Nossaman LLP

Margo E. Bennett


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F 213.612.7801
3012 70th Avenue S.E.
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Margo Bennett offers in-depth national experience developing and implementing public-private partnerships (PPPs), alternate project delivery methods and government contracting from both the public- and private-sector side.  Skilled at assisting clients with procurement and contract negotiation, she advises on a full range of project-related issues, from enabling legislation, risk management and labor relations to environmental compliance, coordination of technical aspects with commercial provisions, litigation and procurement challenges.

Clients also benefit from Ms. Bennett’s extensive knowledge of construction law.  Before joining the Firm, she spent two decades practicing in the field, including handling litigation matters.  She played a key role in multiple transportation and other construction projects throughout the United States.  Ms. Bennett also previously served as general counsel with a large construction company and as deputy general counsel for the $1.8 billion Seattle Monorail Project.

Representative Work

  • Nevada Department of Transportation – Project Neon.  Member of the legal team advising on the design-build procurement of an approximately $550 million project to realign and improve 3.7 miles along the I-15 in downtown Las Vegas.  The project extends from the Sahara Interchange to the U.S. 95/I-515 Interchange known as the Spaghetti Bowl, which features the highest congestion in the city.  The team has worked on the project since the mid-2000s, advising on legislation, screening, procurement, structure and implementation.  The transportation agency shortlisted firms in December 2014, released its RFP in March 2015 and selected a preferred proposer in October 2015.  The procurement is expected to conclude by the end of 2015.  Ms. Bennett is the transportation agency’s primary contact, advising on all commercial and legal aspects of the procurement and contract documents.
  • Nevada Department of Transportation – USA Parkway (SR 439).  Leader of the legal team advising on the design-build procurement of an approximately $70 million project to extend the existing USA Parkway south to U.S. 50 near Silver Springs in Lyon County.  The extension will complete the 18-mile roadway and provide an additional connection between I-80 to U.S. 50.  The new alignment will enhance accessibility and mobility between Lyon and Storey counties, as well as provide transportation infrastructure to support existing and planned land uses and economic development in both counties.  The transportation agency is expected to select a developer by the end of 2015.  Ms. Bennett advised the agency on the expedited procurement and design-build contract documents.
  • Indiana Finance Authority – East End Crossing.  Key member of the legal team that advised on a precedent-setting PPP procurement for a $1.18 billion, six-lane toll bridge across the Ohio River.  Scheduled for completion in 2017, the project broke new ground as the first PPP transportation deal that does not use TIFIA funds in its capital structure and the largest PAB issue for a PPP transportation project in the U.S.  It also features the first PPP availability payment project debt to receive a “flat” investment-grade rating from both Standard & Poor’s and Fitch.  The Authority contracted with a joint venture of Walsh/VINCI/Bilfinger for the DBFOM project, which achieved procurement in record time.  Financing includes $194.5 million in short-term bonds secured by milestone payments and $482 million in long-term bonds secured by availability payments.  Ms. Bennett’s role included coordination of the project’s technical aspects with commercial terms.  In 2015, East End Crossing won the International Road Federation’s “Global Road Achievement Award for Project Finance and Economics.”  The bridge earned PPP Bulletin International’s “Best Global Road Project” and “Best Global Infrastructure Project” honors in 2014.  The structure captured several awards in 2013: The Bond Buyer named it “Deal of the Year” – a first for a PPP transaction.  The American Road and Transportation Builders Association honored the bridge as “P3 Project of the Year,” and Project Finance International selected it as “Americas Transportation Deal of the Year.”  Project Finance magazine highlighted it as “North American Project Bond Deal of the Year,” and Partnerships Bulletin honored East End with “Projects Grand Prize” and “Gold Prize” for best PPP road project.  The same year, Infrastructure Journal named the project a finalist for “Transport Deal of the Year.”
  • Nevada Department of Transportation – Construction Manager at-Risk Program.  Key member of the legal team that drafted template contract documents for this program.  In the construction manager at-risk alternative project delivery method, which must be created by state legislation, a construction manager commits to delivering a project for a guaranteed minimum price.  Ms. Bennett assisted NDOT and its technical advisors in evaluating and addressing procurement and project risks associated with the method, the agreement for pre-construction services, definition of scopes of work and the process for negotiation of construction contracts.  She also developed key contract provisions.
  • City and County of Honolulu – Honolulu High Capacity Transit Corridor.  Leader of the legal team advising on a $5.2 billion, 20-mile elevated rapid-transit line that will connect West Oahu with downtown Honolulu and serve major commercial and tourist destinations.  Nossaman advised the City and County on procurement matters involving the planning, financing, design, construction and operation of the Honolulu High Capacity Transit Corridor – the first project of its kind in the state.  The Firm also advised on compliance with federal environmental requirements.  The downtown phase of the project will proceed to bid and is scheduled for completion in 2019.
  • Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas – Houston METRORail.  Key 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 procured separately from CAF.  The Red Line northern extension opened in December 2013, while the Green Line (East End) and Purple Line (Southeast) began service in 2015.  Ms. Bennett’s work included advising on the turnkey contract to develop the extensions, producing procurement and contract documents and negotiating the original contracts.
  • Oregon Transportation Improvement Group – Oregon Innovative Partnerships Program.  Prior to joining Nossaman, lead attorney advising the development consortium for this project.  The Oregon Innovative Partnerships Program allows the Oregon Department of Transportation to enter into partnerships with private-sector businesses and local governments to study, design, fund, construct and operate critically needed transportation projects including roads, bridges, airport and seaports.  The transportation agency chose the Oregon Transportation Improvement Group, a Macquarie/Hatch Mott MacDonald consortium, as its private-sector partner to pursue the first three transportation projects under this program – the Newberg-Dundee Bypass, the Sunrise Corridor and the I-205 Corridor. 

Awards & Honors

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Margo E. Bennett
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J.D., University of Puget Sound School of Law, 1985

B.A., University of Washington, 1982, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Affiliations

Design-Build Institute of America

Washington State Public Works Methods Oversight Committee: Past Member

Washington State Bar Association: Past Chair, Construction Law Section

Awards & Honors

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

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