July 16, 2019

Fred R. Wagner

Fred Wagner served as Chief Counsel of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) from 2011 to 2014.  His practice focuses on major project and infrastructure development, including environmental reviews, permitting and approvals from a wide range of federal and state natural resources agencies, and litigation defense of project decisions and policies. He leads the Firm’s Natural Resources and Project Development Practice Group.

Mr. Wagner originally joined Beveridge & Diamond in 1991 and was named a Principal in 2000. In December 2010, he was appointed by President Obama as Chief Counsel of FHWA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

As FHWA Chief Counsel, Mr. Wagner assisted DOT leadership on the highest priority legislative and regulatory issues, and partnered with the U.S. Department of Justice in the defense of litigation challenging transportation projects of national significance. He managed all legal matters concerning the $40 billion Federal-Aid Highway program, including environmental and natural resources issues for highway and multi-modal transportation projects across the U.S.  He represented FHWA on the Obama Administration’s Transportation Rapid Response Team, a special multi-agency task force focused on project delivery and environmental review reforms.

Mr. Wagner was actively involved in numerous high-profile projects at FHWA, including the Ohio River Bridges in Kentucky and Indiana, the Bonner Bridge in North Carolina, the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York, the Birmingham Northern Beltline in Alabama, the Zoo Interchange in Wisconsin, the State Road 520 Bridge and HOV project in Washington State, the Presidio Parkway in San Francisco, California, and the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway in Chicago, Illinois.

Articles in the National Law Review database by Fred R. Wagner