Stephen Paul Winkles

  • Regarded annually as a "Rising Star" 2010-2014, and an "Outstanding Lawyer" 2015-2023, in the area of Construction - Super Lawyers, part of Thomsom Reuters
With broad experience representing owners, construction managers, general contractors and trade contractors, Mr. Winkles·has knowledge of·all stages of the construction process. This experience includes familiarity with contract negotiation and drafting, contract administration and dispute resolution. His practice includes reviewing, negotiating and preparing construction contracts and general conditions. He has experience with both public and private projects in New York and New Jersey, including projects relating to public schools, universities, office buildings, condominium buildings, residential construction, sewer main systems, and other various commercial and municipal projects.

Litigation, construction and arbitration experience with all issues that traditionally arise in construction disputes, including defects and claims for extra work, delay and disruption issues (including actual and constructive acceleration and claims for lost productivity), incomplete or defective design, inadequate and uncoordinated project management, differing site conditions, cardinal change, denial of site access, improper inspections, safety violations, rejection and repair of nonconforming work, terminations for default and convenience, lien and bond issues, and post-completion warranty issues. Mr. Winkles has argued appeals on construction and bidding issues in New Jersey and in New York, and has handled litigations in the Federal Courts in both New York and New Jersey.

Speaking Engagements / Publications

  • Legal and Ethical Concerns for the Design Professional, Institute for Design Professionals: New York, New York, 2015 and Parsippany, New Jersey, 2016
  • Fundamentals of Construction Contracts in New Jersey: Understanding the Issues: Somerset, New Jersey, 2014
  • Wait, Don't Sign That! Construction Contracts 101: Hackensack, New Jersey, 2013
  • Construction Contracts 101: Agreements Explained & Demystified: New York City, New York City Bar Association, 2013
  • Public Contracts and Procurement Regulations,·Cherry Hill, New Jersey, 2011, Atlantic City, 2012 and 2013
  • New Jersey Lien Law,·Atlantic City, New Jersey, 2009, 2010, 2011 
  • The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts, Edison, New Jersey, October 2008
  • How to Write CYA Letters–Documenting Your Concerns - A Contractor’s Perspective; American Society for Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning Engineers, New York City, January 2008
  • Construction Lien Law in New Jersey,Lorman Education Seminars, Atlantic City, January 25, 2008
  • What to Do When Construction Projects Go Bad,·Lorman Education Seminars, Parsippany, New Jersey, 2007
  • Residential Lien Law,·Lorman Education Seminars, March 2006
  • Contributing author, Municipal Construction Contracts; New Jersey Lawyer (November 2003)

Representative Engagements

  • Jupiter Environmental Services, Inc. v. Graystone Construction Corp., Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, Second Department (2006)·
  • Goldberg & Connolly v. Graystone Construction Corp., Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, Second Department (2009)
  • Representation of new homeowner against developer in multi-million dollar construction defect case.·The defects included accelerated settling of the home due to the developer's failure to properly compact soil or provide proper foundations for support of the home, and leaks resulting in severe mold infestation.
  • Corporate litigation regarding disputed ownership of·companies formed to develop·several·large properties·Perth Amboy.·Matter involved issues regarding proper incorporation of LLCs,·allocation·of ownership percentages, capital contributions, and funding by the New Jersey's development agencies.
  • Defense of environmental contractor in a mass tort claim by students, staff and faculty at LaGuardia Community College in New York City.· Claims made by Plaintiffs involved allegations of·bodily injury resulting from·toxic mold and rodenticide.·

Attorney Stephen Winkles

Contact Information

Telephone: (201) 343-1100 Ext. 105
Facsimile: (201) 343-0885

Office Address:
946 Main Street
Hackensack, New Jersey 07601


Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., 2000)
Pensacola Christian College (B.A., 1997) History and Prelaw

Memberships / Awards

Selected as "Rising Star" 2010-2014, and as "Outstanding Lawyer" 2015-2023 by Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters

Selected as one of Bergen County, New Jersey's Top Lawyers by (201) Magazine - 2014, 2017, 2018

Avvo Rated Top Attorney in Construction - 2014 to 2020

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Member, Construction Law Committee)

New Jersey State Bar Association (Member, Construction Law Section)
New York State Bar Association
Bergen County Bar Association
The American Inns of Court

Stephen P. Winkles
Rated by Super Lawyers

loading ...

Practice Areas

Environmental Law, Surety Law, Labor Relations and Employment Law, Construction,·Commercial Transactions, Commercial Litigation


Supreme Court of New Jersey, 2001
Court of Appeals of New York, 2001
Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York
Federal District Court for the District of New Jersey

Download Stephen's Information

Copyright 2014, Tesser & Cohen, Attorneys At Law