J.D., Harvard Law School, 1973
A.B., cum laude, Harvard College, 1969
Throughout his professional career, Steve Kaplan has participated in the negotiation of complicated public-private partnerships from several different perspectives: as a client, as counsel to a municipality, and as a representative of the United States government. Steve specifically focuses on public-private partnerships in the redevelopment of publicly owned property and the structuring of such redevelopment projects involving public financing for infrastructure. He also is actively working on major transit-oriented development projects and with airports interested in airport-related commercial development, both on- and off-airport.
Steve was the General Counsel of the United States Department of Transportation from 1993 through 1995, with responsibility for advising and representing the Department and its various agencies, including—among others—the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, and the Federal Highway Administration.
Steve also served for seven years as the City Attorney of Denver, Colorado. He was actively involved in negotiations which led to the development of Denver International Airport, the Colorado Convention Center, and the governance structure and financing for Denver’s Major League Baseball stadium.
Redevelopment of the Former Gates Rubber Company Site, Denver, Colorado
Represent master developer in environmental due diligence, negotiation of environmental insurance coverage, voluntary cleanup plans, professional service and construction contracting, and infrastructure funding agreements
Convention Center Hotel, Denver, Colorado
Represented the Denver Convention Center Hotel Authority to finance, build, and operate the 1,100 room Hyatt Convention Center Hotel
Regional Transportation District (RTD), Denver, Colorado
Represented RTD in structuring, negotiating and implementing a $2 billion public-private partnership for two corridors of FasTracks, a light rail and commuter rail program (the first public-private transit/rail program successfully undertaken in the United States); part of the legal team representing RTD on the Eagle P3 project for the East Corridor commuter rail line to DIA, the Gold Line and the Maintenance Facility; negotiated with two railroads for the acquisition of corridor right-of-way
Airport, Transit, Highway Projects
Served as strategic advisor and counsel to several private and public entities on transportation and infrastructure matters. Projects include transit oriented development, highway matters, and representing airports on matters ranging from airport revenue diversion, privatization issues, and P3 terminal projects and commercial development both on and off-airport