Lee M. Tesser


  • Identified as one of New Jersey's Top 100 Attorneys in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by New Jersey Monthly and SuperLawyers
  • Selected by the International Who's Who of Constrution Lawyers, 2013 through 2018, as being among the world's leading Construction Lawyers;
  • Included in the Best Lawyers In America 2014 and 2015, for work in the practice area of Litigation - Construction;
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell for ethical standards and legal ability for the last 10 plus years;
  • Identified as one of New Jersey's Outstanding Lawyers by Superlawyers for over 10 consecutive years, including 2018.
 
Lee Tesser has garnered a reputation over the course of his career as one of New Jersey’s leading litigators, lecturers and writers in the field of construction law. Mr. Tesser is well versed in real estate development issues, including contract negotiation, real estate transactions, financing, government approvals, representation of construction managers and contractors, and the construction process. Having litigated and arbitrated numerous construction cases, Mr. Tesser has a deep understanding of issues relating to construction work, delay claims, constructive acceleration, and defective and incomplete work. When surety and lien claims arise, Mr. Tesser is adept at handling the claims process, and serves as legal counsel for owners, sureties, contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers and suppliers.
A published columnist and contributing author of State-by-State Analyses of Legal Issues Affecting Architects, Engineers, Contractors, and Owners - Author, State of New Jersey Treatise, Aspen Publishers, Inc., Mr. Tesser is in constant demand as a guest speaker by construction related organizations. A former chair of the New Jersey Bar Association, Construction Law Section, Mr. Tesser has been recognized on numerous occasions as being one of the most outstanding lawyers in the State.
In addition to being an advocate on behalf of his clients, Mr. Tesser is also an American Arbitration Association arbitrator for construction related cases.

Speaking Engagements

    • Condominium Construction Litigation and Contract Issues; May 2016
    • Anatomy of a Construction Arbitration - Award and Enforcement; September 2016 - Veritext Construction Arbitration Seminar, HB Litigation Conferences
    • How to Avoid Contractor/Owner Disputes; March 2017 - Technology Transfer Seminar - New Jersey Water Environment Association
    • Not Going Down with the Ship: Managing Risk and Surviving the Struggling Construction Project; June 2017 - Construction Law 2017, New Jersey State Bar Association
    • Understanding Public Contracts and Procurement Regulations in New Jersey; October 2015 - Lorman Education Services
    • Contractor Rights and Disputes; December 2015 - Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, Sandy Relief Programs
    • Managing Liability and Risk in Your Engineering Practice; September 2015 - Half Moon Education, Inc.
    • Tackling Contract Provisions and Insurance Issues; September 2015 - New Jersey State Bar Association
    • Legal Issues for Design Professionals; May 2015 - Institute for Design Professionals
    • Construction Contract Clauses Presented as Negotiation Between Parties, September 2014 - Bergen County Bar Association
    • ADR Day; June 2014 - New Jersey State Bar Association
    • Construction Law for Public Projects; June 2014 - HalfMoon Education
    • The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues in New Jersey; February 2014 - Lorman Education Seminars
    • NJ Professional Land Sureveying Law; December 2013 - Lorman Education Seminars
  • AIA Contracts; April 2006, April 2007, December 2011, January 2012, May 2013, September 2013 - Lorman Education Seminars
  • Public Contracts & Procurement Regulations; January 2007, Janauary 2008, January 2009, October 2010, January 2011, February 2011, February 2012, April 2012, February 2013, February 2015 - Lorman Education Seminars
  • Legal Issues for New Jersey Professional Engineers; September 2008, January 2012, July 2012 HalfMoon Education
  • Construction Litigation in New Jersey; February 2003, May 2008, June 2011 - Lorman Education Seminars
  • Current Issues in New Jersey Construction Lien Law; December 2009, Lorman Education Seminars
  • Collections, Recent Laws / News in Construction; September 2009 - NJ Glass & Metal Contractors Association
  • NJ Public Contractors & Competitive Public Bidding; February 2009 - Lorman Education Seminars
     
  • New Jersey Construction Lien Law; January 2009 - Lorman Education Seminars
     
  • Understanding the New Generation of AIA Standard Contract Forms; March 2008 - Lorman Education Seminars
     
  • Construction Law: Overview and Update; June 2007 - New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
     
  • Government Contracting in New Jersey: Bids, Licensing, Contracts and Bonds; May 2007 - Lorman Education Seminars
     
  • New Jersey’s Prompt Payment Act; May 2007 - New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
     
  • Managing Complex Construction Law Issues; January 2007 - National Business Institute Seminars
     
  • Practical Considerations and Concerns In Construction Law In New Jersey; November 2006 - Lorman Education Seminars
     
  • Construction Management/Design/Build; January 2003, January 2004, March 2005, January, March, July 2006 - Lorman Education Seminars
     
  • The Construction Process from Start to Finish; June 2005, June 2006 - Lorman Education Seminars.
     
  • How to Bolster Your Construction Contract; April 2006 - Lorman Education Seminars
     
  • Comprehensive Construction Law In New Jersey; March 2006 Lorman Education Seminars
     
  • Construction Lien Law; March 2006 - Lorman Education Seminars
     
  • Fundamentals of Construction Contracts in New Jersey; February 2005, February 2006 - Lorman Education Seminars
     
  • Hot Topics In Construction in New Jersey; December 2005 - Lorman Education Seminars
     
  • Construction Claims: New Law in New Jersey; October 2005 - Lorman Education Seminars
     
  • AIA Contract Documents; April & September 2005 - Lorman Education Seminars.
     
  • AIA Documents-From An Owner’s Perspective; August 2005 - Lorman Education Seminars
     
  • Tricks, Traps and Ploys Used In Construction Scheduling; August 2005 Delaware - Lorman Education Seminars
     
  • Residential Construction Issues in New Jersey; July 2005 - Lorman Education Seminars
     
  • Advanced Construction Law in New Jersey; June 2005 - National Business Institute Seminars.
     
  • Residential Construction: Legal & Practical Perspectives; June 2005 - Lorman Education Seminars.
     
  • Public Works Construction: New & Dramatic Legal Changes in New Jersey; April & June 2005 - Lorman Education Seminars.
     
  • AIA Contracts: Avoiding Legal Problems; April 2005 - Lorman Education Seminars
     
  • Residential and Commercial Developments in Construction Law; March 2005 - New Jersey League of Master Plumbers
     
  • Construction Law Basics; 2004 - New Jersey State Bar Assn. Construction Industry Section, January 2005 - New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
     
  • Techniques Used in Construction Scheduling in New Jersey; October 2004 - Lorman Education Seminars.
     
  • Construction Contracts; October 2003 - Morris County Plumbers Association
     
  • Construction Claims Avoidance;  October 2003 - New Jersey Glass and Metal Contractors Association
     
  • Analyzing & Proving Construction Project Damages; June 2003 - Lorman Education Seminars.
     
  • Construction Law; February 2003 - New Jersey Electrical Contractors Association Annual Conference
     
  • Bid Protests and Appeals under Federal State and Local law; November 2000 - New Jersey State Bar Association Construction and Public Law Section
     
  • Federal Contracting Regulations and Procedure; June 2000 - New Jersey State Bar Association Construction and Public Law Section
     
  • Ethical Questions in Construction and Public Contract Law; Spring 1999 - New Jersey State Bar Association Construction and Public Law Section
 

 

Publications

  • State-by-State Analyses of Legal Issues Affecting Architects, Engineers, Contractors, and Owners - Author, State of New Jersey Treatise, Aspen Publishers, Inc.
     
  • Uncommon Events in Local Public Contracts Law - New Jersey Law Journal (March 21, 2011)
     
  • Municipal Construction Contracts, New Jersey Lawyer (November 2003)
     
  • Residential Construction & Renovation, A Legal Guide For New Jersey Homeowners, New Jersey State Bar Foundation (Spring 2003)
     
  • Federal Contracting Payment Issues An Overview. Construction and Public Contract Law Section Newsletter (May 2001)
     
  • Home Inspection Professional Licensing Act, Construction and Public Contract Law Section Newsletter (November 1998)

 

Representative Engagements

 
  • Reported Construction Law Decision: Sparwick Contracting Inc. v. Tomasco Corp and Carl Walker Construction Group, Inc., 335 N.J Super. 73 (App Div 2000).
 
 

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Contact Information

Telephone: (201) 343-1100 Ext. 103
Facsmile: (201) 343-0885

Office Address:
946 Main Street
Hackensack, New Jersey 07601


Education

Quinnipiac University School of Law (J.D.,1986)

University of Delaware (B.A. 1983, with Honors), Pi Sigma Alpha, Omicron Delta Epsilon

Law Clerk for the Hon L. Scott Melville, J.S.C., Superior Court, Bridgeport, Connecticut


Memberships / Awards

Seton Hall University School of Law - Adjunct Professor (Construction Law)

International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers - 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018

The Best Lawyers in America - Selected in 2014, 2015, 2016

Superlawyer in the field of Construction Surety Law for the years of·2006 through 2018

AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell for ethical standards and legal ability for 10 plus years.

New Jersey Bar Association, Construction Law Section, Co-Chair 2004 to 2006

American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry

Construction Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association

Lee M. Tesser

Practice Areas

Construction, Surety Law, Commercial Contracts, Condominium Representation, Commercial Transactions, Construction Arbitration; Contractor Performance Bonds; Construction Defect Litigation; Commercial Litigation (Bid Protests, Delay Claims, Wrongful Termination, Construction Contracts); Real Estate; Construction Liens, Professional Liability for architects and engineers.


Admissions

Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey, 1987

United States Circuit Court, 3rd Circuit

United States Court of Federal Claims

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York


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