Shant Boyajian Named “Rising Star” in Transportation


Shant Boyajian was named a 2022 Rising Star by Law360 in the transportation category. The Rising Star Awards are targeted at a select group of attorneys under 40 years of age whose accomplishments belie their age.

In the Law360 profile that accompanied the honor, the publication noted Shant’s work over the past several years on such high-profile projects as the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Sepulveda Transit Corridor project, a new rail solution that will connect the San Fernando Valley to Los Angeles’ west side, with an eventual extension connecting to Los Angeles International Airport.

Law360 also noted his assistance resuscitating the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Green Line extension project. The five-mile extension project called for building six new stations, as well as relocating and rebuilding the Lechmere station, to better serve the communities of Somerville, Cambridge and Medford. Amid costs that ballooned to $3 billion, the MBTA hired Nossaman to review the existing construction manager/general contractor delivery model the transit agency used. To help rein in costs, Nossaman drafted a procurement that included an affordability limit, among other things.

The profile also noted Shant’s years of experience as a staffer on Capitol Hill. Earlier in his career, he was counsel to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, and later was senior counsel to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. In both roles, he negotiated and drafted sprawling multiyear surface transportation funding bills that gave him valuable insight into federal policymaking. Shant brings all that perspective into how he approaches his work on state and local infrastructure projects that have national significance.

In 2022, Law360 selected 176 honorees (from more than 1,350 submission) across 36 practice areas for Rising Stars designation. For the full article on Shant, click here (subscription required).

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