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David Abramovitz


David Abramovitz is a counsel in Tannenbaum Helpern's Real Estate, Construction and Environmental Law Practice. David brings more than 20 years of experience counseling owners, developers, design professionals and contractors in construction risk management, litigation and contract negotiations for intricate construction projects, and has represented some of the most prestigious and forward-thinking firms in the industry before trial and appellate courts and in mediation and arbitration tribunals throughout the United States. David also advises clients on real estate related matters such as operating and partnership agreements, purchase and sale agreements, financing and commercial leases, and counsels condominium and cooperative boards. He has written and lectured frequently before industry groups and in continuing legal education courses on issues relevant to the development, design and construction industries. David is a graduate of Yale University and the Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to joining Tannenbaum Helpern, David was with Zetlin & De Chiara LLP.

Significant Matters

  • Successfully defending a construction project developer against efforts by project subcontractor to treat proceeds of acquisition loans as trust funds under New York Lien Law.
  • Securing dismissal of claims against multiple design professionals in litigation arising from collapse of office tower as a result of terrorist attacks.
  • Successfully securing summary judgment exonerating architect of any responsibility with respect to multi-million dollar claims by board of luxury condominium
  • Defending architect in complex, multi-year litigation involving claims of negligent design and resulting delays in connection with design of an educational institution.
  • Successfully defending designer of iconic residential tower against claim that design was misappropriated
  • Securing dismissal of claims against structural engineer in multi-party litigation involving claims of defective design of residential condominium.
  • New York Slow to Embrace The ‘Design-Build’ System | This article was first published in New York Law Journal | August 10, 2016
  • IPD Contracts: Ready for Prime Time, Architectural Record, Oct. 2010
  • Privity Gets a High Profile Endorsement, New York Construction, May 2006
  • Speaker, Alternative Project Delivery Systems: A Primer, AIA New York State Convention, 2012
  • Panelist, BIM and Contract Administration: Building the Connection between Design and Construction, AIA National Convention, 2012
  • Speaker, Understanding and Negotiating Critical Design Contract Provisions, Webinar, 2011
  • Speaker, Conceptual Legal Analysis of an IPD Revolution and BIM Technology, Webinar, 2010
  • Speaker, Design for the 21st Century: The AIA Forms of Owner-Architect Agreements, Webinar, 2009
  • Speaker, The Contractual Liability Issues of BIM and IPD, Webinar, 2009
  • Speaker, Out with the Old, In with the New – Legal Implications of Contract Provisions, AIA New York State Convention, 2009
  • Panel Member, The Procurement Lobbying Law and Compliance Obligations for Architects and Contractors, Joint Meeting of AIA New York State and Associated General Contractors of New York, 2006
  • Speakers, Contracts as Risk Management Tools, AIA-ACEC/NY Special Advisory Committees, 2006

Areas of Focus:

  • Construction law
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Risk Management
  • Real Estate
  • Commercial Leasing



  • Yale University, BA in Political Science and International Relations

Law School:

  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD

Prior Affiliations:

  • Zetlin & De Chiara LLP
  • Ganfer & Shore LLP
  • Deutsch & Spring



  • American Bar Association
  • American Institute of Architects
  • New York City Bar Association

Bar Admission:

  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

Award Recognitions:

  • Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
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