Patrick Harder, chair of Nossaman's Infrastructure Group, is widely known for leadership in the field of public-private partnerships (P3s) and other innovative project delivery methods such as design-build and construction manager at-risk. Public agencies actively seek his guidance in procuring some of the largest, most important projects in the country.

Clients have confidence that Patrick can mitigate risks, solve problems and advance their projects smoothly and successfully – often through cutting-edge approaches. In fact, while working with the State of Florida and its advisors, he helped create a model for the use of availability payment P3 structures that laid the groundwork for such transactions across the United States. He is Chambers-rated nationally and globally in the field of P3s and AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Patrick's deep private sector background broadens his perspective in assisting public clients. Before joining the Firm, he served as general counsel and executive manager for two of the world's largest construction and engineering firms, both based in Japan. He also worked as legal and business advisor on dozens of public and private construction and infrastructure projects around the world including the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – two of the world's tallest buildings.



City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports – Automated People Mover (APM). Leader of the legal team advising on the Automated People Mover (APM) train system at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The project reached commercial close on April 11, 2018 upon Los Angeles City Council’s unanimous approval of a $4.9 billion agreement with a developer comprised of ACS Infrastructure Development, Balfour Beatty, Bombardier Transportation, Fluor and HOCHTIEF PPP Solutions. The APM system will include six stations and up to 9 electric powered trains, each with four cars, in simultaneous operation. The APM trains will travel on an elevated 2.25-mile long guideway, easing access into and out of the second largest airport in the United States (LAX) and connecting travelers to LA Metro’s Crenshaw Light Rail Line, intermodal transportation facilities and a consolidated rental car center. The developer will design, build and partially finance the APM system, and then operate and maintain the APM system over a 25 year period. LAWA’s APM is the first APM system to be procured through an availability payment P3 delivery model. The project reached financial close on June 8, 2018. Patrick’s services include drafting contract and procurement documents, facilitating evaluations and managing commercial and financial close. The APM project earned several awards including Project Finance International’s Americas P3 Deal of the Year, IJ Global’s North American PPP Deal of the Year, National Council of Public-Private Partnerships’ Innovative Project of the Year, and P3 Bulletin’s Best Transit Project and Global P3 Project of the Year.

City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports – Consolidated Rental Car Center (ConRAC). Leader of the legal team advising on the nation’s largest consolidated rental car center (ConRAC) at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The ConRAC car rental facility will relocate and centralize car rental facilities away from the Central Terminal Area at LAX and provide direct access to major freeways. Ultimately the ConRAC will be connected to the Automated People Mover (APM) train system at LAX, which will provide travelers with quick access to the terminals. The estimated $1.3 billion (design and construction) is being procured through an availability payment P3 delivery model. The selected developer will design and build the ConRAC and operate and maintain it for 25 years. The project reached commercial close on November 8, 2018 and financial close on December 6, 2018. The project captured the American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s “Innovation of the Year” award in 2019. Patrick’s services include assisting in contract negotiations and advising the City on commercial terms.

Denver International Airport – Jeppesen Terminal Redevelopment Project (“Great Hall Project”). Key member of the legal team that advised the City and County of Denver on the Great Hall Project, which involved a complex, multi-faceted upgrade of Denver International Airport's signature Jeppesen Terminal and the development and management of a new concessions program within the terminal. The $1.8 billion P3 project combines an availability payment structure with shared revenue risk on the concessions program. The project reached financial close in December 2017 with Denver Great Hall LLC, the winning consortium led by Madrid-based Ferrovial Airports. Patrick’s services include drafting and negotiating the development agreement.

The Regents of the University of California – UC Merced 2020 Campus Expansion Project. Leader of the legal team that advised the University of California on this-high profile project to accommodate growth of the university system’s newest campus from the current 6,700 students to 10,000 students by 2020. The $1.3 billion project, procured as an availability payment-based P3, added approximately 790,000 assignable square feet of a mix of new revenue-generation and non-revenue generating facilities, including student housing, administrative and research space, classrooms and recreational centers and associated infrastructure. As the first university campus expansion in the United States undertaken using the P3 availability payment model, the closely watched project serves as a template for other colleges seeking to expand or rehabilitate their campuses. Following a best and final offer phase, which included negotiation with the ultimately successful Plenary-led consortium, the project quickly reached commercial and financial close in August 2016. The first two phases of the project were successfully delivered on time for the 2018 and 2019 academic years. Patrick’s services included structuring the procurement and evaluation process, negotiating, drafting and finalizing the contract documents, leading the University’s project team in the performance of activities associated with commercial and financial close, and assisting in the implementation of the awarded contract. Project Finance International named the UC Merced 2020 Project the 2016 "Americas P3 Deal of the Year" and IJ Global honored it as the 2016 "North American Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year." In 2017, the Board of Regents and the University received the silver award in the “Government Agency of the Year” category, and the project claimed the gold award for “Best Social Infrastructure Project” at the P3 Bulletin awards ceremony.​

Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel District – Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel. Co-leader of the legal team advising on the design and construction of a new $756 million tunnel beneath the Thimble Shoal Channel in Virginia’s lower Chesapeake Bay. The second two-lane tunnel will expand capacity and improve safety for travelers utilizing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, the sole connection between Delmarva Peninsula and the Hampton Roads area. In August 2016, the District awarded the design-build contract to a joint venture of Dragados USA, Inc. and Schiavone Construction Co. LLC. Construction began in October 2017 and the project is scheduled for completion in 2022. Patrick advised the District on the procurement and is advising on contract administration. 

Florida Department of Transportation – I-4 Ultimate. Leader of the legal team that advised on development and negotiation of contract and procurement documents for this innovative highway improvement. The $2.3 billion project, which will rebuild and widen 21 miles across Orange and Seminole Counties, is the largest availability payment transaction ever undertaken in the United States. As part of a 40-year DBFOM agreement with a Skanska/John Laing consortium, I-4 Ultimate will rebuild 15 major interchanges, add 56 new bridges, replace 71 bridges and build four tolled express lanes. Financing for the project, which achieved commercial and financial close in September 2014, included a $949 million TIFIA loan – the largest sum ever secured through the federal lending program. Construction began in February 2015 and completion is anticipated in 2021. I-4 earned several awards in 2014 including Project Finance International’s Americas Transportation Deal of the Year, IJ Global’s North American Transport Deal of the Year, and Trade Finance magazine’s Deal of the Year.

Port of Long Beach – Gerald Desmond Bridge. Lead attorney advising on a new 1.5-mile bridge to serve one of the world's largest and busiest container ports. With towers rising more than 500 feet into the air and a roadway standing 200 feet over the water, the project is the first cable-stayed bridge for vehicles ever built in California. The structure, which will feature six traffic lanes and separate bicycle paths and pedestrian walkways, is one of 10 projects authorized under California's P3 Design-Build Demonstration Program. In 2012, the Port entered into a $649.5 million agreement with a Shimmick/FCC/Impregilo venture – the single largest contract ever awarded by the Port. Patrick advised on procurement and contract documents and negotiations and is now helping to implement the agreement during construction.

Florida Department of Transportation – I-595 Corridor Improvements. Lead attorney advising on this $1.8 billion P3 aimed at alleviating congestion on the main east-west traffic corridor in Fort Lauderdale. Redevelopment involved resurfacing 10.5 miles of mainline, building additional lanes, and adding three reversible lanes in the median to maximize traffic flow. The 35-year DBFOM concession, awarded to a team led by ACS Infrastructure Development, reached financial close in March 2009, making it the first in the U.S. transportation sector to use an availability payment compensation scheme. Project financing included a $781 million bank loan, $603 million from TIFIA, and $208 million in private equity. Patrick led the legal team advising on procurement and contract documents and the financing structure. With construction finishing on schedule in spring 2014, he is now advising on contract issues during the operations phase. In 2009, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association named the I-595 upgrade "Project of the Year," and Project Finance magazine honored it as "North American Transport Deal of the Year."

Washington State Department of Transportation – Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement. Key member of the legal team that assisted the State Attorney General’s Office on the $1.35 billion design-build contract to replace the 60-year-old Alaskan Way Viaduct with SR 99, the world’s largest-diameter bored tunnel. The two-mile waterfront tunnel through downtown Seattle opened in February 2019. It incorporates a double-decked roadway with incoming and outgoing traffic on different levels. Patrick assisted with risk allocation and drafting procurement and contract documents.

Florida Department of Transportation – Port of Miami Tunnel. Lead attorney that advised on procurement and financing of this innovative P3 which greatly reduced traffic in the Miami region. The $800 million project, which opened in August 2014, included construction of twin 42-foot tunnels under Biscayne Bay, linking Port facilities on Dodge Island with MacArthur Causeway and I-395 and adding capacity in each direction. The transportation agency's 35-year concession agreement with a Meridiam/Bouygues joint venture marked only the second availability payment contract in the United States. Project financing included a $340 million TIFIA loan, $342 million in bank debt, and $80 million in equity. Patrick assisted with risk allocation and drafting procurement and contract documents. The project captured numerous honors, including The American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s 2007 Project of the Year; Project Finance magazine’s Global Deal of the Year and P3 Deal of the Year and Project Finance International’s North American P3 Deal of the Year in 2009; and The Bond Buyer’s Nontraditional Financing Deal of the Year in 2010. In 2015, it won the National Council for Public-Private Partnership’s Infrastructure Project Award, and in 2016 it earned a P3 Bulletin Gold Award for Best Operational Project.



Speaking Engagements



Community & Professional

Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy, Advisory Board

California Transportation Foundation, Advisory Board

USC Viterbi School of Engineering and USC Price School of Public Policy, Adjunct Instructor

American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry


Honors & Recognitions

California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) – Infrastructure, Daily Journal, 2019

Individual recognition for Projects, PPP-Nationwide, Chambers Global, 2012-2020 and Chambers USA, 2011-2020

Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Finance – Project Finance – Advice to Sponsors, 2019-2020

Named a California Trailblazer by the Recorder, 2019

Named one of the Most Influential Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal, 2019

Recognized in the "Top 100" lawyers, Daily Journal, 2018

Winner – Real Estate Category – Leaders in Law, Los Angeles Business Journal, 2018

Project Finance MVP, Law360, 2014 and 2016

Selected to the Southern California Super Lawyers list, 2014 and 2015

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell




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