Peckar & Abramson
Frank M. Rapoport is a senior partner and a leader in Peckar & Abramson’s Public-Private Partnerships practice group. He works in the firm’s New York and Washington D.C. offices, as well as the newly established firm location in the Philadelphia area.
Mr. Rapoport concentrates his practice on construction, government contracts, infrastructure development and public-private partnerships (P3s). He represents project sponsors, equity investors, lenders and contractors in connection with transportation, social infrastructure, energy, water and parking projects in the United States. Mr. Rapoport is highly regarded for strategizing and implementing successful business-capture plans for clients pursuing P3, design-build and complex infrastructure projects. He combines a deep understanding of the legal and political framework for P3s with the experience of having handled big-ticket government contracts and construction litigation. His knowledge and respect for the political issues in P3 deals have led to many successful collaborations with key government officials.
Mr. Rapoport serves as the Chief Strategy Advisor for the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure (AIAI), the P3 industry’s advocacy nonprofit corporation. He is the sole attorney on the Editorial Board for IREI’s Institutional Investing in Real Estate Newsletter and its annual Institutional Investing in Infrastructure conference. He has also been collaborating with the National Governors Association’s Best Practice Center on the establishment of a national P3 best practices center.
He has chaired regional and national infrastructure summits across the United States, and developed P3 programs with the Urban Land Institute, the New Jersey Alliance for Action and VAIR Training. Mr. Rapoport has published articles and op-eds nationwide on the benefits of P3s and is quoted regularly in The Wall Street Journal and other esteemed publications. He has testified before the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as well as state legislatures in Pennsylvania and Colorado. He is active in promoting P3 legislation in Pennsylvania, Florida, California, New York, New Jersey and other emerging markets.
Mr. Rapoport began his career serving as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Concentrating his practice in the area of federal government contracts and litigation, he litigated contract disputes and false claim matters before the U.S. Court of Claims, the Armed Services Boards of Contract Appeals, the Federal District Courts and the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals. He personally briefed and argued over 20 cases at the appellate level. He also received recognition from the Attorney General for this legal work on behalf of the Department of Defense, NASA, Commerce, FBI, DEA, SBA, GSA, SEC, USIA, and the Office of the President.
• Represented a real estate developer bidding on the Department of Defense Military Housing Privatization Initiative. Supported project capture efforts by strategizing all legal and government affairs endeavors and oversaw legal work necessary to close more than 18 deals valued at over $3 billion.
• Represented a consortium bidding in connection with the New York New Jersey Port Authority’s Goethals Bridge replacement project.
• Represented a design firm teamed to bid for the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project.
• Advised a joint venture bidding for the design, engineering, construction and financing of the proposed High Desert Corridor toll road (north of Los Angeles).
• Represented a consortium interested in bidding for the proposed Yonkers school P3 program.
• Advised two large construction companies on how to engage with private equity for teaming on P3 projects.
• Advised executives and legislative officials exploring P3 legislation in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, California, and Colorado.
• Represented private equity sponsor in joining with national parking operator to pursue P3 projects with cities and universities.
• Represented a corporation in its P3 with NASA to film explorations in outer space.