Quirk & Bakalor


Quirk and Bakalor attorneys' have substantial experience representing real estate owners and developers, general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, architects, engineers and other industry professionals in litigation. While the geographic scope of our practice extends beyond the borders of the tri-state area, our construction representation is predominantly based in New York, and, as such, we are intimately familiar with the nuances of the New York Labor Law. Moreover, we understand the inherent exposure and liability issues that pervade the construction industry and assess and manage these risks at every turn. We are often called upon as monitoring counsel by excess insurers for our expertise in evaluating the liability and potential damages in cases with significant exposure.

Our results-driven attorneys defend clients in all types of disputes involving insurance and reinsurance coverage; bids and contracts; catastrophic personal injury and worksite accidents; and products liability and property damage. We handle these matters from inception to trial and through appeal, as appropriate. While we frequently and successfully try cases for our clients in state and federal courts, we are also committed to exhausting alternative dispute resolution methods, including negotiation, mediation and arbitration to satisfy business objectives and settle disputes, favorably and efficiently in consultation with out clients.

Our attorneys collaborate with other attorneys who practice in the areas of Appellate, CommercialInsurance and Products Liability when cases require additional skill sets, experience and knowledge. The attorneys are also assisted by experienced paralegals, sophisticated case management technology and preeminent industry consultants and expert witnesses. All of our attorneys diligently follow decisions, changes in the law and industry trends to be able to provide clients with the highest quality of representation.

Our attorneys regularly advise clients on construction-related issues, such as:

Bid disputes
Bond & surety disputes
Catastrophic personal injury claims
Change order & equitable adjustment claims
Changed conditions claims
Contract disputes
Contractor termination & insolvency issues
Defective work & warranty claims
Delay, disruption & acceleration claims
Design liability claims
Employment practices liability
Environmental & toxic tort claims
Insurance coverage disputes
Loss & expense claims
Mechanic’s liens
New York Labor Law disputes
OSHA claims & investigations
Products liability claims
Professional liability claims
Property damage claims
Subrogration actions
Worksite accident claims
Wrongful termination disputes

Our attorneys represent a broad base of businesses involved in the construction industry, including:

Construction consultants
Construction managers
Fire protection consultants
General contractors
Home inspectors
Material suppliers
Mechanical consultants
Municipal entities
Real estate professionals
Real estate property owners & developers