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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

Damian Racanelli

Associate
Uniondale

Jay Sawczak

Associate
Uniondale

Articles & Advisories

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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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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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

Ones to Watch in Real Estate, Architecture, Engineering & Construction: Jay Sawczak

Jay Sawczak, an associate with Uniondale-based Farrell Fritz, focuses his practice on construction law. He assists contractors with due diligence,…

May 17, 2019

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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

Ten Farrell Fritz Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2020

Farrell Fritz congratulates ten attorneys on being selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020.…

August 15, 2019

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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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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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