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Bruce D. Meller

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.”   

Bruce D. Meller

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“P&A has rightfully earned its reputation as a leader in alternative dispute resolution—consistently saving our clients money, time, and unnecessary business interruptions.”

Bio

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.

Practice

Highlights

Admissions

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

Memberships

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)

Education and Courses

University of Connecticut, B.A.

Brooklyn Law School, J.D.

Awards and Recognitions

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