I am passionate about transportation infrastructure and excited to help my clients envision, plan and realize these projects. I am especially energized by complex public policy problems that beg for creative solutions – whether for projects, litigation or counseling. I also take my clients’ interests and goals very personally and appreciate that every project brings unique challenges and that every client’s needs and political realities are likewise unique. I try to understand and adapt to these particular needs in approaching problems. Finally, I know that too few lawyers understand the importance of clear, plain-English communications. Since my clients are usually not lawyers, I work hard to not be a stuffy lawyer – and to translate complex legal issues into practical, useful language.
Peter’s practice focuses on development and regulation of transportation and other infrastructure. Peter’s clients primarily include local and state governments but also private sector entities and public interest groups in negotiations and litigation over project development and land use approvals, the environmental impacts of infrastructure projects, and compliance with federal transportation law and regulations. He litigates cases before administrative agencies, numerous state and federal trial and appellate courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court and represents clients before Congress and federal administrative agencies.
For more than 35 years, Peter has focused his practice on the development of airport infrastructure – including many of the new commercial airports in the United States as well as dozens of airport expansions, redevelopment projects, and development of airport land for non-aeronautical projects. He advises airport sponsors on financial matters, regulatory compliance, leasing, land use issues, environmental impacts, and relations with their host communities.
Increasingly, Peter provides counsel to airports on creative and precedent-setting development and concession arrangements. Public-private partnerships have become a focus on his practice in recent years, and he has represented both airports and private sector investors in airport management and development projects.
For many of his infrastructure projects, Peter advises clients on compliance with federal environmental laws, with a particular focus on the National Environmental Policy Act and on the regulatory strings that come attached to federal funding of transportation infrastructure or use of federal lands.