The attorneys at Adams Bell Adams have been regularly litigating civil disputes in state and federal courts since the early 1980s. Much of our litigation experience has involved construction disputes, but we also have significant experience handling general business disputes, claims of design and accounting malpractice, disputed property tax assessments and claimed mismanagement of fiduciary accounts.
The firm's litigation experience is not limited to the trial courts. Our attorneys also regularly practice before state and federal appeals courts, government administrative tribunals, arbitrators, and mediators.
At Adams Bell Adams, we recognize that litigation is a means to an end - achieving a satisfactory disposition of a client's dispute. Accordingly, we strive to combine aggressiveness and creativity with efficiency and pragmatism to achieve the best net result for each client we represent. Our adversaries know that we are ready and willing to take your case to trial, but at the same time, we remain alert for opportunities to achieve your goals through a favorable settlement. The following reported cases offer samples of our attorney's courtroom work:
- Stevens v.Allied Builders, Inc, 84 AD3d 1758 (2011), Upholding bond amount as security in a shareholder dispute
- Crane Hogan Structural Systems Inc. ESLS Development LLC, 77 AD3d 1302 (2010), Upholding contractor's entitlement to extra work based upon unit pricing in the contract.
- LVI Environmental Services v. New York State Urban Development Corp., 67 AD3d 1456 (2009) upholding denial of a bid challenge based upon experience qualifications
- LeChase Data/Telecom Services, LLC v. Goebert, 6 NY3d 281 (2006), establishing lender liability to unpaid subcontractors under the New York Lien Law.
- Matter of FMC v. Unmack, 92 NY2d 179 (1998), reestablishing the proper burden of proof in property tax assessment cases.
- General Building Contractors v. Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, 88 N.Y.2d 56 (1996), limiting a state agency's ability to impose union-only project labor agreements in public work.
- North Central Mechanical, Inc. v. Hunt Const. Group, Inc., 45 AD3d 1424 (2007), compelling payment under a construction contract despite a pay-when-paid clause.
- Visionaire Lighting, LLC v. O'Connell Electric, 43 AD3d 1418 (2007), establishing a contractor's defense to payment claim by owner-designated vendor.
- CNP Mechanical, Inc. v. Agnello, 31 AD3d 925 (2006), releasing contractor from liability for interest in prevailing wage case (after DOL wage claims reduced from $750,000 to $40,000).
- Hall v. Town of Irondequoit, 11 AD2d 892 (2004), upholding partial real revaluation against legal challenge.
- Niederhofer v. Linder, 6 AD3d 1218 (2004), upholding attorney disapproval of real estate contract.
- Sicoli and Masssaro, Inc. v. Grand Island Central School District, 309 AD3d 1229 (2003), clarifying the permissible use of bid alternates in municipal bid solicitations.
- Williams v. Fisher, 277 AD2d 893 (2000), confirming and enlarging developer's award for accounting malpractice.
- King v. Monroe County, 255 AD2d 1003 (1998), upholding county's environmental review of a building project.
- Friends of Keuka Lake v. DeMay, 206 AD2d (1994), re-opening a court-approved development agreement when neighboring landowners were not consulted.
- Xerox Corp. v. Town of Webster, 204 AD2d 990 (1994), confirming availability of Federal Civil Rights Act to an industrial taxpayer in a property tax dispute.
- In re Burgholzer, 370 B.R. 58 (2007), establishing non-dischargeability of a debt for breach of construction trust fund law.
- Operating Engineers v. Crane-Hogan Structural Systems, 2007 WL 137106 (W.ND.N.Y. 2007), defeating a union's claim for attorneys fees in arbitration.
- McSpadden v. Caron, 2004 WL 2108394 (W.D.N.Y. 2004), involving a dispute over internet domain names.