Nossaman LLP

Tristan Robinson


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Los Angeles, CA 90017

Tristan Robinson focuses his practice on innovative infrastructure contracting and financing structures for large-scale transportation and social infrastructure projects, including public-private partnerships (PPPs), design-build and design-build-operate-maintain projects.  He offers strategic and practical advice on a broad range of construction, public and private financing, and real estate matters.

Mr. Robinson assists with procurement, contracting and financing matters (including the development of innovative project financing and payment mechanisms) and drafts procurement and contract documents.  He provides strategic advice on the development of new methods to finance and facilitate infrastructure development, including early project identification, screening and development; inter-agency collaboration; industry partnering and public-private financing.

Before relocating to the United States, he worked in construction law and major projects at international law firm DLA Piper. 

Representative Work

  • California High-Speed Rail Authority – California High-Speed Rail.  Member of the Nossaman team advising CHSRA on institutional arrangements, procurement plan and financing options.  The $68 billion California High-Speed Rail project will connect Northern to Southern California.  It is the first high-speed rail project in North America and among the largest global infrastructure projects ever undertaken.  Nossaman serves as primary outside legal advisor to CHSRA for this 800-mile, 24-station system using a series of design-build contracts.  Mr. Robinson advises CHSRA on a broad range of projects, including those for civil works, trackage and rail-car acquisition.  He assists with structuring procurement, advising on financing options, drafting procurement and contract documents, and developing evaluation processes for contractor selection. 
  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority – PPP Program.  Member of the legal team advising on project selection, procurement and award of PPP projects for Los Angeles Metro.  Nossaman serves as key adviser to the agency on the procurement of availability payment contracts to design, build, operate and maintain potential PPP projects, including the Accelerated Regional Transportation Improvements Project ($800 million of bundled highway improvements in Los Angeles County) and the Sepulveda Pass Project (pursuit of a pre-development agreement for an approximately 10-mile transit and managed lanes tunnel project through the Sepulveda Pass between the I-101 and I-10, with preliminary capital costs in the range of $6 to $10 billion).  Mr. Robinson assists with drafting pre-procurement documents (including value-for-money analyses), application for project approval with the California Transportation Commission, application for TIFIA credit assistance and related legal research.  He also assists in drafting procurement and contract documents.
  • New York State Thruway Authority – Tappan Zee Bridge.  Member of legal team serving as procurement and contracting counsel to replace a three-mile-long cantilever span.  The Tappan Zee Bridge project is said by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be the state's single most pressing infrastructure need.  The state awarded a $3.1 billion design-build contract to replace the Tappan Zee with a cable-stayed, dual-span bridge to last the next 100 years.  The bridge is being designed and built by consortium Tappan Zee Constructors.  The project is the first design-build project undertaken by NYSTA and that nation's largest to date.  Construction began in 2013.  The first span of the new bridge is scheduled to open in 2016.  The complete bridge will open in 2018.  Mr. Robinson assisted with drafting procurement and contract documents, contract administration (including drafting of contract addenda), analysis of construction-related legal issues and legal compliance, assessment of project risk and development of risk-allocation matrices.

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.

Awards & Honors

Named a Super Lawyers "Southern California Rising Star" in 2015 by Los Angeles magazine.
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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



Awards & Honors

Named a Super Lawyers "Southern California Rising Star" in 2015 by Los Angeles magazine.
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