Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt

Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt


Construction Law

Jacky, chair of Mandelbaum Barrett’s Construction Law Group, assists owners, developers, investors, lenders and contractors throughout the entire construction lifecycle, from initial conception and project planning to contract negotiations, bid preparation and project delivery. Jacky also has significant experience resolving a wide array of disputes, including payment disputes, lien claims, defective design and construction claims, delay claims, indemnity claims, personal injury claims, labor and employment issues, and default and convenience terminations. In addition, she frequently litigates claims against surety bonds and construction insurance policies, and addresses creditors’ rights and bankruptcy issues. She has tried cases in state courts, administrative tribunals and arbitration panels.

In 2020, Chambers USA ranked Jacky in Band 1 in New Jersey Construction Law, citing her as one of the top ten attorneys in the state. Jacky is also rated AV preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, their highest peer-driven level of professional excellence.


In her litigation practice, Jacky represents business and healthcare clients in complex litigation arising out of partnership agreements, contract disputes, and employment disputes involving non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants. Some of her clients are physicians, pharmacists, dentists and other healthcare providers, group practices, healthcare facilities, and related healthcare businesses.

Jacky also serves as the chair of Mandelbaum Barrett’s Women’s Initiative. In addition to her law practice, Jacky is active with The Barn Theatre in Montville, NJ and animal rescue.


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  • Member, Professional Women in Construction New Jersey Chapter
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association Construction Law Committee
  • Ranked Band 1 for Construction, New Jersey Chambers USA
  • Chair, Mandelbaum Barrett’s Women’s Initiative Group
  • Associate Mentor, Mandelbaum Barrett
  • Board Member, Rutgers School of Law – Newark, Alumni Board (2011-2013)
  • Trustee, Essex County Bar Association (2000-2009)
  • Master, The Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Inn of the American Inns of Court
  • Member, Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
  • Chair, Steering Committee, Lake Valhalla Club, Montville, NJ (2016-2017)
  • Assistant Coach, Montville Baseball and Softball Association, Montville, NJ (2016-2017)
  • Member, Valhalla Civic Association, Montville, NJ

Representative Matters

  • Represented the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in claims for construction defects in connection with its $1 billion Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. The RBR Project is unique because it is the first of its kind in the nation to bundle the replacement of hundreds of bridges in a public-private partnership (P3) agreement. No other P3 project in the country has embarked on a multi-asset, multi-location undertaking of this magnitude.
  • Representation of an international investment firm in connection with construction of a $200 million ethanol plant. The construction project resulted in disputes and complex arbitration proceedings with the design/build contractor involving lien claims and claims of defective design, defective construction, unforeseen site conditions and project delays.
  • Representation of a lender to an environmentally sensitive property in litigation with the general contractor and design engineer of an environmental remediation project involving claims of defective design, defective construction and contractor payment and lien claims.Representation of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York in litigations arising from public construction projects.
  • Advised major contractor on project closeout issues with respect to its role as Project Manager overseeing multiple contractors working on the NYC Rapid Repair Program which provided temporary repairs to restore heat, power and hot water to residences in NYC damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
  • Counsel to school board defending claims of wrongful termination by contractor and delay claims by co-prime contractors.
  • Counsel to developers of a luxury townhome community defending claims of construction defects.
  • Counsel to owners of an industrial processing plant defending delay claims by contractor and prosecuting construction defect claims against it.
  • Counsel to general contractor in AAA arbitration against school board for delay damages resulting from another contractor’s delays during school construction project.
  • Counsel to school board asserting claims against defaulted contractor’s surety bond. Counsel to telecommunications company in construction delays/defect dispute with contractor over upgrades to an existing facility.
  • Counsel to school board in major capital projects to expand and renovate schools.

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

  • Rutgers University School of Law – Newark, J.D., 1992
  • Skidmore College, B.S., 1988

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.

A "Paw"tionary Tale: Construction Counsel Can Save You Time and Money When Building or Renovating

October 22, 2021

We recently represented a veterinarian client in a construction contract dispute. He had contracted with a very sophisticated builder to build a brand-new veterinary hospital. He was a solo, and had a well-established, but relatively small practice. In the course of growing his practice and taking it to the next level, our client determined to build a new ground up facility. He contacted a reputable builder which held itself out as very experienced in this specialized type of construction. The builder developed a three- part program, with several different contracts governing each phase of the project. Our client signed the contracts and invested over $100,000 in preliminary budget discussions and design concept meetings. Our client told the builder that his budget was $ 4 million.

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.

If You're Building or Renovating Commercial Property in New York or New Jersey, You Need to Know About the Lien Laws and How Lien Funds Are Created

February 4, 2021

February 4, 2021 By Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt I often advise clients on multi-million dollar construction contracts, where lawyers on both sides are brought in early to make sure the agreement is properly structured. But owners who undertake smaller construction projects, such as the build out or renovation of an office space, often mistakenly think that […]

What Rights Do New York and New Jersey Landlords Have to Dispute Liens Filed by Contractors who Perform Work for Tenants?

January 25, 2021

January 25, 2021 By Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt New York and New Jersey are among the states that have clarified the often vague and ambiguous rules about lien rights for contractors who perform work for tenants. In New York, the tenant’s contractor can lien the leasehold for unpaid construction work performed at a leased premises, but […]

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 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, Inc.), […]

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 Construction Law Chair, Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt, Esq. has authored an article […]

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 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 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 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 partner Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt in Band 1 for New Jersey construction law.

Three New Partners Join the Firm

January 25, 2021

Robert C. Scrivo joins the firm, following a successful tenure as Special Counsel and Assistant United States Attorney in the District of New Jersey. In that role, Robert led a task force to reduce violent crime in one of New Jersey’s largest cities, prosecuted a wide variety of federal crimes, and served as the office’s […]