Mark A. Canizio is Chair of Duane Morris' Construction Group and practices in the area of construction and commercial litigation. Mr. Canizio has litigated numerous complex construction cases involving multimillion-dollar disputes. He has extensive experience in both large scale trials and arbitrations and the use of cutting-edge computer technology to organize and manage documents and testimony and present evidence in the courtroom. He has also successfully employed jury consultants and conducted mock trials to help clients assess the reaction of potential jurors to their cases. In the course of his career, Mr. Canizio has litigated numerous cases resulting in reported decisions and has served some of the industry's largest construction clients.
A member of the New York State Bar Association, Mr. Canizio is a 1982 graduate of Brooklyn Law School and a graduate of Baruch College.
Areas of Practice
- Construction Litigation
- New York
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1982
- Baruch College, B.A., 1979
- Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2008-present
- Thelen LLP
- Partner, 2006-2008
- Ross & Cohen
- Partner, 1986-2006
- New York State Bar Association
Honors and Awards
Listed in Who's Who Legal: Construction 2019-2020
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2019-2020
Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, 2017-2019
- Listed in Avenue magazine's Legal Elite, 2010
Listed in New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2010-2012 and 2018-2019
- AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
- Obtained a judgment from the State Supreme Court, New York County, dismissing Defendant City of New York's affirmative defenses and counterclaims for fraud against our client totaling $75 million arising out of the criminal convictions of two former employees and several subcontractors for fraud. The court found that the City's counterclaims and affirmative defenses were barred by the statute of limitations.
- Defended well known preparatory school in a $34 million action for wrongful termination of its contract brought by contractor. The school discovered contractor was misappropriating funds, and the action ultimately concluded with all claims against the school being dismissed.
- Represented construction manager in an arbitration proceeding involving a dispute with a concrete subcontractor on a project for the construction of the Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech.
- Representing major university in its defense of a $16 million lawsuit commenced by construction manager over the construction of the Roy and Diane Vagelos Education Center.
- Representing major electrical contractor in a dispute arising out of a multi-prime construction project which raised unique legal issues relating to liability for construction delay in public projects.
- Represented a large European engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor on a 500mw hydroelectric power project in the Andes mountains near Santiago, Chile involving many novel construction and contractual issues, given the terrain of the project, the contractual structure, and the local law regulatory regime.
- Obtained dismissal on behalf of major university of more than $10 million in subsurface conditions claims, which concerned the construction of slurry walls and foundations by a joint venture contractor on campus construction.
- Representing public works contractor in its $50 million claim against the State of New York arising out of a $150 million Project for the construction of the interchange between the Long Island Expressway and the Cross Island Parkway. In 2018, the Court of Claims granted contractor’s motion for summary judgment dismissing all of the State’s counterclaims and affirmative defenses based upon alleged MWBE fraud.
- Representing one of the ten largest construction companies in New York in defense of major litigation involving the One Hanson Place concerning conversion of the iconic Williamsburg Savings Bank building in Brooklyn, New York from an office building to a mixed-use building, involving retail, residential, and commercial spaces.
- Representation of contractor through trial 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 Number 7 Line subway station at the intersection of 34th Street and 11th Avenue in New York.
- Providing counseling and advice to an equity joint venture in connection with proposals for the $4 billion redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport's main terminal, one of the largest planned infrastructure projects in New York City.
- Obtained judgment after trial on behalf of a construction management firm from the Supreme Court of the State of New York County of Westchester dismissing all plaintiff's claims, totaling $1.2 million, which had alleged delay damages/escalation and breach of contract.
- Representation of prime contractor with contracts valued in excess of $1 billion on the East Side Access subway tunnel project for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in connection with claims involving differing site conditions and delays.
- Obtained summary judgment dismissing $2.3 million in claims filed by a mechanical subcontractor against construction management firm in connection with the Maimonides Medical Center expansion project in Brooklyn, New York on grounds that the claims were barred by the "no damage for delay" clause in the parties' contract.
- Co-author, "Private or Public?: Either Way, Give Proper Notice of Construction Claims," New York Law Journal, December 23, 2009
- Co-author, "Service of Process and the Hague Convention," New York Law Journal, August 27, 2010
Selected Speaking Engagements
- "Discretionary Contractor Selection Methods in New York Public Contracts," February 24, 2010