Nossaman LLP

Tristan Robinson


T 213.612.7825
F 213.612.7801
777 South Figueroa Street, 34th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Tristan Robinson is a member of the Infrastructure Practice Group.  He assists public and private clients with the development of major infrastructure projects and a variety of construction, procurement, real estate and contracting matters.  He assists with procurement matters, drafts documents, and conducts legal research relating to innovative contracting structures and payment mechanisms such as public-private partnerships, design-build, and design-build-operate-maintain agreements.  He speaks conversational French.

Representative Work

California High-Speed Rail – Initial Operating Segment.  Member of the team advising California High-Speed Rail Authority on the development and financing of an 800-mile high-speed train system that will connect the state's major urban centers.  The project is being funded through a voter-approved state bond, federal funding grants, local funding and private investment.  Role includes assisting with structuring the procurement, advising on financing options, drafting the procurement and contract documents, and developing the evaluation process for multiple projects concerning trackage and high-speed railcars.  The projects are to be delivered via a series of design-build and availability payment contracts.

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority P3 Program and Accelerated Regional Transportation Improvements Project.  Member of the team advising Metro on procurement, contracting, and financing matters as it develops an innovative public-private partnership program covering new toll facilities, managed lanes, highway improvements, transit and other transportation facilities across Los Angeles County.  This includes work on Metro's first availability payment P3 project – the Accelerated Regional Transportation Improvements Project.  Role includes assisting with drafting pre-procurement documents, including a value for money analysis, application for project approval with the California Transportation Commission, application for TIFIA credit assistance, and related legal research.  Also assists in drafting procurement and contract documents. 

New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) – Tappan Zee Hudson River Crossing Project. Member of the team that advised NYSTA and NYSDOT on the procurement and the development of contract documents for a $3.1 billion design-build contract for a new bridge and related facilities across the Hudson River in NY and the demolition of the existing 3-mile bridge. Role included assisting with drafting procurement and contract documents, analysis of legal issues affecting the project, assessment of risk and development of matrix regarding allocation of risks, and drafting of contract addenda.

Prior Experience

Before joining Nossaman in 2011, Mr. Robinson worked in the Sydney, Australia office of DLA Piper. He was also a federal court intern for the Honorable James L. Cott, United States Court, Southern District of New York. In this role he assisted with drafting opinions and researching and participating in pre-trial motions and settlement conferences.

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LL.M., Columbia University School of Law, 2011, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law

LL.B., University of Sydney Law School, 2009, with First Class Honors, Sydney Law Review

B.Ec., University of Sydney, 2006



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