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CONTACT INFORMATION

Robert C. Epstein
973.360.7900
Attorney

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200 Park Avenue
Florham Park, 07932
United States
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Greenberg Traurig
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Robert C. Epstein

GT’s growth to 1800 lawyers and more than 30 locations is an example of the firm’s instincts for leveraging a changing marketplace. The need for lawyers to help clients navigate change continues to escalate. For GT, merging with other law firms to be in new markets overnight is not the way to respond to the market need.

Preserving the firm’s “built for change” culture is. GT leaders travel across the country handpicking lawyers with the talents to guide clients through the very moments their businesses and markets are changing most. It is this rare combination of talents around which we relentlessly hire at GT – legal, business and leadership skills. That’s why we refer to GT lawyers as "3-D lawyers."

BIO

Robert C. Epstein practices in the areas of construction law and public contracting. A frequent author and lecturer in the areas of construction and public procurements, Robert was appointed by New Jersey's governor to the Parsons Audit Team, which conducted a management review of a $500 million contract to upgrade New Jersey's vehicle emissions testing system.
 
Areas of Concentration
  • Construction contracts, law and litigation
  • Public contracts and bid protests
 
Significant Representations
  • Construction and Public Procurements
    • Counsel to developers of municipal complexes.
    • Counsel to a condominium and cooperative apartment complex in litigation against the developer/sponsor of the complex for construction and design defects.
    • Counsel to a redevelopment authority in a major capital program to redevelop a former military base.
    • Counsel to developers of a luxury town home community in construction defect litigation.
    • Counsel to the developers of a 2 million square foot, $500 million office development project.
    • Counsel to school districts in major capital programs to construct and renovate schools and in construction/design defect litigations.
    • Counsel to a county government in a $200 million project to build a new jail facility.
    • Counsel to a supplier of sophisticated computer systems, challenging the award of a major public contract.
    • Counsel to a supplier of electronic toll collection systems, challenging the award of a major public contract.
    • Counsel to the suppliers of sewage treatment equipment, challenging the award of major public contracts.
  • Published Decisions
    • Center 48 L.P. v. The May Dept. Stores Company, 355 N.J. Super. 390 (App. Div. 2002) (enforcement of guaranty)
    • Gould v. Ruefenacht, 471 U.S. 701 (1985) (meaning of "security" under the federal securities laws)
    • Ruefenacht v. O'Halloran, 737 F.2d 320 (3d. Cir. 1984) (meaning of "security" under the federal securities laws)
    • Amerex v. Doane, 688 F.2d 818 (3d Cir. 1982) (enforcement of restrictive covenant)
    • Autotote Ltd. v. New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, 85 N.J. 363 (1981) (public contract bid protest)
    • Autotote, Ltd. v. New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, 171 N.J. Super. 480 (App. Div. 1979) (public contract bid protest)
    • Hercules, Inc. v. General Magnetic Tape Co., 180 N.J. Super. 206 (App. Div. 1981) (priority of tax lien)
    • Passavant v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, 477 F. Supp. 1200 (D.N.J. 1979) (public contract bid protest)
    • Zimpro, Inc. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, 83 F.R.D. 302 (N.D.N.Y. 1979) (public contract bid protest)
    • BSP Div. of Envirotech Corp. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, 471 F. Supp. 958 (D.N.J. 1979) (public contract bid protest)
    • Manganaro v. Carney's Point Township Sewerage Authority, 344 N.J. Super 343 (App. Div. 2001) (application of Affidavit of Merit Statute)
    • White Oak Funding, Inc. v. Winning, 341 N.J. Super 294 (App. Div. 2001) (application of New Jersey Spill Act)
    • Gothic Constr. Group v. Port Auth. Trans-Hudson Corp., 312 N.J. Super 1 (App. Div. 1998) (challenge to arbitration clause in public contract)
    • Nachtigall v. New Jersey Turnpike Authority, 302 N.J.- Super 123 (App. Div. 1997) cert. den. 151 N.J. 77 (1997) (public contract bid protest)
    • Grand Cove II Ass'n. v. Ginsberg, 291 N.J. Super. 58 (App. Div. 1996) (dispute involving construction insurance)
    • In Re Thomson McKinnon Secur., Inc., 143 B.R. 612 (Bkrtcy, S.D.N.Y. 1992) (objection to discharge in bankruptcy)
    • Barre-National, Inc. v. Doshi, 1988 U.S. Dist. Lexis 3323 (D.N.J. 1988) (enforcement of competitive restrictions)
    • Gach v. Century Cookies, Inc., 1985 U.S. Dist. Lexis 18938 (S.D.N.Y. 1985) (enforcement of competitive restrictions)
 
Professional & Community Involvement
  • Member, American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry, Public Contracts Law Section
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association, Construction Law Section
 
Awards & Recognition
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2012
  • Selected, Super Lawyers magazine, 2007-2011
  • Rated, AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5*

*AV® Preeminent ™ and BV® Distinguished™ are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

 
Articles, Publications, & Lectures

Articles

  • Co-author, “Building Information Modeling Is Revolutionizing Construction,” New Jersey Law Journal, October 2009
  • Author, “Lessons From the Minneapolis Bridge Collapse,” New Jersey Law Journal, January 2009  
  • Author, "Rebuilding the Nation's Infrastructure," New Jersey Law Journal, October 2007
  • Author, "Liability for Flawed Shop Drawings," New Jersey Law Journal, June 2007
  • Author, "Approval by Default," New Jersey Law Journal, March 2007
  • Author, "Liability for Construction Defects," New Jersey State Bar Association, Construction and Public Contract Law Section Newsletter, November 2006
  • Author, "How Construction Contracts Cause Litigation," New Jersey Lawyer, October 2002; Municipalities, January 2001; Utility & Transportation Contractor, October 2000; The Authority View, August 2000
  • Author, "Resolving Construction Disputes", New Jersey State Bar Association, Construction and Public Contract Law Section Newsletter, December 2002; Utility and Transportation Contractor, October 2002
  • Author, "Avoiding Waste and Abuse in Public School Construction Projects," School Leader, August 2001
  • Author, "How Owners Pay Twice for Construction Work," New Jersey State Bar Association, Construction and Public Contract Law Section Newsletter, May 2001
  • Author, "Court Ruling Offers Promise to Contractors Facing One-Sided Arbitration Clauses in Public Contracts," Utility and Transportation Contractor, August 1998
  • Author, "New Jersey's Local Procurement Laws Need Reform," New Jersey Policy Research Organization, January 1998
  • Author, "The Ten Commandments of Competitive Bidding For Public Contracts," Utility and Transportation Contractor, 1994; Dimensions, January/February 1994; Hard Hat News, December 31, 1993
  • Author, "Where New Jersey Contractors Go Wrong in Bidding for Public Contracts," Utility and Transportation Contractor, June 1992
  • Author, "Soliciting High Technology Contracts," 137 New Jersey Lawyer 44 (1990); NewGovernment Contracts Service  Newsletter, Procurement Associates, Inc., May 1991. Cited as authority under the following New Jersey statutes: Refs & Annos, N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-19, N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-26, Refs & Annos, N.J.S.A. 40A:11-13, N.J.S.A. 40A:11-24.
  • Author, "The Trouble with Competitive Bidding in New Jersey for High Technology Equipment," 16 Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal 63 (1990); 27B Yearbook of Procurement Articles, Federal Publications, Inc., 1990). Cited as authority under the following New Jersey statutes: Refs & Annos, N.J.S.A. 18A:18A, N.J.S.A. 40A, Ch. 11 Refs & Annos, N.J.S.A. 18A:64, Art. 5 Refs & Annos, N.J.S.A. 52:32, Ch. 5, N.J.S.A. 52:18A-78.11.
  • Author, "Insurance Coverage of Construction Claims - You Already Have More Than You Think," Utility and Transportation Contractor, February 1995; American Welding Society Bulletin, February 9, 1995; Construction Data News, January 1995; Hard Hat News, January 13, 1995
  • Author, "Contractor Liability When Hazardous Substances Are Discovered On A Construction Project," Utility and Transportation Contractor, February 1995; American Welding Society Bulletin, February 9, 1995; Construction Data News, January 1995; Hard Hat News, January 13, 1995
  • Author, "Contractor Liability When Hazardous Substances Are Discovered on a Construction Project," Utility and Transportation Contractor, February 1995; American Welding Society Bulletin, February 9, 1995; Construction Data News, January 1995; Hard Hat News, January 13, 1995
  • Author, "New Jersey's New Construction Lien Law," Utility and Transportation Contractor, April 1994
  • Author, "Mechanics Liens and General Contractors Liens Made Easy," Utility and Transportation Contractor, February 1993
  • Author, "Asserting and Defending Construction Claims in a Recessionary Economy" (first in a two-part series), Utility and Transportation Contractor, December 1991; Hard Hat News, April 22, 1992
  • Author, "Asserting and Defending Construction Claims in a Recessionary Economy" (second in a two-part series), Utility and Transportation Contractor, February 1992; Hard Hat News, May 20, 1992

Lectures

  • Lecturer, “Shop Drawings and Other Construction Submittals,” Lorman Education Institute, September 2009
  • Lecturer, "Preventing Construction Defects," IQPC, July 19, 2006
  • Lecturer, "Shop Drawings and Submittals," Business Publishers, Inc., April 27, 2006
  • Lecturer, "Liability for Construction Defects," Lorman Education Services, January 12, 2006
  • Lecturer, "Avoiding Construction Claims and Litigation with Effective Contact Language," Construction Roundtable of New Jersey, March 8, 2002
  • Lecturer, "Managing Construction Risks in New Jersey: Liens, Bonds and Insurance," Lorman Education Services, February 29, 2000 and February 9, 2001
  • Lecturer, "Avoiding Liability for Employee Claims:  Employment Law for Construction Projects in New Jersey," Lorman Education Services, May 9, 2001
  • Lecturer, "How Construction Contracts Cause Litigation," New Jersey Water Environment Association, May 2, 2001
  • Lecturer, "Managing Risks in Construction," Construction Roundtable of New Jersey, September 8, 2000
  • Lecturer, New Jersey Construction Defect Claims, Lorman Education Services, July 11, 2000
  • Lecturer, Managing Risks on School Construction Projects, New Jersey School Boards Association, June 6, 2000
  • Lecturer, How Construction Contracts Cause Litigation, Construction Specifications Institute, June 23, 2000
  • Lecturer, Liability of the Environmental Contractor, Institute of Business Law, April 10, 1996
  • Lecturer, Defective Specifications, Meeting of The Construction Specifications Institute - Metropolitan New York Chapter, November, 1995
  • Lecturer, Ten Commandments of Competitive Bidding for Public Contracts, Essex County College, Saturday Seminars for Small and Minority Entrepreneurs, April 23, 1994
  • Lecturer, Ten Commandments of Competitive Bidding for Public Contracts, Department of Environmental Protection and Energy, Minority and Women Owned Businesses, May 7, 1993
  • Lecturer, Asserting and Defending Construction Claims, Associated Builders and Contractors, October 17, 1991

Miscellaneous

  • November 12, 1998, Testimony Before The New Jersey Assembly Appropriations Committee Regarding Assembly Bill A30 (reform of local procurement laws)
  • March 12, 1998, Testimony Before The New Jersey Senate Community Affairs Committee Regarding Joint Resolution SJR13 (establishing commission to study local procurement reform)
 
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