Shelly Brown provides legal and transportation consulting services to a variety of public agencies in the Pacific Northwest and across the country through her consulting firm, Shelly Brown Associates, and frequently partners with other consultants on large, multi-team projects.
Ms. Brown's areas of emphasis include analysis of federal, state, and local funding strategies, project development and oversight, procurement issues, environmental compliance, and public/private partnerships, including transit-oriented development.
Ms. Brown has served as a liaison between various government agencies, as a protest officer on multi-million dollar bid protests, and as an expert witness in litigation between public transit agencies and private sector service providers. She has drafted interlocal agreements, grant applications, and governance studies, and provided training and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act, federal drug and alcohol testing programs, charter bus requirements, and other regulatory issues.
Ms. Brown brings to her practice 10 years of experience as Regional Counsel for the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Region 10 office in Seattle, where her responsibilities included providing a wide array of legal advice and training to regional office staff and FTA grant recipients in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska.
Prior to working with the FTA, Ms. Brown served as an Assistant Regional Counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region 10 office in Seattle, and in various positions with the Union Pacific Railroad.
Ms. Brown is active on the Transportation Research Board, where she served as Chair of the Legal Resources Group Executive Board and as a member of the Technical Activities Council; the American Public Transportation Association, where she served on the SAFETEA-LU Reauthorization Task Force; and the Puget Sound Chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar, where she has held several board positions. She is a frequent speaker at national conferences of these organizations, as well as at state and local transportation conferences and continuing legal education programs.