Levi W. Barrett

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Levi W. Barrett

Co-Managing Partner, New Jersey Office

Chair - Contracts, Project Documentation and Risk Management

River Edge, NJ

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New York, NY

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"Clients benefit from our extensive experience on a wide range of construction projects in both the public and private sectors."




State of New York

State of New Jersey

United States District Court for the District of Jersey


New York City Bar (Construction Law Committee)

Associated General Contractors of America (Construction Leadership Council Steering Committee Member, 2019-2021)

Education & Courses

San Francisco State University, B.A., Economics

Syracuse University College of Law, J.D.

Awards & Recognitions

Chambers USA, "Up and Coming", New York, 2023-2024

New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2022-2023

New York Metro Super Lawyers - Rising Star, 2016-2021

The Legal 500: United States - “Recommended Lawyers,” 2024

Who's Who Legal: Construction, 2023

New Jersey Super Lawyers - Rising Star, 2016-2018

New Jersey Law Journal, New Leader of the Bar, 2020

Bergen Magazine, Top Lawyer - Construction, 2022-2023

Publications & Presentations

“Building a Solid Foundation: Strategies for Operational Risk Management,” Construction Financial Management Association NJ Dinner Meeting, May 2024 (Presenter)

“Design-Build – All About Alignment” A Third Thursday Interview with Levi W. Barrett, Construction Super Conference, May 2024

“New York Revises Retainage Requirements for Private Construction Contracts: Overview of the “5% Retainage Law”,” P&A Client Alert, January 2024 (Co-Author)

“Pricing Risk – A Construction Insider’s Point of View,” Construction Super Conference, December 2023 (Presenter)

“Managing Subcontractor Default Risk,” Associated General Contractors (AGC) New York State, April 2023 (Presenter)

“The Enforceability of “Pay-if-Paid” Provisions Affirmed in New Jersey,” P&A Client Alert, December 2022 (Co-Author)

Lockton Heavy Construction Risk Management Roundtable, June 2022 (Panelist)

“Construction Contracting Revisited: The Three Rs and How Owners Want You to Negotiate,” AGC 2022 National Convention, March 2022 (Presenter)

“The Wage Theft Act – What Contractors Need to Know Now,” NASBP Webinar, January 2022 (Co-Presenter)

“Preparing for the Unknowable: Lessons Learned from the Construction Industry’s Response to Significant Disruptions,” 2021 Construction SuperConference, December 2021 (Speaker)

“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)

“Project Delivery Methods: A Bird’s Eye View,” ConsensusDocs, October 2021 (Co-Author)

“Selecting the Right Delivery Method for the Job,” Construction Dive, August 2021 (Co-Author)

“Who’s the Designer? Recognizing and Mitigating Design Risk in Construction Contracts,” NASBP Webinar, September 2021 (Speaker)

“How to Keep Your Contract Negotiations Out of the Mud,” 2021 AGC Annual Convention, September 2021 (Speaker)

“Material Price Escalation – Strategies for Existing and Future Contracts,” Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey (ACCNJ) Webinar, June 2021 (Speaker)

“How Will Today’s Pandemic Impact Tomorrow’s Construction Contracts?,” ConsensusDocs Newsletter, October 2020 (co-author)

“Public Sector Design-Build: What New York City Contractors Need to Know,” P&A and Aon Webinar, July 2020 (Speaker)

“COVID-19 Forum: A Series on Managing Risk in Unprecedented Times – Episode 3,” P&A Webinar Forum, April 2020 (Speaker)

"Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Guidance For Contractors," P&A Client Alert, March 2020 (Author)

Construction SuperConference, Rancho Palos Verde, California; Presenter, "Who's the Designer? Recognizing and Mitigating Design Risk in Construction Contracts", December 2019 (Speaker)

"Delegated Design, Design-Assist, and the Erosion of the Spearin Doctrine – Risks and Opportunities for Contractors" – Associated General Contractors of America’s 100th Annual Convention, Denver, Colorado, April 2019 (Speaker/Moderator)

"Design Delegation – Practical Considerations and the Need for Clarity" – Associated General Contractors of America’s Law in Brief, Volume 5, Issue 1, March 2019 (Co-Author)

“Managing Construction Risk Through Insurance” – New York State Associate General Contractors’ Construction Industry Conference, December 2018 (Speaker)

“Recent Changes to the AIA Contract Documents” – Construction Section of the Montana State Bar Association, October 2018 (Speaker)

“Last Call… On October 31 the AIA Retires the A201-2007 General Conditions – What Does This Mean to You?” – Associated General Contractors of America’s Law in Brief, Volume 4, Issue 4, July 2018 (Author)

“More Sticks and Bricks – A Practical Guide to Construction Systems and Technology”– American Bar Association Construction Law, July 2018 (Co-Editor)

“Impact of Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Contractor Pricing” – National Association of Surety Bond Producers webinar, April 2018 (Speaker)

“Understanding Your Client’s Corporate and Project Structure” – American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law Annual Meeting, April 2018 (Speaker/Moderator)

“Consent Agreements: A Trap for the Unwary” – Associated General Contractors of America’s Law in Brief, Volume 3, Issue 5, October 2017 (Author)

“Old Dog, New Tricks: What You Need to Know About the 2017 AIA A201 General Conditions” – Associated General Contractors of America’s ConsensusDocs Construction Law Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 3, June 2017 (Co-Author)

The 2017 AIA A201 Deskbook, Chapter 3 – ABA Publishing – October 2017 (Co-Author)

“Significant Changes to the AIA Owner/Contractor Agreements: What’s New? What’s a Concern?” Webinar for the Associated General Contractors of America – August 2017 (Speaker)

“Finding Common Ground in Drafting and Negotiating Design and Construction Documents” Damages Provisions. Forum on Construction Law Regional Meeting, Newark, New Jersey – March 2016 (Speaker)