Garrett A. Phipps

Of Counsel Chicago
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Garrett has significant experience in public private partnerships, infrastructure and project finance. He joined Taft’s Chicago office after working both at a large firm and as a general counsel. As a GC, Garrett had responsibility for several operating companies that worked with some of the most prominent infrastructure investors and/or operators. Over the past 10 years, he has worked with global entities such as Macquarie, Cintra, Ferrovial and IFM Investors.

Representative Experience

  • Significant experience interpreting leases for the maximum benefit of the concessionaire. Drove process to expand Indiana Toll Road lease, with seven amendments and an ultimately amended and restated lease.
  • Responsible for ensuring contract compliance for operating standards, financial and technical reporting, and regulatory requirements.
  • Experienced with testifying in front of the Illinois and Indiana Congressional Transportation Committees.
  • Provided assistance with disclosure statements and in annual audits.
  • Understanding of project modeling, having proactively worked with various traffic analysts to understand the inputs and variables that are part of a model.
  • Extensive experience as member of bid and finance teams for parent companies, including bond issuances, note purchases, PABs, and TIFIA financing.
  • Successfully led company through Chapter 11 restructuring process involving a sale of ITRCC ($5.7B). During process, directly managed and was responsible for a team of over 100 legal, technical, and financial advisors.
  • Drafted and negotiated numerous complex contracts (e.g., a $250 million design build contract, a $180 million cross-border IT contract, and a wide variety of other material contracts).
  • Represented various companies in legal disputes and selected & supervised outside counsel.
  • Significant general construction experience as both contractor and owner, drafting, negotiating, and resolving disputes of material construction contracts.
  • Risk and compliance experience, including active maintenance of risk register and monthly compliance self-certification.
  • Significant experience with commercial and legal issues related to property and real estate matters, including being responsible for Right of Way acquisition and a variety of property issues.


  • Man of Service Award Honoree, Black Star

  • Robert L. Berner Jr. Pro Bono Award of Excellence Honoree

All Service Areas


  • University of Michigan Law School (2003)
  • University of Chicago Divinity School (1999)
  • University of San Francisco, B.A. (1996)


  • Federal - Northern District of Illinois
  • State - Illinois
  • State - Indiana

Professional Affiliations

  • Illinois State Bar Association


  • Indiana Bar Association


  • American Bar Association


  • International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association


Community Involvement

  • Black Star Project


  • Catholic Charities