Meghan DiPerna

Partner

  • Meghan DiPerna
  • Phone: +1 212 471 1818
    Fax: +1 212 428 6736

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

Meghan M. DiPerna practices construction law. Ms. DiPerna drafts and negotiates construction agreements, design agreements, development agreements and trade contracts on behalf of owners, developers and contractors. She counsels clients through the contract administration process, and provides advice as to allocation of construction/design risk, surety bonding, insurance coverage, building loan funding, adjacent property protection, labor issues, warranties and lien matters. As a complement to her transactional practice, Ms. DiPerna also assists clients in resolving a variety of disputes. Her experience in this regard extends to delay claims, change orders, design defects, defective work, property damage, and default/termination.

Ms. DiPerna has been involved in some of the most iconic projects in New York City, including:

  • Discovery Channel Headquarters
  • Lenox Hill Hospital
  • 70 Vestry
  • 520 West 28th by Zaha Hadid
  • Willets Point Redevelopment
  • Spofford Redevelopment
  • 451 Tenth Avenue
  • Louis Armstrong Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center
  • New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute
  • CornellTECH Residential
  • The Hudson Yards Redevelopment
  • Essex Crossing
  • World Trade Center Office Towers
  • Columbia University's Manhattanville Expansion
  • 15 Central Park West
  • BankNote Building
  • Bronx Terminal Market
  • East River Plaza
  • 50 United Nations Plaza

Ms. DiPerna has also been involved in various high profile projects elsewhere in the country, including:

  • CityPlace in Santa Clara, California
  • The Grand in Los Angeles, California
  • SLS Resort Residence & Marina in Hallandale Beach, Florida

  • Eleven on the River in Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Equinox Hotels in Houston, Austin, Santa Clara and Toronto
  • 110 North Wacker in Chicago, Illinois
  • One Hill South in Washington, DC

Ms. DiPerna is a graduate, with honors, of The George Washington University Law School and a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame. She is a member of the Women Builders Council, a leading association representing women in the construction industry. She also serves as vice-chair of programming for the Duane Morris Women's Impact Network for Success (WINS) in New York.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate
  • Construction Law

Admissions

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

Education

  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors, 2005
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., magna cum laude, 2002

Experience

  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2019-present
    - Special Counsel, 2015-2018
    - Associate, 2008-2015

  • Watt Tieder Hoffar & Fitzgerald LLP
    - Associate, 2005-2007

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Webinar, "U.S. Construction Considerations During the COVID-19 Pandemic," NAIOP Webinar, April 2, 2020
  • Seminar, “Standard Forms of Agreement for use on Corporate Facilities Services Capital Projects,” Northwell Health, Manhasset, New York, December 6 and 13, 2018

  • Seminar, "Design and Construction Contracts 101," Professional Women in Construction Connect & Learn Series, New York City, June 14, 2016
  • Seminar, “Preparing and Administering Design & Construction Contracts,” Related Companies, New York City, February 22, 2016

  • Host, Greater New York City/Long Island Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction CAD/Design/Drafting Scholarship Award Competition, New York City, March 3, 2012
  • Seminar, "Construction Contracts," Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York City, July 28, 2010