People

Allison I. Fultz

Partner

Washington, DC Office
202.955.5600

Education and Clerkships

J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, American University Washington College of Law, 2004; Editor in Chief - American University’s Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law, 2002–2003
M. Arch., Princeton University, 1986
A.B., summa cum laude, Architecture, Princeton University, 1984

Bar Admissions

Maryland
District of Columbia
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Allison I. Fultz

Allison Fultz focuses her practice on transactional and regulatory matters relating to transportation and infrastructure projects.  She represents public transportation bodies, state and municipal governments, and private entities in connection with the use and regulation of unmanned aerial vehicles, and stands before numerous federal agencies, state, and federal courts in connection with the acquisition and abandonment of railroad rights-of-way, rails-to-trails proposals, fixed-guideway transit project development, airport development, environmental reporting, and agency rulemaking.  Allison’s expertise includes negotiations with freight railroads for the acquisition and shared use of rail corridors and the drafting and negotiation of contracts for railroad operations and maintenance services.

Allison has extensive experience with federal procurement programs managed or funded by the Federal Transit Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Highway Administration, and Federal Aviation Administration, including compliance with Buy America and Buy American requirements.  She regularly counsels clients on compliance with other federal requirements, including the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Allison advises clients on coordinated land use and multi-modal transportation planning and development, historic preservation issues, and construction-related matters, including drafting and negotiating contracts for architectural and engineering consulting services, project management, construction, demolition and materials management, and large-scale redevelopment.

She also is a licensed architect and has practiced in both the United States and Canada.  Allison has directed feasibility studies, master plans, and building projects for institutional, government, and educational clients from the project programming stage through construction.

Representative Experience

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia
Negotiation, drafting, and extensive federal regulatory counsel in connection with acquisition and development of rail corridors for public trail and modern streetcar passenger transit uses

Atlanta Streetcar, Atlanta, Georgia
Extensive strategic, regulatory, and transactional counsel and negotiation to initiate new streetcar services

Capital Corridor Joint Powers Authority, California
Counsel to the agency in litigation challenging FRA rulemaking and guidance concerning scope of regulatory obligations assumed by public financial sponsors of intercity passenger rail service; counsel to the agency in connection with regulatory and environmental review of proposed petroleum refining depot and expanded shipment of crude oil by rail on lines shared with the passenger system

City of Chicago, Illinois
Legal, regulatory, and strategic advice to the City in STB proceeding requiring a Class I railroad to comply with environmental and operating obligations; counsel to the City in analyzing and commenting on rulemaking and related legislative and regulatory efforts governing the shipment of crude oil by rail

City of Denver, Colorado
Legal counsel, transactional, regulatory, and strategic advice in connection with railroad reconfiguration necessary for major redevelopment project

DC Streetcar, Washington, DC
Advised DC project team on strategy and coordination for completion of commissioning and service start-up of first segment of new streetcar service

Indiana Department of Transportation
Legal counsel, transactional and regulatory advice in support of a reconfiguration of the service delivery structure for Hoosier State intercity passenger rail service, including negotiation and drafting of agreements with Amtrak and other service provider, and extensive coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration

Maryland Department of Transportation
Counsel regarding regulatory status and options for use of state-owned freight rail properties potentially involving short line freight service or trail development, including extensive interaction with federal regulatory agencies, and administrative and federal appellate litigation

New Jersey Transit, New Jersey
Counsel and drafting of regulatory documents for acquisition and continued shared use of freight rail lines; strategic counsel and drafting of pleadings in administrative litigation before Surface Transportation Board

Pitkin County, Colorado
Legal analysis and strategic advice in connection with the regulation of unmanned aircraft systems to protect citizens’ privacy

Regional Transportation District (FasTracks Commuter Rail), Denver, Colorado
Negotiated and drafted purchase and sale agreements, operating agreements, easement agreements, and related regulatory documents for the acquisition of significant rail corridors from two major freight railroads; provided regulatory counsel relating to STB review of transactions

South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (Tri-Rail), Florida
Regulatory analysis, drafting, and counsel in connection with rail transactions, operations, and environmental review of client and third party projects

Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink), California
Strategic analysis and drafting of operating agreements; regulatory counsel and drafting in connection with abandonment of rail lines being acquired by client

Private Sector Representation
Special regulatory counsel to purchaser of Class II railroad in connection with STB authorization of transaction

Awards / Professional and Civic Activities

  • Super Lawyers "Rising Star" for Transportation Law (2014)
  • Transportation Research Board - Committee on Transit and Intermodal Transportation Law
  • Washington Waldorf School - Trustees Council, Chairman
  • Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts
  • Montgomery County, Maryland, Board of Appeals (2001–2009), Chairman (2004–2009)
  • Maryland Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association

News & Publications

Presentations

University of Kentucky 32nd Annual National Conference on Equine Law
05.03.17
American Public Transportation Association Legal Affairs Seminar
2009–2012; 2014; 2016–2017
Transportation Research Board Annual Legal Workshop
Organizer and Moderator, Rail Session
2012–2016
55th Annual TRB Workshop on Transportation Law
07.18.16
Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Conference
03.11.16
American Public Transportation Association Legal Affairs Seminar
02.21.16
FTA Public Transportation System Safety Plan and National Public Transportation Safety Plan - Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
American Public Transportation Association Teleconference Seminar
02.19.16
AAAE Unmanned Aircraft Systems Issues and Integration Conference
11.09.15
Electric Utility Consultants, Inc. Webinar
11.05.15
International Municipal Lawyers Association Annual Meeting
10.05.15
"FTA State Safety Oversight"; "FRA Rail System Safety Plans"; "FTA Public Transportation Safety Program"
American Public Transportation Association Teleconference Seminars
April 2015–September 2015
Webinar Presenter
Electric Utility Consultants, Inc. Webinar
07.08.15
Seminar Presenter
Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell Legal Seminar Series
05.13.15
Webinar Presenter
International Municipal Lawyers Association
March 2015
Webinar Presenter
International Municipal Lawyers Association
02.11.15
Webinar Presenter
Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell Webinar
12.12.14
Co-Moderator
AAAE Unmanned Aircraft Systems Issues and Integration Conference
11.19.14
30th Annual AAAE Basics of Airport Law Workshop and 2014 Legal Update
10.21.14
30th Annual AAAE Basics of Airport Law Workshop and 2014 Legal Update
10.20.14
Colorado Association of Transit Agencies Fall Transit Conference and EXPO
09.10.14
Discussion Leader
American Public Transportation Association Legal Affairs Seminar
02.24.14
MAP-21 Webinar Series
American Public Transportation Association
October–December 2013
Annual American Public Transportation Association Meeting
10.01.13
19th Annual Passenger Trains on Freight Railroads
10.10.12
Rail-volution
Speaker
2011–2012
UIC 8th World Congress on High Speed Rail
07.12.12
Speaker
Commercial Insurance Associates, LLC Rail Seminar
05.18.12
Annual Association of Transportation Law Professionals Meeting
06.28.11
American Public Transportation Association Legal Affairs Seminar
02.21.11
Annual Association of Transportation Law Professionals Meeting
06.29.10
American Public Transportation Association Legal Affairs Seminar
02.10.09

Publications

Commuter Rail Updates (Bi-Monthly Column)
Association Highlights by Association of Transportation Law Professionals
2007–2017
Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Rail Research Program
February 2016
Association Highlights by Association of Transportation Law Professionals at pages 9–17
May/June 2010
Contributor to an Access Board publication for architects and building owners outlining the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities to historic properties
2003

Education and Clerkships

J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, American University Washington College of Law, 2004; Editor in Chief - American University’s Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law, 2002–2003
M. Arch., Princeton University, 1986
A.B., summa cum laude, Architecture, Princeton University, 1984

Bar Admissions

Maryland
District of Columbia
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan