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Airports, Rail & Transit


Our Airports, Rail & Transit Focus Area helps public agencies to operate their transportation enterprises in the most efficient and profitable manner possible.  This Focus Area combines the expertise of our environmental law, labor and employment, public finance, public law, and real estate attorneys.  Whether planes, trains, or buses are involved, we are uniquely qualified to provide general counsel and special counsel services.

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Eminent Domain:  pre-acquisition procedure; offers and negotiations; relocation assistance programs; resolutions of necessity; and court proceedings.

Employment:  personnel administration; collective bargaining; and administrative proceedings.

Environmental:  air quality; California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); Clean Water Act; National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits.

Intergovernmental Relations:  development agreements; federal grants; land use; and zoning.

Open Government:  Brown Act; Political Reform Act; and Public Records Act.

Public Works:  construction bidding; contract administration; DBE programs; prevailing wages; project labor agreements; and construction litigation.


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