David J. Pfeffer

Partner, Chair of Construction Group

P 212.216.8075    F 212.216.8001
1350 Broadway
New York, NY 10018

 

David J. Pfeffer

Partner, Chair of Construction Group

P 212.216.8075    F 212.216.8001   dpfeffer@tarterkrinsky.com

David Pfeffer is a partner and chair of the Construction Practice Group at Tarter Krinsky & Drogin and a member of the firm's Executive Committee.

David works with clients in the commercial real estate and construction industry, and represents commercial, institutional and residential real estate owners, operators and developers. David is helping his clients reshape skylines through some of the most significant construction and development projects in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Long Island City.

As a business partner to his clients, David not only provides sound legal advice, but also has a keen understanding of the business climate. He handles matters such as contract preparation, development, continuing operation, leasing and dispute resolution, and also maintains an active practice in business negotiation. Providing business solutions from a legal perspective, David’s practice focuses on project delivery strategies and the preparation and negotiation of design, construction and related contracts for private and public real estate development projects.

In addition, David has litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States and before various alternative dispute resolution boards, gaining a solid reputation as a litigator who develops innovative solutions to complex disputes. He is widely experienced in prosecuting and defending construction and real estate related disputes such as:

  • design errors
  • mold and water infiltration claims
  • building failures
  • delays, acceleration and consequential damage claims
  • surety bond claims
  • insurance coverage disputes
  • lien and trust fund issues
  • bid protests and bid rigging
  • lease and ownership disputes
  • copyright claims
  • general contract matters

Representative Matters

  • Representing Nomura Securities/Nomura Holdings, Inc. in all aspects of the design and construction of its United States headquarters
  • Representing TEN Arquitectos/Enrique Norten in $300 million Clinton Park project
  • Represented Cayuga Capital Management LLC in all aspects of construction and real estate development for its properties in New York City including 44 Berry Street and the Steelworks Building
  • Represented the owner/developer in the redevelopment of Nitehawk Cinema, a mixed-use property in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
  • Advised Sleepy’s Inc. on construction and business issues and contract preparation for its new warehouses and 500,000+ square-foot office building

David is a frequent speaker, published author and quoted source who has been featured in Law360, The Real Deal, Crain’s New York Business, The New York Post, Real Estate Weekly, among others. He has been ranked in Chambers as a leading construction lawyer in New York (2006–2017).

Community Involvement
  • Past Board Member and Chair of Legal Committee at Pine Hollow Country Club
  • Board Member of John Jay College of Criminal Justice Auxiliary Services Corporation
Education
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice,  B.A., cum laude, 1993 in Legal Studies
  • Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, J.D., 1996, with honors
  • Editor of the Hofstra Law Review
Admissions
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Awards and Honors
  • Chambers and Partners, leading construction lawyer in NY (2006–2017)
Community Involvement
  • Past Board Member and Chair of Legal Committee at Pine Hollow Country Club
  • Board Member of John Jay College of Criminal Justice Auxiliary Services Corporation
Memberships
  • Faculty Member, Lorman Educational Services
  • Continuing Education Professor, Pratt University
Articles
Speaking Engagements
  • Anchin Construction & Development Forum
  • Bisnow Brooklyn State of the Market Event
  • Nitehawk Cinema

    Entrepreneur Matthew Viragh approached David Pfeffer, Chair of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s Construction Practice, for legal and business counsel relating to a new and unique cinema to be opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

  • apple seeds LLC

    apple seeds LLC is a growing organization that provides indoor playground facilities, classes, birthday parties and other activities. As an emerging and growing business, apple seeds needed a business-minded legal partner who understood the challenges of being a middle market business. They needed help building the company from the ground floor up, and providing a solid foundation for future growth.  

News

Events

  • Hold on to Your Hard Hats: Updates on Construction Site Safety in New York

    In New York City, construction of some sort is always moving forward and, as such, worksite injuries and fatalities unfortunately will occur. The Commercial Observer's "The State of Construction Safety" conference on May 4 brought together major players in the enforcement and construction community, including the Commissioner of the Department of Buildings (DOB) Rick Chandler, to discuss strategies for keeping workers safe through proper training and supervision, and for reducing the number of deaths and accidents on construction sites in New York City and throughout the state. In case you missed it, Construction partner Laurie Stanziale provides five important takeaways from the conference.

Education
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice,  B.A., cum laude, 1993 in Legal Studies
  • Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, J.D., 1996, with honors
  • Editor of the Hofstra Law Review
Admissions
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Awards and Honors
  • Chambers and Partners, leading construction lawyer in NY (2006–2017)
Memberships
  • Faculty Member, Lorman Educational Services
  • Continuing Education Professor, Pratt University
Articles
Speaking Engagements
  • Anchin Construction & Development Forum
  • Bisnow Brooklyn State of the Market Event