Kevin Ryan is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. His practice focuses on commercial litigation as well as all aspects of construction law, representing owners, contractors, and sub-contractors in dispute resolution through arbitration, mediation, or litigation, as well as in both jury and non-jury trials. He also handles commercial disputes and insurance coverage matters, and has successfully represented clients in Article 78 proceedings both on behalf of and against municipalities relating to development projects and the award of public contracts. He also has significant experience with the New York State Election Law, representing political candidates and committees in litigation and in matters of Election Law compliance.
Representative cases include:
• Enabling a coating contractor to avoid liability on a claim for defective work by obtaining defense and indemnification from a CGL carrier notwithstanding the work product exception in the policy.
• Assisting a school district in avoiding additional costs and project delays resulting from the breach of contract by an asbestos abatement contractor on an elementary school project.
• Successfully defending a project owner against a lien claim brought by a subcontractor by establishing that the prime contract was owed no further payment and therefore, no funds remaining to satisfy the lien claim.
• Obtaining a favorable verdict on behalf of a sanitation contractor whose low bid to a municipality was challenged by an unsuccessful bidder.
• Obtaining a settlement in excess of $1,000,000.00 on behalf of a munitions contractor after successfully establishing that its contract with the Department of the Army was wrongfully terminated for default.
• Prevailing in an arbitration proceeding against a municipal housing authority that resulted in an award of damages to a contractor as a result of differing site conditions on a housing project.
• Successfully representing a replacement window installation contractor in numerous claims against the New York City School Construction Authority.
• Successfully defending a County Industrial Development Agency against a challenge brought by an unsuccessful applicant for an economic development incentive package.
• Preserving a political candidate’s ballot position following a judicial hearing after his nominating petitions were invalidated by the county Board of Elections.
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