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The Leftwich Team

Thomas D. Bridenbaugh

Thomas D. Bridenbaugh

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  • The University of California at Berkeley, B.A., Political Science, 1987
  • The American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1991

Bar and Court Admissions:

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • California

Thomas D. Bridenbaugh is a Member of the firm. He represents both private and governmental entities in business transactions, including real estate development, public/private partnerships, government contracts, and construction matters. Significant matters handled by Mr. Bridenbaugh include the following:

• 2013 to 2015 – Engaged by the City Administrator for the District of Columbia to represent the District in connection with the development of a new soccer stadium for the DC United Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise. As part of this engagement, Mr. Bridenbaugh negotiated the terms of a letter of intent between the District of Columbia and DC United pursuant to which the District would act as a “horizontal developer” for the new stadium and DC United would construct the stadium itself. Mr. Bridenbaugh is currently leading the negotiations with DC United over the definitive transaction documents (i.e. a Development Agreement and Groundlease) with DC United necessary to implement the LOI. He is also leading acquisition negotiations with the various land owners holding property at the proposed soccer stadium site.

• June 2007 to 2016 – Engaged by the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization to assist in implementing a proposed 15 year $2.4 billion modernization of the District of Columbia Public School system. As part of this engagement, Mr. Bridenbaugh helped to develop the infrastructure necessary to successfully implement this effort. Among other things, Mr. Bridenbaugh oversaw the development of procurement regulations tailored specifically for the Office and its mission; developed and managed the procurement of a program management team to assist the Office in the modernization effort; assisted in overseeing and managing the efforts of two separate program management teams tasked with managing a $55 million crash program to upgrade 72 schools during the summer of 2007. Between June 2007 and the end of 2008, Mr. Bridenbaugh acted as OPEFM’s procurement & legal advisor in connection with approximately $580 million in new construction and renovation projects that were purchased during that timeframe. OPEFM merged into the Department of General Service in 2011 and have continue to advise DGS on procurement matters.

• 2004 to 2008 – Assisted the District of Columbia Sports and Entertainment Commission in connection with development, construction and procurement issues related to the renovation of RFK Stadium and the development of a new $611 million Ballpark for the Washington Nationals MLB franchise. Among other things, this engagement included the following tasks: (i) served as procurement advisor to the Commission in connection with the award of the various contracts necessary to renovate RFK Stadium to serve as an interim home for Washington Nationals Major League Baseball franchise; (ii) served as the legal and procurement advisor to the Commission in connection with a Design-Build and Completion Guarantee Agreement pursuant to which a design-build contractor was engaged to design and construct the new Ballpark for the Washington Nationals; and (iii) represented the Sports Commission in a wide range of development matters related to the Ballpark including the closing of streets and alleys, the negotiation of easements, covenants and memoranda of understanding between various city agencies and other affected parties related to site infrastructure and other development matters. The Sports Commission merged into the newly created Washington Convention and Sports Authority that we continue to advise.

• 1996 to 2004 – Lead attorney with day-to-day responsibility for the firm’s work as development counsel for the Washington Convention Center Authority. The firm served as lead development counsel to the Authority in connection with all of the Authority’s major contracting actions necessary to develop Washington, D.C.’s $850 million new convention center. Specific assignments have included: (i) advising the authority in connection with purchasing of the prime construction contract and drafting the same; (ii) developing the request for proposals and contract documents necessary to hire a contractor to finance, design, build and operate the central plant for that facility; (iii) developing the request for proposals and contract documents for contractor to finance, design, install and operate all of the facilities technology and telecommunications systems; and (iv) advising the authority in connection with the procurements for various professional services, including engineers, program managers, traffic consultants, etc. Also served as lead counsel in connection with the street and alley closing process which, at that time, was the largest street and alley closing in the District’s history.

• 2003 to 2004 – Served as special real estate counsel to East Baltimore Development, Inc., a public/private partnership that is charged with redeveloping approximately 80 acres located in Baltimore, Maryland. In this capacity, we structured the process by which a master developer was selected to develop the first 20 acres of the site. We also assisted EBDI in negotiating the terms of the Land Disposition Agreement with the City of Baltimore.

• 2001 to 2002 – Represented the Prince George’s County Housing Authority in the negotiations related to the creation of a public/private partnership to redevelop a multi-family housing project. The development plan contemplated that the site would be redeveloped as a mixed use site funded, in part, by low-income housing tax credits.

• 1999 to 2002 – Represented the National Capital Revitalization Corporation, a government real estate development entity charted by the Council of the District of Columbia, in connection with its formation. This engagement included helping the Corporation develop and obtain Council approval for its Revitalization Plan as well as drafting various policies and procedures (i.e. ethics, procurement, etc.) necessary to govern the Corporation’s operations.

• 1999 to 2004 – Represented the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority in connection with a wide range of procurement matters including bid protests, structuring procurements, drafting contract documents and procurement policies.

• 1998 – Represented a non-profit developer in connection with the renovation and resale of a public housing project located in the District of Columbia. There, he negotiated a design-build-finance agreement to renovate the public housing project. The agreement contemplated that the developer would rehabilitate the project and resell condominium units to low income individuals

Earlier in his career, Mr. Bridenbaugh represented the Resolution Trust Corporation in a range of real estate and government contract related matters. He also acted as on-site counsel to the subsidiaries of a major RTC-Conservatorship located in Maryland, where he provided day-to-day advice on corporate governance, contract negotiations, and matters related to mortgage servicing portfolios and operations.