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, general contractors, specialty contractors, owners, developers, and subcontractors in the resolution of disputes through litigation, arbitration, and mediation. He is chair of the firm’s International Practice and vice chair of the Information Technology Committee.
Chair - International Practice
“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 regularly assists clients in a number of market segments, including construction management, general and EPC contracting, real estate development, 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).
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 has also served as an Adjunct Professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he has taught courses on the legal aspects of various types of construction contracts and specifications.
Denis has been named to the New York-Metro Super Lawyers list in 2019 and 2020, the New York-Metro Super Lawyers Rising Star list from 2011-2018, and the New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars list from 2008-2018. 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.
Denis is fluent in Russian, able to conduct business in both English and Russian.
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
Stevens Institute of Technology, B.S.
Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
ALM & Martindale-Hubbell "New York Top-Rated Lawyers", 2019
New York-Metro Super Lawyers, 2019 - 2020
New York Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2011 - 2018
New Jersey Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2008 - 2018
The Legal 500, Top Construction Lawyers List, 2016
“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