Jeffrey combines legal knowledge with impressive interpersonal skills.” Clients say, “He is so approachable and responsive, you feel as if you are talking to a friend. He really works as part of the team!
Chambers USA

Jeffrey Gans, chair of Pillsbury’s Public-Private Partnership team, advises owners, developers and contractors on major projects.

Jeff’s counseling, negotiating and litigation skills optimize his clients’ positions in complex engineering, procurement and construction (EPC); design-build; guaranteed maximum price (GMP) and public-private partnership (PPP) projects. Corporations, governments, universities and private developers rely on his broad experience to guide them in energy and commercial construction ventures that often exceed $100 million. Jeffrey also crafts labor agreements, advises on union issues and litigates complex engineering, construction, insurance, fraud, bankruptcy, civil RICO and insurance claims.

Representative Experience

Led the team representing the University of Kansas regarding its first public-private partnership project. The $350 million development includes new student housing, science buildings, student life facilities, and a major utility project.

Represents a nationwide developer of a complex project, drafting and negotiating the design and construction agreements and helping to resolve any related disputes.

Represented a major document storage company in responding to two disasters—a building collapse and a building fire—that resulted in devastating losses.

Professional Highlights

Recipient of Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Construction and recognized by Chambers US in the Construction–DC category (2014 - 2018).

Listed in Best Lawyers in America in its Construction Law category (2016 - 2019).

Co-Author of Doing Business in the United States, a practical guide covering topics of interest to non-U.S. investors who intend to enter the U.S. market.

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Honors & Awards

  • Who's Who Legal, Construction (2017 – 2018)
  • The Legal 500 U.S., Construction (2014, 2016 – 2018) and Project Finance (2017)
  • Super Lawyers (2011 – 2013)


  • J.D., The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 1995
    magna cum laude

    B.A., Political Science, University of Florida, 1989


  • District of Columbia



  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd, 4th, Federal and District of Columbia Circuits

    U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

    District of Columbia Court of Appeals