Peter Strniste, a partner with the firm, dedicates his practice to construction and surety law, business litigation, and the negotiation of all types of construction contracts. He is a member of the firm’s Construction Group, and he counsels clients on issues surrounding all aspects of construction projects. He routinely represents clients in the Courts of New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Mr. Strniste has represented clients in both state and federal courts in a wide variety of litigation matters. He serves as a neutral arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and has also appeared before various arbitration tribunals on behalf of clients. Mr. Strniste frequently represents construction managers, general contractors, and trade contractors. He counsels them regarding claims for breach of contract and warranty, defective and deficient plans and specifications, construction defects, insurance disputes, project delays, impacts and inefficiency claims, and wrongful terminations. Mr. Strniste has represented owners, contractors, subcontractors, and some of the largest sureties in the country in actions involving payment and performance bonds on both public and private projects.
Mr. Strniste routinely achieves favorable results for his clients and is successful in resolving most cases without litigation or short of trial. Recently, he obtained a zero dollar settlement for a contractor client who faced a condominium association’s multi-million dollar claim for defective work. He also obtained a favorable settlement for a contractor seeking compensation for delays and inefficiencies extending over a several year period of time on a large scale public construction project in New York State. In February 2017, Mr. Strniste obtained a very favorable jury verdict for a contractor client following a five week jury trial involving competing claims which included defending against owner claims for defective and incomplete work, and also involved design deficiencies and obligations under the Spearin Doctrine.
Mr. Strniste has also handled business torts and equitable causes of action and has obtained for clients such remedies as injunctions, orders to quiet title, and judgments of foreclosure of mechanics' liens and other security instruments. In addition to state and federal trial courts, he has represented clients before the Connecticut Supreme Court and the United States Second and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Contract Procurement and Project Delivery
Mr. Strniste routinely drafts and negotiates all types of construction-related contracts, including master owner – contractor agreements, master subcontracts, joint venture agreements, and many others. Mr. Strniste is experienced at negotiating large construction and trade contracts in both the New York metro area and Boston, Massachusetts, where there are especially stringent city and state requirements for construction projects. Recently, he represented a construction manager in connection with a $150 million contract for a new warehouse and distribution center in New York, securing favorable cost saving and compensation provisions for his client. Mr. Strniste routinely negotiates and is familiar with all the industry contracts published by the American Institute of Architects, Associated General Contractors, and Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee, and other organizations.
Mr. Strniste, who is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Construction Law (Copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC), frequently writes and presents on construction matters. He has been included on the Connecticut Super Lawyers list in the area of Construction Litigation for several years. (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.) In 2015, he was selected as a finalist for the Associated General Contractors of Connecticut, Industry Recognition Award – Service Provider of the Year. He is also the Editor and a frequent contributor to the Construction Group’s blog, Construction Law Zone.