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Construction Law Committee

The Construction Law Committee provides a roundtable forum for attorneys and other professionals to address and discuss the most pressing and relevant issues facing the construction and development communities in the City and State of New York. The Committee also looks at how construction/ development issues facing other states, and/or federal, and international arenas affect the New York construction community.

The Committee is made up of both public and private attorneys specializing in all aspects of construction law, together with a variety of adjunct members employed in related industries, including architects, engineers, expert consultants, and contractor organization representatives. Our monthly meetings generally include a discussion of current industry events, member and guest presentations, and subcommittee updates. The diversity of our membership ensures lively, interesting and well-balanced debate, and, ultimately, helps our Committee members form a deep understanding of the current legal issues facing their clients.

Some of the more recent Committee accomplishments include: proposing legislative amendments to the notice of claim requirements under New York’s Public Authorities Law; drafting new City safety registration legislation; publishing a report on the state of public procurement in New York; researching risk-shifting in public and private construction contracts; researching potential methods of improving the ECB’s handling of construction-related complaints; and researching legal issues associated with the “green” construction movement. The Committee also works with other City Bar Committees, local law schools and industry organizations in order to accomplish its goals.

Recent Reports

Letter to Legislative Leaders re: Modernizing New York’s Built Environment (December 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Construction Procurement Laws

Letter to Governor Cuomo re: Modernizing New York’s Built Environment (November 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Construction Procurement Laws

21st Century Construction, 20th Century Construction Law: An Update (February 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Construction Procurement Laws

Proposed amendment to the Public Authorities Law clarifying that with regard to School Construction Authority projects the statutory limitation period governing a contactor’s claim right does not being until a request for payment has been denied in writing (July 2011)( PDF )
Subject area: Contractors, Accrual of Claims

For the full list of committee reports click here

Legislative Activity

For more information on the legislative and policy work of the committee, including relevant reports, bill texts and additional advocacy materials, click here.

Past Events

Modernization of New York's Built Environment: If Not Now, When? - 11/12/14 Event Materials

Constructive Perspectives: Are New York’s Construction Safety and Insurance Laws Serving the Public? – 3/13/14 Event Materials

Built Environment Series Recap and Materials - includes information on our Built Environment related events, including event materials and links to relevant committee reports.