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Frank Liu


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Los Angeles, CA 90017

Frank Liu helps public agencies use innovative procurement methods to deliver highly complex and large-scale highway, bridge, tunnel, transit and social infrastructure projects. 

His work spans every step of the procurement process.  He assists with drafting procurement and contract documents relating to design-build, public-private partnerships (P3s) and design-build-operate-maintain agreements, and advises on proposer evaluation and selection strategies.

Mr. Liu offers infrastructure clients unique expertise in engineering matters. Before attending law school, he worked as a civil engineer with Airport Design Consultants Inc. handling airport design, and with AI Engineers Inc. focusing on bridge inspection.

Representative Work

  • City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports – Landside Access Modernization Program at LAX.  Key member of the legal team advising on a $5 billion program to ease access into and out of the second largest airport in the United States by developing a massive consolidated rental car center, an elevated 2.5-mile automated people mover system, intermodal transportation facilities and a joint station with LA Metro’s Crenshaw Light Rail Line.  Nossaman is assisting the City in its procurement of multiple contracts for the program, including separate DBFOM availability payment agreements for the $2.2 billion APM and $1.1 billion CONRAC elements.  Mr. Liu is assisting with drafting procurement and contract documents.
  • University of California Board of Regents – UC Merced 2020 Campus Expansion.  Member of the legal team advising on this high profile project to accommodate growth of the university system’s newest campus from the current 6,700 students to 10,000 students by 2020.  The $1.3 billion project, procured as an availability payment-based P3, will add approximately 790,000 assignable square feet of new facilities, including student housing, administrative and research space, classrooms and recreational centers and associated infrastructure.  As the first university campus expansion in the United States to be undertaken using the P3 availability payment model, the closely watched project is expected to serve as a template for other colleges seeking to expand or rehabilitate their campuses.  In August 2016, the project reached commercial and financial close with a Plenary-led consortium featuring Webcor Construction LP as its design-build contractor and Johnson Controls, Inc. as its lead operations and management contractor.  Mr. Liu’s services include assisting with structuring the procurement, drafting and finalizing procurement and contract documents, and developing the evaluation process. Project Finance International named the UC Merced 2020 Project the 2016 “Americas P3 Deal of the Year” and IJ Global honored it as the 2016 “North American Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year.”
  • Orange County Transportation Authority – I-405 Improvement Project.  Member of the legal team engaged as part of the Authority’s program management team to advise on a project to add a general purpose lane and a toll lane in each direction, as well as the conversion of an existing HOV lane in each direction, between SR 73 and I-605 in Orange County, California.  The project, the largest highway upgrade in Southern California, will relieve pressure on one of the state’s most congested corridors.  In November 2016, the Authority awarded a $1.2 billion design-build contract to a consortium led by OHL USA Inc. and Astaldi Construction Corp.  Construction on the project, estimated to cost $1.9 billion overall, began in 2018.  Mr. Liu’s role has included assisting in evaluation of SOQs for the project and reviewing procurement and contract documents for compliance with applicable laws and regulations. 
  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel District – Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel Project.  Member of the legal team advising on a new $756 million tunnel beneath the Thimble Shoal Channel in Virginia’s lower Chesapeake Bay.  The second two-lane tunnel will expand capacity and improve safety for travelers utilizing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, the sole connection between Delmarva Peninsula and the Hampton Roads area.  The District awarded the design-build contract in August 2016 to a joint venture of Dragados USA, Inc. and Schiavone Construction Co. LLC.  Construction is expected to begin in October 2017.  Mr. Liu’s work has included legal research and review of procurement documents, contract and technical provisions.   
  • Orange County Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCAs) – Orange County Public Toll Roads.  Member of the legal team advising these agencies on all aspects of planning, developing and operating their toll road system since 1990.  The TCAs were formed by the California Legislature in 1986 to plan, finance, construct and operate Orange County’s public managed lanes network.  The system was primarily financed with proceeds from toll revenue bonds, reducing the need for taxpayer investment in roadway development. Nossaman advised on all of TCA’s contracts, including more than $2 billion in design-build contracts and operation and maintenance contracts for toll roads, facilities and systems.  Mr. Liu’s assignments have included legal research as well as review of procurement and contract documents for compliance with applicable laws and regulations. 
Frank  Liu
Frank  Liu



J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 2014

B.S., Cornell University, 2007



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