Law Seminars International Presents

An In-Depth Two-Day Conference on

Transportation & Infrastructure Planning

Getting projects done; expanding capacity to meet tomorrow's needs

August 27 & 28, 2007
Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Seattle, WA
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Who Should Attend

Government officials, developers, corporate managers, lawyers and consultants involved with infrastructure development projects

Why Attend

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the West is the fastest-growing region of the country. This explosion in population and rapid changes in where people live, work and play has created severe congestion problems and public desire for new mobility options. At the same time, our existing transportation infrastructure is aging and will require tremendous expenditures and new sources of revenue to maintain the current capacity. Although the need is greater than ever, large transportation projects are increasingly controversial and must be planned and built in ways that satisfy vigorous environmental, neighborhood and political concerns. These problems have created an urgent need to identify and implement effective and efficient transportation solutions for our region. This two-day conference brings together experienced planners, regulators, attorneys, transportation experts, advocates and policymakers who are actively working on projects around the county. Learn about creative ways to develop and implement transportation projects as we discuss all of the key issues associated with transportation project delivery, including innovative project delivery methods, financing options, expedited environmental permitting, tolling, and congestion pricing. Hear from a panel of experts on key policy issues for our region. If you are involved in transportation project delivery, planning, or are just concerned about one of the most pressing issues facing our region, join us! ~Program Co-Chairs: Ross A. Macfarlane, Esq. and Lori A. Terry, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~Financing challenges ~National trends for providing port infrastructure ~Innovative project delivery ~Case studies from the region ~Permitting and environmental analysis ~Right-of-way and eminent domain ~Tolling and congestion pricing ~Funding, building and getting the region moving ~Resolving ethical issues

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

~ Brisk, interesting and thought provoking ~ Very informative, particularly for future reference ~Excellent! ~Good job overall! ~Very good binder/materials


Monday, August 27, 2007

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Ross A. Macfarlane, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott LLP / Seattle, WA
  Lori A. Terry, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Foster Pepper PLLC / Seattle, WA
8:45 am Opening Address: Current Financing Challenges and Progress Towards Solutions
  New finance areas such as tolling and congestion pricing
  James D. Ray, Esq., Chief Counsel and Acting Deputy Administrator
Federal Highway Administration / Washington, DC
9:30 am Planes, Trains and Cargo Ships: National Trends for Providing Port Infrastructure
  The challenge of addressing overall freight mobility and dealing with the chain of getting goods from ships to trucks or trains while avoiding the bottlenecks
  Charlie Sheldon, Managing Director, Seaport Division
Port of Seattle / Seattle, WA
  Case study: Port of Portland dredging project
  Eric Laschever, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Seattle, WA
  The Alameda corridor and other projects; what components would be applicable to the Pacific Northwest
  Arthur B. Goodwin, P.E., Director of Planning
Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) / Carson, CA
10:45 am Break
11:00 am Overview of the Options for Innovative Project Delivery
  New ways of delivering projects; how to leverage private sector investment; key legal issues and creative ways of resolving them
  Brandon J. Davis, Esq.
Nossaman Guthner Knox Elliott LLP / Los Angeles, CA
11:45 am New Trends & Challenges for Transportation and Infrastructure
  Use of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Texas to solve transportation delivery problems
  John Munoz, Deputy Director of Finance
Texas Department of Transportation / Austin, TX
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Regional Case Studies: How Entities are Getting it Done
  Project delivery in British Columbia: BC's decision to consider PPPs for all projects over $25 million; PPP approaches for Sky Train extensions, Golden Ears Bridge, and Sea to Sky Highway projects
  Brad Watson, Managing Director, Global Infrastructure and Projects Group
KPMG / Toronto, ON
  Case study of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge
  Dennis Engel, P.E., Project Engineer
Washington State Department of Transportation / Olympia, WA
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Pragmatic Approaches to Transportation Permitting
  How local, state, and federal agencies are working together to improve the process
  Faith L. Lumsden, Director
Governor's Office of Regulatory Assistance / Olympia, WA
4:00 pm Mega Project Permitting and Environmental Analysis
  Identifying and overcoming the environmental and permitting obstacles: What are the new approaches?
  Lori A. Terry, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Foster Pepper PLLC / Seattle, WA
  Tacoma Narrows Bridge
  Deborah L. Cade, Esq., Assistant Attorney General
Washington State Office of the Attorney General / Olympia, WA
  Sound Transit Light Rail
  Joseph P. Gildner, P.E., Deputy Executive Director, Technical Services, Link Light Rail
Sound Transit / Seattle, WA
5:30 pm Reception for Faculty and Attendees
  Sponsored by Foster Pepper PLLC and Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott LLP

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Securing Project Right-of-Way and Eminent Domain
  Best approaches for getting the necessary rights-of-way; practical techniques for large project assemblages
  Judith Shulman, Esq., President and Project Manager
PHAROS Corporation / Edmonds, WA
  The fall-out from Kelo in Washington and other western states: New developments and issues
  P. Stephen DiJulio, Esq.
Foster Pepper PLLC / Seattle, WA
9:45 am Writing Contracts that Work; Key Litigation Issues
  Cost side procurement risk management; tips for running procurement processes to minimize litigation
  Nancy C. Smith, Esq.
Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott LLP / Los Angeles, CA
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Tolling & Congestion Pricing
  The practical aspects of estimating revenues from tolling; implementing managed lanes; electronic barrier-free tolling
  David Pope, Tolls Policy and Planning Manager
Washington State Department of Transportation / Gig Harbor, WA
  Jessyn Farrell, Executive Director
Transportation Choices Coalition / Seattle, WA
  Kamran Khan, Vice President
Wilbur Smith Associates / Columbia, SC
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm The Policy Issues: What is Needed to Get Out of Neutral?
  At what point in the process do you think about whether there will or should be a legislative component (e.g. minor tweaks to existing statues about expedited permitting or appeal process); PPP legislation on dealing with priority and funding issues
  J. Tayloe Washburn, Esq.
Foster Pepper PLLC / Seattle, WA
  Joni Earl, Chief Executive Officer
Sound Transit / Seattle, WA
  Richard D. Ford, Esq.
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP / Seattle, WA
  Michael McGinn, Director
Seattle Great City Initiative / Seattle, WA
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm What's Next in Terms of Funding, Building and Getting the Region Moving?
  How do we continue to take care of growth and economy?
  Charlie Howard, Transportation Planning Director
Puget Sound Regional Council / Seattle, WA
4:00 pm Ethics
  Tips for effectively resolving ethical issues that arise from conflicts of interest and other pitfalls in procurement and project delivery systems where large entities try to win jobs from public officials and the stakes are high
  Ross A. Macfarlane, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott LLP / Seattle, WA
5:00 pm Evaluations & Adjourn


Regular tuition for this program is $895 with a group rate of $795 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $695. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $447.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 20, 2007. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a homestudy. There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders.

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 13.75 WA CLE credits including 1 ethics. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel at 515 Madison St. in Seattle, WA 98104. Sleeping rooms are available at the special negotiated rate of $159 for on-line reservations only. Rooms are on a first come, first served basis. Go to to reserve and use Corporate Code L64. To call the hotel with additional questions dial 206-583-0300.
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If You Cannot Attend

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a VHS or DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $905. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
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Faculty Bios

Ross A. Macfarlane, Program Co-Chair, of counsel at Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott LLP, reaches agreements involving multiple parties and complex issues and pioneered the use of brownfield cleanup arrangements. "Washington Law and Politics" named him a "Super Lawyer" in Public, Environmental and Land Use Law.

Lori A. Terry, Program Co-Chair, partner at Foster Pepper PLLC, chairs the firm's Environmental Practice Group and concentrates on environmental law and litigation, including permitting infrastructure and transportation projects, land application sites, development projects and industrial facilities. She is a named a "Super Lawyer" by "Washington Law and Politics".

James D. Ray, Special Address, Chief Counsel and Acting Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, supervises all legal aspects of the FHWA. He works to enhance the understanding of federal laws, procedures, and policies relating to transportation.

Deborah L. Cade is Assistant Attorney General in the Transportation and Public Construction Division of the Washington State Office of the Attorney General and is Chief Environmental Counsel to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Brandon Davis, associate at Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott LLP, has played a key role in several design-build and public-private partnership projects. He worked on the Port of Miami Tunnel Project, the first transportation concession in the United States involving compensation in the form of availability payments. He is expertised in federal requirements applicable to transportation projects and restrictions imposed by the federal government on interstates.

P. Stephen DiJulio, partner at Foster Pepper PLLC, focuses on state and local government litigation, land use and environmental law. He is experienced in eminent domain, utilities, local improvement districts, facility sitting and contractor litigation and named a "Super Lawyer" by "Washington Law and Politics".

Joni Earl, Chief Executive Officer of Sound Transit, is responsible for all aspects of Sound Transit, including its capital and operating programs. Past positions include Deputy County Executive of Snohomish County, City Manager of Mill Creek, and Director of Internal Management and Chief Fiscal Officer for Kitsap County.

Dennis Engel, P.E., Project Engineer for the Washington State Department of Transportation, oversees roadway and bridge construction on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, a $615 million project. Previously he worked on design and construction projects around the Tacoma - Pierce County area.

Jessyn Farrell, Executive Director of the Transportation Choices Coalition, speaks and writes on environmental issues including transboundary pollution and international trade. Previously staff attorney for WashPIRG, she developed and directed their first-ever transportation program. She has been on the Transportation Policy Board, Sound Transit Citizen Oversight Panel and the Washington Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity.

Richard D. Ford, senior counsel at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP, focuses on land use, environmental, transportation, administrative and municipal law. He was Executive Director of the Port of Seattle and General Counsel to the Port of Seattle and Washington State Association of County Commissioners.

Joseph P. Gildner, P.E., Deputy Executive Director of Technical Services-Link Light Rail with Sound Transit, oversees design and construction of Sound Transit Projects in Seattle and the Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) Westside Light Rail Project in Portland, Oregon.

Arthur B. Goodwin, P.E., Director of Planning for the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA), is experienced in transportation engineering, primarily with rail freight and intermodal terminal layout and development. His focus is to expand access and capacity to the Ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles and Southern California.

Charlie Howard, Transportation Planning Director for the Puget Sound Regional Council, was previously Director of Strategic Planning and Programming for the Washington State Department of Transportation where he helped develop and implement the state's Growth Management Act.

Kamran Khan, Vice President of Wilbur Smith Associates, performs private consulting work with toll related studies. Previously Senior Advisor for Traffic and Revenue for the Chicago Skyway and the Indiana Toll Road, he is currently the Traffic and Revenue Advisor the Oregon Innovative Partnership Program.

Eric Laschever, a principal with Stoel Rives LLP in land use, environmental and hazardous waste law, focuses on helping private and public clients secure the federal, state and local land use and environmental permits and approvals needed to implement large infrastructure, energy and other complex projects.

Faith L. Lumsden, Director of the Governor's Office of Regulatory Assistance, works on local and state land use planning, environmental permitting, and organizational development. Past projects include the Stevens County comprehensive plan, permitting for the Port Ludlow master-planned resort, and work with Bastyr University on campus expansion plans.

Michael McGinn, Director and founder of the Seattle Great City Initiative, is an experienced attorney and environmental advocate. He chairs Washington State's chapter of the Sierra Club and its Political Committee. As President of the Greenwood Community Council, he works with business owners, property owners, residents and city staff to develop a vision for mixed use redevelopment.

John Munoz, Deputy Director of Finance for the Texas Department of Transportation, is active in the Public Private Partnerships program at TxDOT and involved in the development of business terms and the risk allocation profile for all procurements.

David Pope, Tolls Policy and Planning Manager for the Washington State Department of Transportation, manages long range toll planning. He helped pioneer major tolling projects, including the Orlando (Florida) Expressway Authority's Electronic Toll Collection (ETC), Orange County (California) 91 Express Lanes, and Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

Charlie Sheldon, Managing Director of the Seaport Division of the Port of Seattle, was director of the multi-billion dollar construction program at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. He led the Port's Southwest Harbor Project, which included the environmental restoration of a national Superfund site, and expansion of Terminal 5, at a cost of $275 million.

Judith Shulman, President and Project Manager of PHAROS Corporation, specializes in acquisitions and relocations of transportation, utility and railroad projects. PHAROS serves numerous agency and municipal clients including Sound Transit, WSDOT, BNSF, King County, Seattle and Everett.

Nancy C. Smith, partner at Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott LLP, specializes in innovative contracting and financing for project development, representing public agency project owners using design-build-operate-maintain and public-private partnerships for transportation infrastructure.

J. Tayloe Washburn, member at Foster Pepper PLLC, focuses on developing and managing entitlement strategies on large and complex, public and private projects, litigation, environmental, and land use practice. He is named a "Super Lawyer" and "Top 100 Lawyers" by "Washington Law and Politics" and included in The Best Lawyers in America-Environmental Law, Land Use & Zoning Law.

Brad Watson, a Managing Director in KPMG's Global Infrastructure and Projects Group, is an experienced project manager, providing strategy and policy based advice to senior executives in the private sector and at all levels of government. He leads a team which supports TxDOT's CDA program.