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Martha A. Connolly

Partner

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Martha A. Connolly, Partner, has an extensive commercial litigation practice focusing on construction law. She represents a broad range of clients, including contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and sureties  in the areas of construction litigation and commercial contract law, including mediation and arbitration, contract negotiation, risk management, suretyship and other subjects relating to the construction industry. Martha’s practice includes the drafting and negotiation of complex commercial contracts and the provision of comprehensive risk management counseling and services for her clients.

Martha maintains an extensive representation of contractors throughout the United States. Her notable cases include the successful representation of an electrical contractor seeking recovery from a general contractor for damage to its work on a public project; a significant recovery for a general contractor wrongfully terminated on a private project; and a successful negotiation with a public owner eliminating substantial liquidated damages against a contractor-client in relation to the late completion of an airport project. She conducts lectures on a variety of construction topics, and has authored or co-authored articles on subjects relating to the construction industry.

Martha Connolly is admitted to, and practices in, the State and Federal Courts of New York and Connecticut. She graduated from the University of Rochester and received her Juris Doctor from Albany Law School of Union University.  She is a member of the American Bar Association and a member of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section and the Forum on the Construction Industry.

Practice Areas:

  • Construction Law
  • Commercial Contract Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Surety and Fidelity Law

Court Admissions:

  • Connecticut, 1989
  • New York, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York

Publications:

  • A Comparison of ConsensusDocs 210: Standard Agreement and General Conditions Between Owner and Constructor for a Public Works Project to ConsensusDocs 200: Standard Agreement and General Conditions Between Owner and Constructor“, Chapter 15, ConsensusDocs Contract Document Handbook, Aspen Publishers, 2018 Cumulative Supplement, Author
  • ConsensusDocs 271: Instructions to Bidders on Public Work“, Chapter 14, ConsensusDocs Contract Document Handbook, Aspen Publishers, 2017 Cumulative Supplement, Author
  • ConsensusDocs 907, Equipment Lease“, Chapter 13, ConsensusDocs Contract Document Handbook, Aspen Publishers, 2016 Cumulative Supplement, Author
  • ConsensusDocs 703, Standard Purchase Agreement for Noncommodity Goods by a Contractor“, Chapter 12, ConsensusDocs Contract Documents Handbook, Aspen Publishers, 2015, Author
  • ConsensusDocs 750, Subcontract Agreement”, Chapter 8, ConsensusDocs Contract Documents Handbook, Aspen Publishers, 2012, Author

Speaking Engagements:

  • Future Construction Leaders Program;  Controlling Risk in Construction and Project Delivery Systems; Associated General Contractors of New York State, LLC, New York, May, 2017.
  • Future Construction Leaders Program;  Controlling Risk in Construction and Project Delivery Systems; Associated General Contractors of New York State, LLC, New York, May, 2016.
  • Future Construction Leaders Program; Managing Risk: Your Key To Increased Profitability; Associated General Contractors of New York State, LLC, Rochester, New York, May, 2015
  • Contracts For Every Construction Project, Every Party and the Bottom Line in New York; Lorman Education Services; Rochester, New York, July, 2014
  • Future Construction Leaders Program; Managing Risk: Your Key To Increased Profitability; Associated General Contractors of New York State, LLC; Rochester, New York, May, 2013
  • Future Construction Leaders Program; Managing Risk: Your Key To Increased Profitability; Associated General Contractors of New York State, LLC; Rochester, New York, May, 2012

Noteworthy Cases:

  • PSEG Power N.Y., Inc. v. Alberici Constructors, Inc. 2007 WL2687670 (N.D.N.Y, 2007)
  • Visconti Corporation v. LaBarge Brothers Company, Inc., 272 A.D.2d, 707 N.Y.S.2d 566 (4th Dept. 2000)
  • Nobel Insurance Company v. Hudson Iron Works, 51 F.Supp.2d 408 (S.D.N.Y. 1999)
  • Walck Bros. Ag. Service, Inc. v. Suburban Pipeline Co., Inc., 259 A.D.2d 1004, 688 N.Y.S.2d 296 (4th Dept. 1999)
  • Westfair Electric Contractors v. Aetna Casualty & Surety Company, 87 N.Y.2d 148, 638 N.Y.S.2d 394 (1995)
  • The DeNoyelles Company v. Requa Electrical Supply Co., Inc., 155 Misc.2d 451, 588 N.Y.S.2d 753 (Sup. Ct. Monroe Co. 1992).

Professional Associations:

  • American Bar Association:  The Forum on the Construction Industry, Tort & Insurance Practice

Recognitions:

  • Martindale.com; AV Preeminent Rating
  • Super Lawyers; Upstate New York; Construction Litigation (2012 – 2017)