Bruce Meller has been a partner at Peckar & Abramson since 1979. He has been described in Chambers USA as “a brilliant construction litigator,” by Who’s Who Legal as “an attorney handling “high-pressure, high-stakes cases with class and composure,” and by The Legal 500: United States as “exceptional, with strong trial and arbitration experience” and “the epitome of the construction litigator, who understands a company’s needs and goes out to get results.”
“P&A has rightfully earned its reputation as a leader in alternative dispute resolution—consistently saving our clients money, time, and unnecessary business interruptions.”
A highly respected litigator, Bruce has been responsible for many of the firm’s most significant cases, as well as the negotiation of complex contractual relationships and the drafting of standard forms of agreement, which are used on a national basis.
Bruce has represented contractors throughout the United States on virtually every type of construction project, including high-rise buildings, shopping malls, museums, wastewater treatment and power plants, hospitals, garages, institutional buildings, stadiums, laboratories, highways, bridges, tunnels, pipelines and light rail systems.
He has been responsible for many of Peckar & Abramson’s most significant cases, as well as the negotiation of complex contractual relationships and the drafting of standard forms of agreement, which are used on a national basis. Bruce was lead counsel in an arbitration involving claims in excess of $130 million arising out of building and civil construction work for a train system in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, which lasted 84 hearing days. He was lead trial counsel and negotiated a $59 million dollar settlement on behalf of a design-build contractor with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority. Another matter on behalf of a construction manager involved claims in excess of $60 million, which lasted more than 75 hearing days. An engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) matter resolved at trial for sums in excess of $100 million. Many of his jury trials have lasted over one month and up to four months in length, resulting in numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts, and dozens of published decisions. He has been admitted to practice pro hac vice throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico.
State of New York
State of New Jersey
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States Court of Federal Claims
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
New York State Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association
American Bar Association (Construction Industry Forum and Litigation Section)
Construction Lawyer Society of America (Fellow)
University of Connecticut, B.A.
Brooklyn Law School, J.D.
Client Choice Award, Construction, United States, 2020
ALM & Martindale-Hubbell "New York Top-Rated Lawyers," 2019 - 2020
Chambers USA, Construction Law, New Jersey, Band 1, 2020 - 2021
The Legal 500: United States
Who’s Who Legal: Business
Who’s Who Legal: Construction
New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2021
New York-Metro Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2021
Best Lawyers, 2006 - 2022
Best Lawyers, "Lawyer of the Year" in Construction Law - Hackensack region, 2021
Best Lawyers, "Lawyer of the Year" in Construction Litigation - Newark region, 2012
Bergen Magazine, Top Lawyer - Construction, 2020
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
Construction Lawyers Society of America