construction attorneys have over thirty years experience in providing legal
services and advice on a wide variety of issues and matters arising in the
construction industry. Our clients include architects/engineers, owners,
material suppliers, and specialty subcontractors, in both the public and private
Firm attorneys are familiar with all aspects of the construction process from
American Institute of Architects and Building Contractors' Association contract
forms and requirements to the filing, bonding, and enforcement of Mechanics'
Liens. Membership in a special lien and bond claim network of specialty
attorneys who share technical lien and bond information keeps us abreast of the
latest developments in law and procedure. The office maintains and regularly
updates a register of experts in the construction industry to conduct
investigations, compile reports, and provide expert testimony.
Our experience in construction litigation is extensive, and includes contract
and labor disputes, surety claims, lien foreclosure, and delay claims.
lawyers handle a wide range of commercial and corporate matters ranging from
incorporations to representation in disputes arising out of labor relations,
construction, commercial leasing, and international transactions.
We have actively litigated complex commercial cases at both the trial and
appellate levels. Our experience covers all aspects of the Uniform Commercial
Code, including sales, negotiable instruments, bank collections, lease
transactions, and secured transactions on behalf of our local, national, and
firm represents School Districts in all aspects including tax certiorari
defense, teacher tenure, employee and student discipline, defense of
construction claims, competitive bidding, transportation, State Aid and
appearances before the Commissioner of Education.
negotiated numerous collective bargaining agreements, particularly with respect
to public employees such as teachers, police and fire personnel. Our attorneys
prepare and negotiate employment contracts, and provide representation in
grievance proceedings and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board,
the State Labor Relations Board, the Labor Department, and the Public Employment
firm has represented towns, cities, school districts, special districts and
public interest groups throughout New York State. As municipal attorneys, we
advise as to the legality of municipal actions, review contracts with vendors
and employees, prepare disclosure statements in connection with Tax and Revenue
Anticipation Notes, and appear in court at every level, including New York State
Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Real Estate Law
firm provides experienced counsel in all aspects of commercial and residential
real estate transactions, including financing, construction, zoning and
taxation. Members of the firm have successfully closed innumerable large,
multi-million dollar transactions throughout the State of New York for clients
as diverse as developers, banking institutions, land preservation organizations
Our attorneys are fully familiar with issues surrounding sales, purchases,
leases, workouts and turnarounds for office, industrial, planned community and
undeveloped property. We will guide the client through local planning and zoning
laws, water quality issues, and environmental review. We prepare necessary
mortgages and related loan documents and even assist in locating financing where
needed. Our real estate staff is comprised of lead attorneys, paralegals and
Real Property Taxation
Representing exclusively municipalities and school districts, we defend real
property assessments on large utility, industrial, and commercial facilities.
Through a unique involvement in the appraisal of power generating facilities,
the firm has close ties with a network of nationally recognized utility
appraisers and engineering experts. At the request of the New York State Bar
Association, we co-authored the most recent update of the text of "Review and
Reduction of Real Property Assessments in New York," and also submitted an
amicus curiae brief on behalf of the New York State Association of Towns in
Niagara Mohawk Power Co. v. Town of Geddes, 92, N.Y.2d 192 (1998). Our attorneys
have made numerous presentations on this specialized area of practice to
attorneys and appraisers.
Our offices are located in Poughkeepsie, New York,
in the Arlington section of Poughkeepsie,
just three blocks from Vassar College.
Call us at 845.454.1200 or