Nossaman LLP

Brandon J. Davis


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Brandon Davis guides public agency clients through all elements of the procurement and contract drafting processes for large design-build and public-private partnership (P3) projects in the United States. 

He offers clients a unique perspective on successfully applying alternative delivery methods for projects because he has helped create state design-build and P3 programs – including passage of enabling legislation – in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Nevada and Utah.

Mr. Davis’s expertise includes advising many of the Firm’s clients on federal tolling authority and federal aid compliance issues for major transportation projects.

Representative Work

  • City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports – Landside Access Modernization Program at LAX.  Key member of the legal team advising on a $5 billion program to ease access into and out of the second largest airport in the United States by developing a massive consolidated rental car center, an elevated 2.5-mile automated people mover system, intermodal transportation facilities and a joint station with LA Metro’s Crenshaw Light Rail Line.  Mr. Davis is assisting the City in its procurement of multiple contracts for the program, including separate DBFOM availability payment agreements for the $2.2 billion APM and $1.1 billion CONRAC elements.
  • California High-Speed Rail Authority – Fresno to Bakersfield Segment.  Key member of the legal team advising on key elements of the first phase of a planned 800-mile, $68 billion high-speed train system connecting the state’s major urban centers.  Among many assignments, Nossaman has assisted in drafting procurement and contract documents and overseeing the award of a nearly $1 billion design-build contract to a Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons joint venture for the first 29-mile civil works section between Madera and Fresno, as well as a $1.37 billion design-build agreement with a Dragados/Flatiron consortium to develop the next 60-mile civil works segment south of Fresno – both at prices well under engineer’s estimates.  Nossaman also has advised the Authority regarding administration of the design-build contracts and the feasibility of using a P3 approach to project delivery.  We have advised the agency on a wide range of other legal issues, including Surface Transportation Board approvals for the project and state and federal environmental permitting.  Mr. Davis’s services include advising on the procurement of trainsets, procurement planning and use of alternative contracting methods.
  • Illinois Department of Transportation – Design-Build and P3 Programs.  Key member of the legal team helping the Department develop design-build and P3 programs.  Mr. Davis’s services include helping to draft enabling legislation and related training manuals and assisting the agency in selecting potential projects for innovative delivery.
  • Illinois Department of Transportation – South Suburban Airport Project.  Key member of the legal team helping the Department procure a contractor to develop a new airport in the Chicago metropolitan area, which is currently approved to have a 9,500-foot runway.  The initial phase of the project is projected to cost roughly $700 million.  The Department is in the process of acquiring right of way and developing procurement and contracting strategies for the 5,800-acre airport.
  • Florida Department of Transportation – I-595 Corridor Improvements.  Key member of the legal team that advised on procurement of this $1.8 billion P3 aimed at alleviating congestion on the main east-west traffic corridor in Fort Lauderdale.  Redevelopment involved resurfacing 10.5 miles of mainline, building additional lanes and adding three reversible lanes in the median to maximize traffic flow.  The 35-year DBFOM concession awarded to a team led by ACS Infrastructure Development reached financial close in March 2009, making it the first in the U.S. transportation sector to use an availability payment compensation scheme.  Project financing included a $781 million bank loan, $603 million from TIFIA, and $208 million in private equity.  Construction finished on schedule in spring 2014.  In 2009, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association named the I-595 upgrade "Project of the Year," and Project Finance magazine honored it as "North American Transport Deal of the Year."  Mr. Davis played an integral role in the procurement and contract drafting processes for this groundbreaking project and advised the Department on contract implementation issues during the design and construction phases.
  • Port of Long Beach – Gerald Desmond Bridge.  Key member of the legal team that advised on procurement of a new 1.5-mile bridge to serve one of the world’s largest and busiest container ports.  With towers rising more than 500 feet into the air and a roadway standing 200 feet over the water, the project is the first cable-stayed bridge for vehicles ever built in California.  The structure, which will feature six traffic lanes and separate bicycle paths and pedestrian walkways, is one of 10 projects authorized under California’s PPP Design-Build Demonstration Program.  In 2012, the Port entered into a $649.5 million design-build agreement with a Shimmick/FCC/Impregilo joint venture – the single largest contract ever awarded by the Port.  Mr. Davis advised on procurement and contract documents and negotiations and is now helping to implement the agreement during construction.
  • Florida Department of Transportation – Port of Miami Tunnel.  Key member of the legal team that advised on procurement and financing of this innovative P3 which greatly improved access to and from the Port of Miami.  The $800 million project, which opened in August 2014, included construction of twin 42-foot tunnels under Biscayne Bay, linking Port facilities on Dodge Island with MacArthur Causeway and I-395 and adding capacity in each direction.  The transportation agency’s 35-year concession agreement with a Meridiam/Bouygues joint venture marked only the second availability payment contract in the United States.  Project financing included a $340 million TIFIA loan, $342 million in bank debt, and $80 million in equity.  Mr. Davis assisted with risk allocation and drafting procurement and contract documents.  The project captured several honors: In 2015, the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships gave it the “Infrastructure Project Award,” and the American Road and Transportation Builders Association distinguished it with a “Globe Award.”  In 2010, The Bond Buyer honored the Port of Miami Tunnel as “Nontraditional Financing Deal of the Year.”  In 2009, Project Finance magazine selected it as “Global Deal of the Year” and “P3 Deal of the Year,” and Project Finance International awarded it “North American P3 Deal of the Year.” The American Road and Transportation Builders Association named it “Project of the Year” in 2007.
  • Arizona Department of Transportation – Flagstaff Facilities.  Co-leader of the legal team advising on a project to replace the transportation agency’s Flagstaff DMV and maintenance facilities.  In a unique partnership with the City, ADOT solicited P3 proposals to relocate and consolidate its offices into newly built or existing facilities.  This move will reduce agency costs while vacating land for commercial development.  In exchange, the private partner would secure ownership of the agency’s existing site plus an adjacent parcel owned by the City for a total of 18 acres.  The deal will provide ADOT new facilities with no out-of-pocket costs.  The agency has entered into a pre-development agreement with a developer it selected in 2013.  Mr. Davis led the team’s efforts to develop procurement and contracting documents for this innovative project – the Department’s first project under its P3 statute.
  • California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) – Public-Private Partnerships Program.  Member of the legal team that represented Caltrans regarding its statewide innovative contracting program, including its procurement of the Presidio Parkway Project.  Mr. Davis assisted the agency with policy issues, development of procedures and methodologies for implementation of the contracting program and analysis of legislative matters.
  • Metropolitan Transportation Commission – Express Toll Lanes.  Key member of the legal team retained to advise the Metropolitan Transportation Commission on its potential development of a 700-mile network of express toll lanes planned for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.

Awards & Honors

"Rising Star" for Project Finance, Law360, 2014 (one of only five attorneys nationally to receive this honor)

Super Lawyers "Southern California Rising Star," Los Angeles magazine, 2009-2015

Brandon J. Davis
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J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 2004

B.A., University of California, Davis, 2001, Phi Beta Kappa, with highest honors



Awards & Honors

"Rising Star" for Project Finance, Law360, 2014 (one of only five attorneys nationally to receive this honor)

Super Lawyers "Southern California Rising Star," Los Angeles magazine, 2009-2015

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