Levi W. Barrett is a partner in Peckar & Abramson’s New York office and chair of the firm's Contracts, Project Documentation and Risk Management practice. He focuses his practice on construction law and counsels clients on all aspects of public and private construction contracts.
Chair - Contracts, Project Documentation and Risk Management
“Clients benefit from our extensive experience on a wide range of construction projects in both the public and private sectors.”
Levi leads a team of 18 lawyers who are responsible for the preparation, negotiation and review of more than 500 construction contracts each year. This team counsels clients across the United States on issues related to risk mitigation planning and risk assessment, in connection with both public infrastructure and private construction projects.
Levi works with general contractors, construction managers, owners and developers to structure and negotiate contract documents for construction projects across the United States. He also has extensive experience representing general contractors and subcontractors in complex disputes involving construction inefficiencies, delays, differing site conditions, constructive changes, extra work, and default claims. He also counsels clients regarding dispute resolution and dispute avoidance strategies.
Levi has written extensively on changes to the AIA documents and conducted presentations across the country on the 2017 changes. He is also a frequent speaker and author on contract negotiations, emerging issues relative to emerging project delivery methods, design-build, and delegated design.
Levi is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the State of New Jersey, and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. He received his Bachelor of Arts in economics from San Francisco State University, and his law degree from Syracuse University College of Law.
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)
San Francisco State University, B.A., Economics
Syracuse University College of Law, J.D.
New Jersey Super Lawyers - Rising Star, 2016 - 2018
New York Metro Super Lawyers - Rising Star, 2016 - 2021
New Jersey Law Journal, New Leader of the Bar, 2020
“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)