Washington, DC, September 7, 2011—Robert S. Brams, a Patton Boggs partner and chair of the firm’s Construction Law Group, has recently been appointed by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to serve on the state’s Joint Legislative and Executive Commission on Oversight of Public-Private Partnerships.
As the only private sector representative, Mr. Brams will play an active role in supporting Commission Chair Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown’s commitment to improving Maryland’s infrastructure and in creating what Lt. Governor Brown has referred to as a “transparent, accountable and predictable” framework for private investment in [Maryland’s] public infrastructure.” In addition to being approved by Governor O’Malley, Mr. Brams’ appointment was approved by Maryland’s Senate President, Senator Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. and Maryland House Speaker, Representative Michael E. Busch.
Mr. Brams has 25 years of experience handling federal and state procurement matters, negotiating the various complex contractual arrangements associated with the development of major engineering and construction projects and in litigating the disputes arising on public and private sector projects. He regularly assists owners, developers, architects, engineers and contractors on a broad range of domestic and international matters involving facility and infrastructure development, public-private partnerships, project delivery, procurement, as well as project and construction management. On transactional and disputed matters, he has represented clients on some of the largest and most notable construction and infrastructure projects in the DC region, the United States and overseas.
“The Commission will benefit greatly from Bob’s experience and invaluable insight,” said Edward Newberry, managing partner of Patton Boggs. “His appointment to the Commission will continue Patton Boggs’ legacy of contribution to major development initiatives key to our region and throughout the country.”
Authorized in June 2010, the Maryland Joint Legislative and Executive Commission on Oversight of Public-Private Partnerships is charged with assessing the administration and implementation of public-private partnerships in Maryland. After evaluating certain statutory definitions that apply to public-private partnerships, the Commission will determine if the definitions must be amended, advise how legislative monitoring of public-private partnerships should be conducted going forward and establish the policy parameters such partnerships should be negotiated within.
Other Commission members include Senator James E. DeGrange (D), District 32; Richard F. Colburn (R), District 37; Delegate Tawanna P. Gaines (D), District 22; Delegate Stephen W. Lafferty (D), District 42; State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp; Secretary of General Services Alvin C. Collins; Secretary of Transportation Beverley K. Swaim-Staley; Chancellor William E. Kirwan, Ph.D., University System of Maryland; President Carolane Williams, Ph.D., Baltimore City Community College; President David Wilson, Ed.D., Morgan State University; President Joseph R. Urgo, Ph.D., St. Mary’s College of Maryland; Executive Director Robert C. Brennan, MEDCO; and Executive Director Michael J. Frenz, Maryland Stadium Authority.
In a recent press release issued by the office of Lt. Governor Brown highlighting the Commission’s first meeting, the lieutenant governor reaffirmed the importance of private investment in public infrastructure within Maryland, stating: “Private investment in public infrastructure can help Maryland create jobs while building and maintaining our critical infrastructure.”