Richard S. Robinson, Senior Counsel in Peckar & Abramson’s Contracts and Risk Management Group, manages client contractual risks through his review, negotiation and draft of construction manager, general contractor and owner agreements.
“As a seasoned litigator, I am well-positioned to apply ‘lessons learned’ that help our clients avoid many of the pitfalls typically encountered during the drafting and negotiation of a construction agreement.”
Mr. Robinson provides clients with risk management training seminars tailored to specific agreements. His clients include international, national and regional construction managers, construction contractors and owners whose projects range between $10 million and $2.5 billion in value.
Mr. Robinson understands the risks inherent in “standard” documents published by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and other organizations, as well as the risks found in customized agreements utilized by some of the nation’s leading institutional and private owners. Prior to joining Peckar & Abramson in 2002, Mr. Robinson was first chair trial counsel in dozens of state administrative hearings, and litigated numerous commercial matters in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and New York involving construction, contract, intellectual property, entertainment and bankruptcy issues. Several of his court victories resulted in published decisions. Included among those cases is the appellate brief, which he co-authored, that ultimately defeated an unsuccessful bidder’s challenge of the award to MFS Technologies of a $500 million contract to build the E-Z Pass network along the Northeast Corridor.
Upon joining Peckar & Abramson, Mr. Robinson continued his litigation work exclusively in the area of construction law. Today, he utilizes his extensive construction law litigation experience for the benefit of his transactional clients.
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
American Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
University of Pennsylvania, B.A., cum laude
Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D.
New York University (SCPS courses in Mandarin)
“How Low Does It Flow? Can a General Contractor Rely upon an Incorporation by Reference Clause in a Subcontract to ‘Flow Down’ Important Obligations from an Owner Agreement?,” ABA Under Construction online magazine, March 2019.
AIA A201-2017 Desk Guide (practice notes on Article 3), American Bar Association, 2017.
Building Information Modeling Program Instructor for the Association of General Contractors of America, approved October 2015.
"Warranties in Construction Contracts: Contractor's Drafting Considerations," Practice Note on Thomson Reuters Practical Law Real Estate, 2015.
"Construction Basics: Top Ten Construction Prime Contract Provisions to be Negotiated with the Owner – Part 2," American Bar Association, Under Construction No. 2, April 2013.
"Construction Basics: Top Ten Construction Prime Contract Provisions to be Negotiated with the Owner – Part 1," American Bar Association, Under Construction No. 1, January 2013.
“General Contractors Pay Heed! Notice Requirements under the N. J. Public Bond Act,” N.J. Building Contractor, Vol. I, 2007.
“A Pocket Guide to Contractor’s Notice Provisions,” ABA Construct! Magazine, Spring 2006
“Preemption, the Right of Publicity and a New Federal Statute,” 16 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. 183 (1998).