James E. Frankel and Eugene R. Scheiman, who become practice Co-Chairs, and Mary Jane Augustine, Andrew Ross, Mark A. Bloom and Robert S. Bernstein were with the New York office of Buchanan Ingersoll PC.
"We are pleased to welcome this outstanding group of highly experienced lawyers to our growing New York office and existing firmwide construction practice," said Drew Berry, chairman of McCarter & English.
"Their projects are household names," said Lois M. Van Deusen, managing partner of McCarter & English. "We and our clients will benefit from their unsurpassed expertise. Their arrival marks another important step in the firm's strategic growth plan."
The new partners' recent engagements include the Museum of Modern Art, World Trade Center litigation, and Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum.
James Frankel, partner and co-chair of the practice, is a multi-disciplinary leader in the national construction bar. He is the founder of the Construction Industry Practice Group. He serves as general counsel and board member of the NY/NJ Port Authority Regional Alliance and was general counsel to the New York City Chapter of the AIA for over a decade. Mr. Frankel also represented the State of California in litigation arising out of infrastructure projects, and handled development work throughout the Middle East.
Eugene R. Scheiman, partner and co-chair of the practice, has 30 years of litigation experience in many areas of general commercial and white-collar criminal law in addition to his principal focus on the law of the design and construction industry. Listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law, Mr. Scheiman recently was appointed by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals as pro bono counsel to the Court with respect to access to District Court records. He acts as lead counsel for a governmental unit in connection with litigation arising from the collapse of a World Trade Center building, and also acts as General Counsel to a major franchising company.
Mary Jane Augustine, partner, is a transactional lawyer who is also experienced in construction industry intellectual property protection and licensing.
Robert S. Bernstein, partner, is a litigator who also provides general legal counsel on a wide range of construction-related issues and disputes.
Mark A. Bloom, partner, focuses on the resolution of complex design and construction-related disputes involving commercial and government projects.
Andrew Ross, partner, provides transactional, regulatory, and corporate services to owners, developers, architects, engineers, project managers, construction managers, and contractors.
"With the upturn in large, complex, funded projects, this is an exciting time for construction lawyers," said Mr. Frankel. "We look forward to working with the McCarter & English team to serve existing and new clients working in all aspects of the construction industry."
"The disputes that arise from these projects are also more complex and the damage claims more significant than ever before," said Mr. Scheiman. "McCarter's resources and culture are oriented to winning bet-the-company litigation, so we feel very comfortable here."
McCarter & English's Construction Industry Practice Group counsels owners, developers, architects and engineers, contractors, construction managers, project managers, major vendors, manufacturers and end-users in the private and public sectors, both domestically and internationally. Their work includes construction litigation, alternate dispute resolution, contract drafting and negotiation, mergers and acquisitions, troubled projects and business advisory services. Members of the group also concentrate on commercial litigation and franchising matters including compliance and contract negotiations.
Established 160 years ago, McCarter & English has offices in seven cities along the Northeast Corridor: Hartford; Stamford, CT; New York; Newark, NJ; Philadelphia; Wilmington, DE; and Baltimore. Its 350-plus attorneys represent Fortune 500 and mid-cap companies in their national, regional and local litigation and on important transactions.