• Seton Hall University School of Law, JD, 2006
  • Montclair State University, BA, 1997

Ian is special counsel in the New York office. He focuses his practice on defending all manner of construction related claims including defense of design professionals, owners, developers and contractors in construction defect actions involving claims ranging from water infiltration to overall design and structural issues as well as code violations, claims of damage to neighboring properties during construction, architectural and engineering errors and omissions and claims for delay damages. Issues relating to insurance coverage and contract interpretation including analysis and application of contractual indemnification provisions are often a component of these cases. Ian also defends owners, tenants, developers, consultants and contractors in connection with construction site accidents including under the New York Labor Law.

In 1997 Ian graduated from Montclair State University. He then went on to earn his juris doctor in 2006 from Seton Hall University School of Law. While at Seton Hall, Ian was a member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Journal and also served on the Appellate Advocacy and Interscholastic Moot Court Boards.

Qualifications and admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • US District Court, New Jersey
  • US District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

Market recognition

  • Recognized as a “Rising Star” by New Jersey Super Lawyer (2016)

Work highlights

  • Obtained pre-answer dismissal of a complaint for breach of contract and negligence against the installer of a sprinkler system at a residential building in Rockland County, NY based on documentary evidence.
  • Obtained summary judgment and dismissal of a third-party action against a staffing company related to a construction site accident in New Jersey involving a claimed electrocution during demolition of an existing commercial space.
  • Obtained partial dismissal on a pre-answer motion to dismiss third-party claims against an engineer for negligence, contribution and common law indemnification related to claimed damage to neighboring buildings during excavation work. The trial court declined to dismiss the claims for contribution and indemnity.  The New York Appellate Division, First Department partially reversed the trial court and dismissed the claim for indemnity
  • Obtained partial summary judgment in a New York Labor Law case arising out of a fall off of a ladder while plaintiff was removing ductwork.

Presentations and publications

  • “Construction Defect Litigation in New York and New Jersey,” In-House Client Training (December 2020)