Attorney Profile:

Sunny Marie Sparano

Sunny Marie Sparano: Attorney with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Biography

Sunny focuses her practice on the defense of design and construction professionals, both independently and through their insurance carriers, in complex construction defect suits asserting a variety of claims, such as building and design-related deficiencies.

These large and complex construction defect suits often involve multiple parties in which issues of code violations, negligence, breach of contract and fraud are at issue, as well as insurance coverage claims under GL policies. Similarly, Sunny defends contractors and design professionals in claims involving construction site accidents. She also defends manufacturers in product liability actions.

In addition to the above, Sunny regularly handles environmental claims and serves as counsel in litigation involving leaking underground storage tanks, groundwater contamination, and claims pursuant to the New Jersey Spill Compensation Act.

Sunny has brought a significant amount of litigation experience with her when she joined the firm in 2005. Prior to joining the firm, Sunny was a construction litigation attorney who represented builders and contractors in complex construction defect suits. Prior to gaining experience in the construction litigation arena, Sunny briefly focused her practice in ERISA litigation handling health, life and disability benefit claims and the defense of insurance companies in connection with said claims.

In 1997 Sunny received her B.A. in Political Science from Seton Hall University. She then entered Widener University School of Law and received her juris doctor in 2000. Following law school, she served as judicial secretary to the Honorable Sallyanne Floria, J.S.C. in the Chancery Division, Family Part, Essex County, New Jersey. She is a member of the New Jersey State, New York State and Essex County Bar Associations, and is the Northeast Regional Associate for the Women's Construction Litigation Alliance , a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the role of women in construction defect litigation.

Classes/Seminars Taught

Statute of Repose and PREDFDA in New Jersey Construction Defect Law, Construction Defect Claims Manager Association, March 2013

Construction Defect in the State of New Jersey, Construction Defect Claims Managers Association, March 2013

Honors & Awards

•New Jersey Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2010-2013

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Year Joined Organization

2005

Publications

Lawsuit dismissed after election of new home warranty arbitration remedy.
Law Alerts • January 1, 2012

The court dismissed a homeowner's suit after the homeowner initially filed a warranty claim. While the homeowner never proceeded to the available arbitration process under the New Jersey New Home Warranty and Builders’ Registration Act,..., Case Law Alert, 1st Qtr 2012

Regulatory violations under the Consumer Fraud Act resulted in award of attorney fees.
Law Alerts • January 1, 2012

The Appellate Division reversed a trial court’s decision to not impose personal liability on the owner of a residential construction company under the Consumer Fraud Act. In imposing personal liability, the court found that the owner..., Case Law Alert, 1st Qtr 2012

Regulatory violations of the Consumer Fraud Act can result in individual liability.
Law Alerts • January 1, 2012

The New Jersey Supreme Court further clarified when an individual owner or employee of a company may be liable under the Consumer Fraud Act (“CFA”). In Allen, the Court first held that it was “clear” that an individual who..., Case Law Alert, 1st Qtr 2012

Public entity can reject low-bid contractor after bid accepted and contract signed.
Law Alerts • July 1, 2011

Bids were accepted, and a contract was awarded for improvements to a solid waste facility. Subsequent to the signing of the contract, the second-lowest bidder, Cetco, challenged the awarding of the contract, claiming that certifications of..., Case Law Alert - 3rd Qtr 2011

Award for consumer fraud damages and associated attorney fees vacated when no “causal link” found between the violation of the consumer fraud act and the damages suffered by the homeowners.
Law Alerts • January 1, 2011

This case dealt with a dispute when a homeowner stopped making payments to the contractor who was constructing a first-floor extension and second-floor addition. The contractor filed suit, and the homeowner counter-claimed for costs to repair the..., Case Law Alert - 1st Qtr 2011

Principals of a company can be individually liable for a consumer fraud violation upon proof of personal participation in the particular regulatory violations at issue.
Law Alerts • January 1, 2011

This case dealt with personal liability of a home improvement contractor under the Consumer Fraud Act (“CFA”). In this case, the trial court dismissed the individual defendants and only imposed liability upon the corporate entity for the CFA..., Case Law Alert - 1st Qtr 2011

No individual liability for an owner in an arbitration, despite the fact he failed to raise a timely objection to his inclusion in the arbitration, because the arbitrator did not set forth a legal basis for individual liability.
Law Alerts • January 1, 2011

In this case, the homeowner was alleging a breach of contract for the repair and remodeling of a home. The homeowner’s arbitration demand named both the contracting company as well as its owner individually. The owner never objected to his personal..., Case Law Alert - 1st Qtr 2011

Violation of covenant of good faith and fair dealing when relying on pay if paid clause to avoid payment to subcontractor.
Law Alerts • January 1, 2011

This case addresses “Pay-if-Paid” clauses. Such clauses are sometimes included in subcontracts and state that a general contractor has no duty to pay a subcontractor until the general contractor has been paid by the owner for the work performed by..., Case Law Alert - 1st Qtr 2011

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Construction Defect
  • Architects & Engineers
  • Environmental
  • Professional Liability

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(973) 618-4105  Phone
(973) 618-0685  Fax
www.marshalldennehey.com
University Attended:
Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, B.A., Major: Political Science, 1997
Law School Attended:
Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE, J.D., 2000
Year of First admission:
2000
Admission:
2000, New Jersey; 2000, U.S. District Court of New Jersey; 2001, New York; 2001, U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York; 2001, U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
Memberships:

Associations & Memberships

•Essex County Bar Association
•New Jersey State Bar Association
•New York State Bar Association
•Womens Law Caucus, 1997 - 2000, President (2000)
•Womens Construction Litigation Alliance, Regional Associate, Northeast Region

Reported Cases:
Significant Representative Matters: Successfully represented a general contractor in a multimillion dollar construction defect litigation in New York alleging deficient construction of a mid-rise luxury building and resolved the case through mediation. Achieved a global resolution of the case for less than ten percent of the total damages complained of by plaintiff. Significantly limited our clients contribution, by taking the lead role in mediation and working with the subcontractor defendants to come up with a global settlement package.; Successfully represented general contractors in construction site injury cases whereby the defense of our client was tendered to the subcontractor defendants and the defense of our client was assumed.; Successfully represented a window manufacturer in a multi-party litigation whereby the matter was resolved through mediation with no payment by our client.; Summary judgment granted for defendant in case against an oil tank testing and removal company alleging negligence in connection with the testing of the underground oil tank.; Summary judgment granted for defendant in case by homeowner against contractor whose alleged work caused and/or contributed to the alleged structural deficiencies of the home. Successfully established that plaintiff's expert failed to establish a causal connection between the alleged deficiencies and the work performed by defendant contractor.; Published Works: Case Law Alerts, contributor, 2011-2012; If You Build It, They Will Sue, New Jersey Law Journal, March 27, 2006, co-author; If You Build It, They Will Sue: Construction Defect Litigation In The Garden State And The Trend Of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 4, December 2005, co-author
ISLN:
915724473

Peer Reviews

  • 4.4/5.0 15 reviews
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Of Counsel on 04/15/13 in Construction Litigation

    Sunny is a very thorough, intelligent, professional, and highly respected construction litigator. Read more

    Sunny is a very thorough, intelligent, professional, and highly respected construction litigator.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Member on 04/08/13 in Casualty Insurance Defense

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Member on 04/08/13 in Insurance Coverage Defense

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 04/08/13 in Construction Defects

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 04/08/13 in Construction Defects

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 11/12/12 in Construction Litigation

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  • 4.8/5.0 by a Partner on 04/06/13 in Construction Litigation

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  • 4.8/5.0 by a Partner on 01/16/13 in Construction Law

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  • 4.6/5.0 by a Partner on 04/07/13 in Construction Defects

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  • 4.6/5.0 by a Partner on 12/06/12 in Construction Law

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