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, 2020 and 2021, he was named to Super Lawyers’ list of the Top 100 New York Metro area attorneys, a ranking designated for those attorneys who ranked at the top of the list in the Super Lawyers selection process. 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. Most recently, Paul was named “Lawyer of the Year” for construction in New York City by Best Lawyers for 2022.
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, 2009 - 2021
New York-Metro Super Lawyers, Top-100 Metro Area Attorneys, 2019 - 2021
The Legal 500: United States, recognized as a “Recommended Lawyer” 2021
ALM & Martindale-Hubbell “New York Top-Rated Lawyers”, 2019 - 2020
Chambers USA, Construction Law, New York, 2020 - 2021
Who’s Who Legal: Construction, 2021
Best Lawyers, 2011 - 2022
Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” for Construction, New York City, 2022
D Magazine Best Lawyers, 2017
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
“From Planning to Delivery – Building Surety Confidence,” Risk Management in Underground Construction Conference, April 2021 (Speaker)
“MWBE Update: Compliance Trends That Contractors Need To Know,” Eastern Contractors Association, Anchin, and Peckar & Abramson Joint Webinar, April 2020 (Speaker)
“Public Sector Design-Build: What New York City Contractors Need to Know,” Peckar & Abramson and Aon Commercial Risk Services Joint Webinar, July 2020 (Speaker)
“Contract Issues in the Age of COVID-19,” AGC New York State Webinar, April 2020 (Panelist)
“MTA Debarment Update,” P&A Client Alert, November 2019 (Co-Author)
“MTA’S New Debarment Powers Pose an Existential Risk (rev.),” P&A Client Alert, June 2019 (Co-Author)
“Setting the stage for success on megaprojects,” 2019 International General Counsel Forum, April 2019 (Speaker)
“After The Dispute Dust Settles: Exploring Common Cause and Cure of Mega-Projects,” The 8th International Society of Construction Law Conference, September 2018 (Panelist)
“P3 Risk Management,” Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure (AIAI) Webinar, May 2018 (Panelist)
“Infrastructure Development – The Regional Bridges, Tunnels and Transit Construction Boom,” Commercial Observer’s Second Annual Transportation & Infrastructure Construction Forum, May 2018 (Panelist)
“Notice and Record Keeping Requirements and Best Practices on Delay and Impact Cost Claims on MTA Contracts,” General Contractors Association of New York Presentation, May 2018 (Speaker)
“Balancing and Managing the Risk – From the Design Builder’s Point of View,” 2018 P3C Public Private Partnership Conference and Expo, February 2018 (Moderator)
“Planes, Trains and Urban Infrastructure: A Blueprint for the Regional Transportation Construction Boom,” Commercial Observer’s Transportation and Infrastructure Construction Conference, July 2017 (Speaker)
“Joint Ventures in Construction,” National Association of Surety Bond Producers 2016 Regions 1, 2 & 3 Annual meeting, October 2016 (Speaker)
“Site Conditions: Are They Different?” Peckar & Abramson and Langan Engineering Panel Discussion, April 2016 (Speaker)