Overview

Jamie focuses his practice on providing innovative front-end project structuring, transactional documentation, and contentious dispute resolution to the owner, architect, engineering, and construction communities. With his multidisciplinary background, extensive experience, and strong belief in realistic, resolution-oriented approaches to problem solving, Jamie provides sound and creative business strategies and solutions that meet the needs of his clients within the built environment. Jamie’s clients also benefit from his intermediary and business advisory services, including mergers and acquisitions.

Jamie’s 25 years of special focus on building enclosures is reflected in his creation of Schiff Hardin’s Curtain Wall Risk Management Program (CWRM), which was launched in 2014 to address the risks associated with innovative, high-performance façade systems.

Jamie continues to work in select areas of renewable energy projects, including the representation of the developer of the largest battery storage facility on the east coast, which is to be located in Manhattan, at 1 MW.

Jamie has been representing buyers and sellers of New York State Grandfathered Architectural and Grandfathered Engineering Corporations for 25 years. During that time he sourced both buyers and sellers having completed more than 20 such transactions.

The “Business of Law” section of the Financial Times’ “Innovative Lawyers” commended Jamie for his innovative use of “tools to resolve financing deadlocks in construction projects.” The Legal 500 praised Jamie for his “in-depth knowledge,” stating that he is “more than a lawyer, he is a trusted adviser.”

Previous Experience

Before joining Schiff Hardin, Jamie was the founder of the Construction Industry Practice Group at a national law firm. For three years prior to entering private law practice, he served as an assistant attorney general for the State of New York. In that capacity, as a member of the Claims and Litigation Bureau, he defended state agencies engaged in developing highways, buildings, and other infrastructure programs. Jamie also served as the General Counsel of AIA-New York for 14 years.

  • Experience

    Jamie’s long-term practice within the built environment has served owner, architect, engineering and construction clients. His experience prior to joining Schiff Hardin, Jamie:

    • Developed the Transportation Infrastructure Practice, which has worked on such projects as the New York City Transit Authority’s Subway System as well as Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport, as well as the finance, design, build and own of rail facilities in the Middle East.
    • Developed the Failure and Collapse Program, which has worked on failure and collapse matters including the Schoharie Bridge collapse on the New York State Thruway, the John Hancock building in Boston, and currently on the collapse of the 7 World Trade Center building in New York City.
    • Participated in projects such as New York’s Grand Central Station, the Museum of Modern Art, Radio City Music Hall, the Miami International Airport, and Miami’s American Airlines Arena, as well as on other major international facilities. Jamie has also assisted clients in the export of American construction and design work on projects in Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.
    • Led his team in negotiating and drafting the construction-related agreements, in behalf of the New York Yankees on their new stadium.
    • Created the Project Finance Program, which is designed to provide financing alternatives for social infrastructure projects such as hospitals and educational facilities to support host organizations as well as the architect, engineering and construction community.
  • Credentials

    Education

    • Albany Law School, J.D., 1973
    • Ohio University, B.B.A., 1968

    Bar Admissions

    • New York
      • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

          Professional Memberships

          • Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Ohio University, Construction Engineering Management Advisory Board
        • Insights

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          News Release

          Schiff Hardin Attorneys Named 2017 New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

          Thirteen Schiff Hardin attorneys have been named 2017 New York Metro Super Lawyers and two have been named Rising Stars.

          News Release

          Fourteen Schiff Hardin Lawyers Named to 2016 New York Metro Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Lists

          The Super Lawyers selection methodology includes a statewide nomination process, peer review by practice area, and independent research on candidates.

          News Release

          25 Schiff Hardin Attorneys, 7 Practice Areas Ranked by Chambers USA 2016

          Twenty-five Schiff Hardin attorneys and seven practice areas received leading rankings in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

          News Release

          16 Schiff Hardin Lawyers Named to 2015 New York Metro Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Lists

          Three Schiff Hardin attorneys were also recognized in New York Women’s Edition—Rising Stars.

          Speeches & Presentations

          Jamie has lectured on the topic of Avoiding Commoditization and the Competition within the Professional Services Industry throughout the country. He has also been a frequent speaker at the Construction Law SuperConference.

        • Citizenship

          Civic and Charitable Memberships

          • Salvadori Center, Board Member
          • Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, Board Member