Van Ness Feldman has long-standing experience and deep familiarity with the development and operational issues facing port districts, marine terminals, and their commercial and industrial facilities. Our attorneys and policy professionals represent clients in substantial matters involving regulatory compliance and permitting, leasing and property acquisition/disposition, government relations, utility infrastructure planning, hazardous waste and contaminated sites, climate change, and administrative and judicial litigation related to all aspects of the development and use of these types of property. In addition, the firm is highly skilled at drafting and negotiating public contracts with other agencies, businesses, vendors, and contractors ranging from simple business arrangements to complex, multi-year operation and maintenance agreements.
Strategic advice is informed by a foundational understanding of authorizing legislation, laws governing open public meetings and public records, and constraints of constitutional provisions on activities. Van Ness Feldman provides clear and concise counsel guided by decades of experience representing a variety of public entities. The firm is adept at balancing sometimes divergent interests in a fiscally-responsible manner while protecting the vital long-term interests of industry clients.
We actively participate in port and marine terminal industry organizations, which equips our attorneys and policy professionals with a better understanding of issues facing these clients and their operations, and allows us to identify trends and opportunities that could impact the industry’s business and legal interests.