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Nossaman LLP

Sandra M. Kanter


T 213.612.7851
F 213.612.7801
777 South Figueroa Street, 34th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Sandy Kanter focuses on infrastructure development and construction, facilitating the interface between transportation project development and the facilities and interests of third party stakeholders such as utility owners and local government agencies.  With three decades of legal experience, Ms. Kanter has represented public project owners on numerous successful, often award-winning projects.  She is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Representative Work

  • California High Speed Rail Authority – Fresno-to-Bakersfield Segment.  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, procurement of trainsets, 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.  Ms. Kanter’s services have included assistance with strategic planning, contract drafting, and cooperative agreements with impacted local government agencies and utilities in connection with the procurement.
  • Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority – BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension.  Member of the legal team that served as special design-build counsel for the first phase of a $2.3 billion Bay Area Rapid Transit system extension into the Silicon Valley.  The project, under construction and scheduled for completion in 2016, includes 10.2 miles of heavy rail infrastructure and two stations.  Nossaman advised the client in structuring the design-build procurement and drafted the procurement and contract documents for a $722 million 2011 agreement with a Skanska/Shimmick/Herzog joint venture.  The team also assisted VTA in administration of the contract and negotiation of arrangements for BART to provide train cars as well as operations and maintenance services for the new line.    
  • Washington State Department of Transportation – Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement.  Member of the legal team assisting the State Attorney General's Office with respect to this project to replace the 60-year-old Alaskan Way Viaduct with the world’s largest-diameter (57 feet) bored tunnel.  The two-mile waterfront tunnel through downtown Seattle will incorporate a double-decked roadway with incoming and outgoing traffic on different levels.  Nossaman served as outside counsel to the state transportation agency on a $1.35 billion design-build contract with a Dragados/Tutor Perini joint venture.  Ms. Kanter’s services have included advising the Attorney General’s office in strategic planning for utility relocation risks and assisting in developing contract provisions and technical specifications for utility relocations.
  • Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority – Alameda Corridor.  Leader of the legal team that assisted in relocating over 500 utility facilities for this $2.4 billion 20-mile rail and truck corridor linking the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach with the national freight rail system.  Ms. Kanter’s services included strategic planning, drafting design-build contract and scope of work provisions, analyzing cost liability issues, negotiating and drafting master cooperative agreements, and advising the Authority regarding contractor claims. The project, which opened on time and under budget in 2002, captured more than a dozen industry honors including the 2003 Design-Build Institute of America “Project of the Year” award.
  • Florida Department of Transportation – Port of Miami Tunnel.  Member of the legal team that advised on procurement and financing of this innovative P3 which greatly reduced traffic in the Miami region.  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.  Ms. Kanter’s services included drafting utility relocation provisions and technical requirements for the concession agreement.  The project captured numerous honors, including The American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s 2007 “Project of the Year;” Project Finance magazine’s “Global Deal of the Year” and “P3 Deal of the Year” and Project Finance International’s “North American P3 Deal of the Year” in 2009; and The Bond Buyer’s “Nontraditional Financing Deal of the Year” in 2010.  In 2015, it won the National Council for Public-Private Partnership’s “Infrastructure Project Award,” and in 2016 it earned a P3 Bulletin “Gold Award” for Best Operational Project.
  • Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas – METRO Solutions Phase 2. Member of the legal team that advised the transit agency on a project to extend the Houston METRORail system.  The first leg of the system, the 7.5-mile long Red Line, boasts one of the highest ridership rates in the country since opening a decade ago.   Metro Solutions Phase 2 is a $1.46 billion project to design, build, equip, operate and maintain three additional rail lines.  The Authority awarded a development agreement to Parsons Transportation Group Inc. and a design-build contract to a Parsons/Granite/ Kiewit joint venture with vehicles acquired from CAF USA Inc.  The Red Line northern extension opened in December 2013 and the Green Line (East End) and Purple Line (Southeast) began service in 2015.  Ms. Kanter’s services included advising on cooperative agreements with utility owners impacted by the projects.
  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority – Gold Line Eastside Extension.  Leader of the legal team that advised the Authority in developing and negotiating master cooperative agreements with local agencies, utility owners and Caltrans for a 6-mile light rail transit line that opened in November 2009.  The $898 million project included a 1.8-mile underground tunnel and eight stations between Union Station and East L.A.
  • Texas Department of Transportation – CDA Program.  Member of the legal team the transportation agency on its statewide comprehensive development agreement program.  Ms. Kanter’s services included drafting comprehensive development agreements and utility adjustment technical provisions as well as revising and updating standard master utility adjustment agreement forms, for the North Tarrant Express project in Dallas and Tarrant counties, the IH 635E Managed Lanes project in Dallas, the DFW Connector design-build project in Tarrant County, and the Central Texas Turnpike, SH 130, Segments 5 & 6 toll road between San Antonio and Austin.  She also assisted with utility agreement and design-build contract administration matters on the SH 45 SE turnpike project in Central Texas.
  • Texas Department of Transportation – Central Texas Turnpike (SH 130 Segments 1-4).  Member of the legal team that advised on a $1.3 billion design-build contract and 15-year maintenance agreement for segments 1-4 of SH 130, which opened to traffic between 2006 and 2008.    Ms. Kanter helped develop procurement and contract documents and assisted with strategic planning with respect to utility relocations, drafting relevant portions of the contract documents, and drafting standard form utility relocation agreements.
  • Colorado Department of Transportation and Regional Transit District – T-REX.  Member of the legal team that advised these two agencies on a project to upgrade 17 miles of I-25 and I-225 and develop an adjacent 19-mile, 13-station light-rail transit line in the Denver area.  The $1.67 billion Transportation Expansion Project, which links the city’s downtown business district with the Denver Tech Center to the southeast, was the first in the nation to combine major highway and light rail transit elements.  With Nossaman’s assistance, CDOT/RTD in 2001 awarded a $1.2 billion multi-modal design-build contract a Parsons/Kiewit joint venture.  Highway elements were financed through bonding of future federal allocations, while transit portions were funded through bonding from sales tax revenues, FTA funds and local jurisdiction matching funds.  The project opened in fall 2006, within budget and nearly two years ahead of the original schedule.  It won dozens of honors including the American Road and Transportation Builders Association's “Globe Award” in 2007.   
  • MGM Grand-Bally’s Monorail LLC – Las Vegas Monorail.  Member of the legal team that advised a Bombardier/Granite joint venture in the procurement process for the four-mile Las Vegas Monorail, which eases travel between attractions up and down the Vegas Strip.  Nonprofit Las Vegas Monorail Co. acquired the line after it opened.  Ms. Kanter’s services included assisting in coordinating right-of-way acquisition for the project from 14 property owners along the Strip. All 14 acquisitions successfully closed simultaneously with the closing of the related bond financing transaction.

Awards & Honors

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Sandra M. Kanter
Sandra M. Kanter



J.D., Harvard Law School, 1981, cum laude

B.A., Brandeis University, 1978, magna cum laude



Professional Affiliations

Women's Transportation Seminar

International Right of Way Association

American Bar Association: Public Utility, Communications/Transportation Law Section

California Bar Association: Real Property Law and Public Law Sections

Awards & Honors

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

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