Kevin Sheys guides railroad and other surface transportation industry clients through transactions and regulatory challenges to help them achieve their objectives.

He advises clients on high-priority freight and passenger railroad, interstate bus, and public transit projects and transactions and handles regulatory matters before the Surface Transportation Board (STB), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), and Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

In the passenger sector, Kevin has structured and negotiated more than 60 intercity, commuter, and light rail, streetcar, and bus projects and transactions, including company and asset acquisitions, shared use agreements, and related regulatory clearances. He has advised government agencies, operators, and rolling stock and equipment suppliers on FRA and FTA compliance issues, including procurement and other third-party contracting requirements, system safety, and Buy America. 

In the freight sector, Kevin has represented buyers in more than 70 rail line acquisitions and advised freight railroads on making effective use of the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act (ICCTA) preemption to expedite permitting and environmental clearance of new facilities. He also assists oil, steel, chemical, agriculture, and heavy manufacturing companies in establishing or expanding rail-served facilities.

In both sectors, Kevin represents state and local governments, project sponsors, operators, suppliers, investors, lenders, funds and professional service companies on the full range of transportation regulatory, licensing, safety, and transactional issues.


Awards and recognitions


Transportation, Rail (for Railroads) (Nationwide)
Chambers USA


Transportation and Maritime
Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers


Top 45 Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazers
National Law Journal


Transport: Rail and Road - Litigation and Regulation, Recommended
Legal 500 US

Education and admissions


J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude, 1987

B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College, magna cum laude, 1984


Member, American Public Transportation Association, Legal Affairs and Commuter Rail Committees

Member, Railway Supply Institute, Washington Affairs Committee

Member, National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association, Safety Committee

Member, Association of Transportation Law Professionals

Member, Transportation Research Board, Standing Committee on Transit and Intermodal Transportation Law

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia



Representative experience

Advised Commonwealth of Virginia on a US$4.8bn acquisition and expansion of rail lines between Washington, DC and Richmond, VA.

Advised Dallas Area Rapid Transit on a US$2bn passenger rail expansion (Silver Line).

Advised Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit on a US$944m passenger rail project.

Advised Denver Regional Transit District on a US$687m passenger rail expansion (North Metro).

Advised  California High Speed Rail Authority on licensing for the US$87bn intercity high speed rail system.

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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