Since 2001 has prepared course materials for and spoken about current developments for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s biennial continuing legal education program on Mechanics liens, presented in Pittsburgh, Mechanicsburg and Philadelphia; Since 2012 has also served as Course Planner for that program 2001 through 2012
Representation of construction manager in dispute over sufficiency of performance of exterior wall panel subcontractor on two projects. After 25 days of hearing, arbitration panel found against subcontractor on its seven million dollar claim, and awarded construction manager $1.58 million on its counterclaim. Representation also involved proceedings in state court in Alabama and federal court in Philadelphia on arbitrabilty issues, as well as proceedings to defeat subcontractor’s motion to vacate arbitration award, and successful confirmation of arbitration award in its entirety.
Representation of Construction Manager in arbitration by subcontractor on new hospital project alleging multiple claims for extra costs arising from alleged delays, scope changes and design deficiencies, including use and implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM), and in separate arbitration by another subcontractor on that project. Reached settlements in each matter with two separate mediations spanning seven days.
Led defense team for Design Engineer defending against $43 million indemnity claim by public agency for settlements it made on 15-year infrastructure project, resulting in resolution after mediation and including contributions from third-party subconsultants.
Defense of Construction Manager against claim by developer arising out of settlement of front third of manufacturing facility. After 18 days of arbitration, arbitrators ruled in favor of Construction Manager in entirety, and awarded attorneys’ fees and costs to Construction Manager.
Representation of mechanical and electrical prime contractors asserting impact claims for acceleration and delay against a county arising out of construction of a prison facility. At the conclusion of 64 days of arbitration hearings, arbitrators awarded damages in favor of contractors in an amount sufficiently high to require the County to float a bond issue to pay the award.
Representation of general contractor handling numerous issues involving construction of a mental health crisis stabilization center in Florida. Representation included persuading owner’s Board of Trustees of Center to rescind what had been an attempt by the Architect to improperly terminate Contractor, and representation in subsequent litigation involving claims for extra work and delay damages, leading to favorable settlement for Contractor.
Defense of general contractor against claim by joint venture alleging that general contractor had breached an oral agreement to award a subcontract to the joint venture for work on what at the time, was one of the largest public works projects in the City of Philadelphia. After five days of trial, negotiated settlement of joint venture’s claim (which had been for an amount in excess of $1,000,000) for payment by general contractor of $45,000.
Representation of mechanical contractor in multifaceted, multi-jurisdictional litigation involving construction of research facility for pharmaceutical company. Although lawsuit commenced with claim against a single defendant for constructive acceleration and failure to pay for extra work, case eventually involved seven parties in parallel actions in federal and state courts based on owner’s counterclaim for alleged design deficiencies and installation deficiencies. Litigation resolved with settlement in excess of $900,000 paid to client.
Representation of general contractor in arbitration prosecuting client’s claims for final payment and defending against owner’s claims of defective workmanship. Project at issue was a truck maintenance facility, and primary deficiency alleged by owner involved sinking conditions of access roadways and parking lot under weight of trucks. Contractor’s defense was it had built according to design furnished by owner’s design professionals. After six days of hearing, panel denied owner’s claim and awarded contractor payment in full, plus interest.
Representation of general contractor for work at Philadelphia International Airport defending claim in which subcontractor alleged contractor had settled a claim with Owner for extra work for an insufficient amount. After four and one-half days of trial and submission of post-trial briefs, court entered judgment in favor of client.
Representation of electrical subcontractor prosecuting claim against construction manager for acceleration and extra work on project involving phased renovation and new construction for hospital. Successfully settled for an amount more than $100,000 in excess of amount settlement judge advised was the highest amount that construction manager would pay.
Representation of sheet metal subcontractor on large office tower complex project where Owner ran out of funds. Structured satisfactory settlement for client, which resulted in immediate payment and avoided entanglement in protracted litigation with numerous other parties.
Represented owner at trial and on appeal in case of first impression involving service of mechanic’s lien claim, and won order vacating lien against client’s property.
Over a four-year period represented mechanical contractor on large, multiphase project involving construction of new hospital building and renovation of existing hospital buildings where client incurred significant extra costs because of deficiencies in design documents and lack of coordination of other contractors. Representation included establishing and monitoring record-keeping system to capture information needed to prosecute claim, preparation of claim and federal court Complaint and negotiation of favorable settlement. Lawsuit was filed on day contractor removed job trailer, and case was settled within eight weeks.
Representation of general contractor for construction of palace in Saudi Arabia defending against action by terminated supplier in the United States. After trial court dismissed subcontractor’s claims, the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed dismissal and issued what, for several years, was the leading case in the Third Circuit regarding discovery sanctions.
Representation of contractor for water treatment plant in connection with allegations by municipal water authority concerning pump failures. Reached favorable settlement after a two-day mediation.
Representation of architect in nineteen-party case brought by condominium association alleging defects in design and construction. Settlement for architect was significantly less than contributions by construction and permanent lenders, which had taken over construction from developer.
Representation of general contractor in seven-party case involving allegations by owner of parking garage that parking decks had been constructed with defective concrete.
Representation of ductwork contractor in obtaining dismissal of federal court action alleging interference with contract and related claims on multi-prime school construction.
Representation of general construction contractor in dispute involving roof over large high school building. After sixty-nine depositions case was settled for approximately one million dollars, involving a payment by client towards settlement of only $5,000.
Representation of Developer of condominium complex successfully defeating injunction actions by terminated contractor.
Numerous filings of mechanic’s liens and construction lien claims.
Numerous prosecutions and defenses of bid protests involving public construction at municipal, state and federal level.
Representation of construction manager in claims arising out of construction of manufacturing facility. Construction manager alleged that owner improperly withheld approximately $950,000 for “deficiencies” which were either nonexistent or grossly exaggerated. There were three major phases of representation. The first phase involved negotiation of release of payment by owner to resolve numerous construction lien claims that had resulted from owner’s withholding of payment. The second phase included a mediation in which the parties negotiated a settlement of the largest component of claimed deficiencies, which resulted in a framework under which corrective work was performed subject to review by parties’ designated experts. The final stage involved arbitration of various issues involving contractor’s claim for early completion bonus and owner’s claim for late completion. After seven days of arbitration, arbitrators rendered award in favor of client, including denial of owner’s late completion claim and award of early completion bonus to client.
Successful defense of manufacturer against lawsuit alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition and tortuous interference with contract. Defeated motion by plaintiff-competitor for preliminary injunction which would have effectively closed client’s business, and after initial discovery, settled claim for monetary damages for payment of nominal amount.
Representation owner of 240 acre parcel in suburban Philadelphia in action by defaulted purchaser to compel specific performance. Successfully defeated purchaser’s claims at trial and appellate levels, through denial of allocatur by Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Successfully prosecuted preliminary injunction action requiring software vendor to provide source code to institutional customer after vendor was unable to properly implement specially designed software.
Defense of contractor in lawsuit by competitor alleging violation of Lanham Act by misappropriation of trade name and logo, and misappropriation of confidential customer information.
Successfully represented contractor’s association in obtaining dismissal of lawsuit by another contractor’s association alleging “diversion” of approximately $900,000 in employer contributions. Obtained dismissal at trial level, and obtained affirmance on appeal.
Representation of shareholder of professional practice in dispute concerning transfer of that practice, involving action in equity, mediation and settlement.
Represented action of landlord defending against claim by commercial tenant concerning rent overcharges for office space; after several depositions, client voluntarily dismissed lawsuit.
Representations of buyers and sellers in various actions involving breaches of contracts to sell goods and real estate.
Labor and Employment
Counseling of numerous contractors and subcontractors concerning establishment and proper implementation of reserved gates in response to secondary picketing on construction jobsites.
Numerous representations of contractors and subcontractors in obtaining injunctions against mass picketing involving construction jobsites.
Numerous representations of clients in the construction industry involving counseling on and dealing with OSHA inspections and in handling OSHA citations, involving “informal” conferences and, where necessary, handling contested proceedings.
Representation of mechanical contractor in contested OSHA matter in which Secretary of Labor alleged seven Serious Violations and four Willful Violations with proposed penalties totaling $168,000. After trial, Administrative Law Judge held that none of the violations were Willful, vacated several of the Serious Violations and reduced penalties to approximately $13,000.
Representation of contractor in OSHA proceeding defense of alleged Willful Violation resulting from fatal trench cave in. Negotiated reduction to Serious Violation and reduced penalty.
Representation of various contractors’ associations as Intervenors in proceedings commenced by the State Building Trades Council of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO. Successfully challenging modifications by Secretary of Labor of mechanism for determining prevailing wages under Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage Law. Proceedings included two en banc hearings before the Commonwealth Court, and nine days of hearings before the Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage Appeals Board and a hearing officer for that Board.
Representation of contractor in NLRB action pursuant to Section 10(k) of the National Labor Relations Act arising out of jurisdictional dispute.
Representation of contractors in numerous NLRB actions under Section 10(j) of National Labor Relations Act where pickets refused to honor reserved gates.
Representation of employer in action by terminated corporate officer alleging age discrimination. Successfully resolved at mediation.
Representation of multi-employer pension fund in several lawsuits alleging improper denial of benefits based on application of “break-in service” rules.
Representation of multi-employer pension fund defending against ERISA claim by participant after Trustees refused to grant a disability pension to participant. Successfully prepared and prosecuted motion for summary judgment, resulting in dismissal of participant’s lawsuit.
Representation of apprenticeship training program in defense of investigation by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission concerning alleged disparate impact of apprentice selection procedures.
Representation of employers in numerous proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and various state and municipal EEO agencies.
Representation of various employers in connection with audits by Office of Federal Contract Compliance Policies.
Regular and ongoing counseling of employers regarding compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act and Title VII.
Representation of former asbestos distributor in action against insurance carrier seeking payment into settlement fund of all available insurance. Negotiated settlement resulting in payment by carrier of approximately 92% of available coverage, a result which would not be obtainable today given subsequent appellate court rulings.
Representation of contractors’ association in obtaining declaratory judgment from Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, sitting en banc, that Pennsylvania’s Education Empowerment Act does not allow Secretary of Education to waive the requirements of Pennsylvania statutory requirements of multiple prime contracts for public construction work.
Representation of Design Engineer on redecking project of a major suspension bridge in wrongful death action by construction worker. Obtained summary judgment dismissing engineer from case.
Representation of contractors’ association challenging use by SEPTA of design/build procurement in manner which would violate Pennsylvania’s public contracting requirements concerning issuance of multi-prime contracts. Obtained ruling from and en banc panel of the Commonwealth Court ruling that design build was in violation of those requirements, and requiring SEPTA to seek bids for multi-prime contracts.
Defense of various actions involving property damage, personal injury and wrongful death where client is either uninsured or where claims are below a self-insured retention of the client.