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)
•Member, Board of Directors, T.F. Williams/Monroe Community Hospital Foundation
•Member, Board of Directors, Construction Financial Management Association, Greater Rochester Chapter
•Member, Board of Directors, Hunt Hollow Ski Club