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Construction

Representing owners, construction professionals, contractors, and suppliers with integrity, efficiency, and hands-on experience.

Farrell Fritz’s construction law group includes attorneys recognized throughout the state of New York and the Northeast as leaders in the industry. We advise prime and trade contractors, owners/developers, architects, engineers, design firms, healthcare and educational institutions, and public entities with respect to all phases of construction. Members of our construction group also have worked in-house on the client side, which enables us to provide practical strategies to help clients protect their profits, minimize delays and expenses, enforce their contract rights, and resolve disputes.  Our attorneys counsel clients on risk management strategies, effective project organization, and when problems arise on a construction project.

Clients trust our construction attorneys for guidance in:

  • Drafting and negotiating contracts with public and private entities
  • Construction contracts of every type—for both owners and contractors
  • Construction risk assessment and avoidance
  • Owner/developer project management development and representation
  • Claims prevention, preparation, and negotiation
  • Surety bond issues (i.e., payment, performance and bid bonds)
  • LEED—Leadership in energy and environmental design, sustainable design and “green” building design.
  • Property damage claims
  • OSHA and workplace safety guidance and claim avoidance
  • Federal and state procurement issues
  • Insurance coverage and disputes
  • BIM (building information modeling)
  • Construction licensing issues
  • New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) and Environmental Control Board (ECB) claims and violation resolution

Experienced Construction Litigators

Our attorneys appear in state and federal trial and appellate courts, before administrative agencies, and are involved in arbitrations and mediations regarding:

  • Delay, inefficiency, and interference claims
  • Defense and prosecution of complex construction claims
  • Claims related to nonpayment, change orders, design errors
  • Contract defaults and termination
  • Bid protests and award disputes
  • Mechanics’ liens and public improvement liens
  • Property damage claims
  • Insurance coverage and disputes
  • Alternative dispute resolution and litigation
  • Claims for diversion of trust funds

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Professionals

David M. Curry

Partner
Uniondale

John Racanelli

Partner
Uniondale

Jason S. Samuels

Partner
Uniondale

Aaron E. Zerykier

Partner
Uniondale

Peter B. Zlotnick

Partner
New York City

Steven J. Lee

Associate
Uniondale

Damian Racanelli

Associate
Uniondale

Jay Sawczak

Associate
Uniondale

Recent Blog Posts

Sexual Harassment Legislation Imposes New Employer Obligations

New York’s FY 2019 Executive Budget includes new legislation aimed at combatting sexual harassment in the workplace.  According to the…

April 23, 2018

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Bad Language: A Good Reason to Fire People?

What is an employer to do when an employee goes on a tirade at the work place or on social…

June 08, 2017

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Wage and Hour Pitfalls Part 1: What You Need To Know

1. Employers Must Pay “Manual Workers” Weekly. In New York, employers are required to pay manual workers weekly.  A “manual…

May 24, 2017

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New York Mandatory Pay Notices: What Employers Need to Know

While employers generally provide detailed information to new hires about their pay, New York law now requires employers to provide…

April 24, 2017

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Are Employers Required to Make Contributions to Union Pension Fund for “Bonus” Payments?

Hammering Nails Construction has a CBA (collective bargaining agreement) with Local 1 of the United Brotherhood of Widgetmakers (“Union”). After…

April 10, 2017

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The Risky Business of Warranties

Owners and contractors beware! The warranty you get may not be what you bargained for. Many construction contracts, including widely…

March 27, 2017

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Travel Time: To Pay or Not to Pay

Do I have to pay my workers for travel time when I provide transportation to a job site? Slate Rock…

March 13, 2017

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Did the Union Cross the (Picket) Line?

When I arrived home last night, there were picketers in my front yard carrying signs saying “Shame on Johnny!  He…

February 27, 2017

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February 27, 2017

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Public Private Partnerships: Securing Payment for Labor and Materials

What happens to contractors and subcontractors who are without lien rights when a private developer who is building on public…

February 13, 2017

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February 13, 2017

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2017 Minimum Wage Hike: What You Need To Know

Effective December 31, 2016, New York no longer has a state wide minimum wage. In 2017, the minimum wage is…

February 01, 2017

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February 01, 2017

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Update to New York City DOB Building Code

Click here to read the latest update to the NYC DOB Building Code, effective December 31, 2014.

January 05, 2015

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NY State Finance Law §137: Guidelines for Posting a Payment Bond under the “Little Miller Act”

State Finance Law §137, modeled after the federal Miller Act, the father of all public project-bonding statutes, requires general contractors…

October 10, 2014

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October 10, 2014

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The NY Scaffold Law: Has the Time Come for Reform?

The New York Scaffolding Law provides “absolute liability” against contractors and property owners for “elevation-related” injuries on most construction projects.…

February 25, 2014

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Articles & Advisories

Payment Bonds: A Valuable Tool to Protect the Rights of Subcontractors in New York

December 09, 2014

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Subcontractors (Mechanics’ Liens) Still Standing

February 27, 2012

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News

LI Focus – Learned before they were lawyers

Before building his practice as a construction litigation attorney, Stavros Karageorgiou did a lot of building. Karageorgiou grew up working…

July 18, 2016

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Constructing a Noteworthy Career

Stavros Karageorgiou (CM ’10) Tackles Construction Management and Law with Equal Ease. Stavros was featured on the NYU Tandon School of…

March 23, 2016

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Press Releases

Jay Sawczak Receives the Subcontractors Trade Association’s 2019 Young Professionals Award

Farrell Fritz congratulates Jay Sawczak on being selected to receive a 2019 Young Professionals Award from the Subcontractors Trade Association’s…

April 12, 2019

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30 Farrell Fritz Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Leading Lawyers in Their Respective Areas of Practice

Farrell Fritz had a combined total of 30 attorneys selected to the 2018 New York Metro Super Lawyers and New…

September 13, 2018

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Ten Farrell Fritz Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

Farrell Fritz congratulates ten attorneys on being selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019.…

August 09, 2018

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Farrell Fritz Welcomes Steven J. Lee to Uniondale Office as a Construction Law Associate

Farrell Fritz welcomes Steven J. Lee of Flushing to our commercial litigation practice group, where he focuses his practice on construction matters.…

July 10, 2018

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Farrell Fritz Welcomes Jay Sawczak, Construction Law Associate

Farrell Fritz welcomes Jay Sawczak, a Hoboken, NJ resident, to its commercial litigation practice group. He concentrates his practice in…

October 30, 2017

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31 Farrell Fritz Attorneys Recognized as 2017 Leading Lawyers in their Respective Areas of Practice

Farrell Fritz had a combined total of 31 attorneys selected to the 2017 New York Metro Super Lawyers and New…

September 20, 2017

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Ten Farrell Fritz Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2018

Farrell Fritz congratulates ten attorneys on being selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018.…

August 15, 2017

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Construction Partner Jason Samuels Appointed to The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research & Preservation’s Board

Jason Samuels of Farrell Fritz has been appointed to The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research & Preservation’s board of directors.…

March 16, 2017

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30 Farrell Fritz Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Leading Lawyers in their Respective Areas of Practice

Farrell Fritz had a combined total of 30 attorneys selected to the 2016 New York Metro Super Lawyers and New…

September 21, 2016

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Nine Farrell Fritz Partners Named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2017

Farrell Fritz congratulates nine partners on being selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017.…

August 16, 2016

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Pro Bono

Nassau County Museum of Art

Farrell Fritz has been in the legal picture for Long Island’s leading art museum for years. Louis Vlahos, who heads…

January 01, 2010

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