Jeffrey Escobar – Proskauer LLP

Practice/Organization Description

Jeffrey Rhett Escobar is an Associate in Proskauer LLP's Real Estate and Construction Department, resident in the New York office. Focusing his practice on complex construction law and construction and real estate-related litigation – specifically within the realms of commercial, public and heavy civil construction contracts; project finance litigation; alternative dispute resolution; project support and dispute avoidance; risk management and insurance; land use; real estate; and environmental risks – Jeffrey has advised and guided clients on a multitude of large-scale, multi-million dollar vertical and horizontal commercial and public construction projects, from the construction of the only aerial commuter tramway in the United States to the development of one of the largest luxury high-rise condominiums in New York City.

Previously associated with the top Chambers-ranked construction law firm in the country, Jeffrey brings a unique and sophisticated mix of business acumen and understanding of the construction industry to Proskauer's Real Estate Department.

Some of Jeffrey's representative experience has included:

Serving as a lead legal counselor to a foreign design-build client in the construction of commuter aerial tramway system, including the administration of the project’s contracts

Acting as of counsel to the construction of a public ferry terminal, including the efforts to recover multi-million dollar project losses arising from a prime subcontractor's failure to properly complete its work

Reviewing, negotiating, advising and drafting construction contracts on behalf of a Boston-based owner’s representative firm specializing in the construction of private schools, libraries and large private-public-partnership works

Advising, negotiating and crafting license agreements on behalf of a private-public developer involving contentious public housing projects which seek entry to adjoining properties to complete excavation, tieback and protective work

Providing legal and risk management guidance to a joint-venture involved in the construction of a major municipal project, including the interpretation, re-negotiation and administration of terms of the project's capital contract

Rewriting and renegotiating all construction and service contracts for an owner and developer of a certain prime New York City construction project, specifically to shield client exposure to indemnification and third-party liability

Designing and developing a potential construction claim tracking system for a condominium developer in anticipation of possible claims against its construction manager and its subcontractors for defective work

Preparing advisory opinions to a construction manager resulting in procedural and protocol changes in the handling of certain public contracts, specifically as to notice for unpaid change orders and contract balances

Negotiating a lowered Worker’s Compensation Mod-Rating for a client engaged in a high-risk construction practice, saving client nearly $24 million in additional insurance coverage costs

Leading defense of multi-million dollar dispute on behalf of an owner and its construction manager concerning the redevelopment of a certain waterfront marine terminal and the default for cause of the project's prime marine-work contractor

Defending a private sponsor developer of a green condominium project against claims of breaches of warranty and contract, fraud, and construction defect in a class action brought by purchasers of units

Bar Admissions

Bar Admissions

NEW YORK, 2005

Court Admissions

U.S. DISTRICT COURT, NEW YORK, SOUTHERN DISTRICT(2007)

U.S. DISTRICT COURT, NEW YORK, EASTERN DISTRICT(2007)

U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT, EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK(2009)

U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT, SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK(2009)

Education

Education

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, B.A., 2000

NEW ENGLAND SCHOOL OF LAW, J.D., 2004

Professional Associations & Memberships

Bar Affiliations

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION (FORUM ON CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY)

NEW YORK CITY BAR ASSOCIATION (CONSTRUCTION LAW COMMITTEE)

Contact

1585 Broadway
New York, New York 10044, United States


Areas of Practice
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Insurance
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
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