William Estes

Of Counsel
New York

Bill Estes focuses on large-scale alternative project delivery, including design-build and public-private partnerships (P3/PPP), and counsels on all stages of infrastructure development and construction. He brings to every engagement his insight gained as chief counsel to two project owners.

During more than 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, Bill has worked on transactional, litigation, legislative, and policy matters for alternative project delivery and conventional infrastructure projects in the transportation, social infrastructure, renewable energy, broadband/telecommunications, and water/wastewater sectors. His clients include public entities/owners, private concessionaires/contractors, and financing parties in the procurement, negotiation, financing, and administration of P3 and infrastructure projects.


Representative Matters

  • Represented the NYC School Construction Authority on a development agreement for a laboratory building to be designed, built, and financed by a private donor and gifted to New York City.
  • Represented the NYC School Construction Authority in the negotiation of its Project Labor Agreement for Fiscal Years 2021-2025, estimated to save taxpayers $366 million.
  • Counseled a state department of transportation on a design-build-operate-maintain solicitation and concession contract.

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

Member, Committee on Contract Law, The Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine, 2016-2018

Member, Transportation and Construction Law Committees, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2016-2018

Recognition & Accomplishments

New York Law Journal 2014 Outstanding Legal Department Award, New York Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, “Licensing, Commercialization and Technology Transfer (T2) of Transportation Innovations,” Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) 56th Annual Workshop on Transportation Law, 2017

Speaker, “Renewable Energy Infrastructure Issues for Counties,” 2017 Annual Meeting of the County Attorneys’ Association of the State of New York (CAASNY)

Speaker, “Funding Innovation Through the FAST Act,” International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association’s (IBTTA) 84th Annual Meeting, 2016



Emory University School of Law (J.D. 1997)

Northwestern University (B.A. 1993)



New Jersey

New York

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern District of New York