Denis Serkin

Denis Serkin is a partner in Peckar & Abramson’s New York and New Jersey offices who focuses the majority of his practice on construction law. He represents construction managers and general contractors in transactional matters, through project construction, and in the resolution of disputes through litigation, arbitration, and mediation. He is chair of the firm’s International Practice.  

Denis Serkin

Chair - International Practice


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“As clients expand their capabilities abroad, P&A is uniquely poised to provide effective and successful management of international construction disputes. We understand that the key to solving any such dispute requires a thorough understanding of the contract, the prevailing laws, and the unique cultural issues at play.”

Denis Serkin


Denis regularly assists clients in a number of market segments, including construction management, general and EPC contracting, power/energy, and infrastructure, and is highly experienced in the areas of construction defect, delay and disruption claims, change-order and extra work claims, mechanics’ liens, and public bidding challenges.  He is also a highly sought-after contracts attorney, helping clients draft and negotiate construction agreements that utilize both custom and industry standard forms.

Denis’s experience includes the representation of clients across the United States and internationally, and routinely assists clients with compliance issues—particularly those regarding the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). In 2021, he completed FIDIC Certified Course Module 2: Claims and Disputes Resolution.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Denis was a project engineer at a major New Jersey government agency, where he managed numerous projects through design to procurement and construction. Denis is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University in the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics where he teaches a course in Prevention and Resolution of Construction Disputes.  Previously, Denis was an Adjunct Professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he  taught a course on the legal aspects of various types of construction contracts and specifications.

Denis has been named to the New York-Metro Super Lawyers list from 2019 to 2021, the New York-Metro Super Lawyers Rising Stars list from 2011 to 2018, the New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars list from 2008 to 2018 and the New Jersey Super Lawyers list in 2021. He was also selected as one of Legal 500’s 2016 Top Construction Lawyers and one of the “New York Top-Rated Lawyers” in 2019 by ALM & Martindale-Hubbell.




State of New York

State of New Jersey

United States District Court for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

United States Patent and Trademark Office


International Bar Association

American Bar Association (Construction Industry Forum and Litigation Section)

New York State Bar Association

New Jersey State Bar Association

New York County Bar Association

Education and Courses

Stevens Institute of Technology, B.S.

Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., cum laude

FIDIC Module 2: Claims and Disputes Resolution

Awards and Recognitions

ALM & Martindale-Hubbell "New York Top-Rated Lawyers", 2019 - 2020

New York-Metro Super Lawyers, 2019 - 2021

New York-Metro Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2011 - 2018

New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2021

New Jersey Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2008 - 2018

The Legal 500, Top Construction Lawyers List, 2016



Publications & Presentations

“Design Build: General Considerations When Using Design Build: Part 2,” ACCNJ, October 2021 (co-presenter)

“Design Build Construction Services Procurement Act: Part 1,” ACCNJ, October 2021 (co-presenter)

“Understanding the Risks of International Construction,” Construction Executive, April 2021 (Co-Author)

“Construction Disputes Series: Session 1 - Tackling Subcontractor Disputes,” Peckar & Abramson Webinar, September 2020 (Speaker).

“Dispute Resolution in Construction Projects,” The Projects and Construction Review 4th – 10th Editions, 2014-2020 (Co-Author)

“The United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the International Construction Industry”, Obras Magazine – May 2013 (Co-Author)

“Significant Change to Contractors’ Registration Act for Home Improvement Contractors”, Peckar & Abramson Newsletter, October 2013