Burns & Levinson attorney Matthew G. Feher has been selected to serve on the Washington, D.C.-based Design-Build Institute of America's (DBIA) Legislative & Legal Committee.

DBIA, whose members include architects, engineers, specialty contractors, public and private facility owners, attorneys, industry consultants, business development professionals, and faculty, is the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes design-build best practices.

DBIA's Legislative & Legal Committee is tasked with developing a strategy to expand legislative authority for design-build, best value and qualifications-based selection; overseeing contract document updates and developments to ensure that DBIA form documents are known as a fair basis for projects; collaborating with DBIA's committee on Public-Private Partnerships (P3); and making recommendations to the DBIA National Board of Directors as it relates to issues on which the Institute should consider a formal position.

Matthew, who also serves on the New England Chapter of DBIA's Board of Directors, has focused his career on representing and serving the interests of municipal government throughout New England, including in Massachusetts. He serves or has served as special counsel to local and regional governments on the procurement, design, construction, financing and governance of water, wastewater and solid waste utilities, public building and civic projects, including in connection with the use of P3 project delivery. Matthew previously advocated the interests of all 351 cities and towns of Massachusetts as a senior lobbyist for ten years, during which time he was active on legislative issues, executive branch decisions, and state-level court cases involving municipal finance, public works, transportation, public utilities, procurement, real estate development, zoning and municipal and regional administration matters.

Matthew is a member of Burns & Levinson's Infrastructure & Public Private Partnerships, Design & Construction, Real Estate and Corporate practices. Attorneys within these groups routinely represent local and regional governments in a variety of areas including infrastructure, project finance, procurement, public projects, complex real estate development and environmental law. Besides DBIA, Matthew is an active member of the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association, serving on its Executive Committee and acting as chair of the municipal bar's Legislative Committee. He was recently appointed to the Massachusetts Municipal Association standing policy committee on Municipal and Regional Administration.

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