Stephen provides superior legal skills, representation and experience to large and well-known owners, developers, major construction managers and trade contractors, commencing at project planning stages through contract negotiation with construction managers, design consultants and contractors. In addition, Stephen assists owners and developers in handling all types of construction issues that arise, including claim-handling and dealing with construction managers, design professionals and trade contractors, including at project close-out. Stephen also represents construction managers and trade contractors in handling disputes over construction payments. In addition, Stephen handles many types of related real property issues, including mechanic’s liens, licensing agreements and working with lenders and real estate attorneys on the developer’s behalf.
Stephen is also involved in WSSG's surety practice, representing surety companies in connection with performance and payment bond claims, negotiating with owners concerning take-over and other completion strategies, along with recovery from the surety’s indemnitors. Stephen also frequently becomes involved in bankruptcy issues on behalf of owners/developers and surety companies.
Stephen has a varied practice which involves both construction transactional work as well as construction and commercial litigation. This full experience and knowledge base of construction issues enable him to provide his clients with the unique perspective of being able to draft and negotiate complex construction agreements with construction managers, contractors and design professionals, armed with the experience of past disputes. This enables him to provide superior insight in contract drafting and negotiation, as well as providing advice and action when disputes and issues arise during the construction process.
Stephen also litigates, mediates and arbitrates multi-million dollar construction-related disputes in both the federal and state courts located in New York and New Jersey and the various ADR organizations on behalf of owners, contractors and surety companies. He has a proven track record of success at winning cases on an accelerated basis, saving significant litigation costs. Stephen has also drafted and argued numerous successful appeals before the First and Second Departments, along with serving as trial counsel on many construction claim disputes involving tens of millions of dollars.
Stephen attended Binghamton University and was awarded his undergraduate degree in 1996, majoring in Philosophy, Politics and Law. Stephen attended Brooklyn Law School, receiving his law degree in 1999 and is admitted to practice in both New York and New Jersey. Stephen previously worked as an associate with a large defense firm where he engaged in general insurance liability litigation, the defense of construction work-site claims and medical malpractice cases. In 2001, Stephen joined Westermann Hamilton & Sheehy (which has evolved into WSSG), becoming a partner in 2008 and a member in 2011.