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Construction — New York

Overview

NEW YORK: An Introduction to New York Contributed by Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

2018 Construction Outlook

U.S. builders exited 2017 on a high note, with the Commerce Department reporting a 2.6% advance over the prior 12 months – the fifth monthly gain in a row and a record high annual rate of $1.25 trillion. As 2018 advances, construction across America is expected to continue its strong run. Confidence remains high, and economic indicators project that the industry will have another robust year.

Three-quarters of the contractors surveyed by Associated General Contractors of America said they plan to increase payrolls in 2018. Their optimism for all types of construction has hit a record high, with the most optimism shown for construction in the office market. Transportation, retail, warehouse and lodging were also strong in the survey. The AIA’s Consensus Construction Forecast Panel predicts that commercial construction spending should expect about a 4.0% increase and institutional construction should see about a 5.8% increase next year. The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) saw its highest January score since 2007.

Newly enacted federal tax reforms are expected to promote favorable business conditions that would encourage further investment in commercial construction. Rebuilding efforts in areas greatly affected by the natural disasters of 2017 – Hurricanes Irma and Maria and the California wildfires – should have a positive impact on the construction industry in the years to come.

In New York City a record breaking building streak is expected to continue, according to the New York City Building Congress, which anticipates $52.5 billion in construction spending in 2018, followed by $50.1 billion in 2019. This follows on the heels of the city’s second and most robust building boom of the 21st century in 2017, which was only exceeded by 2016’s levels, expected to return in 2018. To put 2016 into perspective, the $52.2 billion in construction spending was nearly 24 percent greater than the next best year (2007), even after adjusting for inflation. And it exceeded the Building Congress’ prediction of $43.1 billion from the previous year’s report.

Non-residential construction spending, which includes office space, institutional development, government buildings, sports/entertainment venues, and hotels, is expected to reach $22.1 billion in 2018. The primary driver is office construction, which is at its highest levels in three decades with an estimated 15 million sq ft of office space to be completed in Manhattan alone from 2017 to 2019, and an additional 2 million sq ft of office space anticipated for completion in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens during this time.

New York City’s public and private institutions continue to be major users of building industry labor and services. After office construction, the educational sector, led by the public school system and the city’s colleges and universities, is expected to be the second biggest source of construction spending. The healthcare industry is another major institutional builder with continuing growth.

Residential spending in New York City, which includes spending on new construction as well as alterations and renovations to existing buildings, is projected to reach $11.6 billion in 2018, with 24,000 new housing units to be built in 2018.

Government spending on public works is expected to amount to $18.8 billion in 2018 due to local municipal projects and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey initiatives, including the greatly anticipated Gateway project, Metropolitan Transportation Authority initiatives and other essential infrastructure improvements. In its current 10-year capital program, New York City invests heavily in its built environment throughout the five boroughs - its public schools, housing, resiliency efforts, transportation, parks, roads, bridges and water mains.

While skilled labor may be in short supply in other parts of the country, construction employment in New York City is expected to rise for the sixth consecutive year and surpass 140,000 jobs for the second year in a row, with forecasts predicting a climb to 151,200 jobs in 2018. Later this year, the New York City Department of Buildings will finalize a plan to ensure that construction workers working on sites in the five boroughs have equal access to the required training. They will also begin enforcing a rule requiring all workers in the city to have a card proving they completed a basic 10-hour safety course based on federal guidelines. It is unclear, what impact, if any, this will have on labor flow as these regulations take effect.

Proposed legislation for 2018 targets costs. New York has the nation's highest liability standard for property owners, a fact that several reports and groups have cited as something that drives up construction costs and causes delays. A federal bill targets the state’s 1885 Scaffold Act, which imposes absolute liability, the highest in the nation, on a property owner or construction employer in any case of a work-related fall. As reported by Governing, the proposed law would require New York's federally funded projects to adhere to the same liability standards found in all other states. If approved, the bill could have a dramatic impact on infrastructure as New York received nearly $3.3 billion in federal transportation grants in 2016 alone, according to the state comptroller's office. On the state level, lawmakers in the New York State Assembly are behind a bill that would allow cities to use the design-build procurement method on municipal projects, which is considered a way to reduce costs. In 2018, the legislature approved a measure giving the New York City Housing Authority this ability.

While near-term, growth is forecast for New York City, as well as the rest of the nation, there are concerns about the impact of the continuing construction labor shortage, the steel and aluminum tariffs and rising prices of materials and commodities. But even if growth in other regions slows, New York is a magnet for corporations and professionals, and the demand for office, institutional and living spaces will remain steady and strong. Efforts to prioritize infrastructure investment, expand vital industry sectors and eliminate New York’s dubious honor as the nation’s highest cost city for construction by focusing on best practices as a means of lowering costs and speeding up project delivery will ensure that it remains a great place to live, work and build.

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Peckar & Abramson, P.C. - Construction Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading boutique with a large presence in the New York construction arena. Renowned for its representation of prominent contractors in litigation and dispute resolution, both nationally and internationally. Regularly advises on high-profile infrastructure projects and commercial developments. Offers a deep bench of specialists with a breadth of experience that covers public-private partnerships, government contracts advice and risk management. Also noted for its frequent representation of a range of local and national construction industry groups and associations.

Strengths A client says: "They're excellent - very effective on their clients' behalf."

A source says: "They're the king of the hill - they have a very deep bench of excellent practitioners."

Notable practitioners

Robert Peckar is celebrated as one of the foremost authorities on construction law at the US Bar, and has devoted decades to representing contractors and construction managers at home and abroad. A source says: "Super smart and a real professional, he is the force behind the firm."

Steven Charney advises contractors and developers on commercial and contentious matters of all stripes, although he has a particular focus on litigation prevention counsel. He is "extraordinarily knowledgeable about the industry," according to a client.

Gregory Chertoff represents general contractors, EPC contractors, construction managers and owners in development negotiations and construction disputes. A client says: "He's a straight shooter - very smart, he really understands the details and tells his client how it is."

Bruce Meller has advised construction managers and contractors on the development of projects such as shopping malls, museums, hospitals, power plants and stadiums. He is also much sought after for representation in disputes. A source says: "He fights for his clients."

Paul Monte has an all-encompassing construction practice and is recommended for complex contract negotiation and dispute resolution. A peer says: "He's very well known, tough as nails and very fair."

Howard Rosen is a litigator who represents contractors for public and private projects in the courts and alternative dispute forums. One source describes him as "a very bright lawyer."

About the Team (content provided by Peckar & Abramson, P.C.)

Long known for leadership and innovation in construction law, Peckar & Abramson's Results First℠ approach extends to a broad array of legal services — all delivered with a commitment to efficiency, value and client service since 1978.  Now, with more than 100 attorneys in ten U.S. offices and affiliations around the globe, our capabilities extend farther and deeper than ever.  Our experience in the courtroom and in dispute resolution, coupled with our ability to provide genuinely insightful legal advice and commercial representation, help a wide range of clients maximize opportunities, meet challenges, solve problems and manage risk.

We draft and negotiate the contracts. We close the deals. We provide guidance, training and risk management support throughout the life cycle of projects. Our Contracts, Project Documentation and Risk Management Group is involved in many hundreds of major construction transactions every year. Our decades-long experience coupled with our long-term view provides us with an understanding of the industry in its every nuance and many facets. The breadth of our exposure to every issue that affects the industry affords us a singular perspective.

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Duane Morris LLP - Construction Department

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What the team is known for Prominent construction practice with notable experience overseeing major developments and renovations in New York City. Well versed in assisting through all stages of a project and noted for its counsel on front-end contract formation as well as dispute resolution. Deep reserves of knowledge with regard to public procurement and public-private partnership projects. Acts for an impressive client base including architects, engineers and contractors, as well as owners and construction managers.

Strengths A client says: "They are very goal-oriented, pragmatic and strong strategists."

Work highlights Advised Columbia University on the redevelopment of an approximate 35-acre area in West Harlem known as Manhattanville to expand its campus and revitalize the area.

Advised Zeckendorf Development on the development, design and construction of luxury apartments and condominiums.

Notable practitioners

Allen Ross is particularly acclaimed for his mediation and arbitration practice. One source describes him as "one of the big guns" of New York construction law.

Frederick Cohen is best known as a litigator and trial lawyer, although he has also secured good results for clients through alternative dispute resolution. He has also negotiated complex contractual arrangements for owners, developers and contractors.

Ken Lazaruk is highly regarded for his experience in contract negotiation, alternative dispute resolution and litigation. His clients include owners and contractors and he has advised on the construction of large mixed-use development projects.

About the Team (content provided by Duane Morris LLP)

Duane Morris' Construction Group's lawyers provide a full range of legal services to clients in all aspects of construction and government contracting, including:

  • Contracting with public and private entities
  • Public/private partnership (P3) projects
  • Bid protests and award disputes
  • Owner/developer project management representation
  • Construction administration services and risk management
  • Contract interpretation, complex contract claims and surety litigation
  • Claims preparation and negotiation
  • Interference and installation/specification issues
  • Contract defaults and terminations
  • Delay and inefficiency claims
  • Federal procurement issues/stimulus
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • BIM (Building Information Modeling)
  • Sustainable design and engineering
  • LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), and green building
  • Bid, payment, and performance surety bonds
  • Insurance coverage and claim disputes
  • Mechanic's liens
  • Contractor licensing matters
  • Property damage claims
  • Labor and employment counseling
  • OSHA compliance and workplace safety issues

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Schiff Hardin LLP - Construction Department

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Band 2

第二等

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What the team is known for A tight-knit construction team known for its involvement with large infrastructure projects. Recognized for its transactional work and frequently handles contract negotiations and supply chain issues. Additional experience lies in project management and dispute resolution. Has developed a curtain wall risk management program to assist the developers of tall buildings. Clients include owners, contractors, architects groups and public agencies.

Strengths A client says: "The contract was beautifully written - they really get the construction industry," giving them "10 out of 10 for client service."

A client says: "Our experience with Schiff Hardin has been outstanding."

Work highlights Acted for The New York Convention Center Development Corporation in the design and construction of various appurtenances, including the installation of a new transformer for the Jacob K Javits Convention Center.

Defended Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Hyatt corporate affiliates and RCDolner in protracted litigation arising out of a project for construction of the Hyatt Andaz Hotel in New York City.

Notable practitioners

Sayward Mazur has advised on all manner of commercial, litigation and transactional issues which arise from public and private construction projects, and is highly sought after as a mediator. One source describes him as "the dean of NY construction law."

Gary Rubin has a comprehensive practice which takes in litigation, alternative dispute resolution and transactional work. He is noted for his magisterial command of New York state construction law and counts a number of celebrated hotel operators among his clients.

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Zetlin & De Chiara LLP - Construction Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A respected construction law boutique distinguished for its representation of architectural and engineering firms, and increasingly owners and developers. Notable strength in handling litigation matters in addition to contract reviews and negotiations. Handles a wide range of public and private sector developments, including retail, infrastructure, industrial and residential projects. Additional expertise in project labor agreements and real estate licensing agreements.

Strengths A client says: "Their strengths are practical, commercially savvy legal advice, quick response times and a can-do attitude."

A client says: "A great number of design and construction firms work closely with Zetlin & De Chiara, and their legal guidance is well known and highly regarded throughout both industries."

Work highlights Defended Jensen Hughes in a claim relating to building code and geotechnical issues against the developer, the contractor, the design team and various consultants during the construction of a large high-end residential project.

Acted for the Empire State Realty Trust in the negotiation and drafting of agreements for a new auxiliary FM antenna on a transmission tower atop the Empire State Building and associated equipment, and a temporary cocoon installation to prevent falling debris from injuring pedestrians and to keep the building open.

Notable practitioners

Michael Zetlin is a qualified engineer as well as an attorney and has published widely on construction law. He is highly recommended for contract drafting and negotiations, and also for his prowess as a litigator.

Michael De Chiara is recognized for his abilities and experience representing a variety of clients in high-profile domestic and international construction disputes. He is also an accomplished drafter and negotiator of design and construction agreements.

Raymond Mellon is recommended for his work as a litigator and trial lawyer, often on behalf of engineering firms and design professionals. A client says: "It has been rewarding and eye-opening to observe the degree of detail and research he undertakes in preparing a case."

Carol Patterson is known for her work on behalf of architects, engineers, owners and contractors on a range of construction matters, including contract formation, risk management and dispute resolution. A client says: "She is a strong strategist and has guided our practice through numerous difficult situations to a successful outcome."

About the Team (content provided by Zetlin & De Chiara LLP)

Zetlin & De Chiara LLP provides sophisticated, innovative legal representation and business counsel to real estate owners, commercial and residential developers, architects and engineers on all aspects of construction projects and disputes. The firm's attorneys bring a rare blend of expertise to their work including in-house construction counsel experience, LEED accreditation, and education in architecture and engineering. Zetlin & De Chiara has been involved with many iconic projects in the education, healthcare, hospitality, infrastructure, transportation, cultural, environment and energy sectors.

Zetlin & De Chiara provides counsel through the construction planning, design and building process, from drafting and negotiating contracts to developing risk management strategies. Well-known for its courtroom prowess, the firm also represent clients in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, Zetlin & De Chiara represents domestic and international clients in high-stakes, bet-the-company matters. Many of the lawsuits in which the firm has been involved have concerned projects outside of the united States.

Zetlin & De Chiara also assists clients with business formation, licensing and corporate issues. Clients also seek the firm's guidance on the benefits and challenges of new technologies, innovative methodologies, alternative construction delivery methods and industry trends.


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Holland & Knight LLP - Construction Department

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第三等

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What the team is known for Respected construction law team known for its work for public agencies and nonprofits, as well as owners, construction firms and contractors. The practice is equally adept in contentious and transactional construction work and frequently advises on contract negotiation and project oversight, as well as litigation and ADR. Noted expertise in healthcare, transport, utilities and education.

Work highlights Represented an independent primary and pre-primary school in connection with its adaptive reuse and expansion project across several buildings in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Acts for a New York City healthcare and education provider in connection with over $1 billion in new construction projects throughout the five boroughs of New York.

Notable practitioners

Frederick Rohn represents developers, owners, contractors and nonprofit organizations in contract negotiations, project oversight and dispute resolution. A source describes him as "a really great practitioner - very solid, wise and fair."

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Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP - Construction Department

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What the team is known for Widely recognized for its strength in construction litigation, arbitration and mediation, as well as contractual and transactional support. Knowledgeable in a wide variety of construction developments including healthcare, education and retail projects. Well known for acting on behalf of contractors and subcontractors.

Work highlights Won a $1.7 million judgment against Wells Fargo in New York federal court on behalf of a number of unpaid telecom subcontractors arising from a suit filed against the bank for diverting funds from defunct contractor Teltronics' bank lock box to recoup the latter's loans from Wells Fargo.

Notable practitioners

Peter Goetz is a founding partner at the firm, noted for his experience and expertise acting in construction disputes and transactional matters. One source describes him as a "dean" of the construction Bar.

Neal Eiseman is well regarded for his experience as a litigator and mediator. He also advises on noncontentious issues concerned with construction contracts.

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Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP - Construction Department

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What the team is known for A compact team with niche experience representing sureties in a range of industry disputes. Other strengths include contract reviews and negotiations, as well as compliance and transactional issues. Also represents owners and contractors for diverse projects such as museums, healthcare centers and renewable energy facilities. Frequently handles disputes concerned with overseas construction projects.

Strengths A client says: "It is the best law firm we have ever dealt with and its support staff is great. This firm does its due diligence and it shows over and over."

A client says: "I've recommended their firm to our competitors. They understand the financial side as well as the construction and logistical side."

Work highlights Represented J Petrocelli Contracting, a general contractor, on claims for delay and lost productivity arising from a $35 million contract for renovation and new construction of Gouverneur Healthcare Center in New York City.

Acted for Capco Steel, a specialty steel subcontractor, on claims for contract balance, delay and disputed work against the general contractor and its surety in connection with renovation of an art museum in Queens.

Notable practitioners

Theodore Hecht is a seasoned commercial, civil and criminal litigator. He is highly regarded for his work acting for owners, sureties and contractors in construction disputes.

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Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt - Construction Department

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What the team is known for Respected construction practice handling both litigation and transactional work. Acts for a range of clients, including developers, owners and nonprofit institutions. Noted experience in construction disputes over contracts and design defects, as well as a range of arbitrations and appeals.

Notable practitioners

Ken Block regularly represents developers, owners and nonprofit organizations in disputes and transactions. A source says: "He's great - a very seasoned construction lawyer."

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Welby Brady & Greenblatt LLP - Construction Department

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What the team is known for A respected construction boutique with full-service capabilities. Well known for representing contractors and subcontractors, with marked experience in dispute resolution.

Strengths A peer describes Welby Brady & Greenblatt as "a fine construction firm."

Notable practitioners

Michael Greenblatt is an experienced litigator with vast knowledge in construction law and surety disputes. He is also recognized for his strengths in arbitrations. A source says: "He's a very tough, smart lawyer."

Thomas Welby is a well-established construction attorney advising on the full gamut of project issues, including contract disputes and public bidding matters. He is also known for his prosecution and defense of construction claims in litigation, and acts increasingly as an arbitrator.

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Overview

NEW YORK: An Introduction to New York Contributed by Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

2018 Construction Outlook

U.S. builders exited 2017 on a high note, with the Commerce Department reporting a 2.6% advance over the prior 12 months – the fifth monthly gain in a row and a record high annual rate of $1.25 trillion. As 2018 advances, construction across America is expected to continue its strong run. Confidence remains high, and economic indicators project that the industry will have another robust year.

Three-quarters of the contractors surveyed by Associated General Contractors of America said they plan to increase payrolls in 2018. Their optimism for all types of construction has hit a record high, with the most optimism shown for construction in the office market. Transportation, retail, warehouse and lodging were also strong in the survey. The AIA’s Consensus Construction Forecast Panel predicts that commercial construction spending should expect about a 4.0% increase and institutional construction should see about a 5.8% increase next year. The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) saw its highest January score since 2007.

Newly enacted federal tax reforms are expected to promote favorable business conditions that would encourage further investment in commercial construction. Rebuilding efforts in areas greatly affected by the natural disasters of 2017 – Hurricanes Irma and Maria and the California wildfires – should have a positive impact on the construction industry in the years to come.

In New York City a record breaking building streak is expected to continue, according to the New York City Building Congress, which anticipates $52.5 billion in construction spending in 2018, followed by $50.1 billion in 2019. This follows on the heels of the city’s second and most robust building boom of the 21st century in 2017, which was only exceeded by 2016’s levels, expected to return in 2018. To put 2016 into perspective, the $52.2 billion in construction spending was nearly 24 percent greater than the next best year (2007), even after adjusting for inflation. And it exceeded the Building Congress’ prediction of $43.1 billion from the previous year’s report.

Non-residential construction spending, which includes office space, institutional development, government buildings, sports/entertainment venues, and hotels, is expected to reach $22.1 billion in 2018. The primary driver is office construction, which is at its highest levels in three decades with an estimated 15 million sq ft of office space to be completed in Manhattan alone from 2017 to 2019, and an additional 2 million sq ft of office space anticipated for completion in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens during this time.

New York City’s public and private institutions continue to be major users of building industry labor and services. After office construction, the educational sector, led by the public school system and the city’s colleges and universities, is expected to be the second biggest source of construction spending. The healthcare industry is another major institutional builder with continuing growth.

Residential spending in New York City, which includes spending on new construction as well as alterations and renovations to existing buildings, is projected to reach $11.6 billion in 2018, with 24,000 new housing units to be built in 2018.

Government spending on public works is expected to amount to $18.8 billion in 2018 due to local municipal projects and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey initiatives, including the greatly anticipated Gateway project, Metropolitan Transportation Authority initiatives and other essential infrastructure improvements. In its current 10-year capital program, New York City invests heavily in its built environment throughout the five boroughs - its public schools, housing, resiliency efforts, transportation, parks, roads, bridges and water mains.

While skilled labor may be in short supply in other parts of the country, construction employment in New York City is expected to rise for the sixth consecutive year and surpass 140,000 jobs for the second year in a row, with forecasts predicting a climb to 151,200 jobs in 2018. Later this year, the New York City Department of Buildings will finalize a plan to ensure that construction workers working on sites in the five boroughs have equal access to the required training. They will also begin enforcing a rule requiring all workers in the city to have a card proving they completed a basic 10-hour safety course based on federal guidelines. It is unclear, what impact, if any, this will have on labor flow as these regulations take effect.

Proposed legislation for 2018 targets costs. New York has the nation's highest liability standard for property owners, a fact that several reports and groups have cited as something that drives up construction costs and causes delays. A federal bill targets the state’s 1885 Scaffold Act, which imposes absolute liability, the highest in the nation, on a property owner or construction employer in any case of a work-related fall. As reported by Governing, the proposed law would require New York's federally funded projects to adhere to the same liability standards found in all other states. If approved, the bill could have a dramatic impact on infrastructure as New York received nearly $3.3 billion in federal transportation grants in 2016 alone, according to the state comptroller's office. On the state level, lawmakers in the New York State Assembly are behind a bill that would allow cities to use the design-build procurement method on municipal projects, which is considered a way to reduce costs. In 2018, the legislature approved a measure giving the New York City Housing Authority this ability.

While near-term, growth is forecast for New York City, as well as the rest of the nation, there are concerns about the impact of the continuing construction labor shortage, the steel and aluminum tariffs and rising prices of materials and commodities. But even if growth in other regions slows, New York is a magnet for corporations and professionals, and the demand for office, institutional and living spaces will remain steady and strong. Efforts to prioritize infrastructure investment, expand vital industry sectors and eliminate New York’s dubious honor as the nation’s highest cost city for construction by focusing on best practices as a means of lowering costs and speeding up project delivery will ensure that it remains a great place to live, work and build.

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Senior Statesperson

Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Goetz is a founding partner at the firm, noted for his experience and expertise acting in construction disputes and transactional matters. One source describes him as a "dean" of the construction Bar.

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Senior Statesperson

David E. Montgomery ADR Services

From the Chambers USA guide

David Montgomery of David E. Montgomery ADR Services is considered "very skilled" at high-stakes litigation and arbitrations. His clients include owners, contractors, subcontractors and sureties. 

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Senior Statesperson

Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Peckar is celebrated as one of the foremost authorities on construction law at the US Bar, and has devoted decades to representing contractors and construction managers at home and abroad. A source says: "Super smart and a real professional, he is the force behind the firm."

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Senior Statesperson

Duane Morris LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Allen Ross is particularly acclaimed for his mediation and arbitration practice. One source describes him as "one of the big guns" of New York construction law.

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Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Charney advises contractors and developers on commercial and contentious matters of all stripes, although he has a particular focus on litigation prevention counsel. He is "extraordinarily knowledgeable about the industry," according to a client.

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Band 1

Schiff Hardin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sayward Mazur has advised on all manner of commercial, litigation and transactional issues which arise from public and private construction projects, and is highly sought after as a mediator. One source describes him as "the dean of NY construction law."

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Band 1

Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Frederick Rohn represents developers, owners, contractors and nonprofit organizations in contract negotiations, project oversight and dispute resolution. A source describes him as "a really great practitioner - very solid, wise and fair."

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Band 1

Pepper Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ira Schulman of Pepper Hamilton LLP is highly regarded for his experience and expertise in dispute avoidance and contract negotiations. His clients include contractors, subcontractors, sureties and both public and private owners. A client describes him as "a spectacular advocate."

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Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Zetlin is a qualified engineer as well as an attorney and has published widely on construction law. He is highly recommended for contract drafting and negotiations, and also for his prowess as a litigator.

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Troutman Sanders LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Aaron Abraham of Troutman Sanders LLP has a comprehensive practice which takes in construction and design agreements and also litigation. A client says: "He is the most knowledgeable construction lawyer I have worked with."

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Fox Rothschild LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sarah Biser of Fox Rothschild LLP is noted for her impressive abilities negotiating contracts for a range of clients, mainly contractors, owners and architects. A source says: "She is pragmatic, extremely detail-oriented, hard-working and personable." 

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Gregory H Chertoff

Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Gregory Chertoff represents general contractors, EPC contractors, construction managers and owners in development negotiations and construction disputes. A client says: "He's a straight shooter -  very smart, he really understands the details and tells his client how it is."

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Duane Morris LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Frederick Cohen is best known as a litigator and trial lawyer, although he has also secured good results for clients through alternative dispute resolution. He has also negotiated complex contractual arrangements for owners, developers and contractors.

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Band 2

Michael K De Chiara

Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael De Chiara is recognized for his abilities and experience representing a variety of clients in high-profile domestic and international construction disputes. He is also an accomplished drafter and negotiator of design and construction agreements.

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Band 2

Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Neal Eiseman is well regarded for his experience as a litigator and mediator. He also advises on noncontentious issues concerned with construction contracts.

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Duane Morris LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ken Lazaruk is highly regarded for his experience in contract negotiation, alternative dispute resolution and litigation. His clients include owners and contractors and he has advised on the construction of large mixed-use development projects.

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Band 3

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt

From the Chambers USA guide

Ken Block regularly represents developers, owners and nonprofit organizations in disputes and transactions. A source says: "He's great - a very seasoned construction lawyer."

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Band 3

Michael Greenblatt

Welby Brady & Greenblatt LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Greenblatt is an experienced litigator with vast knowledge in construction law and surety disputes. He is also recognized for his strengths in arbitrations. A source says: "He's a very tough, smart lawyer."

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Band 3

Wasserman, Grubin & Rogers LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Grubin of Wasserman, Grubin & Rogers LLP is widely recognized as a "seasoned and able" construction litigator. He is noted as an authority on contract construction and disputes with regard to agreements between contractors and municipal authorities.

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Band 3

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Theodore Hecht is a seasoned commercial, civil and criminal litigator. He is highly regarded for his work acting for owners, sureties and contractors in construction disputes.

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Band 3

Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Bruce Meller has advised construction managers and contractors on the development of projects such as shopping malls, museums, hospitals, power plants and stadiums. He is also much sought after for representation in disputes. A source says: "He fights for his clients."

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Band 3

Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Raymond Mellon is recommended for his work as a litigator and trial lawyer, often on behalf of engineering firms and design professionals. A client says: "It has been rewarding and eye-opening to observe the degree of detail and research he undertakes in preparing a case."

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Band 3

Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Monte has an all-encompassing construction practice and is recommended for complex contract negotiation and dispute resolution. A peer says: "He's very well known, tough as nails and very fair."

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Band 3

Carol J Patterson

Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Carol Patterson is known for her work on behalf of architects, engineers, owners and contractors on a range of construction matters, including contract formation, risk management and dispute resolution. A client says: "She is a strong strategist and has guided our practice through numerous difficult situations to a successful outcome."

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Band 3

Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Pfeffer of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP is recognized for his expertise in construction issues in public and private real estate projects, be they institutional, commercial or residential developments. A client says he provides "a great service" and "gets things done." 

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Band 3

Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Howard Rosen is a litigator who represents contractors for public and private projects in the courts and alternative dispute forums. One source describes him as "a very bright lawyer."

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Band 3

Schiff Hardin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gary Rubin has a comprehensive practice which takes in litigation, alternative dispute resolution and transactional work. He is noted for his magisterial command of New York state construction law and counts a number of celebrated hotel operators among his clients.

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Band 3

Arthur C Silverman

Rosenberg & Estis, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Arthur Silverman of Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. represents owners, general contractors, private equity investors and developers in advisory and transactional issues relating to a broad range of construction projects. He recently joined the firm from Duane Morris.

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Welby Brady & Greenblatt LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Welby is a well-established construction attorney advising on the full gamut of project issues, including contract disputes and public bidding matters. He is also known for his prosecution and defense of construction claims in litigation, and acts increasingly as an arbitrator.

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Band 3

David Westermann Jr

Westermann Sheehy Keenan Samaan & Aydelott, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Westermann of Westermann Sheehy Keenan Samaan & Aydelott, LLP represents owners and developers in construction and surety matters. He advises on both transactional and contentious issues, and is considered "well respected and knowledgeable" by his peers.

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