Construction Law

Construction Law

Gallet Dreyer & Berkey, LLP is home to one of the most experienced and effective construction law and construction litigation practices in the New York area.

The firm annually receives a Tier 1 designation—the highest level of honor—in its specialization in construction law, from the U.S. News & World Report ranking of law firms throughout the country. GDB's Randy J. Heller, head of the construction law practice, has been named by U.S. News & World Report's Best Lawyers® NYC's "Lawyer of the Year" for Construction Litigation in 2020.

We represent contractors, owners, and developers in all stages of a construction project. Our construction-related services include:

Construction Disputes and Litigation

Zealous, intelligent representation in disputes arising out of commercial and large-scale high-rise residential projects, as well as substantial public construction projects, is central to our construction law practice. We have extensive experience in handling practically any type of dispute including:

  • Bid stage disputes
  • Delay and extra work claims
  • Mechanics’ liens
  • Foreclosure actions
  • Contract balance and change order claims

Construction Agreements

We provide guidance and direction in drafting and negotiating virtually any construction agreement including:

  • Construction contracts
  • Subcontracts
  • Construction management agreements
  • Joint venture and partnership agreements
  • Architectural and engineering agreements
  • Consultant agreements

Construction Advising

We are able to provide informed insight on how best to approach business ventures, through our over thirty years of experience in the field of construction law. From initially selecting a legal business structure to executing and completing a project, our goal is to provide guidance that yields time savings, efficiency, and maximized profits for our clients.

Why Our Construction Law Practice is Better

Extensive Experience - We have over 30 years of experience representing clients in substantial projects including:

  • Rehabilitation of major New York metropolitan area bridges
  • Building of Major League Baseball stadiums
  • Renovations and new construction for heavy rail mass transit
  • Rebuilding of the World Trade Center site
  • Construction of regional water treatment facilities and power generation plants

Litigation Capabilities - Our Construction Law practice is led by Randy J. Heller, a veteran litigator who focuses exclusively on construction law. Randy has thousands of hours of courtroom experience and has handled numerous highly complex, high-profile projects.

Team Approach - At GDB, we have created a culture where our attorneys work together as a tightly-knit team. This means that, if necessary, we can instantly assemble a team of lawyers, each with specialized and complementary expertise.

Cost-Effective - Our expertise matches that of the largest and most prestigious firms in the world. As a result of our smaller size and efficient management, we can do so with a more reasonable billing structure.