Eric Petersen


Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP

Eric Petersen

Eric is an infrastructure procurement, contract and finance lawyer who has spent his entire career of more than three decades at Hawkins. He was instrumental in building the firm’s public-private partnership (P3) and alternative project delivery practice upon a strong foundation of public finance, project finance, construction, tax and environmental law expertise. Eric has, acting as special counsel exclusively on behalf of public sector clients and infrastructure project owners, been the lead negotiator on over 100 major public works contract and financing procurements in more than two dozen states using alternative project delivery. These have resulted in DB, DBO, DBFO, P3, CMAR and asset management contracts valued at over $20bn, including contracts for projects in the water, wastewater, solid waste, social infrastructure, transportation and energy sectors.

His clients across the United States and in Canada include cities, counties, states, public authorities, municipal utilities and regional districts, and his professional experience encompasses all forms of public-private contracting arrangements under which public works facilities are designed, built, operated, maintained, owned and financed. Eric was the lead attorney on three recent groundbreaking and award-winning American P3 contracts, drafting and negotiating the DBFO project agreements on behalf of the State of California for the $400mm New Long Beach Court Building Project (a Bond Buyer deal of the year), on behalf of the San Diego County Water Authority for the $900mm Carlsbad Seawater Desalination Project (a Project Finance Magazine deal of the year), and on behalf of the San Antonio Water System’s $900mm Vista Ridge Regional Supply Project, as well as on DBIA national award-winning water projects for Santa Fe (NM) and Phoenix (AZ). Eric specializes in water and governmental building projects, where he is recognized as one of the pre-eminent practitioners in the country.

Among the public sector clients Eric has represented in his national alternative project delivery and P3 practice are the States of New York, California, New Jersey and Rhode Island and, in the Northwest – Seattle, Spokane County, Fresno, Sacramento, and Victoria CRD; in the Northeast – MWRA (Boston), New York City, Newport, Springfield, Monmouth County and Washington, DC WASA; in the Southwest – San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Phoenix, Pima County, San Antonio, Houston and TRA (Dallas); and in the Southeast – Charlotte, Nashville, Fulton County, Hialeah-Miami Dade and San Juan.

Eric is a co-founder of the U.S. National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, the U.S. Conference of Mayors Water Council and the Performance Based Buildings Coalition, and regularly presents at conferences organized by the NCPPP, the USCM, the Design-Build Institute of America, Public Works Financing, the Clinton Global Initiative, the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange, the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation, the Urban Water Institute, the Solid Waste Association of North America, Underground Infrastructure Management, the International City Managers Association, and other forums on topics critical to the P3 and alternative project delivery field.