Nossaman LLP

Christine D. Ryan

Partner

T 512.651.0656
F 512.651.0670
919 Congress Avenue, Suite 1050
Austin, TX 78701
Christine Ryan heads up Nossaman's Austin, Texas office and specializes in advising public and private entities in the structuring, development, finance and operation of large transportation projects.  Her focus includes developing strategies for project development during the procurement process, drafting and negotiating public-private partnership agreements, design-build contracts and procurement documents, and advising clients with respect to insurance issues, innovative financing and privatization issues.  Her practice also includes contract administration, claims management and dispute resolution.

Representative Work

Texas Department of Transportation – Grand Parkway Project (Segments E, F1 and F2).  Lead attorney responsible for the procurement and contract documents, including the $1.03 billion design-build agreement and the 15-year capital maintenance agreement, for the Department's Grand Parkway project.  The 37-mile toll road includes critical segments of a planned 180-mile circumferential roadway around Houston.  Ms. Ryan advised TxDOT regarding procurement strategies, including proposal evaluation, protest avoidance and stipends.  The contract was executed in March 2013, and Ms. Ryan is currently advising the Department regarding contract administration issues.

Texas Department of Transportation – North Tarrant Express.  Lead attorney responsible for the procurement of the 52-year concession agreement for the initial segment and a pre-development agreement for the remaining segments for this multi-segment managed lanes project in Ft. Worth.  Ms. Ryan advised TxDOT regarding procurement decisions, conducted risk allocation and management workshops and was responsible for drafting numerous procurement documents, including the agreements, and assisted the Department with one-on-one meetings and post-selection negotiations.  Ms. Ryan assisted TxDOT in connection with commercial close (June 2009) and financial close (December 2009).  Also advising TxDOT regarding contract administration issues.

Texas Department of Transportation – IH-635 Managed Lanes Project.  Advisor to the Department in connection with the procurement for the $4 billion managed lanes project in Dallas.  Ms. Ryan assisted TxDOT in connection with commercial close of the public-private partnership agreement (September 2009) and financial close (June 2010).  Currently advising TxDOT regarding contract administration issues.

Texas Department of Transportation – SH 130 Segments 5&6.  Lead attorney responsible for the procurement and contract documents for the I-35 High Priority Project, a public-private partnership.  Assisted the Department with negotiations and development of follow-on agreements, including a concession agreement for the SH 130 Segments 5&6 facility.

Texas Department of Transportation – SH 130 Turnpike Project (Segments 1-4).  Lead attorney responsible for the procurement documents, including the $1.3 billion design-build agreement and the 15-year maintenance agreement, for the Department's SH 130 project in Austin.  The SH 130 is part of the Central Texas Turnpike Project that was awarded an $800 million TIFIA loan in 2002.  Ms. Ryan advised TxDOT regarding procurement strategies, including proposal evaluation, BAFO process, protest avoidance and stipends.  Ms. Ryan also prepared the design-build contract for the project. In connection with development of the contract documents, Ms. Ryan conducted a series of workshops for TxDOT on relevant subjects, including risk allocation, right of way, utilities, environmental compliance and change orders. 

Dallas Area Rapid Transit.  Advisor to DART on the drafting of public-private partnership guidelines for the Cotton Belt Corridor, including guidelines for the submission and evaluation of unsolicited proposals, for any solicitation of competing proposals and contract requirements.

Louisiana Department of Development and Transportation.  Lead attorney for the Department during the procurement for design-build contracts for the US 90 @ LA 85 Project and the I-10 Widening Project in Baton Rouge.

Foothill/Eastern and San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agencies.  Member of the team that assisted in the procurement of the design-build contract for the Foothill-South Corridor (SR 241); advised the client regarding contract administration and contractor dispute issues for the Foothill, Eastern and San Joaquin Toll Roads.

Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority.  Member of the team that assisted in drafting the $780 million design-build contract (awarded in 1998) for the Mid-Corridor "trench" section of the Alameda Corridor, a rail project connecting the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles.

Las Vegas Monorail.  Primary attorney responsible for management of the $650 million light rail project during the contract negotiations phase.  Ms. Ryan's role encompassed everything from preparing and negotiating the design-build-equip contract, right of way acquisition and other third party agreements, to providing on-going claims management and avoidance assistance once design and construction had commenced.  In addition, she provided assistance in project finance, as well as legislative and regulatory authorizations.

Mississippi Department of Transportation - Airport Parkway.  Public-private partnership advisor to MDOT's in connection with the solicitation of concession proposals for the financing and development of toll projects authorized under SB 2375, passed by the Mississippi Legislature in 2007.  The first project to be advanced under the new law will be the Airport Parkway in Jackson, Mississippi.  Advised MDOT on the procurement process, including drafting of a request for proposals, including related concession agreements, obtaining federal approvals for TIFIA credit assistance and Private Activity Bonds and drafting additional legislation as needed.

Orange County Transportation Authority.  Member of the team that assisted with the procurement process for the $300 million SR-22 High Occupancy Vehicle project, including assisting with legislative and regulatory authorizations.

New Jersey Transit Corporation.  Member of the team that assisted in the procurement of the design-build contract for the Hudson-Bergen light rail transit system.

Utah Transit Authority - West-East Line.  Member of the team that assisted in reviewing proposed design-build contract procurement documents for compliance with Federal Transit Authority requirements.

Utah Department of Transportation – Legacy Parkway.  Member of the team that assisted in drafting the contract and procurement documents for the Legacy Parkway Project - a 19-mile, four-lane divided highway extending from the interchange of the 2100 North and I-215 Salt Lake City to I-15 near Farmington.  The contract was awarded to a Fluor-Ames-Kramer joint venture in late 2000.

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Practices

Education

J.D., University of Southern California School of Law, 1992, Editor, Interdisciplinary Journal

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1988

Admissions

California

Hawaii

Texas

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, Environmental Section

Women's Transportation Seminar

     
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