Ronald Francis

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Construction Litigation Attorney in New York, NY

The Law Offices of Ronald Francis
 | 111 Broadway, Suite 1805
New York, NY 10006
Phone: 212-279-6536
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Construction Litigation: Business (70%),
  • Appellate (10%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Real Estate: Business (10%)
Attorney Profile

From the time he started The Law Offices of Ronald Francis, Mr. Francis has dedicated himself to giving people personal attention, the benefit of his many years of experience and every resource available. He represents construction clients in Long Island and Westchester County, as well as the five boroughs of New York City: Staten Island, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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

Licensed to practice law in New York, Mr. Francis’ clients include developers, engineers, 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 Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Construction Litigation (70%): Construction Defects

Appellate (10%): Appeals

Business Litigation (10%): Non-Compete Agreements

Real Estate (10%): Condominiums & Cooperatives

Focus Areas

Construction Litigation: Construction Defects

Appellate: Appeals

Business Litigation: Non-Compete Agreements

Real Estate: Condominiums & Cooperatives

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2017

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About Ronald Francis

Admitted: 1989, New York

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

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Tax Court, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1989
  • New York, 1989
  • Member, New York City Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

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

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

    111 Broadway
    Suite 1805
    New York, NY 10006

    Phone: 212-279-6536

     

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