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Theodore L. Hecht

Partner
T 212-973-8160
    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.

    AREAS OF EXPERIENCE

    • Tried case before 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 federal jury, representing hospital in action against manufacturer of defective heating and air conditioning system, obtaining $1.7 million judgment.
    • Represented ground transportation companies in putative class action, winning a judgment dismissing federal and state labor law claims.
    • Represented a 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 unprecedented appellate ruling, the court increased statutory interest to twelve percent per annum.
    • Won defense verdict representing municipality in state court jury trial in suit brought by general contractor for renovation of 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.
    • Won acquittals in criminal trials and related proceedings.
    • Successfully argued many appeals in federal and state courts.

    COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

    • 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

    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

    Bar Admissions

    • New York, 1980

    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