Robert C. Epstein: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Robert C. Epstein

Shareholder; Co-Chair, National Construction Group
Florham Park,  NJ  U.S.A.
Phone973.360.7945

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation - Construction Law Practice
  • Real Estate Operations
  • Catastrophe Planning & Response
  • Sports Facilities and Entertainment Venues
  • Global Energy & Infrastructure
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 973.360.7945
Fax: 973.295.1245
http://www.gtlaw.com/People/Robert-C-Epstein
 
University The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1973
 
Law SchoolNew York University School of Law, J.D., 1976
 
Admitted1976, New Jersey and New York; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; Supreme Court of the United States; Supreme Court of New Jersey; Supreme Court of New York
 
Memberships 

Professional & Community Involvement
•Member, American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry, Public Contracts Law Section
•Member, Florham Park State Bar Association, Construction Law Section

 
BornNew York, New York, June 12, 1951
 
Biography

Robert C. Epstein practices in the area of construction law and contracting. A frequent author and lecturer in the area of construction law, Robert co-chairs the firm's National Construction Law Practice.

Areas of Concentration
•Construction contracts, law and litigation

Associated News & Events
11.04.14 Greenberg Traurig Team Chosen to Present Panel Discussion on International Construction at 2014 Construction SuperConference
08.25.14 Eight Greenberg Traurig New Jersey Attorneys Included in 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
07.15.14 Greenberg Traurig Ranked in 2014 Legal 500 United States Guide
09.03.13 The Best Lawyers in America Lists 8 Greenberg Traurig NJ Attorneys; Top-Lists Firm in 12 areas in Florham Park
10.27.11 Greenberg Traurig New Jersey Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers in America 2012
10.15.08 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2009

Published Articles
10.22.07 Rebuilding the Nation's Infrastructure
06.25.07 Liability for Flawed Shop Drawings: Contractor, Architect and Engineer Each Play a Crucial Role in Evaluation of Work Plans
03.26.07 Approval By Default

Awards & Recognition
•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law; Litigation - Real Estate; Real Estate Law, 2008-2015
•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Real Estate and Construction - Construction, 2014
•Listed, Top Rated Lawyer in Construction, American Lawyer Media and Martindale Hubbell, 2013
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2007-2012
•Member, Winning Team, New Jersey Law Journal's General Litigation Department of the Year award, 2013
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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Articles, Publications, & Lectures

Articles
•Author, Rebuilding N.J.'s Infrastructure After Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey Law Journal, December 2012
•Co-author, “Building Information Modeling Is Revolutionizing Construction,” New Jersey Law Journal, October 2009
•Author, “Lessons From the Minneapolis Bridge Collapse,” New Jersey Law Journal, January 2009
•Author, Rebuilding the Nation's Infrastructure, New Jersey Law Journal, October 2007
•Author, Liability for Flawed Shop Drawings, New Jersey Law Journal, June 2007
•Author, Approval by Default, New Jersey Law Journal, March 2007
•Author, Liability for Construction Defects, New Jersey State Bar Association, Construction and Public Contract Law Section Newsletter, November 2006
•Author, How Construction Contracts Cause Litigation, New Jersey Lawyer, October 2002; Municipalities, January 2001; Utility & Transportation Contractor, October 2000; The Authority View, August 2000
•Author, Resolving Construction Disputes, New Jersey State Bar Association, Construction and Public Contract Law Section Newsletter, December 2002; Utility and Transportation Contractor, October 2002
•Author, Avoiding Waste and Abuse in Public School Construction Projects, School Leader, August 2001
•Author, How Owners Pay Twice for Construction Work, New Jersey State Bar Association, Construction and Public Contract Law Section Newsletter, May 2001
•Author, Court Ruling Offers Promise to Contractors Facing One-Sided Arbitration Clauses in Public Contracts, Utility and Transportation Contractor, August 1998
•Author, New Jersey's Local Procurement Laws Need Reform, New Jersey Policy Research Organization, January 1998
•Author, The Ten Commandments of Competitive Bidding For Public Contracts, Utility and Transportation Contractor, 1994; Dimensions, January/February 1994; Hard Hat News, December 31, 1993
•Author, Where New Jersey Contractors Go Wrong in Bidding for Public Contracts, Utility and Transportation Contractor, June 1992
•Author, Soliciting High Technology Contracts, 137 New Jersey Lawyer 44 (1990); NewGovernment Contracts Service Newsletter, Procurement Associates, Inc., May 1991. Cited as authority under the following New Jersey statutes: Refs & Annos, N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-19, N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-26, Refs & Annos, N.J.S.A. 40A:11-13, N.J.S.A. 40A:11-24.
•Author, The Trouble with Competitive Bidding in New Jersey for High Technology Equipment, 16 Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal 63 (1990); 27B Yearbook of Procurement Articles, Federal Publications, Inc., 1990). Cited as authority under the following New Jersey statutes: Refs & Annos, N.J.S.A. 18A:18A, N.J.S.A. 40A, Ch. 11 Refs & Annos, N.J.S.A. 18A:64, Art. 5 Refs & Annos, N.J.S.A. 52:32, Ch. 5, N.J.S.A. 52:18A-78.11.
•Author, Insurance Coverage of Construction Claims - You Already Have More Than You Think, Utility and Transportation Contractor, February 1995; American Welding Society Bulletin, February 9, 1995; Construction Data News, January 1995; Hard Hat News , January 13, 1995
•Author, Contractor Liability When Hazardous Substances Are Discovered On A Construction Project, Utility and Transportation Contractor, February 1995; American Welding Society Bulletin, February 9, 1995; Construction Data News, January 1995; Hard Hat News, January 13, 1995
•Author, Contractor Liability When Hazardous Substances Are Discovered on a Construction Project, Utility and Transportation Contractor, February 1995; American Welding Society Bulletin, February 9, 1995; Construction Data News, January 1995; Hard Hat News, January 13, 1995
•Author, New Jersey's New Construction Lien Law, Utility and Transportation Contractor, April 1994
•Author, Mechanics Liens and General Contractors Liens Made Easy, Utility and Transportation Contractor, February 1993
•Author, Asserting and Defending Construction Claims in a Recessionary Economy (first in a two-part series), Utility and Transportation Contractor, December 1991; Hard Hat News, April 22, 1992
•Author, Asserting and Defending Construction Claims in a Recessionary Economy (second in a two-part series), Utility and Transportation Contractor, February 1992; Hard Hat News, May 20, 1992

Lectures
•Lecturer, Managing Construction Risks, New Jersey Law Journal, April 2013
•Lecturer, Shop Drawings and Other Construction Submittals, Lorman Education Institute, September 2009
•Lecturer, Preventing Construction Defects, IQPC, July 19, 2006
•Lecturer, Shop Drawings and Submittals, Business Publishers, Inc., April 27, 2006
•Lecturer, Liability for Construction Defects, Lorman Education Services, January 12, 2006
•Lecturer, Avoiding Construction Claims and Litigation with Effective Contact Language, Construction Roundtable of New Jersey, March 8, 2002
•Lecturer, Managing Construction Risks in New Jersey: Liens, Bonds and Insurance, Lorman Education Services, February 29, 2000 and February 9, 2001
•Lecturer, Avoiding Liability for Employee Claims: Employment Law for Construction Projects in New Jersey, Lorman Education Services, May 9, 2001
•Lecturer, How Construction Contracts Cause Litigation, New Jersey Water Environment Association, May 2, 2001
•Lecturer, Managing Risks in Construction, Construction Roundtable of New Jersey, September 8, 2000
•Lecturer, New Jersey Construction Defect Claims, Lorman Education Services, July 11, 2000
•Lecturer, Managing Risks on School Construction Projects, New Jersey School Boards Association, June 6, 2000
•Lecturer, How Construction Contracts Cause Litigation, Construction Specifications Institute, June 23, 2000
•Lecturer, Liability of the Environmental Contractor, Institute of Business Law, April 10, 1996
•Lecturer, Defective Specifications, Meeting of The Construction Specifications Institute - Metropolitan New York Chapter, November, 1995
•Lecturer, Ten Commandments of Competitive Bidding for Public Contracts, Essex County College, Saturday Seminars for Small and Minority Entrepreneurs, April 23, 1994
•Lecturer, Ten Commandments of Competitive Bidding for Public Contracts, Department of Environmental Protection and Energy, Minority and Women Owned Businesses, May 7, 1993
•Lecturer, Asserting and Defending Construction Claims, Associated Builders and Contractors, October 17, 1991

Miscellaneous
•November 12, 1998, Testimony Before The New Jersey Assembly Appropriations Committee Regarding Assembly Bill A30 (reform of local procurement laws)
•March 12, 1998, Testimony Before The New Jersey Senate Community Affairs Committee Regarding Joint Resolution SJR13 (establishing commission to study local procurement reform) (Also at New York, New York Office)

 
Reported CasesSignificant Representations; Published Decisions; D&D Associates, Inc. v. North Plainfield Board of Education, 552 Fed. Appx. 110 (3d Circuit 2014); 2012 WL 1079583 (D.N.J. 2012); and 2011 WL 1871110 (D.N.J. 2011) (contractor claims); American Motorists Ins. Co. v. North Plainfield Board of Education, 2013 WL 5337041 (App. Div. 2013) (contractor claims); P.J. Smith Electrical Contractors v. North Plainfield Board of Education, 2013 WL 5975898 (App. Div. 2013) (contractor claims); Gould v. Ruefenacht , 471 U.S. 701 (1985) (meaning of security under the federal securities laws); Ruefenacht v. O'Halloran , 737 F.2d 320 (3d. Cir. 1984) (meaning of security under the federal securities laws); Center 48 L.P. v. The May Dept. Stores Company , 355 N.J. Super. 390 (App. Div. 2002) (enforcement of guaranty); Amerex v. Doane , 688 F.2d 818 (3d Cir. 1982) (enforcement of restrictive covenant); Autotote Ltd. v. Florham Park Sports & Exposition Authority , 85 N.J. 363 (1981) (public contract bid protest); Autotote, Ltd. v. Florham Park Sports & Exposition Authority , 171 N.J. Super. 480 (App. Div. 1979) (public contract bid protest); Hercules, Inc. v. General Magnetic Tape Co., 180 N.J. Super. 206 (App. Div. 1981) (priority of tax lien); Passavant v. United States Environmental Protection Agency , 477 F. Supp. 1200 (D.N.J. 1979) (public contract bid protest); Zimpro, Inc. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency , 83 F.R.D. 302 (N.D.N.Y. 1979) (public contract bid protest); BSP Div. of Envirotech Corp. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency , 471 F. Supp. 958 (D.N.J. 1979) (public contract bid protest); Manganaro v. Carney's Point Township Sewerage Authority , 344 N.J. Super 343 (App. Div. 2001) (application of Affidavit of Merit Statute); White Oak Funding, Inc. v. Winning , 341 N.J. Super 294 (App. Div. 2001) (application of Florham Park Spill Act); Gothic Constr. Group v. Port Auth. Trans-Hudson Corp . , 312 N.J. Super 1 (App. Div. 1998) (challenge to arbitration clause in public contract); Nachtigall v. Florham Park Turnpike Authority , 302 N.J.- Super 123 (App. Div. 1997) cert. den. 151 N.J. 77 (1997) (public contract bid protest); Grand Cove II Ass'n. v. Ginsberg , 291 N.J. Super. 58 (App. Div. 1996) (dispute involving construction insurance); In Re Thomson McKinnon Secur., Inc., 143 B.R. 612 (Bkrtcy, S.D.N.Y. 1992) (objection to discharge in bankruptcy); Barre-National, Inc. v. Doshi, 1988 U.S. Dist. Lexis 3323 (D.N.J. 1988) (enforcement of competitive restrictions); Gach v. Century Cookies, Inc., 1985 U.S. Dist. Lexis 18938 (S.D.N.Y. 1985) (enforcement of competitive restrictions) Claim/Dispute Matters; Representation of a public school district in a series of litigations arising from construction projects to renovate and expand five schools. The litigations involved claims of non-payment, delays, defective work, wrongful termination, civil rights violations, insurance coverage, surety bonding and bankruptcy law issues. Decisions in the litigations are reported at: 552 Fed. Appx. 110 (3d Circuit 2014); 2013 WL 5337041 (App. Div. 2013); 2013 WL 5975898 (App. Div. 2013); 2012 WL 1079583 (D.N.J. 2012); and 2011 WL 1871110 (D.N.J. 2011). Representation of a real estate developer in arbitration proceedings in defense of an $85 million claim by a tenant for damages based upon defective construction and construction delays. Representation of an international investment firm in connection with construction of a $200 million ethanol plant. The construction project resulted in disputes and complex arbitration proceedings with the design/build contractor involving lien claims and claims of defective design, defective construction, unforeseen site conditions and project delays. Representation of a real estate developer in defense of a $60 million claim of pervasive construction defects throughout a luxury townhome community. Representation of a lender to an environmentally-sensitive property in litigation with the general contractor and design engineer of an environmental remediation project, involving claims of defective design, defective construction and contractor payment and lien claims. Representation of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York in litigations arising from public construction projects. Project Development/Transactional Matters; Representation of a Fortune 100 company in connection with construction of a new $250 million national headquarters in New York. GT's representation includes drafting design and construction contracts and addressing project issues as they arise. Representation of an international conglomerate in connection with construction of a $2 billion entertainment and retail complex, water park and amusement park. GT's representation includes negotiating and drafting all design, construction and supply contracts. Construction counsel to the developer of a 13-story, high-end residential apartment building, in the landmarked Upper East Side district in Manhattan.
 
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Robert C. Epstein

200 Park Avenue
Florham ParkNJ 07932




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