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Mr. Hecht has successfully tried civil and criminal cases to verdict and award and argued appeals in a wide range of venues. He has represented clients in construction, complex commercial, products liability, employment, personal injury and criminal cases.

Community & Pro Bono

  • Town of Mamaroneck Fire Department, firefighter (Ret.), honorary chief, and department counsel
  • Town of Mamaroneck, Board of Ethics, member

Education

  • New York Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1979
  • University of Wisconsin, B.A., with distinction, 1976

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1980

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Claims Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional Affiliations

  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Member

Other Distinctions

  • Ranked by Chambers USA – America’s Leading Business Lawyers Guide for construction law, 2012-2018
  • Rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • New York Law School Law Review, notes, and comment editor
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Construction Law and Litigation-Construction, 2017-2019
  • Noted as a “New York Super Lawyer,” 2014-2018

Representative Matters

  • Tried case before a federal jury, obtaining a multimillion-dollar verdict, representing construction demolition firm in breach of contract action against national construction management company, concerning tower office building damaged on 9/11.
  • Tried case before a federal jury, representing hospital in action against a manufacturer of defective heating and air conditioning system, obtaining $1.7 million judgment.
  • Represented ground transportation companies in putative class action, winning judgment dismissing federal and state labor law claims.
  • Represented surety against material supplier’s claim under construction payment bond, obtaining defense verdict in state court jury trial concerning the construction of a municipal cruise ship terminal.
  • Represented plaintiff curtain wall contractor, obtaining multimillion-dollar judgment against well-known developer; in an unprecedented appellate ruling, the court increased statutory interest to twelve percent per annum.
  • Won defense verdict representing municipality in a state court jury trial in a suit brought by general contractor for the renovation of a city hospital.
  • Represented surety at trial in state court against steel fabricator’s claim in action arising from the repair of bridges on Interstate Highway 95, resulting in no liability for client.
  • Co-tried landmark case concerning enforcement of “no-damage for delay” provisions in construction contracts.
  • Represented national restaurant chain before federal jury, winning defense verdict in premises liability action.
  • Represented defendant entrepreneur in state jury trial, achieving defense verdict against claims arising from the development of co-generation energy projects.
  • Represented estate in wrongful death action, resulting in multimillion dollar settlement in case concerning fire in high rise residential building.
  • Negotiated high profile public works contracts in connection with the Mario Cuomo Bridge and Kosciuszko Bridge projects.
  • Won acquittals in criminal trials and related proceedings.
  • Successfully argued many appeals in federal and state court.