Niel P. Franzese


  • Overview


    Niel Franzese focuses his practice on the construction industry and represents clients in all areas of the industry, including owners, general contractors, subcontractors, sureties, and design professionals with respect to contract drafting and negotiation, and dispute resolution. He is a member of the firm’s Construction Group.

    Contract Procurement and Project Delivery

    Niel assists clients in the drafting and negotiation of design, construction and professional service contracts for both public and private projects. Niel routinely represents institutional owners and design and construction professionals of all sizes in a wide range of industries, including hospitality, education, healthcare, manufacturing, commercial, industrial, and retail.

    Dispute Resolution 

    Niel handles claims of all types which arise during a project, including allegations of defective design and construction, claims concerning the allocation of unforeseen costs, delay claims, mechanics' liens, bid disputes, and surety bond claims and claim management. He counsels clients in all avenues of dispute resolution, including resolving disputes through negotiation, mediation and arbitration, but is also called upon when needed to litigate in state or federal court. Niel has represented clients in successfully prosecuting and defending claims from inception through judgment in Connecticut and New York.

    Niel serves on the Board of Directors of the Construction Institute and contributes to the firm’s blog, Construction Law Zone


  • Experience
    • Experience


    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Construction Institute

      American Bar Association
      Forum on Construction Law

      Connecticut Bar Association

      Hartford County Bar Association
    • Publications


      "The Open Our Democracy Act: A Proposal For Effective Election Reform," published in Connecticut Law Review (2015)

    • Presentations


      "COVID-19 and Returning to Work: Important Concerns for the AEC Community," co-presented with Matthew T. Miklave and Joseph A. Barra, which addressed four important areas the AEC Community should understand when deciding whether and how to return to the office and the project site. (5/18/2020)
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      "Getting Back to Work: Important Concerns for the AEC Community," co-presented with Matthew T. Miklave and Joseph A. Barra, which discussed practical labor and employment considerations for re-opening offices and project sites; industrial and corporate hygiene; and the potential implications of the City of Boston’s COVID-19 Safety Plan for Construction (5/5/2020)
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    • Newsletters


      Construction Law Zone, co-authored with Lisa B. Andrzejewski and Virginia K. Trunkes (April 2020)