Alexander Ferrini is principal of his own construction law firm,
representing leading developers and other institutions in construction
negotiation and litigation. He is the author of numerous articles on
construction law and a regular instructor at continuing professional
In his practice, he represents public and private owners in meeting and solving the challenges of construction, in both transactional and litigation matters.
Mr. Ferrini writes and negotiates construction contracts for owners of private, corporate and institutional projects, ranging from school district facilities upgrades to new multi-use developments. Currently, he is leading the team to prepare and implement design and construction agreements for the re-development of 330 Hudson Street, New York, a project valued in excess of $140M. He is also the general construction counsel for The Rye City School District and Tribeca Associates, LLC, a private developer.
Mr. Ferrini represents private, institutional and public owners in construction litigation, including delay, construction defect and lien foreclosure claims, as well as issues regarding mistake, concealed conditions, and professional malpractice. In the past, he has represented clients through mediation, arbitration, court hearings and trial. Litigation matters have included the following, among others: the representation of a public owner against a bid challenge on a $2M general construction contract; representing an institutional owner in defense of $18M in unjustified lien claims; representing a private developer in defending baseless claims for $4M in Aextras;@ successfully defending private developers from neighbors= multiple attempts to impose work-stoppages. Examples of his successfully argued appeals, include the reported case North Moore Street v. Meltzer Mandl Architects, P.C., in which the Appellate Division, First Department reversed a lower court order and approved the novel use of a liquidating agreement to allow an owner to assert the delay claims of its contractors against the project architect.
Mr. Ferrini is the author of numerous articles on construction and design industry topics, including "Air Tight - Understanding and Writing Good Contracts Could be the Key to Business Success for Young Designers and Design Firms," published in the July 2006 issue of Contract magazine, and "Project Bonding Alternatives Offer Benefits and Risk," published in the June 2006 issue of New York Construction. He presented the January and September 2007 seminar "Legal Issues for New York Professional Engineers," and was a co-presenter along with Perkins Eastman Architects, P.C., and Andron Construction of "Building the Right Team for Capital Projects" for the New York State School Boards Association annual convention in October of 2006.
Mr. Ferrini earned his bachelor of arts at Cornell University (1988) and graduated cum laude from Albany Law School, Union University (1994). He is admitted to practice in New York State, Third Department; U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York; and U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.