Jay Sawczak concentrates his practice in construction litigation, representing property owners, real estate developers and contractors, among others. Jay is skilled in contract review, risk mitigation, case management, cost-benefit analysis and developing business relationships as well as legal research and writing, negotiations, and dispute resolution. One of his most significant accomplishments pertains to the collection of accounts receivable on out-of-state construction contracts totaling $24.5 million. The situation culminated in his successful leverage of a settlement that benefited not only his client, but also the subcontractors involved.
How do you build successful client relationships?
Client relationships are ultimately built on trust. They are formed and made successful not only by delivering a high quality of work, but also by being comfortable enough with your clients to tell them what they need to hear, not simply what they want to hear.
“Success is finding a balance between zealously advocating for your client and managing their expectations and principles in a constructive manner.”
Why did you choose to join Farrell Fritz?
While I had interviewed with other firms in the city, the Farrell Fritz team proved to be far superior. Though I was not familiar with the firm’s reputation initially, my colleagues informed me Farrell Fritz is, arguably, the best firm on Long Island. I am more than impressed at how much the partners genuinely care about training and mentorship, as well as about total firm collaboration.
How do you give back to the Long Island community?
Volunteering is such a rewarding experience. In law school, I participated in a community and transactional law clinic, which involved representing indigent people and small nonprofit or startup businesses. I appreciate how supportive the entire Farrell Fritz firm is of participating in charitable and pro bono work and what a large role that plays in the overall culture.