Margo Bennett is an infrastructure attorney with in-depth national experience developing and implementing public-private partnerships, alternate project delivery methods and government contracting from both the public and private sector side. She is especially skilled at assisting clients with procurement and contract negotiation. Ms. Bennett has experience advising on a full range of project-related issues, from enabling legislation, risk management, and labor relations to environmental compliance, litigation, and procurement challenges.
Ms. Bennett's professional roles have included serving as general counsel and officer with a large construction firm and legal consultant on a multitude of transportation and other construction projects throughout the United States. She also served as deputy general counsel for the Seattle Monorail Project. She has experience with the entire range of traditional and alternative project delivery methods.
Ms. Bennett is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Indiana Finance Authority – East End Crossing/Ohio River Bridges Project. Assisting with the structuring, formation and procurement of an availability payment public-private partnership for the East End Crossing, a new $1.3 billion toll bridge over the Ohio River between Indiana and Kentucky.
Washington State and Oregon Departments of Transportation – Columbia River Crossing. Member of the Nossaman team advising WSDOT and ODOT on the bi-state Columbia River Crossing project, serving to mitigate congestion problems that are threatening economic growth and border-to-border commerce between the Portland-Vancouver region. Nossaman is serving as special counsel with respect to financing, tolling strategies, procurement and design-build contracting for a new $3 billion bridge crossing and related improvements.
Nevada Department of Transportation – CMAR Program. Served as key member of the Nossaman team drafting template contract documents for NDOT's implementation of its construction manager at-risk ("CMAR") program. Margo assisted NDOT and its technical advisors in evaluating and addressing procurement and project risks associated with this alternate project delivery method, the agreement for pre-construction services, scopes of work, the process for negotiation of construction contract as well as key provisions for the construction contract.
City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii – Honolulu High Capacity Transit Corridor Project. Advising on procurement matters relating to the planning, financing, design, construction, and operation of a new 20-mile elevated rail line.
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County – Metro Solutions Program. Advised on the request for proposals for a contractor to design, build, equip, operate and maintain a network of transit lines and intermodal facilities for its METRO Solutions Phase 2 Program. Analyzed risk and served as lead attorney for the operations and maintenance and vehicle supply contracts.
Texas Department of Transportation – US 281/Loop 1604 Toll Project. Advised TxDOT regarding procurement strategies for a PPP to develop a toll road project in San Antonio. The procurement had proceeded to the selection of a short list of proposers before legislation ended the project.
Oregon Transportation Improvement Group – Oregon Innovative Partnerships Program. Prior to joining Nossaman, Ms. Bennett was the lead attorney advising the developer selected by the Oregon Department of Transportation for the state's first proposed PPP projects.
Seattle Popular Monorail Authority – Seattle Monorail Green Line. Served as deputy general counsel for the $1.8 billion project and lead in-house counsel for the procurement and negotiation of a design, build, operate, and maintain contract. Assisted the Authority in a variety of legal and policy issues related to project development.