Theodore Baum concentrates his practice in construction and surety law. A trial and appellate practice attorney, he regularly represents contractors, sureties, subcontractors, suppliers, and municipal owners in connection with litigation, arbitration, and mediation arising from construction projects of virtually every size and type. Admitted to practice in New York, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia, Ted represents clients in surety and construction matters all over New York. In addition, he has represented and advised clients on matters in Pennsylvania. He is peer-rated AV, the highest possible rating, from Martindale-Hubbell and has been named a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Construction. He has been seleted for inclusion in Super Lawyers for Upstate New York and Best Lawyers in America, and is also listed in Sutton's Who's Who in American Law.
Ted principally litigates construction contract disputes and payment and performance bond claims. He counsels surety clients with respect to contractor defaults and bond liability, among other matters. He advises construction clients concerning contract documents, contract negotiations and disputes, construction-related property damage and injury claims, labor issues, claims, and litigation. Ted has experience with construction projects of every size, from simple residential construction to complex, multi-million-dollar projects in the public and private sectors. His litigation experience arises from heavy-highway construction (including roads, bridges, and landfills), vertical construction (including schools, office buildings, and hospitals), power construction (including transmission lines, power plants, and geothermal heating and cooling projects), and many other private and municipal improvements. Ted also litigates commercial contract disputes unrelated to construction, and represents sureties in connection with non-contract surety bonds, including probate and guardianship bonds.
Ted is a member of the American Arbitration Association's panel of arbitrators for construction industry disputes. He is Vice-Chair of the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, and he serves on that committee's Law Division. In addition, he is a member of the ABA's Forum on the Construction Industry, the National Bond Claims Association, the Surety and Fidelity Claims Institute, the Philadelphia Surety Claims Association, and the Chicago Surety Claims Association.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Rochester (NY) Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association, and Board of Directors of the T. Franklin Williams, M.D. Foundation, a charitable foundation which serves the needs of the residents and staff of the Monroe Community Hospital, a county-owned long-term-care facility. Ted is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Hunt Hollow Ski Club in Naples, New York.
Ted has made presentations to the Joint Meeting of the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee and the Forum on the Construction Industry, the National Association of Independent Sureties, the National Bond Claims Association, the Construction Financial Management Association, and the Construction Specifications Institute.
•Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
•Best Lawyers in America 2014-2015 (Construction Law)
•2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Construction by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
•Upstate New York Super Lawyers (Construction Litigation: Business)
•Best Lawyers in America 2015 Lists Eighteen Goldberg Segalla Attorneys August 22, 2014
•Forty-Six Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2014 Upstate New York Super Lawyers August 11, 2014
•Super Lawyers Names Nearly Three Quarters of Goldberg Segalla's Upstate New York Attorneys August 19, 2013
•Best Lawyers in America 2014 Names Thomas F. Segalla a Buffalo “Lawyer of the Year,” Lists Fifteen Goldberg Segalla Attorneys August 15, 2013
•Twenty-Three Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2012 Upstate New York Super Lawyers August 21, 2012
•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Appointed to Prestigious ABA Positions August 20, 2014
•Goldberg Segalla Welcomes Theodore M. Baum as Partner May 15, 2012
•Co-Presenter, “Sue Everyone! The Anatomy of a Construction Lawsuit,” Professional Women in Construction, New York, May 22, 2014
•Author, “Your State or Mine Supreme Court to Rule on Choice-of-Law and Forum-Selection Clauses in Construction Contracts,” American Bar Association Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Newsletter, Fall 2013
•Author, “The Rules of the Road: Will a Contractual Forum-Selection Clause Bring You Back Home Again ” National Association of Surety Bond Producers Pipeline, May/June 2013
•Presenter, “Wicks Law Changes, Revision to Payment bond Law, Changes in Public Works Legislation,” Syracuse Surety Association “S” Day, November 8, 2012
•Co-Editor, American Bar Association Performance Bond Manual, 2006
•Author, “Condition Precedent Notice Under the A311 and A312 Performance Bonds: A Look at Recent Case Law,” American Bar Association Fidelity & Surety Law Newsletter, 2004
•Author, “The New ConsensusDOCS Performance Bond Forms: How Will They Fare in Practice ”, American Bar Association Fidelity & Surety Law Newsletter, 2008
•Sue Everyone! The Anatomy of a Construction Lawsuit, Professional Women in Construction May 22, 2014