Infra attorney Ornitz joins MLA

Richard Ornitz, who headed infrastructure for Patton Boggs and DLA Piper, has joined McKenna Long & Aldridge in New York.

Respected infrastructure lawyer and trained engineer Richard Ornitz has taken a position in the New York office of international law firm McKenna Long & Aldridge (MLA).

MLA noted Ornitz is the “sixth addition” to its New York site in the past year. The firm said Ortiz would serve as senior counsel in its corporate practice, which has a global infrastructure and public-private partnership (PPP; P3) group.

Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean is a member of the McKenna infrastructure and PPP group, according to the firm. In 2011, MLA added Federal Highway Administration (FWHA) chief counsel Marcus Lemon to the team.

Prior to joining MLA, Ornitz chaired infrastructure for Washington, D.C.-based Patton Boggs, which he joined in 2011 from DLA Piper.

As a lawyer, Ornitz has been involved in the M1-M15 Toll Motorway concession in Hungary as well as the Long Beach Court Building Project – the first social infrastructure P3 in America.

Ornitz worked in senior management for Degussa. He is also chairman of infrastructure developer Infralinx.