John Simoni concentrates his practice in construction law, professional liability defense, commercial litigation, real estate disputes, adjacent property disputes and labor and employment issues arising in the construction industry. He provides contract and business formation advice. He handles contract negotiations as well as, claims, mediations, trials, arbitrations, litigation and appeals on behalf of owners, developers, property managers, contractors, architects, engineers, construction managers, bond sureties and others in the construction industry.
Mr. Simoni’s experience includes public sector projects, large and small private commercial projects, large-scale single-family home residential projects and apartment developments. Mr. Simoni prides himself on providing timely creative legal advice in accord with the economics and goals of the matter.
Noteworthy litigation he has handled includes representing:
a developer in a product liability claim of $4.9 million against a storm water drainage manufacturer within a bankruptcy court adversary proceeding;
a world-renowned soils engineer against $30 million in state and federal court claims involving the failure of a massive concrete retaining wall; and
a large public works contractor against millions in alleged unpaid prevailing wage and benefit claims.
During his years in practice, John has actively participated in various industry associations, including:
Center for Architecture Foundation (Member, Board of Directors)
The American Institute of Architects (Professional Affiliate)
The Building Owners’ and Managers’ Association of Greater New York, Inc.
Member, Codes and Regulations Committee and Member, Board of Directors
The New York Building Congress (Member)
The Metropolitan Design Professional Legal Roundtable (Member)
The American Bar Association (Member, Forum on the Construction Industry)
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Member)
The New York County Lawyers Association (Member)
The New York State Bar Association (Member, Environmental Law Section)
John has been a guest lecturer for New York University’s Real Estate Institute diploma program, has given seminars on contracts and liability issues for members of the American Institute of Architects, and frequently presents as a speaker for educational seminars relating to construction.
He has been peer review rated as AV Preeminent, the highest rating for professional excellence, by Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected by his peers as a New York “Super Lawyer.”
John served briefly in the U.S. Department of Labor.
Construction Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation
Construction Contracts & Transactions
J.D., University of Richmond
B.A., Hobart College w/ Honors
District of Columbia
American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter