bhfs.com
Patsy Stadelman Price Senior Land Use Project Manager T 805.882.1424 pprice@bhfs.com
Ryan Waterman Shareholder T 619.702.7569 rwaterman@bhfs.com