Key Experience

  • Leads the firm’s infrastructure and transportation practice and co-leads the firm’s autonomous vehicles initiative.
  • Clients include public and private sector entities in the transportation and infrastructure sectors, as well as companies regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT).
  • Regularly provides guidance on the complexity of how infrastructure projects come together and are monetized in the United States, including evaluating and managing regulatory risks and navigating the government procurement process.
  • Advises clients on the range of issues around smart cities, including infrastructure planning and development, monetizing investments and rules around safety and liability.

Practice

Susan Lent represents clients before the DOT, other federal agencies and the U.S. Congress.

Representative Work

  • Advised Keolis, a global provider of transportation services, in connection with its participation in a pilot project sponsored by AAA to operate an autonomous shuttle in the city of Law Vegas. The self-driving shuttle is the largest self-driving pilot project in the United States to operate in live traffic.
  • Assisting a client who is seeking authority to test autonomous vehicles on public roads.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for a client from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after an audit of the Port Security Grant.
  • Advise the Houston Airport System on a range of regulatory and policy matters.
  • Advising the city of Houston on a range of issues involving development and operations, including securing funding and approvals after Hurricane Harvey.

Speeches