Sayward Mazur

Senior Counsel

Sayward "Woody" Mazur is a preeminent construction advisor, litigator, transaction lawyer, arbitrator-mediator, and appellate lawyer who has counseled clients on virtually every aspect of public and private construction law for more than five decades. Recognized as a highly effective litigator, he is also a trusted advisor with a deep commitment to achieving practical, business-sense outcomes for his clients. He is a frequently chosen dispute resolver and has arbitrated and mediated scores of construction disputes across many industries.

Woody brings unique combination of scholarship, vast experience, a strong sense of fairness, and good judgment to bear on the complex issues that beset both transactions negotiations and disputes on large construction projects.

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Prosecuted to a $10,000,000 award and dismissal of $3,000,000 counterclaims an arbitration between a mechanical contractor and an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor (2018)
  • Represented a bonded concrete contractor who withdrew from the construction of a prominent building in New York (2014)
  • Negotiated the release of client and co-guarantors’ indemnity obligations to the sureties under a general indemnity agreement (2014)
  • Counseled a client on alleged violations of Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) statutory and contract provisions (2007)
  • Successfully represented a major electrical contractor engaged in a multi-station transit system communications and security upgrade project in an arbitration, resulting in an award of approximately $12 million and the defeat of $19 million in counterclaims (2012)
  • Defended an educational institution and its construction manager, resulting in the dismissal of multi-million-dollar claims for delays and extra work by a trade contractor, and favorable settlement of claims by several others (2004)
  • Favorably resolved a $17 million claim by a mechanical subcontractor against the general contractor on a major power plant, a $5 million sub-subcontractor claim against the mechanical subcontractor, and a $1.2 million claim against it by sub-subcontractor (2010)
  • Prosecuted a breach of lease case on behalf of an owner against a major tenant (750,000 SF of prime Manhattan real estate), centered on tenant build out violations (2000)
  • Prosecuted the multi-million-dollar judgment of a claim for damage to adjacent property by reason of unlawful and inadequate protection during excavation for a new structure (2007)

Insights

Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. Brooklyn Law School 1964
  • B.A. Long Island University 1961

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, Construction Industry Arbitration Panel, American Arbitration Association
  • Member, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, American Bar Association
  • Former associate member, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Former associate member, New York State Chapter, Associated General Contractors of America
  • Member, New York Bar Foundation
  • Member, New York Building Congress
  • Member, former chairman, Construction Law Committee, New York County Lawyers' Association
  • Member, Judiciary Committee, New York County Lawyers’ Association
  • Member, Committee on Construction Law, Real Estate Section, New York State Bar Association

Recognition
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  • Best Lawyers in America, 2014, 2016 – 2021
  • Chambers & Partners, Construction, New York, 2014 – 2020
  • Super Lawyers, New York Metro, 2014 – 2015, 2017 – 2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell, Peer Reviewed AV® Preeminent, 1981 – 2020
    • Preeminent, 2010 – 2020

Community
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Pro Bono

  • Member, board of directors, 180 West End Avenue Owners Corp and 180 West End Avenue Condominium Corp., 2003 – 2020
  • Member, Fleet’s Neck Association, Cutchogue, NY, 1995 – 2020
  • Member, Knickerbocker Yacht Club, 1983 – 1995