Kenneth H. Lazaruk


  • Kenneth H. Lazaruk
  • Phone: +1 212 692 1085
    Fax: +1 212 253 4288

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

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 representing owners and developers in the drafting and negotiation of design and construction agreements.  Mr. Lazaruk also represents owners and developers in construction disputes resolved through either mediation, arbitration and/or litigation. He also has experience representing other parties involved in construction projects including design professionals, architects, engineers, 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 drafted and negotiated contracts for all types of projects including office buildings, affordable and high end residential towers, stadiums and public works/infrastructure.  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 and construction of some of the most iconic projects in the New York metropolitan area, including:

  • Essex Crossing
  • The Hudson Yards Redevelopment
  • The Office Building Towers located at the site of the World Trade Center
  • Columbia University's Manhattanville Expansion
  • 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
  • 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
    • Zaha Building at 28th Street and 10th Avenue
    • 41-45 Park Avenue
    • One Cadman Plaza

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 past president and a member for the past 40 years.

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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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
    - AAA Arbitrator and Mediator
    - AAA Master Mediator Panel
  • 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, 2012-2020

  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2010-2020

  • Referenced in Legal 500 U.S.- Leading Lawyers for Construction 2014
  • Listed in New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2010-2019

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Webinar, "U.S. Construction Considerations During the COVID-19 Pandemic," NAIOP Webinar, April 2, 2020
  • Seminar, “Design & Construction Contracts 101,” Professional Women in Construction, New York City, June 14, 2016

  • Seminar, “Preparing and Administering Design & Construction Contracts,” Related Companies, February 22, 2016

  • 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