A Chat with Jeffrey Yick, NYC Construction Attorney
Whether as a client, architect, or builder, it’s important to have a construction attorney on your team when taking on a major remodeling or renovation. In my own experience, the relatively small percentage of a project’s cost spent in attorney’s fees has proved invaluable in exchange for an attorney knowledgable with the risks and restrictions specific to New York City construction.
A mutual industry friend recently introduced me to Jeffrey Yick, partner at construction law firm Tuttle Yick LLP, and I thought it would be a great opportunity to have a virtual chat with him and discuss his legal expertise in New York City.
A Chat with Jeffrey Yick, Construction Attorney
Jeffrey what is the specialty of your law firm?
We represent individual and institutional owners, developers, REITS, condominium and cooperative boards, contractors, and design professionals in real estate acquisitions and development. The firm was founded in June 1, 2013.
What is your role at Tuttle Yick?
I am general counsel to owners, developers, contractors, and design professionals. My experience ranges from large-scale private commercial developments to individual residential renovations and covers all aspects of construction, including preparation and negotiation of construction contracts, licensing, risk management, project management, and dispute resolution.
What is your background for this kind of work?
I graduated from the George Washington University Law School in 2002 and earned my B.A. from Skidmore University, cum laude, in 1999. In 2013 and 2014, I was selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Construction Litigation in the New York Metro Area. I also have a Martindale Hubble preeminent AV Rating and was selected as a Top Rated Lawyer in Construction Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell.
Of all the legal practices, what led you to cover all aspects of construction?
The first law firm that I worked for had Bovis Lend Lease as its biggest client. Prior to then, I had not had any experience in the construction field. I was inspired by the development process and being a part of the creation of the landscape that we live in. After working for that firm, I moved to another firm that specialized in representing design professionals. This was even more inspiring to be working with the people who design the projects. We represented some of the largest and most influential architectural firms, including Richard Meier, Skidmore Owings and Merrill and Kohn Pedersen Fox. After practicing construction law with other firms for over 10 years, I decided to go out on my own with a partner in June 2013.
You partnered with Alexander Tuttle?
Yes, we were colleagues in law school, co-workers at a preeminent New York construction law firm, and now business partners. He and I are committed to thinking creatively and working collaboratively with our clients to reach their desired outcome.
What specific part of your business are you most passionate about?
One of the most gratifying aspects of my business is being a part of successful projects, whether it is preparing the contracts for the project to promote collaboration, consulting during projects, or assisting in the resolution of disputes amicably and without litigation when possible.
Another gratifying part of my business is being involved in the success of our clients’ businesses and their growth development. We facilitate our clients’ growth and expansion of their practices by advising on legal issues relating to corporate structure, employment issues, compliance with local laws, etc.
Have you authored any publications?
Yes. Here are a few examples:
- No duty to mitigate damages for residential landlords in NYC, Real Estate Weekly, June 2014
- Court rejects economic loss rule in condo development case, Real Estate Weekly, April 2013
- New York Invests in Design-Build, AIA Brooklyn Chapter Pylon Newsletter, April 2012
For more information, contact Jeffrey Yick at (212) 369-6236
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About the Editor:
RJ Diaz is a renovation and remodeling construction management executive in New York City. RJ is passionate about high quality, well-crafted construction and started RenovatingNYC in 2010 to share news and information specific to the industry as well as profile the best resources essential for a project’s success. For advice about your own renovation or remodeling plans, preliminary cost estimates and project opportunities, please contact RJ using the form below.