Mr. Aquino regularly advises owners, developers, construction managers, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and sureties during all phases of the development and construction process. He represents clients in construction disputes, mechanics' lien foreclosures, delay claims, change order negotiation and disputes, trust fund claims, surety and insurance issues and bankruptcy proceedings. In addition, his government contract experience includes advising clients on bid submissions, bid disputes, contractor qualification disputes, prevailing wage disputes and change order negotiation and disputes. He has appeared in federal, bankruptcy and state courts at the trial and appellate levels, in arbitration and mediation proceedings, and in quasi-judicial proceedings before state and municipal agencies. Mr. Aquino also advises clients on project planning, management and control strategies.
Mr. Aquino has been directly involved in some of the most visible private and public construction projects in the New York metropolitan area, including: Queensboro Bridge, George Washington Bridge, Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, World Trade Center Memorial and Museum, Battery Park City, American Museum of Natural History, Red Hook Water Pollution Control Plant, Riker's Island, Grand Central Terminal, Bronx Terminal Market Retail Center, East River Plaza, Scandinavia House, Atlantic Terminal Office Tower, The Eventi Hotel, Trump Soho Hotel Condominium, The Beatrice, The Mercedes House, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, The Seville and 425 Fifth Avenue.
Mr. Aquino is a 1993 graduate of Brooklyn Law School and a graduate of New York University. He is fluent in Spanish.
•Duane Morris LLP
- Special Counsel, 2011-present
- Associate, 2008-2011
•Thelen LLP (formerly Brown Raysman Milstein Felder & Steiner, LLP; formerly Ross & Cohen, LLP)
- Associate, 1998-2008
•New York City Law Department
- Assistant Corporation Counsel, Commercial and Real Estate Litigation Division, 1993-1998
Publications and Speaking Engagements
•Author, Trump’s Cuba Policy Likely to Reverse Trends, Hotels Magazine, November 22, 2017
•Quoted, 3 Takeaways From Trump's Cuba Restrictions, Law 360, November 9, 2017
•Author, Trump's Cuba Policy May Have A Chilling Effect On Travel, Law360, August 16, 2017
•Co-author, U.S. Commerce and Treasury Departments Announce Wide-Ranging Changes to Further Ease Travel, Commerce and Investment Restrictions on Cuba, Duane Morris Alert, September 18, 2015
•Contributor, Duane Morris Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Caribbean Blog
•Contributor, Duane Morris Construction Law Blog
•Author, A Closer Look at the Newly Discovered Cuban Food Market, Law360, November 18, 2015
•Author, US Embassies in Cuba Not Just a Symbol, Law360, July 14, 2015
•Co-author, Ten Things to Consider When Drafting Construction Contracts Under New York Law, Building & Bonding: The Construction Group Newsletter, Fall 2010
•Co-author, New York Amends Public Authorities Law for Subcontractors Filing Liens on NYC School Construction Authority Projects, Duane Morris Alert, September 27, 2010
•Co-author, Amendments to New York Prompt Payment Act Broaden Enforcement, Duane Morris Alert, March 5, 2010
•Co-author, New York Requires Employer-Written Notifications and Additional Recordkeeping for New Hires, Duane Morris Alert, November 10, 2009
•Featured in Building on Trust: Forest City Ratner Companies and Duane Morris LLP, Counsel to Counsel, March 2009
Selected Speaking Engagements
•Speaker, Emerging Opportunities in Cuba - What Businesses Need to Know Now, Duane Morris & Lupicinio Roundtable, New York, April 27, 2015
•Speaker, Construction Lien Law, Lorman Education Services Seminar, February 21, 2008
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