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Stanley S. Taylor


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Stanley S. Taylor is head of the Firm's infrastructure practice in Northern California.

Mr. Taylor focuses his practice on the funding and financing of public transportation projects using both traditional and innovative methods of project development and delivery – offering a special level of expertise in revenue-generating sales tax programs.  He has been named a Northern California "Super Lawyer" in the area of Transportation Law by San Francisco magazine.

He also works with select private companies operating in the transportation infrastructure sector.

Mr. Taylor is general counsel to the San Francisco County Transportation Authority and the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority – representing these agencies in a broad range of transportation, governance and compliance projects.  He is also general counsel to the California Asset Management Trust and the California Asset Management Program.

In addition, Mr. Taylor is special counsel to numerous Northern California authorities on their efforts to adopt, implement and obtain voter approval for countywide sales tax programs generating millions of dollars for transportation projects.  Among these are Santa Clara County, the Solano Transportation Authority, the Solano Transportation Improvement Authority for Marin, the Transportation Agency for Monterey County and the Santa Cruz County Transportation Commission.

Mr. Taylor speaks to professional associations on the finance and delivery of high-priority transportation projects.  He also publishes on this subject and contributes his insights on recent industry developments to the Firm's Infra Insight blog

Representative Work

  • California Department of Transportation – Presidio Parkway.  Member of the legal team advising on the PPP agreement to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the project.  The $1.1 billion Presidio Parkway infrastructure project is a spectacular natural gateway connecting the Golden Gate Bridge with the City of San Francisco – traversing both an environmentally sensitive national park and a national historic landmark district. It is the first procurement initiated under California's recently enacted P3 law and only the third highway project developed through an availability payment P3 in the United States.  Nossaman advised Caltrans in negotiating the public-private agreement to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the parkway.  As general counsel to the SFCTA, Mr. Taylor advised the local agency partner on procurement, as well as related environmental and real estate issues.  The Firm assisted with project financing, which included $45.6 million in equity, $166.6 million in senior bank loans and a $150 million TIFIA loan.  When the project was challenged in a lawsuit, he kept it on track and assisted Caltrans in its successful response.  The project is scheduled for completion in 2015.

    In 2013, Presidio Parkway was names a Top 3 Global Transport Project by PPP Bulletin International.  In 2012, it was named North American P3 Deal of the Year by Project Finance Magazine, Americas P3 Deal of the Year by Project Finance International and P3 Project of the Year by ARTBA.

  • San Francisco Country Transportation Authority – Presidio Parkway Phase I.  Member of the team advising SFCTA on this project.  The historic south access road to the Golden Gate Bridge, known as Doyle Drive or Route 101, had reached the end of its useful life.  Before construction of the new Presidio Parkway could begin, the groundwork had to be laid.  This involved construction of a seismically safe temporary bypass.  Phase I of the Doyle Drive replacement project was a traditional design-bid-build project managed by a partnership between Caltrans and SFCTA.  The Firm serves as general counsel to SFCTA.  In this capacity, Nossaman drafted and negotiated access and other agreements with the Presidio Trust (owner of the property); negotiated and drafted funding and other cooperative agreements among Caltrans, SFCTA and other funding agencies; and drafted and negotiated consultant agreements for design, environmental clearance and project management
  • San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority – Water Transportation System.  Member of the team serving as general counsel to WETA.  Water transit on San Francisco Bay is a critical component in the area economy.  Commuters use ferries to get to work.  Visitors ride ferries to tourist attractions and enjoy the San Francisco Bay.  In the event of a bridge-damaging disaster, ferries are an essential component of the region's emergency response capability.  Established in 2007, WETA is the statutory regional water transit authority that coordinates publicly operated ferry services.

    As general counsel to WETA, Nossaman negotiated agreements between the agency and the public operators of ferry services that resulted in the transfer of vessels, facilities and equipment to WETA.  In addition, the Firm negotiated and drafted procurement documents for the construction of new ferry vessels and the first new ferry terminal in the Bay Area in more than 50 years.  Nossaman represented WETA in the environmental clearance and the drafting and negotiation of documents for the construction of new ferry maintenance facilities for North and Central Bay operations.  Also, the Firm drafted and negotiated procurement documents for dredging and for terminal and float reconstruction projects – obtaining the necessary permits and achieving environmental clearance for projects at existing terminals in Alameda, Oakland, San Francisco and Vallejo.

  • Interstate JCDecaux – Chicago Billboard Project.  Represented Interstate JCDecaux in this transaction, which required the passage of enabling legislation.  In 2013, the City of Chicago made a deal with a partnership of JCDecaux (the world's biggest outdoor advertiser, headquartered in Paris) and Interstate Outdoor (a regional outdoor advertising company) to erect new, state-of-the-art, large-format digital billboards on city-owned land adjacent to Chicago expressways.  The billboards will post weather, traffic and missing person alerts; public event promotions; and a series of rotating ads.  The deal is a PPP in which the billboards were built at no cost to the city.  The project will earn $700 million in revenue over the next 20 years, generating payments of at least $150 million to the City. Mr. Taylor is helping the company pursue similar projects in other large metropolitan areas, including Los Angeles and New York City.
  • Alameda County Transportation Commission – Dumbarton Rail.  Served as special counsel to ACTC on this project.  The proposed $800 million Dumbarton Rail project would provide much-needed commuter rail service across the currently abandoned Dumbarton rail bridge from the Caltrain corridor on the San Francisco Peninsula to the Union City BART Station on the East Bay.  Total corridor length would be 20.5 miles.  Nossaman analyzed options for acquisition of the existing line – including a negotiated purchase or acquisition of a lesser interest in the line through a lease or other shared-use arrangement.
  • Alameda County Congestion Management Agency – SMART Corridors.  Legal counsel in connection with governance and implementation issues related to this project.  The SMART Corridors program was designed to improve traffic flow on three major arteries in one of the nation's most congested areas – Alameda County, California – using an advanced transportation management system.  It is a coalition of 25 parties representing federal, state and regional agencies, as well as transit and emergency services groups. Intelligent transportation systems include emergency vehicle preemption systems (to improve response time), transit signal priority systems (to facilitate mass transit vehicles) and advanced traveler information systems to inform the public of street, freeway and tunnel conditions in real time.
  • City of Stockton, California – Public Asset Privatization.  Manager for this project.  The City of Stockton decided to cut costs and eliminate risks by transferring ownership and operation of two city-owned landfills to a qualified private company.  Mr. Taylor successfully organized and led a team of consultants that designed and implemented a procurement process for the asset transfer.  This was only the second successful privatization of publicly owned landfill assets in California.  The sale relieved the City of the obligation to operate waste management services, reduced its risks of liability and raised revenues for other public purposes.
  • Metropolitan Transportation Commission – Clipper Card.  Special counsel to the team selected to implement governance structures for this program, which involved MTC, Caltrans and more than 20 other transit districts and agencies.  The Clipper Card is a reloadable contactless smart card that can be used on a wide range of public transportation systems throughout the nine-county Bay Area.  It was the first implementation of a smart card involving such a large number of public agencies.  The project established structures to address joint management of the system, fare collection and disbursement, and schedule synchronization.
  • California Asset Management Trust and California Asset Management Program – CAMT and CAMP.  General counsel to the trust and its program.  The California Asset Management Trust was created to give local agencies a convenient and completely liquid alternative for the investment of surplus cash, including bond proceeds.  The Trust currently manages more than $2 billion on behalf of more than 50 California agencies in a pooled investment account, and close to $1 billion in individually directed accounts (collectively referred to as the California Asset Management Program).  The pooled account is a hybrid that functions like a money market mutual fund, but is regulated by the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board as a local government investment pool.  CAMT enjoys an AAA rating from Standard and Poor's and an equivalent rating from Moody's.  CAMP is one of the nation's largest such programs.

Awards & Honors

Named a Northern California "Super Lawyer" in the area of Transportation Law by San Francisco magazine
Stanley S. Taylor
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J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 1971

L.L.M., New York University School of Law, 1975

A.B., University of California, Berkeley, 1968




Professional Affiliations

Bay Area Council Member: Board of Directors

California Transportation Foundation: Board of Directors

Contra Costa Council: Past President and current Member, Board of Directors

Friends of Cal Crew

Awards & Honors

Named a Northern California "Super Lawyer" in the area of Transportation Law by San Francisco magazine
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