Sean T. Scuderi

Associate

P 212.216.8094
1350 Broadway
New York, NY 10018

 
P 212.216.8094   sscuderi@tarterkrinsky.com

Sean Scuderi is an associate in the Construction practice at Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP.

Sean approaches each legal dispute with a strong awareness of his client’s business, legal and personal goals to provide tailored legal advice and services. He represents institutional and individual owners, developers, architects, engineers, general contractors and construction managers in commercial, real estate and construction disputes, involving:

  • Construction and design defects
  • Delay claims
  • Professional liability
  • Breaches of contract
  • Negligence
  • Fraud
  • Property damage
  • Breaches of fiduciary duties
  • Employment and labor law
  • Mechanic’s liens
  • Adjacent construction issues

Sean also advises owners in adjacent construction disputes, which includes the negotiating and drafting of necessary license agreements.

Prior to joining Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP, Sean was an associate at Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti, LLP.

Representative Matters:

  • Represented solar energy development companies and succeeded on motion to dismiss breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference with prospective business relations, unjust enrichment and conspiracy claims for lack of personal jurisdiction, failure to state a cause of action and forum non conveniens
  • Succeeded on motion to dismiss professional liability claims asserted by a condominium board against a structural engineer for lack of contractual privity
  • Succeeded on motion for summary judgment dismissing all claims against structural engineering firm client in multimillion dollar action alleging various construction and design defects
  • Defended an architecture firm and structural engineer firm against design defect and professional liability claims in an adversary proceeding in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York and succeeded on motion to dismiss all claims on abstention grounds
  • Represented an architecture firm in breach of contract claims against a project owner and obtained a favorable settlement recovering unpaid architectural fees and dismissing professional liability counterclaims
  • Defended construction manager in claims relating to Labor Law §§ 200, 240(1), and 241(6) and succeeded on motion for summary judgment granting the client conditional indemnification from the thirdparty defendant subcontractors, leading to a favorable settlement of all claims
  • Defended architecture firm in negligence action seeking to recover for property and telecommunications equipment damage resulting from water infiltration and successfully obtained discontinuance of all claims
  • Represented an owner of a landmarked, historic brownstone building in an action against a neighboring property owner for breach of a license agreement, property damage, and private nuisance and obtained a favorable settlement at mediation
  • Represented a not-for-profit religious organization that was developing a meditation retreat center in claims against its former construction manager for delays, defective work, and breach of contract
  • Represented a real estate investment company in its fraud claims against a developer arising from the developer withholding significant latent defects during the sale of high-rise residential building. Assisted with successful respondent’s brief upholding dismissal of defendants’ motion to dismiss and obtained sanctions against the defendants for the spoliation of documentation, leading to a favorable settlement
Education
  • St. John’s University School of Law, cum laude, J.D. 2010
  • Executive Articles Editor of the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review
  • Clerskships/Internships
    • P. Kevin Castel, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
    • Stephen A. Bucaria, New York State Supreme Court, Nassau County, Commercial Division
    • Gregory Lasak, New York State Supreme Court, Queens County, Criminal Term
  • Boston College, with honors, B.A. 2007
Admissions
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
Memberships
  • New York City Bar Association, Construction Law Committee and Social Event & Networking Committee
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Center for Architecture Foundation, Young Patrons
Articles
  • Benefits and Pitfalls of Outsourcing Email Services, New York Law Journal (February 6, 2017)
Speaking Engagements
  • The Design Professional’s Guide to Avoiding Problems, Claims and Disputes, Presentation at the Center for Architecture (October 20, 2016)
  • Introduction to Scope of Services, Presentation at American Society of Civil Engineers Conference (October 12, 2013)

What I do when not practicing law:
When I am not working, I enjoy playing tennis and snowboarding

Favorite sport team:
NY Yankees and NY Knicks

News

  • Tarter Krinsky & Drogin Expands Construction Practice with Addition of Three Lawyers

    Tarter Krinsky & Drogin continues to strategically grow its practices to meet the growing needs of its clients. Michael E. Camporeale joined the firm as an associate in the Construction and Real Estate practices, and Tara McDevitt and Sean Scuderi joined the firm as associates in the Construction practice.

  • Tarter Krinsky & Drogin's Construction Practice Leads Cultural Revivals in Brooklyn and Queens

    Leaders in the Law recently featured two of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s recent high-profile construction matters in a recent article, "Tarter Krinsky’s Construction Practice Leads Cultural Revivals in Brooklyn and Queens.” The highlighted matters reinforce the firm’s focus on advising the development community behind the latest hotel, residential, retail and arts projects in cutting-edge New York City neighborhoods.

  • TKD Helps to Revitalize Flushing, Queens Neighborhood Through Construction Work on Landmark Theater

    TKD is proud to be a part of the transformation of the long abandoned RKO Keith Theater in Flushing, Queens. After shuttering its doors in 1984, the building, of which portions of its interior were designated as a landmark, has been through a series of owners, criminal activity, vandalism and general disrepair.

    Our client, Xin Development, which purchased the property in 2016, is carefully dismantling the landmarked interiors, which will be restored off site and reinstalled in the new building. The dilapidated eyesore will be replaced with a gleaming residential building, bringing new life and vitality to this block and the Flushing, Queens neighborhood.

  • Tarter Krinsky & Drogin Continues Growth in Key Practices With Addition of Two Associates

    TKD continues to grow with the addition of two associates to the firm.

Events

Education
  • St. John’s University School of Law, cum laude, J.D. 2010
  • Executive Articles Editor of the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review
  • Clerskships/Internships
    • P. Kevin Castel, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
    • Stephen A. Bucaria, New York State Supreme Court, Nassau County, Commercial Division
    • Gregory Lasak, New York State Supreme Court, Queens County, Criminal Term
  • Boston College, with honors, B.A. 2007
Admissions
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
Memberships
  • New York City Bar Association, Construction Law Committee and Social Event & Networking Committee
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Center for Architecture Foundation, Young Patrons
Articles
  • Benefits and Pitfalls of Outsourcing Email Services, New York Law Journal (February 6, 2017)
Speaking Engagements
  • The Design Professional’s Guide to Avoiding Problems, Claims and Disputes, Presentation at the Center for Architecture (October 20, 2016)
  • Introduction to Scope of Services, Presentation at American Society of Civil Engineers Conference (October 12, 2013)