Public-Private Partnerships

Public-private partnerships offer public agencies and the private sector ways to employ cooperative arrangements to achieve shared goals. As public agencies increasingly explore ways to monetize real property assets to financially benefit and utilize land for suitable purposes, Best Best & Krieger LLP attorneys offer guidance and representation.

Our P3 attorneys provide strategic advice to public and private clients that reflects both the long-term and short-term goals of the parties. We take a non-adversarial, solution-oriented approach that considers all interested parties’ needs and the P3 project’s expected lifecycle to ensure a smooth process.

From idea development through negotiation, procurement, implementation and completion, we advise on all aspects of public-private partnerships and joint ventures including:

  • Affordable housing projects
  • Arenas
  • Asset management, monetization and joint-use agreements
  • Commercial/retail/industrial incentives
  • Health care service facilities
  • Major downtown projects, hotels and convention centers
  • Military base reuse
  • Procurement and alternative service delivery
  • Property leasing and joint-use arrangements
  • Public facilities and infrastructure procurement and financing
  • Statutory development agreements
  • Telecommunications (domestic and international)
  • Transportation projects

Our team integrates public agency law, land use, commercial law, real estate transactions and finance, and public finance and construction law experience, positioning us to provide comprehensive guidance to ensure success. Combining real-world business experience with extensive knowledge about how government agencies work, we advise on government legislative and decision-making processes, political environments and financing tools, governing laws and public relations concerns.
Additionally, we advise on allocation and management of the risks inherent in each transaction, including design, construction, operation, financing and taxation impacts, as well as state and federal regulatory issues, which are often at the heart of public-private partnerships.
BB&K attorneys have pioneered new and evolving public-private contractual arrangements for transportation and public infrastructure projects, redevelopment, military base reuse, master planned communities, commercial and industrial projects. We provide the tools that enable public entities, private project proponents and investors new and expanded opportunities to succeed, especially during trying economic times. Whether it is the delivery of capital projects or a particular service, a concession, performance, an incentive, or a philanthropic agreement, BB&K has the experience to help P3 partners reach workable solutions.


Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Public Agency Litigation | Public Contracts & Construction
Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Water
Areas of Focus: Municipal Law | Public-Private Partnerships
Areas of Focus: Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Relations | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) | Public-Private Partnerships | Water | Water Quality
Areas of Focus: Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Public-Private Partnerships | Real Estate | Telecommunications
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Eminent Domain | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Municipal Law | Public-Private Partnerships
Areas of Focus: California Public Utilities Commission | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Public-Private Partnerships | Telecommunications
Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Environmental Litigation | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Public-Private Partnerships
Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Municipal Law | Public-Private Partnerships
Event Apr 29, 2021

Emerging Issues Relevant to City Attorneys

League of California Cities 2021 City Attorneys' Conference

Press Releases Sep 15, 2020

D.C. Litigator Lisa A. Bell Joins BB&K Labor & Employment Practice

Former Senior Counsel and Trial Attorney in the D.C. AG's Office

Press Releases May 04, 2020

Two BB&K Attorneys Among JD Supra Top Authors List

Housing Webinar by Partners Ruben Duran and Michael Maurer Among Most Popular Posts

BB&K Webinar Mar 05, 2020

Using Green Bonds to Help Your Public Agency Further its Public Policy Goals

BB&K Free Webinar

Event Feb 05, 2020

2020 LCC City Manager's Conference

League of California Cities

Press Releases Jan 17, 2020

Southern California Super Lawyers 2020

Nine BB&K Attorneys Earn Recognition

Videos Oct 30, 2019

[WEBINAR] Housing and Land Use Legislative Update

BB&K Webinar

Videos Jul 29, 2019

[WEBINAR] Innovative Partnerships to Overcome Housing Challenges in Communities

BB&K Webinar

Videos Jul 12, 2019

[WEBINAR] Focusing on the “US” in HoUSing: Merging Housing, Transportation, Incentives and Community

BB&K Webinar

BB&K In the News May 28, 2019

BB&K’s Joe Coomes an Urban Land Institute Sacramento Legacy Series Guest

Sacramento Business Journal Promotes Program

Event Mar 04, 2019

P3 for Small and Mid-Sized Public Agencies

Public-Private Partnership Conference & Expo

Event Feb 28, 2019

Development Agreements, Public-Private Partnerships and Redevelopment 2.0

University of California, Davis, Extension Course

Press Releases Dec 19, 2018

Cities’ Struggles to Meet Obligations Are Real — BB&K Municipal Law Team Grows to Help

New and Expanded Services and More Attorneys and Staff Added in 2018

Press Releases Dec 17, 2018

BB&K Welcomes Water and Environmental Partner Lowry Crook

Served Senior Positions with the Army Corps of Engineers and the White House

Press Releases Oct 04, 2018

BB&K Partner Seth Merewitz Named a Top 100 Attorney

Daily Journal Recognizes California’s Best

Event Jul 23, 2018

Are Drones and Flying Cars Coming to Your City?

The P3 Airport Summit

Client Successes Jun 04, 2018

Public-Private Partnership Paves Way to Hotel and Convention Center Development

BB&K Team Led by Partner Seth Merewitz Represents Port of San Diego in P3 Deal

Videos Apr 24, 2018

Infrastructure, Pensions and the Environment – The Complex Puzzle of Funding Our Future

The Bill is Due: Now What? Infrastructure, Pensions and the Environment

Event Apr 18, 2018

Understanding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

American Association of Port Authorities

BB&K In the News Mar 20, 2018

Overachievers' Breakfast Menu: Joseph Coomes, Jr.

The Sacramento Business Journal Asked the BB&K Attorney What he Eats to Start the Day

Legal Alerts Feb 12, 2018

Federal Infrastructure Outline Released

Details Local Agencies Need are Included

Event Nov 02, 2017

Enhancing EIFDs

What Are the Challenges and Barriers and How Can They Be Addressed?

Legal Alerts Oct 16, 2017

The Governor’s Housing Package

Affordable Housing Production in California Gets a Boost from Sacramento

Event Oct 03, 2017

P3 Preparedness for Higher Education Projects

Public-Private Partnership Higher Education Summit

Videos Jul 24, 2017

Promoting Public and Private Sector Collaboration in a Driverless World [VIDEO]

Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the Law

Event May 05, 2017

Applying P3s to Stormwater

P3 Water Summit

BB&K In the News Apr 06, 2017

Aliso Viejo Kicks Off Public Meetings on Town Center's Future

BB&K Partner Seth Merewitz Discusses Development with the Orange County Register

BB&K In the News Apr 04, 2017

Riverside County Seeks Investors for Broadband Initiative

BB&K Assisted with RFP Drafting

Event Mar 08, 2017

What Developers and Their Lawyers Need to Learn About Public-Private Partnerships

L.A. County Bar Association

Event Feb 27, 2017

Public Agency P3 Preparedness

2017 Public-Private Partnership Conference and Expo

Legal Alerts Jan 18, 2017

The Trump Infrastructure Plan

How BB&K Can Help Your Agency Position and Respond

Videos Nov 30, 2016

Elizabeth Hull Video Bio


Videos Nov 22, 2016

Joseph Byrne Video Bio


BB&K In the News Oct 20, 2016

Joe Coomes: There at Creation

BB&K Attorney Coomes Comments on Golden 1 Center Public-Private Partnership

Event Sep 14, 2016

New and Improved Funding Tools for Projects

New Opportunities in Public/Private Finance and Development

Press Releases Sep 09, 2016

BB&K Attorney Joseph E. Coomes, Jr. Contributes to ULI’s Public-Private Partnerships Report

Pioneer of Redevelopment Coomes Lends His Insights as Contributing Author and Editor

Authored Articles & Publications Aug 24, 2016

Sweeping Six-Case Win For Water District Helps Secure Orange County’s Water Supply

BB&K Partner Michelle Ouellette Authors a Summary of Recent Appellate Victory for Orange County Lawyer Magazine

BB&K In the News Aug 02, 2016

Public-Private Partnerships in Municipal Broadband Internet

By Seth Merewitz

BB&K In the News Jul 11, 2016

Long Beach's New City Hall Will be Privately Owned Under Complex Deal

BB&K Partner Seth Merewitz Discusses Public-Private Partnerships with Southern California Public Radio KPCC

Event Jun 15, 2016

Public-Private Partnerships and Innovations in Placemaking

StimULI Breakfast

Client Successes May 13, 2016

BB&K Secures CEQA Appellate Victory in Water Project

Six Challenges to Public-Private Partnership Effort Overcome

Legal Alerts May 11, 2016

Sweeping Six-Case Win for Water District

Court Upholds Public-Private Groundwater Conservation and Recovery Project That Will Serve Customers Throughout Southern California

Event Mar 08, 2016

Making the Partnership Work: Implementing P3s

Public-Private Partnership Conference

Authored Articles & Publications Feb 10, 2016

Innovative Public-Private Partnership for the New Long Beach Civic Center

Authored Articles & Publications Sep 29, 2013

[PRESENTATION] Municipal Broadband and Opportunities for Public-Private Partnerships

By Gail A. Karish

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