Construction Law

Utilizing our 360 degree approach, our construction law attorneys assist all parties in the construction industry throughout the construction project lifecyle. 

At Mandelbaum Barrett PC, our dedicated construction lawyers are here to assist you in navigating the legal complexities associated with building, developing, and managing construction projects. Our team of experienced construction attorneys is here to guide you through every stage of your construction project, ensuring that your legal interests are protected and your project is a success.

Drawing upon our extensive knowledge and years of experience in construction law, we will tailor our legal strategies to align with your specific business objectives. We possess a comprehensive understanding of the industry, enabling us to effectively address a wide spectrum of issues that may arise before, during, and after project completion.

Our comprehensive range of construction services allows us to meaningfully cater to all of our clients’ needs. Our ultimate goal is to position our clients for long-term success by ensuring they successfully complete their projects.

Comprehensive Legal Support for Construction Projects

Whether you are an owner, developer, lender, investor, contractor, supplier, or design professional, we offer a wide range of legal services to cater to your specific needs. Our expertise covers all aspects of construction law, from the initial conception of a project to its final delivery. Here’s what we can assist you with:

  • Contract Negotiation and Drafting: Our attorneys have extensive experience in negotiating and drafting construction contracts. We ensure that your agreements are comprehensive, fair, and protective of your rights and interests.
  • Project Oversight: We provide diligent project oversight to help you navigate complex legal issues, regulatory compliance, and mitigate risks throughout the construction process.
  • Dispute Resolution: Construction disputes can arise from various issues, such as payment disputes, lien claims, defective design and construction claims, delay claims, personal injury claims, indemnity claims, personal injury claims, labor and employment issues, default and convenience terminations. Our team is well-versed in resolving these disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or litigation, always striving for the most favorable outcome for our clients.
  • Public Project Bid Contests: We have extensive experience representing clients in public project bid contests, ensuring fair competition and compliance with relevant regulations and requirements.
  • Surety Bonds and Insurance Claims: Our attorneys are proficient in handling claims against surety bonds and construction insurance policies, helping you recover losses and protect your rights.

Collaborative Approach and Cross-Disciplinary Expertise

At Mandelbaum Barrett PC, we believe in a 360-degree approach to your construction project. We understand that construction often intersects with other areas of law, such as employment law, environmental law, real estate, bankruptcy, and tax. To provide you with comprehensive and effective solutions, we collaborate with our experts from these practice groups, leveraging their specific knowledge to address the multifaceted challenges faced by our construction clients.

Contact Us Today

When it comes to construction law, having representation from experienced legal counsel is crucial for the success of your project. With Mandelbaum Barrett PC by your side, you can have confidence that you will benefit from exceptional legal support throughout every stage of your construction endeavors. Contact us today to learn how we can assist you in achieving your goals and securing a successful outcome for your project.

Peter Tanella and Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt co-author article for Today’s Veterinary Business titled “Building a Case for Construction Counsel”

August 1, 2023

“Involving a lawyer from the start can prevent unexpected construction delays and payment disputes and create mechanisms for ensuring quality workmanship. It also sets up fair and economical dispute-resolution procedures and realistic budgets and schedules.” Peter Tanella, Esq., Chair of the National Veterinary Law Group and Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt, Esq., Chair of Construction Law at Mandelbaum […]

Chambers USA ranks Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt for the 4th consecutive year for Excellence in New Jersey Construction Law

June 12, 2023

Chambers USA has once again ranked Mandelbaum Barrett PC partner Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt in Band 1 for New Jersey construction law. This marks Jacky’s fourth consecutive year receiving a Band 1 ranking – Chambers’ highest honor, which was given to only 15 lawyers in the state this year. Published by London-based Chambers and Partners, Chambers […]

Jacqueline Greenberg-Vogt Authors Article for the New Jersey Law Journal on “The Lucky 7 – Construction Contract Must-Haves for Owners”

April 25, 2023

“The Lucky Seven” are the seven key clauses to which every owner needs to pay particular attention so that the project starts off on the right foot. Read more at

Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt, Esq. hosts panel at Construction Super Conference 2022 in Las Vegas

December 9, 2022

Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt, Chair of the Mandelbaum Barrett PC Construction Law Group, hosted the “EmpowHERing Change: Why The Construction Industry Needs More Women” at the Construction Super Conference in Las Vegas. Along with Morgan Bisceglia (Director of Design & Construction, Veterinary Emergency Group), Tracy R. Naso (Associate Principal & Unit Manager, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, […]

Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt, Esq. authors article for ROI-NJ titled “Sure thing: As construction market grapples with issues, more projects are relying on contractor bonds for safety”

September 9, 2022

“As a consequence of all the narratives affecting the construction and engineering sector — the supply chain woes, the high prices, the labor issues — projects over the past year have involved extra financial assurances once common to only public construction projects.” Mandelbaum Barrett PC Construction Law Chair, Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt, Esq. has authored an […]

Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt authors New Jersey Law Journal article titled "Engaging Specialized Construction Counsel Is a Cost and Time Saver When Building or Renovating"

April 26, 2022

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Construction Law Chair, Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt, Esq. has authored an article in the April 20, 2022 issue of the New Jersey Law Journal titled "Engaging Specialized Construction Counsel is a Cost and Time Saver When Building or Renovating."

The article discusses how the expertise of specialized construction counsel at the outset of a project results in a construction contract that sets the stage for bringing the project to a conclusion on time, on budget, and well-constructed.

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Construction Law Chair Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt authors article for NJBIZ titled "Fostering Constructive Collaboration in a post-COVID Environment"

April 18, 2022

How can project owners and contractors safeguard their projects, budgets, and businesses?
After COVID-19 struck in 2020, the cost of building materials skyrocketed, driving up project costs. In the April 18th issue of NJBIZ, Mandelbaum Barrett PC Construction Law Chair Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt, Esq. discusses how these factors raised legal concerns among construction project owners and contractors alike regarding which party bears the burden of increased costs and project delays. She also details contractual provisions and practices that owners and contractors can implement to work better together to see a project through.

Chambers USA ranks Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt for Excellence in New Jersey Construction Law

May 25, 2021

Chambers USA has once again ranked Mandelbaum Barrett PC partner Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt in Band 1 for New Jersey construction law.

Further Guidance on the Buy America Act

August 22, 2023

The Biden-Harris Administration recently issued further guidance on their Buy America Act which presents opportunities for developers, contractors and manufacturers. The Act, intended to invest in our country’s crumbling infrastructure and presumably increase the amount of US-made goods used on and in government contracts should be read and understood carefully by the construction industry as […]

Adding a Financially Capable Entity to Construction Litigation Case for Cost Recovery

August 18, 2023

In a complex construction litigation concerning the termination of a contractor on a $55 million construction project, our client, the project owner, is striving to recover millions of dollars in extra costs resulting from the terminated contractor’s poor work. Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt has successfully persuaded the court to permit the owner to include as a defendant […]

Building or Renovating a Vet Hospital? – The Importance of Construction Project Management

June 20, 2023

Whether renovating existing space or building a new veterinary hospital, using a professional construction manager (“CM”) on your veterinary hospital project increases the potential for successful project completion – on time, within budget and free of financial or legal complications. Construction management is a professional service to oversee the planning, design, and construction of a […]

The Lucky 7 – Construction Contract Must-Haves for Owners”

May 2, 2023

Managing construction risks is crucial for project owners. A successful construction project—one that finishes on time, within budget and without defects in design or construction—is the utmost goal. The clearer the contract, the less likely there will be problems. When the construction contract is properly detailed and provides correct and clear information, without conflicting instructions […]

Fostering Constructive Collaboration in a post-COVID environment

October 25, 2022

How can project owners and contractors safeguard the project, their budget and their business? After COVID-19 struck in 2020, the cost of construction and building materials skyrocketed, driving up project costs. According to the Associated General Contractors of America, the price of construction materials jumped nearly 20% in 2021. This increase came on top of […]

Construction Law Alert: Supreme Court Says Condo Association May Pursue Insurer in Construction Defect

July 20, 2022

On July 18, 2022, in Crystal Point Condominium Association, Inc. v. Kinsale Insurance Company, (a-76-20) (085606), the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously concurred with an Appellate Division decision in favor of a condominium association’s right to sue the insurer of an insolvent contractor for construction defect claims under New Jersey’s Direct Action Statute, N.J.S.A. 17:28-2 […]

Why private construction jobs are requiring surety bonds, too

February 11, 2022

Public construction projects almost always require surety bonds. As a type of insurance, bonds protect the government if the wheels come off a project, or the contractor absconds with the funds. Indeed, bonding has been mandatory on federal public works projects since the late 1890s.

But now, bonds are increasingly being required on private development projects as well. The reason why has everything to do with the tumult caused by the pandemic.

Appellate Division Turns Up the Heat on General Contractors who Fail to Pay Subcontractors

November 2, 2021

The Appellate Division recently turned up the heat on general contractors who fail to pay subcontractors forcing them to incur legal fees to prosecute their legitimate claims. In JHC Industrial Services, LLC v. Centurion Cos., (approved for Publication September 17, 2021), the Court declined to enforce a proportionality requirement into the PPA's fee shifting provision and remanded the issue of counsel fees.

Owners and Sureties: An Odd Couple, but It Works

May 24, 2021

When a contractor is in default, should the property owner partner with the surety to complete the project? Or are their interests hopelessly misaligned?

Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt to Speak at the 2021 Construction Law Forum

May 7, 2021

Construction Trends: Surety Bonds on Private Construction Projects

April 22, 2021

Private project owners have become increasingly interested in taking advantage of the same protections that public owners historically have had, by requiring surety bonds. While the cost can be a deterrent, when compared to the price of project failure, the cost of the bonds is relatively minor.

Navigating Surety Performance and Payment Bonds: What To Know

April 6, 2021

Real estate development and construction projects regularly require payment and performance bonds from contractors that are seeking to be hired for a project. There are many misconceptions about what these obligations are. The purpose of the payment and performance bonds is to mitigate the project owner's risk.

New Jersey Construction Fall Protection

December 11, 2019

By Andrew R. Bronsnick We recently reviewed the hazards construction professionals endure when working with scaffolding, which, for the past four years, has been one of the top five OSHA violations in America. Today we’ll examine the number one violation: Fall Protection. OSHA Standard number 1926.501 explains an employer’s duty to have fall protection and states that: “Employees […]