Paul Monte is co-managing partner of Peckar & Abramson’s New York City office and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. He has practiced construction, public contract and infrastructure law for more than 30 years. Paul has extensive jury and non-jury trial, arbitration, and appeals experience, successfully prosecuting and defending complex commercial disputes on behalf of contractors. He also has significant transactional and project support experience on cutting-edge infrastructure projects, including design-build and public-private partnership (P3) projects.
“Our attorneys offer deep litigation capabilities as well as dispute avoidance and alternative dispute resolution techniques. These techniques can save our clients money, time and unnecessary distraction.”
Paul represents international, national and local civil infrastructure contractors on large and small public and private projects, including bridges, tunnels, highways, process and power plants, airports, utilities, railroads, and high-rise and institutional buildings. As lead counsel, he has prosecuted and defended numerous delay and extra work claims, wrongful termination claims, and multi-district litigation involving construction and material defects.
Paul’s litigation experience helps him guide clients in transactional and general business matters. He provides transactional and project support services, regularly advising contractors during their pursuit of P3 and design-build infrastructure projects, and in the formation of joint ventures. He also advises clients in the area of corporate compliance and ethics, including DMWBE laws and regulations.
Prior to joining Peckar & Abramson, Paul was a partner with Berman, Paley, Goldstein & Monte, LLP. He is a former general counsel to a civil contractor and developer; and acts as outside general counsel to numerous small and mid-size contractors.
Paul has received numerous accolades. In 2019, he was named to Super Lawyers list of the Top 100 New York Metro area attorneys, making him the only construction attorney on the list. In 2017, Paul became a member of The Moles, and one of the firm’s lead representatives to The Beavers. That same year, he was recognized by Chambers and Partners as one of the leading construction lawyers in New York. He has regularly been awarded Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV-rating and is recognized as a leading construction lawyer by Best Lawyers.
Paul is active in many local and national construction industry groups and trade associations and has participated in numerous seminars and written articles on construction, public procurement and real estate law. A member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Paul was a member of its Construction Law Committee and Real Estate Law Committee. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, and the Westchester County Bar Association.
State of New York
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
United States Court of Federal Claims
Construction Lawyers Society of America (Fellow)
General Contractors Association of New York (Law & Legislation Committee)
Associated General Contractors of America
Associated General Contractors of America (New York Chapter)
Construction Industry Council of Westchester and Hudson Valley
Design Build Institute of America
New York Building Congress (Transportation and Infrastructure; and Public Building and Procurement Committees)
American Bar Association (Construction Industry Forum, Public Contract Section and Construction Litigation Committee)
New York City Bar Association
Westchester County Bar Association
Society of Construction Law (North America)
Binghamton University, SUNY, B.A., with honors
Brooklyn Law School, J.D., Merit Scholar
New York-Metro Super Lawyers, Top-100 Metro Area Attorneys, 2019
New York-Metro Super Lawyers, 2009 - 2019
ALM & Martindale-Hubbell "New York Top-Rated Lawyers", 2019
Chambers USA, Construction Law, New York, 2020
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
Best Lawyers, 2011 - 2021
D Magazine Best Lawyers, 2017