Ballard Spahr Creates Rail Infrastructure Group Out of Utah

Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll brought on a new partner to its Salt Lake City office to head up the firm’s newly created passenger-rail infrastructure group.

Kathryn H.S. Pett was the former secretary and general counsel at the Utah Transit Authority.

The new practice area will help clients with issues related to the development of infrastructure for intercity rail, regional commuter rail and light rail transit operations.

Pett will be joined at the firm by her former colleague at the Utah Transit Authority. Bart Simmons was the senior corporate counsel at the authority and will join Ballard Spahr as of counsel in the public finance department. After leaving the authority, Simmons represented public and private clients on issues regarding federal and state government contract requirements.

“Kathryn is a great addition and brings to us a new, cutting-edge practice,” Ballard Spahr Chairman Arthur Makadon said in a statement. “Kathryn’s extensive experience as secretary and general counsel of the Utah Transit Authority makes her one of the leading lawyers in the country in the area of infrastructure transit projects. With Kathryn’s impressive array of transportation clients, the practice area will take off, especially given the other resources that we will make available to her.”

Pett managed the $185 million contract negotiations between the authority and the Union Pacific Railroad.

Both Pett and Simmons join from Snell & Wilmer in Salt Lake City.

— Gina Passarella, Staff Reporter

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