David J. Pfeffer

Partner and Chair of Construction Group

P 212.216.8075    F 212.216.8001
1350 Broadway
New York, NY 10018

 

David J. Pfeffer

Partner and Chair of Construction Group

P 212.216.8075    F 212.216.8001   dpfeffer@tarterkrinsky.com

David J. Pfeffer is a partner, chair of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s Construction Practice, and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Mr. Pfeffer serves as a business partner to his clients – including real estate owners and developers, educational institutions, high-net-worth individuals, healthcare organizations, and cultural centers – and advises on all aspects of their construction, development, real estate, and business needs. His work has helped reshape skylines through some of the most significant construction and development projects in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Long Island City.

Mr. Pfeffer leverages his keen insight into the business climate to provide clients with sophisticated guidance in order to mitigate risks and manage their complex issues. Combining his understanding of business-focused solutions with a legal perspective, Mr. Pfeffer focuses his practice on project delivery strategies and the preparation and negotiation of design, construction, and related contracts for private and public real estate development projects. He handles matters such as contract preparation, development, continuing operation, leasing and dispute resolution, and also maintains an active practice in business negotiation.

David is a frequent speaker, published author, and quoted source who has been featured in Law360, The Real DealCrain’s New York BusinessThe New York Post, and Real Estate Weekly, among others. He has been ranked in Chambers as a leading construction lawyer in New York (2006–2022) and recognized as a 2020 New York Trailblazer by the New York Law Journal.  Mr. Pfeffer serves on various boards including John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

David J Pfeffer

Community Involvement
  • Past Board Member and Chair of Legal Committee at Pine Hollow Country Club
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, Hofstra Law Review
Admissions
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Awards and Honors
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2023
  • Chambers and Partners, leading construction lawyer in New York, 2006–2022
  • New York Super Lawyers, Construction Litigation, 2016-2022
  • New York Law Journal, Trailblazers, 2020
  • National Law Journal, Construction Law Trailblazer, 2022
Community Involvement
  • Past Board Member and Chair of Legal Committee at Pine Hollow Country Club
Memberships
  • Board Member, John Jay College of Criminal Justice Aux Corporation
Articles
  • The Conundrum With Short-Term Rentals in NYC
  • Deregulation of Rent-Stabilized Units: Protecting your real estate asset following the ruling in Roberts v. Tishman Speyer
  • The Construction Contract: Lump Sum v. Cost Plus
  • Foreign Investments Help Fund Commercial Development, Fall 2010
  • Foreign Investments Help Fund Commercial Development
  • Next Steps and Defenses Following ‘Roberts’ Decision
  • The TKD Construction Advisor - Avoiding and Documenting Construction Claims
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.  

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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, Hofstra Law Review
Admissions
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Awards and Honors
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2023
  • Chambers and Partners, leading construction lawyer in New York, 2006–2022
  • New York Super Lawyers, Construction Litigation, 2016-2022
  • New York Law Journal, Trailblazers, 2020
  • National Law Journal, Construction Law Trailblazer, 2022
Memberships
  • Board Member, John Jay College of Criminal Justice Aux Corporation
Articles
  • The Conundrum With Short-Term Rentals in NYC
  • Deregulation of Rent-Stabilized Units: Protecting your real estate asset following the ruling in Roberts v. Tishman Speyer
  • The Construction Contract: Lump Sum v. Cost Plus
  • Foreign Investments Help Fund Commercial Development, Fall 2010
  • Foreign Investments Help Fund Commercial Development
  • Next Steps and Defenses Following ‘Roberts’ Decision
  • The TKD Construction Advisor - Avoiding and Documenting Construction Claims
Speaking Engagements
  • Anchin Construction & Development Forum
  • Bisnow Brooklyn State of the Market Event

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