Joseph Seliga is co-lead of Mayer Brown’s Government practice and co-lead of the Infrastructure Investment group. Joe advises on path-breaking road, bridge, airport, port, public parking, rail, mass transit, social infrastructure, water, wastewater and convention center infrastructure M&A and public-private partnership (P3) transactions.
He has advised on many “Deal of the Year” award-winning transactions and has served as counsel to government owners, equity investors, lenders and contractors. Joe is widely recognized as a leader in the infrastructure industry, having actively advised clients on infrastructure M&A and P3 transactions for nearly twenty years.
Joe is rated in Band 1 in Chambers USA, which quoted a client highlighting Joe “for his thoroughness and his understanding and perspective on the challenges that come up in [P3] deals” and for “always willing to go out of his way to help [clients] achieve [their] objectives in a timely fashion.”
Joe chaired the first US Infrastructure Law Forum, a gathering of over 40 members of the US infrastructure legal bar, in September 2016 in Washington DC, and continues to chair the US Forum and serves as Co-Chair of the North American Infrastructure Law Forum, a gathering of leading infrastructure lawyers from the US and Canada. He also is Vice Chair of a new American Bar Association committee on P3s.
Joe also represents clients in various state and local government matters, including in the areas of complex government transactions, ethics, election and campaign finance law, economic development incentives and legislative drafting and statutory interpretation.
- Georgetown University, AB, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
- University of Oxford, St Catherine’s College, Marshall Scholar, Graduate Researcher in Geography and Urban Development
- University of Leicester, MA, Urban History with Distinction
- Northwestern University School of Law, JD, cum laude, Coordinating Articles Editor, Northwestern University Law Review
- US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- Chair, United States Infrastructure Law Forum
- Co-Chair of the North American Infrastructure Law Forum
- Member, Illinois Campaign Finance Reform Task Force, 2011-2015
- Member, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, 2011 Emerging Leaders
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Counsel to the Texas Department of Transportation on the $815 million SH 288 toll lanes project in the Houston metropolitan area, a long-term concession of the existing highway and the construction of new express toll lanes. The winning proposal included a $27 million concession payment to TxDOT.
- Counsel to the Texas Department of Transportation on the $850 million SH 183 managed lanes project in the Dallas-Forth Worth metropolitan area, structured as a design-build-finance transaction with a 25-year operations and maintenance requirement, the first of its kind in the United States.
- Counsel to the Alabama Department of Transportation on the development of a new interstate bridge and causeway along Interstate 10 near Mobile, the first toll project and public-private partnership transaction undertaken by the State of Alabama. The construction value is expected to be approximately $2 billion.
- Counsel to a short listed proposer for the Colorado Central 70 project, a DBFOM P3 to reconstruct and expand Interstate 70 in the Denver metropolitan area.
- Counsel to the Illinois Department of Transportation on the development of the Illinois portion of the Illiana Corridor highway project through a public-private partnership structure.
- Counsel to the Indiana Finance Authority with respect to the $3.8 billion Indiana Toll Road concession and lease with Macquarie Infrastructure Group and Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte, S.A., the largest infrastructure concession transaction completed in the US, awarded Project Finance North American Transport Deal of the Year 2006.
- Counsel to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on the proposed $12.8 billion long-term concession and lease of the Pennsylvania Turnpike with Citi Infrastructure Investors and Abertis Infraestructuras S.A.
- Counsel to the District of Columbia Office of Public-Private Partnerships on a public-private partnership transaction for the rehabilitation of the Daly Building in Washington, DC.
- Counsel to the Port of Portland (Oregon) on the lease of its Terminal 6 container facility to International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), the first US port investment of the Philippines-based company.
- Counsel to the Government of Liberia, on a pro bono basis through the International Senior Lawyers Project, related to a private management agreement for its government-sponsored lottery.
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