Overview

Sayward “Woody” Mazur is a construction adviser, litigator, transaction lawyer, arbitrator-mediator and appellate lawyer with more than four decades of experience providing counsel in virtually every aspect of private and public construction law. He has a proven track record of acquiring desirable results for his clients, and is an eminent mediator and arbitrator.

Still youthfully vigorous in his fiftieth year at the bar, Woody’s easygoing demeanor and dry humor may belie his deep commitment to achieving the best outcome for his clients, who greatly appreciate his practicality, knowledge, and wisdom. A client comments, “Working with Woody is like sipping 18-year-old Scotch.”

Woody co-founded New York law firm Mazur Carp & Rubin in 1980 and led the firm’s Construction Law practice. In July 2013, Mazur Carp & Rubin combined with Schiff Hardin.

A Champion of Diversity and Innovation

Along with other Schiff Hardin attorneys, Woody is currently developing a series of training programs for members of the construction industry focusing on compliance with state and federal Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women Business Enterprise (WBE) policy. He notes that Schiff Hardin’s construction law knowhow and reputation, coupled with its long-term, heartfelt commitment to diversity, makes the firm a powerful advocate both for the industry and its clients in these areas.

  • Experience

    • Prosecuting an arbitration between a mechanical contractor and an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor.
    • Representing a concrete contractor in connection with its withdrawal from the construction of a prominent building in New York. Negotiating a release of the client’s and its co-guarantors’ indemnity obligations to the sureties under a general indemnity agreement.
    • Working with attorneys in Schiff Hardin’s White Collar Crime and Corporate Compliance Group, counseling a client in a matter involving alleged violations of Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) statutory and contract provisions.
    • Representation of a major electrical contractor engaged in a multi-station transit system communications and security upgrade project in an arbitration. Resulted in an award of approximately $12 million and defeat of $19 million in counterclaims.
    • Defense of an educational institution and its construction manager resulting in dismissal of multimillion dollar claims for delays and extra work by a trade contractor, and favorable settlement of claims by several others.
    • Favorable resolution of a $17 million claim by a mechanical subcontractor against the general contractor on a major power plant, a $5 million sub-subcontractor claim against the mechanical subcontractor, and a $1.2 million claim against it by another sub-subcontractor.
    • Prosecution of a breach of lease case on behalf of a major owner against a major tenant based upon tenant build out violations of the building’s rules and regulations.
    • Prosecution to a multimillion-dollar judgment of a claim for damage to adjacent property by reason of unlawful and inadequate protection during excavation for a new structure.
  • Credentials

    Education

    • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1964
    • Long Island University, B.A., 1961

    Bar Admissions

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

        Professional Memberships

        • American Arbitration Association, Construction Industry Arbitration Panel
        • American Bar Association, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
        • American Society of Civil Engineers, Associate Member
        • Associated General Contractors of America, New York State Chapter, Associate Member
        • New York Bar Foundation
        • New York Building Congress
        • New York County Lawyers' Association, Construction Law Committee
        • New York State Bar Association, Real Estate Section, Committee on Construction Law
      • Insights

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        News Release

        Schiff Attorneys Named to 2019 New York Metro Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Lists

        Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that nine lawyers have been recognized on the 2019 New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

        News Release

        2020 Best Lawyers in America Lists Recognizes 63 Attorneys, Three “Lawyers of the Year”

        Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that 63 attorneys have been included in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, with three attorneys also being named a “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of practice.

        News Release

        Chambers USA 2019 Ranks 23 Attorneys, Four Practice Areas

        Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that four practice areas and 23 attorneys have been recognized in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA, a leading legal industry ranking.

        News Release

        Thirteen Attorneys Named New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

        Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that 11 attorneys have been recognized on the 2018 New York Metro Super Lawyers list and two have been named Rising Stars.

        News Release

        61 Schiff Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers in America List and Six Recognized as “Lawyer of the Year”

        Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that 61 attorneys have been included in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, as well as six who were named a “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of practice.

        News Release

        Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes Four Practice Areas and 22 Attorneys

        Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that four practice areas and 22 attorneys have been recognized in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA, a leading legal industry ranking.

        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

        Schiff Hardin Lawyers Named to 2018 The Best Lawyers in America

        Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that five attorneys have been named a “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.

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        Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes 20 Schiff Hardin Attorneys and 4 Practice Areas

        Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that 20 attorneys and four practice areas were recognized in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA, a leading legal industry ranking.

        Other Publications

        • "Construction Dispute Resolution," (co-author) Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts, Fourth Ed., Chapter 121 (2015)
        • "Construction Litigation," (co-author) Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts, Third Ed., Chapter 104 (2010)
        • "Construction Litigation," (co-author) Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts, Second Ed., Chapter 86 (2005)
        • "Construction Litigation," (co-author) Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts, First Ed., Chapter 65 (1995)
        • "Construction Contract Breaches and Disputes," Federal Publications, Inc. (1977-1980)
        • "Construction Cases," in Using Experts in Civil Cases," Practising Law Institute (1977)

        Speeches & Presentations

        Woody has made numerous presentations at programs and seminars around the country.

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      Rubin, Mazur write construction chapter in seminal NY treatise

      Schiff Hardin partners Sayward "Woody" Mazur and Gary L. Rubin have again authored "Construction Dispute Resolution" in the fourth edition of Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts. Published since the treatise's first edition in 1995, their chapter has become a definitive construction law guide for New York attorneys and judges alike. MORE