Ballard Spahr is a national leader in counseling both public- and private-sector clients in alternative project delivery and, in particular, public-private partnership (P3) projects to build and improve infrastructure—from transportation systems to energy facilities to social infrastructure.


Attorneys in the firm’s P3/Infrastructure Group have negotiated and closed some of the nation’s largest and most advanced P3 and other alternative project delivery transactions. We have represented federal, state, and local government agencies as well as private developers, investors, and lenders for these projects that have made a profound impact on communities across the country—highways, bridges, energy facilities, courthouses, ports, rail stations, and many other projects nationwide.

Complex infrastructure projects call for counsel with the experience to anticipate and preempt potential challenges to completion. We help public- and private-sector project participants form strong partnerships that deliver long-term, multifaceted projects to the market and community. As part of a national, multi-practice firm, our talented P3 team draws upon Ballard Spahr’s experience and reputation across legal disciplines to cover all aspects of projects.

We have counseled clients on every side of P3 projects—giving us the depth, range, and perspective to steer even the largest and most challenging projects from concept to completion quickly and cost-effectively.

Our experience includes the spectrum of:

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Ballard Spahr has experience with projects across P3/infrastructure spaces. Our lawyers know the special conditions and requirements within specific industries. We understand the industry-centric nuances and have the market-current industry experience organizations need to effectively plan, execute, and protect their infrastructure investments.

In the transportation and transit spaces, we have worked on projects to build and improve highways, bridges, toll lanes, parking facilities, rail stations, light rail facilities, and ports. Our work in the education space includes large university projects with student housing and mixed-use development including retail, as well as facilities for classrooms, dining, athletics, labs, and alternative energy production. Also in the energy and utility space, we have worked on major power generation and sewer infrastructure projects for public housing authorities, educational institutions, other government agencies, and corporate participants. And we have successfully shepherded projects across the social infrastructure space, including hospitals and other health care facilities, parks, sports fields and stadiums, and courthouses.
Alternative project delivery for major infrastructure projects requires careful planning and proper allocation of risk. Our team has experience navigating the varied and complex legal issues that arise during negotiation and implementation of alternative project delivery structures. Our in-depth understanding of different projects and delivery types enables us to overcome obstacles and bring projects to fruition. We apply a creative approach to accomplish faster, more efficient project delivery—making possible projects that otherwise might not be. Structures we have successfully formulated and implemented include design-build, design-build-finance, design-build-finance-operate-maintain, pre-development arrangements, and related progressive structures and approaches.
With Ballard Spahr as counsel, you are covered from every angle. Our attorneys have decades of experience and strong command of the legal, business, and technical issue that arise in projects and transactions. Our work spans the entire lifecycle of P3/infrastructure projects, from legislative assistance and procurement activities to negotiation and closing of agreements for acquisition, development, construction, financing, operation, maintenance, and administration of publicly owned assets. Ballard Spahr lawyers are skilled at dispute avoidance and have significant, specific experience with asset monetization and divestiture. Our national network of offices and leading lawyers across disciplines provide clients with peace of mind knowing their best interests are protected.
We have worked on P3 projects as lead counsel on all sides of deals: for government agencies as well as private developers, investors, and lenders. Through decades of experience in the project delivery space, we have developed strong relationships throughout the industry, including with government regulators in jurisdictions across the country. We are familiar with the important players in the P3/infrastructure space; our working relationships help our clients achieve their goals with minimal expense and aggravation.