Allen J. Ross has more than 45 years of experience practicing law in the areas of construction, litigation and real estate. In addition to traditional legal work, he has also developed a career in alternative dispute resolution in the construction industry, serving as an arbitrator, mediator and dispute review board chair.
Mr. Ross is a member of the American, New York State and New York City Bar Associations, as well as the Construction Industry Panel of Arbitrators and the Panel of Mediators of the American Arbitration Association. He is a 1964 graduate of New York University School of Law and a graduate of Cornell University.
Areas of Practice
- Real Estate
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Construction Law and Litigation
- New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- New York University School of Law, J.D., 1964
- Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2008-present
- Thelen LLP
- Partner, 2006-2008
- Ross & Cohen
Founding Partner, 1978-2006
- American Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association
- The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- American Arbitration Association
- Construction Industry Panel of Arbitrators
- Panel of Mediators
Honors and Awards
Listed in Who's Who Legal: Construction 2018-2020
- Named a "Lawyer of the Year" in New York City Litigation — Construction Law by Best Lawyers, 2015-2016
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2020
Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2008-2019
- Listed in International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers, 2005-2014; 2016 and 2017
- Listed in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, 2015
Listed in New York Super Lawyers, 2006-2019
- Listed in Expert Guides Best of the Best 2012 USA
- Listed in Avenue magazine's Legal Elite, 2010
- Listed in Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition, 2009-2010
- Listed as one of "The New York Area's Best Lawyers," New York Magazine
- AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
- Author, "Constructive Thoughts of a Mediator," Inside the Minds: Preparing for Alternative Dispute Resolution Cases: Leading Lawyers on Best Practices for Mediation and Arbitration, Analyzing When to Settle vs. Litigate, and Determining Financial Liability, Aspatore Books
- Featured in "Building on Trust: Forest City Ratner Companies and Duane Morris LLP, Counsel to Counsel, March 2009
Selected Speaking Engagements
- Panelist, "The Use of ADR in Construction Law Cases: What the Industry Forms Say About ADR," New York County Lawyers' Association, May 12, 2016
- Represented a construction manager in multiple party construction litigation against the owner of retirement facility in Westchester County, New York. After years of litigation and appeals, the case was settled prior to trial.
- Advising a large regional electrical contractor with respect to a $5 million dispute arising out of the construction of the Fulton Street Transit Center in NYC.
- Represented a contractor against construction defect claims, delay/disruption claims, surety bond claims and non-payment claims involving the construction of a project for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority involving excavation, mining and lining of a vertical shaft, inclined tunnels and the construction of a ventilation building for a subway station at the intersection of 34th Street and 11th Avenue in New York.
- Obtained judgment from a federal appeals court dismissing the debtor’s appeal after trial in the Bankruptcy Court on the ground that the appeal had been waived.
- Represented mechanical contractor in case brought by owner of refinery where a leak of hydrofluoric acid occurred, at time when multi-million-dollar payment was due to contractor. Mediated to successful resolution with owner and insurers.
- Obtained dismissal of a subcontractor’s claim for alleged delays and extra work against a developer arising from the conversion of a former governmental building to private residential use.