Nicholas J. Zaita

Nicholas J. Zaita, a partner in Peckar & Abramson’s New Jersey office, focuses on construction law and commercial business disputes.  Nick has over a decade of litigation experience, representing heavy-highway construction contractors, specialty subcontractors, and engineering firms in state and federal courts in New York and New Jersey.  He has consistently helped clients achieve successful results, whether through private mediation, arbitration, or in trial.

Nicholas J. Zaita



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“With more construction-focused practitioners than any other law firm in the country, P&A is the go-to law firm for contractors.”


Nick also serves as corporate counsel for many clients, providing legal guidance on contract drafting and negotiations, employment policies, and insurance coverage.

In 2018, Nick was appointed to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court Fee Arbitration Committee as a panel chair for the Bergen County District Fee Arbitration Committee.

After graduating from law school, Nick served as the law clerk for the Hon. Robert P. Contillo, P.Ch. (Ret.), in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen Vicinage.  During his clerkship, Nick gained invaluable knowledge of the inner workings of the court system, which he uses every day to provide the most effective representation for his clients.

Nick pursued his passion for athletics and the sports industry by earning degrees in Sports Management from the University of Tampa and University of Florida.  In law school, Nick integrated his experience in the sports industry with the law, working as a law clerk for the National Football League Management Council.

Nick has been named by New Jersey Super Lawyers as one of the top attorneys in New Jersey every year since 2017. He received his J.D. from New York Law School, his M.S. from the University of Florida, and his B.S. from the University of Tampa.




State of New York

State of New Jersey

United States District Court, District of New Jersey

United States District Court, Southern District of New York

United States District Court, Eastern District of New York

United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit


Panel Chair, Bergen County District Fee Arbitration Committee for the New Jersey Supreme Court Fee Arbitration Committee

Bergen County Bar Association

New Jersey State Bar Association, Construction Section

ABA Forum on Construction

Education and Courses

University of Tampa, B.S.

University of Florida, M.S.

New York Law School, J.D.

Awards and Recognitions

New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2017-2021

Publications & Presentations

“Show Me the Money: Who is Responsible for the Impacts of a Differing Site Condition on a Design-Bid-Build Project Versus a Design-Build Project?,” P&A and Langan Engineering Webinar, May 2022 (co-presenter)

“The Evolution of the Tunneling Industry and How it is Shaping Owner and Contractor Viewpoints on Risk Allocation,” Risk Management in Underground Construction Conference, April 2022 (co-presenter)

“Degrees of Separation: Owner's Risks in Spinning Specifications from a Joint Venture,” Construction SuperConference, December 2019 (moderator)

“Be in the Know: The New Era of Contractor-Owner Claims Disputes,” Construction SuperConference, December 2018 (moderator)

“Not Going Down With The Ship: Managing Risk and Surviving the Struggling Construction Project,” NJICLE, June 2017 (co-presenter)