Adam J. Paterno is a New York construction law attorney who frequently represents owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, construction managers and design professionals in contract drafting and negotiations. In particular, Mr. Paterno has significant experience representing large academic, medical and commercial institutions on a wide array of public and private projects. He has spoken on various topics in construction law and given continuing education seminars to architects and engineers.
Mr. Paterno routinely drafts architecture and engineering, construction management, system commissioning, equipment purchase, license and access agreements and contracts addressing the general operation and functioning of major facilities. Recently, he assisted a large New York-based medical center in the drafting and negotiation of a wide range of critical agreements that were needed in the wake of a $1 billion loss the institution suffered after Superstorm Sandy. Currently, he is actively involved in drafting and negotiating agreements required for the redevelopment of Penn Station in New York City, analyzing potential errors and omissions claims in connection with the East Side Access project at Grand Central Terminal and assisting a major medical facility in its ongoing redevelopment and expansion efforts throughout the New York metropolitan area.
Prior to and during law school, Mr. Paterno worked in radio, television and publishing, holding positions at several major media corporations. During such time, he had the opportunity to work with many notable individuals, including White House Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Deaver, White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and University of Chicago Economist Steven D. Levitt.
While in law school, Mr. Paterno interned for the Hon. Julianne S. Eisman of the Nassau County Family Court and in the legal division of Bloomberg L.P. Mr. Paterno was a member of the Hofstra Moot Court Association, a finalist in the Nassau Academy of Law Moot Court Competition, awarded Best Direct Examination in the 2006 American Trial Lawyers Association Intra-School Trial Competition and achieved the highest grade in his Litigation and Drafting Skills course.
Mr. Paterno completed the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Trial Skills program and served as an evaluator for the American Bar Association's Student Trial Advocacy program at Fordham Law School. He is authorized by the New York State Court System to serve as a volunteer mediator, and maintains New York State property and casualty insurance and real estate broker licenses. Mr. Paterno recently served as co-chair of Holland & Knight's first small and emerging business networking event for its New York office and currently chairs the Summer Associate program for the New York office.
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