Richard P. Dyer

Of Counsel - Retired

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

Richard P. Dyer practices in the area of construction law, including both contentious and non-contentious matters. Mr. Dyer has extensive experience in a broad range of construction, transactional and dispute resolution matters, including: preparation and negotiation of construction contracts, turnkey/design-build contracts, EPC contracts, construction management contracts, architect and engineer agreements, consultant agreements and trade contracts/subcontracts; contract administration; EEO and OSHA matters; surety bonding, mechanic's lien and insurance matters. He advises on the resolution of construction, engineering, and other commercial disputes through litigation, arbitration, including AAA and ICC administered proceedings, and mediation. Representative projects include: stadiums, aquariums, waste-to-energy facilities, power projects, LNG/LPG facilities, paper mills, casino resorts, infrastructure/transportation facilities, telecom loops, hospitals, institutional buildings, research facilities, schools, manufacturing facilities, assisted living facilities, museums, hotels and high-rise commercial and residential buildings.

Mr. Dyer has advised and represented owner/developers, contractors, and subcontractors on matters involving the total construction process from the pre-construction phase through the construction phase and beyond involving matters such as contract formulation, claims, dispute avoidance and resolution, suretyship, liens, insolvency, default, and termination.

He has been directly involved in some of the most visible construction projects in the New York metropolitan area, including: Rockefeller University; Lincoln Center; World Trade Center Memorial and Museum; Four Seasons Hotel; Baruch College; United Nations; Foxwoods Resort; Guggenheim Museum Expansion; Trump Tower; Jacob Javits Convention Center; Trump International Hotel and Tower; Metropolitan Tower; World Wide Plaza; The Grand Hyatt Hotel; Roosevelt Island; Battery Park City; Broad Financial Center; Financial Square; 750 Lexington Avenue; 461 Fifth Avenue; 667 Madison Avenue; 535 Madison Avenue; Park Avenue Tower; 599 Lexington Avenue; 527 Madison Avenue; ATT World Headquarters; 33 Maiden Lane; 40 Broad Street; and 101 Park Avenue.

Other projects included Kiani Kertas Paper Mill, Indonesia; Jindal Power Project, India; Tampa LPG Facility; Penuelas Power Project, P. R.; Cedar Bay Cogeneration Facility, Florida; Quezon Power Project, Philippines; Champion International World Headquarters; N.Y. Football Giants Stadium and the adjacent Meadowlands Racetrack; Intercontinental Hotels in Cairo, Egypt and Amman, Jordan; the ARAMCO Headquarters Building and Hospital Facilities in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; and other projects in New Jersey, Connecticut, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Iowa, Washington, DC, and Texas.

Mr. Dyer has been recognized as a leading New York construction lawyer in the Best Lawyers in America, New York Super Lawyers, and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

A member of the American Bar Association, Mr. Dyer is a graduate of Villanova University School of Law and a graduate of Villanova University School of Engineering (B.S.C.E., with honors).

Representative Matters


  • Project Construction counsel on a billion dollar plus reconstruction of theatre and hotel in Times Square, New York.

  • Providing construction counseling to a development and equity team proposing on the $4 billion P3 project to redevelop New York’s LaGuardia Airport Main Terminal.

  • Providing transactional advice to a state power authority concerning tender documents and contracting forms for supply, construction and turnkey projects.

  • Represented Rockefeller University in engaging architect Rafael Viñoly to design the addition of a four-block long platform over the FDR Drive on the Upper East Side of Manhattan to support a two-story research facility.

  • Drafting and negotiation of FIDIC-based design-build contract documents for a 1,400-unit military housing project near Seoul, South Korea.

  • Representation of an international NGO on a multibillion-dollar capital program to perform a complete rehabilitation of its headquarters campus in New York City.

  • Representation of a large REIT in preparing and negotiating design and construction agreements for two large commercial buildings in New York City, and providing general construction project advice.

  • Representation of an international accounting and consulting firm in preparing and negotiating design and construction agreements for the construction of the interior of the firm's headquarters of 700,000 square feet.

  • Providing advice on construction procurement strategy and peer review of construction contracting documents for a national library and opera house in Athens, Greece.

  • Providing transactional services to the planning and construction office of a world-renowned research and teaching university in the biomedical sciences in connection with its capital construction program at its campus in New York City.

  • Review of FIDIC-based contract documents for a shopping center and entertainment complex in Riga, Latvia.

  • Review of FIDIC-based contract documents for a resort complex in Anguilla.

  • Dispute Resolution

  • Representation of an international contractor on a South American hydroelectric project involving miles of tunnels by TBMs and conventional methods.

  • Representation of an EPC contractor and alliance member on a five-plant power program concerning steam turbine defects and delays, project cancellations and suspensions, and delay and performance liquidated damage disputes.

  • Representation of an institutional museum and memorial against claims by a structural steel contractor for delay and disruption damages.

  • Representation of a design/build contractor in litigation with a subcontractor on a Waste to Energy Plant in Federal District Court in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Representation of an energy company in arbitration and mediation proceedings in Atlanta with a design/build contractor on a liquefied propane gas off-take and storage facility in Tampa, Florida.

  • Representation of consortium members of a design/build consortium in International ICC Arbitration proceedings in London concerning a power plant in India.

  • Representation of an aquarium entertainment project owner against claims by a contractor on a delayed project in Tennessee.

  • Representation of a consortium member on a turnkey paper mill project in Indonesia in an International ICC Arbitration proceeding seeking to recover accounts receivable and damages from the project owner.

  • Representation of a general contractor in a state court action against a public transportation authority seeking to recover delay damages for itself and a subcontractor under a liquidation agreement.

  • Representation of a project owner in the prosecution of an action in federal court against a general contractor for breach of a settlement agreement.

  • Representation of turnkey contractors in pursuit of claims for balances due and incentive fees on telecom build-outs in Europe in Federal Court, and in arbitration and mediation proceedings.

  • Representation of a general contractor in the enforcement of mechanics liens and collection of delay damages in state court in New Jersey.

  • Representation of an institutional museum owner in the prosecution of fire damage claims against insurance carriers and in the defense of delay damage claims by a trade contractor.

  • Reported Decisions

  • Travelers Casualty & Surety Company v. The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9415 (S.D.N.Y. 2005)
  • Bovis Lend Lease LMB, Inc. v. GCTV Venture, Inc., et al., 285 A.D. 2d 68, 728 N.Y.S.2d 25 (App. Div., First Dept. 2001); 6 A.D. 2d 228, 775 N.Y.S. 2d 259 (App. Div., First Dept. 2004)
  • Simpson v. Sutton East Associates 86, 244 A.D. 2d 278, 655 N.Y.S. 2d 855 (App. Div. First Dept. 1997)
  • John Doris, Inc. v. Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 209 A.D. 2d 380, 618 N.Y.S. 2d 99 (App. Div. Second Dept. 1994)
  • Transactional

  • Represented Lincoln Center and its multiple constituents in connection with design and construction procurement matters for the $225+ million 65th Street Redevelopment Project.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction Law and Litigation
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • Project Finance, Documentation and Negotiation
  • Energy and Infrastructure Projects
  • Claim Avoidance


  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • 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 Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York


  • Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, J.D.
  • Villanova University School of Engineering, B.S.C.E., with honors
    - Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Of Counsel, 2022-present
    - Partner, 2008-2021
  • Thelen LLP
    - Partner 1989-2008
  • HRH Construction Corporation
    - Vice President/General Counsel
  • George A. Fuller Company, New York, New York
    - Assistant General Counsel

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
    - Section of Litigation
    - Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • General Contractors Association of New York
  • New York Building Congress
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York
    - Chairman of the Mechanics Lienors Creditors Committee, In Re East-East Associates Limited Partnership

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers
    - Leading Construction Lawyers in New York, 2004-2017

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law
  • Listed as a New York Super Lawyer in Construction Litigation, 2006-2021

  • Listed in Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition
  • Listed in Avenue magazine's Legal Elite, 2010
  • Listed in Expert Guides, Construction and Real Estate, 11th Edition, 2017
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Adjunct Instructor, Fordham University, Real Estate Institute, 2017
  • Seminar, "Public Contracting in the Age of the Stimulus Package: Are You Ready for Transparency?" Duane Morris LLP, New York City, June 23, 2009
  • Seminar, "Construction Management Issues," Thelen LLP, April 19, 2007
  • Seminar, "Construction Scheduling: How to Make it Work for You," Thelen LLP, November 29, 2006
  • Speaker, "Bonds, Liens and Insurance," Federal Publications, New York State Department of Transportation, October 2004
  • Visiting Lecturer, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation's degree program for real estate development and construction management
  • Speaker, "Handling Construction Risks: Allocate Now or Litigate Later," Practising Law Institute, May 2001