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Mr. Hecht, Managing Partner of the New York office, 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-present
  • 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, 2017-2021
  • Noted as a “New York Super Lawyer,” 2014-2020

Representative Matters

  • Tried case before a federal jury, obtaining multimillion-dollar verdict, representing construction demolition firm in breach of contract action against national construction management company, concerning New York City tower office building.
  • 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 contractor, involved in the wind and energy sector, in a patent infringement suit, winning permanent injunction and money damages. During the course of the case, obtained contempt finding and an award of sanction damages against defendants after evidentiary hearing for infringing patent in violation of an earlier successfully obtained preliminary injunction.
  • 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.