International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced today that Dorsey Partners Lynnette Slater Crandall and Jocelyn Knoll have written a chapter: “Public-Private Partnerships for State and Local Public Infrastructure and Improvements” in the American Bar Association (ABA) State and Local Construction Projects: An Attorney's Handbook.

This handbook highlights the critical differences that frequently exist between the law applicable to state and local public works versus private works so that owners, contractors, subcontractors and design professionals can avoid the many pitfalls and surprises that can arise due to such differences. Although the law of each state or local jurisdiction may vary in its particulars, there are a number of common differences between the law applicable to public and private projects. Familiarity with such differences enables those providing legal advice to participants on public projects and the participants themselves to better understand and discern the particular requirements of their state or local jurisdiction and how it differs from those applicable to private construction projects.

State and Local Construction Projects: An Attorney's Handbook is available for purchase through the American Bar Association’s online store.

Crandall and Knoll lead Dorsey’s P3 Industry Group and Construction Practice Group, respectively, which includes more than 50 attorneys from key practice areas throughout Dorsey’s U.S. offices and provide advice and counsel to public and private entities involved in the development, financing, construction, operation and management of all types of public infrastructure projects. Dorsey’s national P3 practice has been successful in structuring public-private partnerships using standard development, financing and contracting tools, as well as innovative partnerships that require negotiating or legislating creative new financing and partnership models to achieve desired incentives and goals and allocate risk between the public and private sectors.