Ronald Francis

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Construction Litigation Attorney in New York, NY

The Law Offices of Ronald Francis
 | 30 Broad Street, 37th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Phone: 212-279-6536
Fax: 212-338-9088
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Construction Litigation: Business (60%),
  • Real Estate: Business (10%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Appellate (10%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
Attorney Profile

From the time he started The Law Offices of Ronald Francis, Mr. Francis has dedicated himself to giving people personal attention and the benefit of his many years of experience.  He represents construction clients in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, as well as Nassau and Westchester Counties.

Throughout his attendance at the State University of New York, Mr. Francis was on the Dean’s List four years in a row, and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science. He then went to the University at Buffalo School of Law where he served as the note and comment editor for the Buffalo Law Review. In 1998, Mr. Francis earned a Juris Doctor, again graduating with honors.

Knowledgeable in all matters of construction law, Mr. Francis appears as an expert witness, and provides consultations to other law firms and attorneys in the area. His experience includes contractor disputes, work stoppages, payment discrepancies, contested back charges, mechanic’s liens, license agreements,  and insurance coverage. Within the construction industry, contracts play an important role; Mr. Francis handles every aspect, from the drafting of an agreement to the review, enforcement and dispute resolution.

In 2018, in addition to maintaining his own law practice, Mr. Francis started serving as an Arbitrator on the Construction Law Panel of the American Arbitration Association.

Licensed to practice law in New York, Mr. Francis’ clients include developers, material suppliers, architects, contractors and property owners such The Flatiron Hotel. Mr. Francis has a reputation for obtaining positive outcomes in the form of judgments, rulings and settlements. In addition to construction cases, he also handles those regarding business litigation, real estate and civil appeals. Mr. Francis is a member of the New York City and New York State Bar Associations and serves on their arbitration committees.  Mr. Francis is also a member of the Construction Lawyers Society of America.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Construction Litigation (60%): Construction Defects

Real Estate (10%): Condominiums & Cooperatives

Business Litigation (10%): Non-Compete Agreements

Appellate (10%): Appeals

Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%): Arbitration

Focus Areas

Construction Defects, Condominiums & Cooperatives, Non-Compete Agreements, Appeals, Arbitration

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 3 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2018

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About Ronald Francis

Admitted: 1989, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.constructionattorney.net/Attorneys/Ronald-Francis...

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 1990
  • New York, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1990
  • Member of the Construction Lawyers Society of America, 2018
  • Member, New York City Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1989
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1996

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • University at Buffalo Law Review, Note and Comment Editor, 1987 - 1988, University at Buffalo Law School, Buffalo, New York

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • GC Sterling Contractors Limited Liability Company v. Focus & Struga Building Developers, LLC, et al. (Sup. Ct. NY Co. Index No. 650084/2016) September 15, 2016 Representing plaintiff subcontractor obtained settlement payment of full adjusted claim from general contractor., 2016
  • Clement Henry v. Prishtina Construction Designs, Inc. (S.D.N.Y. Case No. 17-CV-5041) November 20, 2018 Representing defendant general contractor, obtained judgment dismissing labor law case brought for overtime wages pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the New York Labor Law (NYLL)., 2018
  • Pink Shirt Construction, Inc. v. Mr. White, LLC, (Sup. Ct. Westchester Co. Index No. 59290/2017) November 2, 2017 Representing leasehold owner of developing restaurant, obtained Decision and Order dismissing general contractor's causes of action for breach of contract, tortious interference with contract, and unjust enrichment/quantum meruit., 2017
  • Born to Build LLC v. 1141 Realty LLC, et al. (NY Sup. Ct. NY Co. Index No. 108128/2011) April 2, 2013 Representing the respondent owner 1141 Realty LLC in a special proceeding wherein the petitioner contractor sought the dissolution of the respondent, obtained a reversal from the Appellate Division, First Department, of the lower court’s denial of respondent’s cross-motion to dismiss the petition., 2013
  • Heffez, et al. v. L & G General Construction, Inc., et al, 56 A.D.3d 526 (2d Dept. 2008) November 12, 2008 Successfully represented defendant-respondents in appeal brought by plaintiff-appellant. Appellate Division, Second Department affirmed trial court's dismissal of the action in its entirety against the individual owners of the general contractor and dismissal of negligence and fraud claims against the general contractor., 2008
  • Integrated Project Delivery Partners, Inc. v. Freeman (NY Sup. Ct. Index No. 162554/2015) July 19, 2016 Representing defendant condominium unit owners against general contractor, obtained voluntary cancellation of mechanic’s lien and notice of pendency, and dismissal of claim to foreclose mechanic’s lien., 2016
  • Mr. White, L.L.C. v. Pink Shirt Construction, Inc., (Sup. Ct. NY Co. Index No. 155915/2017) September 28, 2017 Representing leasehold owner of developing restaurant, expeditiously obtained in special proceeding pursuant to Section 59 of the NY Lien Law an Order and Judgment vacating and cancelling mechanic’s lien filed by general contractor., 2017
  • Stellar Hardware Inc., d/b/a Stellar Hardware & Bath v. Lior Golan and Prestige Custom Building & Construction, Inc. (NY Sup. Ct. Kings Co. Index No. 517544/2016) September 24, 2018 Representing plaintiff material supplier, obtained summary judgment against general contractor and its owner personally for plumbing materials and supplies provided to defendants for use on several construction projects., 2018
  • Board of Managers of the Shorehaven Condominium and Beechwood RB Shorehaven, LLC AAA Case No.: 13 115 Y 01348 12 July 22, 2013 Obtained an award of $528,373 for the claimant Board of Managers of the Shorehaven Condominium in an arbitration brought before the American Arbitration Association against the Sponsor of the condominium for construction defects., 2013
  • Healy and Tufino-Cantero v. 16th Street Development LLC (NY Sup. Ct. Kings Co. Index No. 33099/2007) March 7, 2011 Representing the defendant owner 16 th Street Development LLC in an action brought by adjourning property owners for damages sustained to their house when defendant's general contractor caused property damage during construction of defendant's building, obtained order granting defendant summary judgment for indemnification against general contractor in third-party action., 2011
  • Boro B Construction Inc. v. Double G (1999) Limited Partnership, et al. (Sup. Ct. NY Co. Index No. 157746/2013)  June 30, 2016  Representing defendant owners and tenants of commercial property in action brought by general contractor for breach of contract, foreclosure of mechanic’s lien bond, diversion of trust funds, account stated, and unjust enrichment, obtained dismissal of entire action after two day bench trial before the Honorable Gerald Lebovits, J.S.C., 2016
  • Wonder Works Construction Corp. v. N. Sampogna & Son Corp., et al. (NY Sup. Ct. Index No. 652009/2015) September 21, 2016 Representing plaintiff general contractor against subcontractors and their principal for breach of contract and diversion of New York State Lien Law trust funds, obtained decision denying defendants’ motion to amend complaint to add counterclaims for cardinal change in contract, quantum meruit, and diversion of trust funds by GC., 2016
  • Ameri Restoration Inc. v. Golda Matthews, et al., (Sup. Ct. NY Co. Index No. 150178/2015) March 16, 2018 Representing owner of multiple family house, obtained Order vacating, canceling and discharging mechanic’s lien, and dismissing claim by general contractor to foreclose mechanic’s lien., 2018
  • Global Natural Foods, Inc. v. Indian Summer Cooperative, Inc.(S.D.N.Y. 13 CV 5811 [KBF]) September 18, 2015 Representing plaintiff, a New York company, in a breach of contract action against a defendant based in Michigan, obtained a $270,000 judgment after a four-day jury trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York before the Honorable Katherine B. Forrest, U.S.D.J., 2015
  • J Electric Inc. v. Corey Kris, et al. (NY Sup. Ct. Kings Co. Index No. 15812/2010) June 8, 2012 Representing the defendant owner in a breach of contract action brought by a subcontractor, obtained an order dismissing the complaint and cancelling the notice of pendency., 2012
  • Heffez, et al. v. L & G General Construction, Inc., et al. (Sup Ct. Kings Co. Index No. 16765/2007) December 17, 2007 Representing the defendant general contractor, as well as the individual owners of the general contractor in an action by plaintiff homeowners for breach of contract, obtained order dismissing the action in its entirety against the individual owners of the general contractor, and obtained dismissal of negligence and fraud claims against general contractor., 2007

Representative Clients:

  • Flatiron Hotel, New York, NY

Educational Background:

  • State University of New York, Buffalo, New York, B.S., Honors: magna cum laude, Honors: Dean's List (1981 - 1985), Major: Business Administration, 1985

Industry Groups

  • Architects
  • Contractors
  • Developers
  • Engineers
  • Material Suppliers
  • Owners
Office Location for Ronald Francis

30 Broad Street
37th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Phone: 212-279-6536

Fax: 212-338-9088

Ronald Francis:

Last Updated: 12/7/2018

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