Co-leader of Projects & Infrastructure

Joseph Seliga

Projects & Infrastructure, Infrastructure Investment, Banking & Finance

"Joe is an outstanding individual and an expert in his field. He has great judgment and provides great advice in a very timely manner."

"He has such deep knowledge and expertise with a fantastic breadth and depth of experience."

Chambers USA


Joe Seliga is co-lead of Mayer Brown’s Government Transactions practice and co-lead of Mayer Brown’s Projects and Infrastructure Industry Team. Joe advises on path-breaking road, bridge, airport, port, public parking, rail, mass transit, social infrastructure, water, wastewater and convention center infrastructure M&A and public-private partnership (P3) transactions. He has advised on many “Deal of the Year” award-winning transactions and has served as counsel to government owners, equity investors, lenders and contractors.


Roads and Bridges: Greenfield Transactions

  • Counsel to the Texas Department of Transportation on the $815 million SH 288 toll lanes project in the Houston metropolitan area, a long-term concession of the existing highway and the construction of new express toll lanes. The winning proposal included a $27 million concession payment to TxDOT.
  • Counsel to the Texas Department of Transportation on the $850 million SH 183 managed lanes project in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, structured as a design-build-finance transaction with a 25-year operations and maintenance requirement, the first of its kind in the United States.


  • Ranked by Chambers USA in two categories – Projects: PPP (2014-present; currently Band 1) and Political Law (2022 - present)
  • "Joseph knows everything and everyone. He is fast, responsive, kind, collegial and a really thoughtful practitioner." - Chambers USA


  • Georgetown University, AB, magna cum laude
    Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of Oxford, St Catherine’s College
    Marshall Scholar, Graduate Researcher in Geography and Urban Development
  • University of Leicester, MA, Urban History with Distinction
    Marshall Scholar
  • Northwestern University School of Law, JD, cum laude
    Coordinating Articles Editor, Northwestern University Law Review


  • Illinois


  • US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit


  • Chair, United States Infrastructure Law Forum
  • Co-Chair, North American Infrastructure Law Forum
  • Vice-Chair, American Bar Association Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section, Transportation Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships Committee
  • Board of Trustees, Chicago History Museum
  • Member, Illinois Campaign Finance Reform Task Force, 2011-2015
  • Member, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, 2011 Emerging Leaders
  • Member, Inaugural Class, Presidential Leadership Scholars, a leadership development program sponsored by the presidential centers of Presidents George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association