People: Charles E. "Chuck" Wall, Partner

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Charles E. "Chuck" Wall

Partner

Washington, D.C.
Direct: (202) 828-3533
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Chuck Wall is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a member of the firm’s national Construction practice. Mr. Wall is a trusted advisor on complex public-private partnerships (P3s or PPPs) and infrastructure development. Building on the common ground between business and government, he helps clients craft successful partnering arrangements for large-scale transportation and social infrastructure projects.

Mr. Wall assists clients in all aspects of public-private partnerships and infrastructure development, from initial concept through procurement, design, construction, post-completion and long-term operation and maintenance. His experience is extensive and involves some of the largest, most unique and most complicated P3 projects in the U.S., several of which involve capital expenditures in the billions.

His work focuses on crafting project-specific risk-sharing arrangements involving the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of high-priority highways, transit systems, airport facilities and water/wastewater systems, among others. Mr. Wall has advised both private- and public-sector clients on numerous concession arrangements (greenfield and brownfield) and other alternative project deliveries and procurement-related matters. Through this work, he has developed a deep understanding of the substantial risks and opportunities these ventures can present construction firms/JVs, equity members, lenders, designers, operation and maintenance providers, and public agencies.

In addition to P3s, Mr. Wall advises clients on a vast array of construction and corporate matters, including design-build and other construction-related contracts, joint ventures and teaming arrangements, and issues that arise through procurement, project execution, O&M and beyond. His comprehensive understanding of the construction and transportation industries, combined with his corporate and government relations experience, enables him to proficiently work through the details and subtleties of a project while also helping clients keep focused on the big picture.

To help clients in achieving success, he approaches issues and potential roadblocks with next steps in mind. Through “outside-the-box” thinking and a collaborative win-win approach, he seeks first to work with all parties to identify trouble spots early and develop workable solutions to even the most challenging problems. As a skilled negotiator with over 25 years of experience, Mr. Wall provides clients with a steady hand to navigate through the myriad of issues that may arise, from the routine to the most complex.

Chuck Wall is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a member of the firm’s national Construction practice. Mr. Wall is a trusted advisor on complex public-private partnerships (P3s or PPPs) and infrastructure development. Building on the common ground between business and government, he helps clients craft successful partnering arrangements for large-scale transportation and social infrastructure projects.

Mr. Wall assists clients in all aspects of public-private partnerships and infrastructure development, from initial concept through procurement, design, construction, post-completion and long-term operation and maintenance. His experience is extensive and involves some of the largest, most unique and most complicated P3 projects in the U.S., several of which involve capital expenditures in the billions.

His work focuses on crafting project-specific risk-sharing arrangements involving the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of high-priority highways, transit systems, airport facilities and water/wastewater systems, among others. Mr. Wall has advised both private- and public-sector clients on numerous concession arrangements (greenfield and brownfield) and other alternative project deliveries and procurement-related matters. Through this work, he has developed a deep understanding of the substantial risks and opportunities these ventures can present construction firms/JVs, equity members, lenders, designers, operation and maintenance providers, and public agencies.

In addition to P3s, Mr. Wall advises clients on a vast array of construction and corporate matters, including design-build and other construction-related contracts, joint ventures and teaming arrangements, and issues that arise through procurement, project execution, O&M and beyond. His comprehensive understanding of the construction and transportation industries, combined with his corporate and government relations experience, enables him to proficiently work through the details and subtleties of a project while also helping clients keep focused on the big picture.

To help clients in achieving success, he approaches issues and potential roadblocks with next steps in mind. Through “outside-the-box” thinking and a collaborative win-win approach, he seeks first to work with all parties to identify trouble spots early and develop workable solutions to even the most challenging problems. As a skilled negotiator with over 25 years of experience, Mr. Wall provides clients with a steady hand to navigate through the myriad of issues that may arise, from the routine to the most complex.

Education

  • J.D., University of Richmond (1989)
    University of Richmond Law Review

  • B.B.A., The College of William and Mary (1986)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Affiliations

  • American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) (P3 Conference Planning Committee, 2016–present)
  • Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (Design-Build Committee, 2009–2015, 2017–present)
  • Virginia Bar Association Transportation Law Section (Chair, 2017–2019)
  • Virginia Governor-Elect’s Transition Council on Transportation Policy (2013–2014)
  • American Bar Association Public Contract Law Section, Forum on Construction Law
  • Virginia State Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism (Past Chair)
  • Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference (Past Member, Board of Governors)
  • American Heart Association Regional Heart Walk (Past Member, Executive Leadership Team)
  • Community Brain Injury Services (Past Member, Board of Directors; recognized as an inaugural member of Honorary Board in 2018)

Representative Engagements

  • Represented a design-build joint venture through commercial and financial close of the $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate in Florida. This availability-payment P3 will add four tolled express lanes, rebuild 15 major interchanges, and add or replace 127 bridges.
  • Negotiated on behalf of the private-sector partner for rights to develop the Coalfields Expressway in Virginia, a unique greenfield highway project involving “coal synergy” innovations to save billions in development costs.
  • Advised the design-build joint venture to a shortlisted proponent pursuing a P3 for a highly-sophisticated electronic train system at Los Angeles International Airport known as the Automated People Mover, the first APM system procured through an availability payment delivery model.
  • Represented the EPC contractor for a shortlisted consortium pursuing Maryland’s 16-mile Purple Line, a 21-station light rail project connecting with four branches of the Metrorail system, Amtrak, and all three MARC commuter rail lines.
  • Advised a local government on structuring and procuring a proposed P3 for new and expanded educational facilities in conjunction with commercial development on the current school campus to help fund capital costs and elevate commercial activity within the locality.
  • Represented a design-build joint venture as part of a shortlisted consortium’s pursuit of the multimodal Transform 66 – Outside the Beltway project in Virginia. This revenue-risk P3 involves 22 miles of managed lanes along with rapid bus and park-and-ride facilities.
  • Advised an equity member of a shortlisted proponent pursuing the I-10 Mobile River Bridge P3 in Alabama. The 11-mile revenue-risk project involves a new six-lane cable-stayed bridge, replacement of the existing interstate bayway, and five interchange modifications.

Presentations

  • Moderator, "(Don’t) Kill All the Lawyers…Untangling Risk Issues in P3 Projects," 2019 ARTBA P3 Conference, Washington, DC (July 19, 2019)
  • Panelist, "The Contractor’s Role on the P3 Project Team," P3 Program Forum, presented by Maryland Transportation Builders and Materials Association, Hanover, MD (March 22, 2019)
  • Panelist, "Troublesome Design and Construction Risk Transfers in P3s” (July 2018)
  • Presenter, "P3s in Transportation: Developments Affecting the Construction Industry" (June 2018)
  • Presenter, “Follow the Money – New Rules for Construction Funding and Public-Private Partnerships” (July 2017)
  • Panelist, “Leaders Predict the Future,” 6th Annual Real Estate Forum (April 2015)
  • Moderator, “Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure in Virginia: What’s the Deal?” (July 2014)
  • Presenter, “Public-Private Partnerships: Smooth Sailing or Choppy Waters in the Wake of Elizabeth River Crossings and VDOT v. Meeks?” (June 2014)

Publications

  • Co-Author, “Navigating Risk Allocation in P3 Agreements,” Construction Executive (January 11, 2019)
  • Co-Author, "Public-Private Partnerships," chapter of the Virginia Construction Law Deskbook (2016)

Accolades

  • AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Construction Law (2017–2019)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America as 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in Construction Law in Richmond
  • Named to Virginia Business magazine’s Legal Elite (2004–present)
  • Recognized as a “Top Forty Under 40” by Inside Business magazine (1999)

Media Quotes

  • Quoted, "5 Public-Private Transportation Projects to Watch," Law360 (July 1, 2016)