Frank T. Araps

Frank T. Araps: Attorney with Herold Law, P.A.
  • Shareholder at Herold Law, P.A. (18 Attorneys)
  • 25 Independence Boulevard, Warren, NJ 07059-6747
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  • Frank T. Araps is a shareholder with Herold Law PA, chairman of the firm's Construction, Engineering and Architecture Law Group, his practice is concentrated in two areas: complex transactions, collection, change order, heavy, highway, power, utility, environmental, high rise, condo and home owner association, and bid disputes; and new business start ups, buy, sell, merger of real estate, building, restaurant, hospitality, hotel, credit union and check cashing industries.
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1. Frank T. Araps, a shareholder of the firm, represents businesses, contractors, public owners, corporations, industrial manufacturers, pharmaceuticals, educational institutions, condominiums, cooperatives, homeowner associations, diners, restaurants, their shareholders and principals in construction, engineering, project risk allocation and management, contract preparation, governance, transactions, buying and selling of assets, formation, reorganization, mergers, acquisitions and the negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation of their construction, transaction and governance disputes and claims. Frank has extensive experience in the analysis, negotiation, arbitration and litigation of complex engineering, construction and public bid disputes. He has represented public and private owners, architects and engineers, contractors, suppliers, and professional errors and omissions carriers before state and federal courts, Federal Boards of Contract Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

2. Projects that Frank's clients have engaged him to work out or resolve disputes include restaurants, diners, hotel casinos, high-rise condominiums, schools, utility projects, heavy and highway construction, bridge projects, airports, hospital and medical centers, urban downtown redevelopment, power, professional sport stadium, residential subdivision, multi-family and luxury dwelling units. When negotiated or alternate dispute procedures were not successful, Frank litigated and arbitrated hundreds of trial and hearing days defending and recovering millions of dollars for public and private owners, contractors, suppliers, architects, engineers, and principals of companies selling or buying out their ownership interests.

3. Frank served as consultant, assistant corporate counsel and sales coordinator for one of the leading construction management and consulting firms in the U.S., where he participated in the development of a comprehensive claims and risk management program for a public sewerage authority engaged in the construction of over 125 integrated projects, and the analysis, management and settlement of hotel/casino construction claims in Atlantic City. Frank has negotiated and drafted leases, financing, construction and procurement contracts and documents for bulk food distributors, restaurant, food service and diner industry. He has also advised and represented these businesses in many shareholder and partnership disputes. Frank organized and represented as general counsel a prototype buyers food service cooperative corporation comprised of more than 700 New Jersey diner and restaurant members.

4. Throughout his career Frank has dedicated many hours to researching, writing, lecturing and presenting continuing education seminars to construction professionals and owners on construction law and claims management across the country and throughout New Jersey. He has also devoted many years of pro-bono service to non-profit charitable organizations. Frank was the principal of his own law firm where he also practiced in the areas of professional liability & malpractice, real estate & land use, and estate planning, administration & litigation.

5. Publications and seminars Frank has authored and presented include: Quality Control Best Practices For Commercial And Industrial Capital Improvement Projects, Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, June 2013; Construction Claims and Law: Preparation, Proof & Defense, NJICLE, Morristown, NJ, December 11, 2012; Co-authored Chapter, Construction and Development, Commercial Real Estate Transactions in New Jersey, Third Edition, Editor-in-Chief: Jack Fersko, Publisher: New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE), March 2010; Construction Claims Course NJSBA Annual Meeting and Convention; Seminar for Construction Defect Litigation: From A to Z, National Business Institute, Princeton, NJ, September 19, 2013; Construction Claims and Law: Preparation, Proof & Defense, NJICLE, Morristown, NJ, December 11, 2012; Amendments to New Jersey's Construction Lien Law, Client Seminar, Bridgewater, New Jersey, June 23, 2011; New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act in Commercial & Residential Construction Disputes: Issues, Claims & Election of Remedies, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, December 5, 2009; Construction Claims and Law: Preparation, Proof & Defense, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, November 21, 2009; An Overview of Issues in Designing and Building Green, Client Seminar, October 20, 2009; Construction Claims and Law: Preparation, Proof & Defense, New Jersey State Bar Association Construction Law Section, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, January 19, 2009; Managing Risks and Contract Preparation Under the New 2007 AIA Documents, Client Seminar, June 12 and 19, 2008; How to Manage Risk and Stay Out of Trouble on Capital Investment Projects, Annual Surety Class, Surety Association of New Jersey, August 13, 2007; CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS: Managing the Design, Financing, Risk Management and Project Delivery, Client Seminar, June 12 and 19, 2007.

New Jersey State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, E.I.T. Certificate of Registration No. 4194 (1974-1984).

Areas of Practice (314)

  • Construction Law
  • Construction Accidents
  • Construction Arbitration
  • Construction Claims
  • Construction Contracts
  • Construction Defects
  • Construction Equipment Liability
  • Construction Finance
  • Construction Insurance
  • Construction Insurance Defense
  • Construction Labor Law
  • Construction Liability
  • Construction Liens
  • Construction Litigation
  • Construction Mediation
  • Construction Products Liability
  • Construction Safety
  • Construction Workouts
  • Construction and Design Law
  • Construction and Surety Law
  • Contractor Performance Bonds
  • Contractors Liability
  • Environmental Construction Law
  • Materialmens Liens
  • Mechanics Liens
  • Public Construction Law
  • Public Works
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Administrative Law
  • Food Distribution
  • Alcoholic Beverage Law
  • Labor and Employment
  • Secured Lending
  • Fraudulent Conveyance
  • Architectural Law
  • Roof Industry Liability
  • Scaffolding Liability
  • Stucco Litigation
  • Administrative Agency Practice
  • Administrative Hearings and Appeals
  • Administrative Litigation
  • Federal Administrative Law
  • Agency and Distributorships
  • Distribution
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • Local Liquor Options
  • Liquor Licensing
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Banking Law
  • Bank Fraud
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Commercial Workouts
  • Commercial Recovery
  • Debt Relief
  • Foreclosures
  • Insolvency
  • Out of Court Debt Restructuring
  • Workouts
  • Repossessions
  • Business Law
  • Business Arbitration
  • Business Associations Law
  • Business Cooperatives
  • Business Enterprises
  • Business Formation
  • Business Fraud
  • Business Litigation
  • Business Mediation
  • Business Organization
  • Business Planning
  • Business Start-Ups
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Business Successions
  • Business Torts
  • Business Transactions
  • Business Transfers
  • Business Valuation
  • Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Buying and Selling of Businesses
  • Closely Held Business Estate Planning
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Closely Held Business Law
  • Entrepreneurial Business Law
  • Family Business Law
  • Family Business Mediation
  • Family Business Successions
  • Joint Ventures
  • Limited Liability Company Law
  • Private Business Law
  • Professional Practices
  • Small Business Law
  • Sole Proprietorships
  • Chancery Practice
  • Chancery and Equity
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contracts
  • Breach of Contract
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Contract Fraud
  • Contract Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Closely Held Corporations
  • Corporate Commercial Law
  • Corporate Contracts
  • Corporate Control Contests
  • Corporate Dissolutions
  • Corporate Ethics
  • Corporate Fiduciary Law
  • Corporate Formation
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Investigations
  • Corporate Litigation
  • Corporate Organization
  • Corporate Partnerships
  • Corporate Planning
  • Corporate Real Estate
  • Corporate Reorganization
  • Corporate Successions
  • Corporate Workouts
  • Nonprofit Corporations
  • Proxy Contests
  • S Corporations
  • Small Business Corporations
  • Debtor and Creditor
  • Debtor and Creditor Remedies
  • Debtor and Creditor Collections
  • Creditors Rights
  • Debtor and Creditor Reorganization
  • Debtor and Creditor Rights
  • Debtor and Creditor Workouts
  • Secured Creditors Rights
  • Unsecured Creditors Rights
  • Debtors Rights
  • School Board Defense
  • School Board Liability
  • Identity Theft
  • Fraud
  • General Practice
  • False Claims Act
  • State Government Law
  • Township Law
  • Government
  • Government Contracts
  • Bid Protests
  • Defense Contract Fraud
  • Defense Contracts
  • Federal Contracts
  • Government Construction Contracts
  • Government Contract Arbitration
  • Government Contract Cost Accounting
  • Government Contract Fraud
  • Government Procurement
  • Local Government Contracts
  • Public Bidding
  • Public Contract Law
  • Public Works Contracts
  • Housing Development
  • Housing Law
  • Housing Finance
  • Multi-Family Housing
  • Senior Citizen Housing
  • Commercial Property Insurance
  • Fidelity and Surety
  • Fidelity and Surety Bonds
  • Fire Insurance
  • Fire Loss
  • First Party Insurance
  • First and Third Party Insurance
  • General Liability
  • Indemnity
  • Insurance Adjuster Liability
  • Insurance Agents and Brokers Defense
  • Surety Law
  • Surety Bonds
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Covenants Not To Compete
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Commercial Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Leases and Leasing
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Industrial Leasing
  • Evictions
  • Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Lease Terminations
  • Office Leasing
  • Retail Leasing
  • Shopping Center Leasing
  • Legal Professional Liability
  • Legal Negligence
  • Civil Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Federal Civil Litigation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Business Acquisitions
  • Business Divestitures
  • Leveraged Acquisitions
  • Leveraged Buyouts
  • Merger Reorganization
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Taxation
  • Commercial Mortgages
  • Mortgage Law
  • Foreclosure Defense
  • Mortgage Finance
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Mortgage Workouts
  • Municipal Contracts
  • Municipal Law
  • Municipal Corporation Law
  • Municipal Prosecution
  • Negligence
  • Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations
  • Charitable Giving
  • Charitable Organizations Law
  • Nonprofit Organizations Law
  • Private Foundations
  • Public Charities
  • Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • OSHA
  • Industrial Accidents
  • Partnership Law
  • Limited Liability Partnerships
  • Limited Partnerships
  • Partnership Dissolution
  • Partnership Formation
  • Partnership Organization
  • Professional Liability
  • Accountants Liability
  • Accountants Malpractice
  • Agents and Brokers Errors and Omissions
  • Agents and Brokers Liability
  • Architects and Engineers Errors and Omissions
  • Architects and Engineers Liability
  • Architects and Engineers Malpractice
  • Design Professionals Liability
  • Design Professionals Malpractice
  • Directors and Officers Errors and Omissions
  • Directors and Officers Insurance Coverage
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Professional Conduct
  • Professional Errors and Omissions
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Surveyors Malpractice
  • Personal Property Leasing
  • Real Estate
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Common Interest Community Law
  • Community Association Law
  • Condominium Association Law
  • Condominium Law
  • Conservation Easements
  • Conveyancing
  • Cooperative Housing Association Law
  • Easements
  • Land Acquisitions
  • Land Sales
  • Manufactured Housing Law
  • Mixed Use Development
  • Property Management
  • Real Estate Acquisitions
  • Real Estate Arbitration
  • Real Estate Collections
  • Real Estate Contracts
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Exchanges
  • Real Estate Tax Liens
  • Real Estate Title
  • Real Estate Title Insurance
  • Real Property
  • Real Estate Workouts
  • Real Estate Valuation
  • Real Property Acquisitions
  • Real Property Development
  • Real Property Finance
  • Residential Real Estate
  • Residential Real Estate Acquisitions
  • Residential Real Estate Development
  • Residential Real Estate Finance
  • Residential Real Estate Sales
  • Waterfront Development
  • Right of Way Easements
  • Transportation
  • Highway Construction Law
  • Highway Design Liability
  • International Transportation Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Contested Trusts and Estates
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate Litigation
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Settlements
  • Family Wealth Transfer
  • Fiduciary Liability
  • Fiduciary Law
  • Powers of Attorney
  • White Collar Crime
  • White Collar Fraud
  • Utility Law
  • Sewer Utilities
  • Wills
  • Contested Wills
  • Living Wills
  • Zoning, Planning and Land Use
  • Building and Public Safety Codes
  • Land Use Litigation
  • Zoning Law
  • Zoning Variances
  • Subdivisions

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
908-647-1022  Phone
908-217-2881  Cell Phone
908-647-7721  Fax
University Attended:
Lafayette College, Civil Engineering, Dean's List, 1970; Rutgers College School of Engineering, B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, cum laude, 1974
Law School Attended:
Rutgers School of Law - Newark, J.D., 1977
Year of First Admission:
1977, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; 1977, New Jersey; 2001, United States Court of Federal Claims
American Bar Association (State Chairman, 1985-1986, Public Contract Law Section; Construction Litigation Committee; Forum Committee on the Construction Industry) New Jersey State Bar Association (Chairman, 1985-1986, Public Contract Law Section; Fidelity and Surety Law Committee; Alternative Dispute Resolution Section); Middlesex County Bar Association; Somerset County Bar Association; Hellenic American Bar Association of New Jersey; American Society of Civil Engineers, A.M.; National Society of Professional Engineers, A.M.; Professional Engineers in Construction, A.M. (New Jersey); National and New Jersey Restaurant Associations; and Raritan Valley Community College Foundation (Board of Director).
Birth Information:
New Brunswivck, New Jersey
General counsel for formation and management of first buyer's cooperative of diners and restaurants in New Jersey pursuant to Internal Revenue Code Subchapter T, 700 diner restaurant shareholders, Pan Gregorian Enterprises, Inc., promotion and exporting of similarly organized diner buyer cooperatives in New York, Connecticut, and other regions, 1983-1999; General counsel for formation of charitable foundation comprised of diner restaurant owner memnbers of Pan Gregorian Enterprises, Inc., dedicated to IRC 501(3) qualified fund raising and donations, 1984-1999; and Promotion, organization, financing, new ground up construction, and management of Omega Diner, LLC, 300 seat restaurant diner, North Brunswick, New Jersey, 1999-2014.
Hobbies & interests:
Reading, music, golf, jogging, hunting, fishing and dining with friends and family.

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