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NPR Interviews O’Melveny’s Water Practice Head Matt Kline

February 22, 2017

O’Melveny’s Matt Kline was interviewed on NPR’s “Marketplace” on the increasing use of public-private partnerships to address necessary infrastructure improvements, especially related to the nation’s drinking and waste water systems. Such arrangements are already increasingly common for water systems, said Kline, who leads the water practice at O’Melveny. 

Kline said in the interview that in order to bring the nation’s water systems fully up to speed, consumers will need to accept rate increases. 

“The political reality that I think all of us need to grapple with is that there is a certain baseline of water that we need to get to the poorest of the poor,” he said. 

In addition to his work with public policy issues, Kline is an accomplished general commercial litigator who represents plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of cases, including intellectual property, contract disputes, international cases, and the water, high-tech, private-equity, and energy industries.