Ronald Francis

Top rated Construction Litigation attorney in New York, New York

The Law Offices of Ronald Francis
Ronald Francis
The Law Offices of Ronald Francis

Practice Areas: Construction Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate; view more

Licensed in New York since: 1989

Education: University at Buffalo Law School - SUNY

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2023

The Law Offices of Ronald Francis

30 Broad Street
37th Floor
New York, NY 10004 Visit website


From the time he started The Law Offices of Ronald Francis in 1995, Mr. Francis has dedicated himself to giving people personal attention and the benefit of his many years of experience.  He represents 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 and access 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, Large and Complex Cases Panel, and the Consumer Panel of the American Arbitration Association.

Licensed to practice law in New York, Mr. Francis’ clients include developers, contractors, condominiums, material suppliers, architects, and property owners. 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, and the NY Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Practice areas

Construction Litigation: Business, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate, Business Litigation, Real Estate: Business

Focus areas

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

  • 50% Construction Litigation: Business
  • 20% Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 10% Appellate
  • 10% Business Litigation
  • 10% Real Estate: Business

First Admitted: 1989, New York

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • University at Buffalo Law Review, Note and Comment Editor, 1987 - 1988, University at Buffalo Law School, Buffalo, New York
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
Representative Clients:
  • 1372 Dean Street Condominium, 2021
  • RBM NY Holdings LLC, 2021
  • 6-16 West 77th St. Corp., 2021
  • Shorehaven Homeowners Association, Inc., 2021
  • Lexington Maintenance LLC, 2021
  • Avarga Contracting Corp., 2021
  • Uma Thurman, 2019
  • Parthenon LLC, 2019
  • Stellar Hardware Inc., 2019
  • Nucor Construction Corporation, 2019
  • American Residential Contractors, Ltd., 2019
  • 524 Manhattan Avenue Condominium, 2019
  • Harlem Property Re + Development, Inc., 2019
  • 94th Street Construction LLC, 2019
  • Advanced Water Technologies, Inc., d/b/a Better Waters, 2019
  • BK Developers Inc., 2019
  • Harbour Pointe at Shorehaven Association II, Inc., 2019
  • Shorehaven Condominium, 2019
  • Tower Holdings Group Inc., 2019
  • Leader Electric Co., Inc., 2019
  • Dordevic Architecture + Construction, 2019
  • Sky Global Concrete Corp., 2019
  • Wonder Works Construction Corp., 2019
  • Wonder Works Construction Corp. v. Bridgeton Amirian 13TH Street, LLC, et al. (NY Sup. Ct. Index No. 654926/2019)July 29, 2021Representing plaintiff general contractor against owner and its principal for breach of contract and diversion of New York State Lien Law trust funds, obtained decision denying defendants’ motion to dismiss and to compel discovery., 2021
  • Leader Electric Co., Inc. v. Integrity Contracting, Inc., et al. (NY Sup. Index No. 651354/2018)August 12, 2021Representing plaintiff electrical subcontractor against general contractor, obtained six figure damages award after extensive inquest on damages., 2021
  • Shorehaven Homeowners Association, Inc. v. Jonasvar Incorporated (American Arbitration Association Case No. 01-20-0000-1515)August 3, 2021Representing claimant homeowners’ association against former managing agent, obtained award against managing agent for breach of contract, and dismissal of managing agent’s counterclaims., 2021
  • Uma Thurman v. Panorama Windows, Ltd. (American Arbitration Association Case No. 01-19-0000-2363)July 11, 2019Representing owner of Co-op apartment in Manhattan , obtained six figure arbitration award against window company that furnished and installed defective windows., 2019
  • Nathalie Chemouny, Gary Suid, and Alexia Parperi v. Dordevic ADC Inc. (NY Supreme Court, NY Co. Index No. 161598/2018)October 9, 2019 – Decision and Order by Hon. Debra A. JamesRepresenting Respondent Contractor/Architect defending a Petition by Owners of a Co-op apartment seeking vacatur of the mechanic’s lien, obtained a dismissal of the Petition., 2019
  • Advanced Water Technologies Inc. v. Amiad U.S.A., Inc. (S.D.N.Y. Case No. 18-CV-5473 (VSB))September 30, 2019 – Opinion and Order by Vernon S. Broderick, United States District JudgeRepresenting Plaintiff in breach of contract action, obtained denial of Defendant’s motion to dismiss complaint for failure to state a claim., 2019
  • Rescue Cleaning Corp. v. Kapildeo Bahadur (Sup. Ct. Bronx Co. Index No. 22874/2019E)July 22, 2019Representing owner of two-family house, obtained Order dismissing complaint by contractor to foreclose mechanic's lien., 2019
  • 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
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • New York State Bar Association, Member, 2021
  • AIA NY - American Institue of Architects, Member, 2019
  • 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
  • Construction Lawyers Society of America, Member, 2018
  • New York City Bar Association, Member; Arbitration Committee, Affiliate Member, 2021
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1989
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1996
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


8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2023

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