Kenneth H. Lazaruk
Partner

Duane Morris LLP
1540 Broadway
New York, NY 10036-4086
USA

Phone: +1 212 692 1085
Fax: +1 212 253 4288
Email: khlazaruk@duanemorris.com

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Kenneth H. Lazaruk practices in the area of construction law. Mr. Lazaruk has more than 40 years' experience in the construction industry, 30 of which has been as an attorney exclusively practicing in the field of construction law. Mr. Lazaruk's experience as an attorney includes all aspects of construction law with an emphasis on contract drafting and negotiations, alternate dispute resolution and litigation. He has represented all the parties to a construction dispute including architects, engineers, owners, developers, contractors, construction managers, suppliers and vendors.

Mr. Lazaruk has a diverse background that includes experience in the fields of law, design, construction, engineering and tax/finance. In addition to his experience as a practicing attorney, he has worked for major engineering consulting and construction management firms. Mr. Lazaruk has extensive experience in the drafting and negotiation of design, construction and material/service procurement agreements. He has drafted and/or negotiated design and construction agreements on behalf of the leading developers, owners, design professionals and contractors in the industry and real estate/construction industry. He is also a licensed professional engineer in the states of New York and New Jersey.

Mr. Lazaruk has been directly involved in the design/construction of some of the most iconic projects in the New York metropolitan area, including:

  • The Office Building Towers located at the site of the World Trade Center
  • The Time Warner Center
  • Yankee Stadium
  • Bronx Terminal Market Retail Center
  • East River Plaza
  • The Barclays Arena at Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn, New York
  • Various Residential Towers at Battery Park City
  • The Proposed Jets/Olympic West Side Stadium
  • The Hudson Yards Redevelopment
  • Columbia University's Manhattanville Expansion
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine's Genomics Center
  • Various Residential Towers located in New York City known as:
    • 15 Central Park West
    • 50 United Nations Plaza
    • 18 Gramercy Park
    • One Carnegie Hill
    • Tribeca Green
    • The Harrison
    • The Brompton
    • Superior Ink
    • The Caledonia
    • Astor Place

Mr. Lazaruk has been involved in litigation with regard to an $80 million reservoir gatehouse and cofferdam located on the Croton Reservoir in Croton, New York, the Jacob Javits Convention Center, a $300 million AC/DC conversion project running from Salt Lake City, Utah to Los Angeles, California, and the replacement of the field hockey surface and underlying infrastructure at Bakersfield Columbia University in New York City.

Mr. Lazaruk has been actively involved in the alternate dispute resolution process for the past 30 years. Certified as an arbitrator and mediator by the American Arbitration Association and as a mediator by the International Mediation Institute, he has participated in many matters resolved via ADR either as counsel for a party or as arbitrator or mediator. He has also lectured on ADR before many groups, including the Metropolitan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, an organization of which he has been a member for the past 40 years as well as a past president.

A member of the New York and New Jersey bar associations, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers, Mr. Lazaruk is a 1983 graduate of New York Law School and a graduate of New York University Graduate School of Business (M.B.A.) and the City College of New York (B.C.E.).

Areas of Practice

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Construction Law

Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Education

  • New York Law School, J.D., 1983
  • New York University Graduate School of Business Administration, M.B.A., 1977
  • City College of New York, B.C.E., 1973

Experience

  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2008-present
  • Thelen LLP
    - Partner, 2006-2008
  • Ross & Cohen
    - Partner, 1998-2006
  • Edwards and Zuck, P.C., Consulting Engineers
    - General Counsel, 1997-1998
  • Zetlin & DeChiara
    - Partner, 1996-1997
  • Baer, Marx & Upham
    - Partner, 1994-1996
  • Shea & Gould
    - Partner, 1983-1994
  • Coopers & Lybrand
    - Tax and Financial Specialist, 1980-1983
  • HRH Construction Corporation, Division of Starret Housing
    - Construction Engineer, 1979-1980
  • Western Electric
    - Strategic Planner, 1977-1979
  • Dames & Moore
    - Project Engineer, 1973-1977

Professional Activities

  • American Arbitration Association
    - Arbitrator and Mediator
  • International Mediation Institute
    - Mediator
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
    - Mediator
  • Supreme Court of the State of New York
    - Mediator
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
    - Past President, New York Chapter
  • National Society of Professional Engineers
  • Founding member, Duane Morris' New York Office Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2012, 2014
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013
  • Listed in New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2010-2013

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Seminar, "Construction Contracts," Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP, New York City, August 2010
  • Seminar, "Public Contracting in the Age of the Stimulus Package: Are You Ready For Transparency?" Duane Morris LLP, New York City, June 2009
  • Seminar, "Construction Insurance – Best Practices And New Developments for 2008 and Beyond," Thelen, LLP, New York City, April 2008
  • Seminar, "Design and Engineering Contract Issues," Thelen LLP, New York City, March 2007
  • Seminar, "Choosing the Right Forms of Construction 1996 Contracts," Thelen, LLP, New York City, February 15, 2007
  • Seminar, "What To Do When Construction Projects Go Bad," Lorman Education Services, New York City, May and June 2006
  • Seminar, "Construction Law '96 Current Trends," American Society of Civil Engineers, Metropolitan Section, Construction Group, New York City, February 1996
  • Seminar, "Alternate Dispute Resolution," Shea & Gould, New York City, April 1992