Stephen Reisman is Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Peckar & Abramson and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. Mr. Reisman’s primary area of practice is Construction Law and he is certified by the Florida Bar as a Construction Law Specialist. His practice includes the representation of general contractors, construction managers, and other construction professionals in the negotiation and preparation of construction documents, as well as in the negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation of claims involving construction contracts, construction and design defects, insurance, surety bonds, and related matters. Mr. Reisman also assists with project administration on construction projects to identify and achieve early resolution of potential conflicts and disputes.
Mr. Reisman has represented clients in all aspects of the procurement process for both public and private construction projects, including airports, seaports, state and federal courthouses, prisons, roads, bridges, hotels, retail centers, mixed-use facilities, hospitals, condominiums and high-rise residential rental projects. He has litigated and arbitrated cases involving building cladding systems, roofing, foundations, concrete construction (reinforced, pre-stressed, post-tensioned), drywall assemblies, masonry construction, stucco systems, EIFS systems, piping (metal, PVC, CPVC), fire protection and many other building systems and components. He has also litigated and arbitrated delay and impact claims, and presented requests for equitable adjustment on public works.
As an active member of the American Arbitration Association® Panel of Construction Arbitrators, Mr. Reisman has served as Arbitrator in many domestic and international construction disputes, and has also facilitated the resolution of numerous construction and commercial disputes in the role of Mediator.
Mr. Reisman is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, and all courts of the State of Florida.
Mr. Reisman is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® and since 2003 was included in the publication of Chambers USA among the highest ranked construction lawyers in Florida. He was also selected for inclusion in publications such as Best Lawyers in America® (chosen 2012, 2014 and 2016 – 2019 Lawyer of the Year in Miami for Construction Law), The International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers, The Legal 500: United States, and Florida Super Lawyers®. Mr. Reisman previously served on the Construction Advisory Council of the American Arbitration Association.
Mr. Reisman is a fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers and is a member of the American Bar Association (Forum on Construction Law, Litigation Section and Law Practice Division), the Florida Bar (Litigation, Business Law and Real Property Sections), the Construction Association of South Florida, the Associated General Contractors of America and the University of Miami School of Architecture – Masters of Construction Management Program Advisory Board.
Mr. Reisman serves on the faculty of the University of Miami as an adjunct instructor and lecturer on construction law in the Masters of Construction Management program for post-graduate and executive Masters students in the School of Architecture. He was an author and speaker for the program presented at the 2014 Fall Meeting of the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law “Bulldozers, Cranes and Claims – Challenges of Rebuilding the Construction Industry” and is the Co-Editor of “Construction Defects” published in April 2012 by the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law. He was an instructor for the Florida Bar’s Construction Law Certification Course and has also authored numerous articles and conducted seminars on various Construction law topics for the Florida Bar, National Business Institute, Construction Specifications Institute, Construction Association of South Florida, Southeast Construction, and Lorman Education Services. Mr. Reisman is a graduate of Emory University and the University of Miami School of Law.