International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced today that Diana S. Parks has joined the Firm’s Public Finance practice and Public-Private Partnership (P3) Industry Group in Southern California as a Partner.
Ms. Parks has extensive experience advising public and private clients involved in major P3 infrastructure projects throughout the country, including airport, bridge, rail, managed lanes, hydro and transit projects, among others.
Ms. Parks joins Dorsey from Tutor Perini Corporation in New York, a leading civil and building construction company, where she served as Vice President-Contracts Manager, advising senior management on P3 and design-build projects, as well as general contract and subcontract matters and negotiating contract documents during the industry review process of infrastructure proposals. Before joining Tutor Perini in 2013, she was Senior Counsel at Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation, a global engineering, construction and project management company, in Reston, Virginia, where she advised senior management on complex, civil infrastructure projects and was a member of the P3 Strategic Task Force, which identified and analyzed P3 opportunities in the North American market. Ms. Parks was a partner and associate in the Infrastructure Group of the Nossaman LLP law firm in Los Angeles, California, from 2000 to 2011, where she represented public agencies in large, complex P3 and design-build procurements, as well as complex, mega commercial real estate projects and telecom deals. Early in her legal career she was an associate in private practice with the Rubin Katz Law firm in Santa Fe and held the position of Deputy City Attorney for the City Attorney’s Office of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Ms. Parks has a JD degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and a BS degree from George Mason University.
“Diana Parks is one of the pre-eminent P3 infrastructure lawyers in the United States,” noted Ken Cutler, Managing Partner of Dorsey & Whitney. “Her expertise and experience will bring new scope and depth to Dorsey’s strong P3 Industry Group, which has been instrumental in some of the largest and most innovative recent public-private development projects in the country.”
“I am honored to be joining Dorsey and its extraordinary Firm-wide team of P3, construction and design, project development, and public finance lawyers,” noted Ms. Parks. “I look forward to serving Dorsey’s exceptional client base and being an integral part of the Firm’s initiative in playing a major role in the U.S. infrastructure rebuild.”