Lawrence P. Powers
Lawrence P. Powers is Co-Chair of the firm's Construction Litigation Department. Larry's practice is focused on handling complex, multi-party construction related professional liability claims and other land use related matters, such as land development, permitting and liquor license applications. He has tried numerous complex construction cases to a jury verdict. Admitted in 1984, he has close to 30 years of experience in litigating, arbitrating and mediating construction disputes, regularly handling difficult loss prevention and risk management assignments for all of the major professional liability insurers. Larry has served as General Counsel to AIA-New Jersey, the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers and NJASLA for over twenty years. He regularly represents design professionals in disciplinary matters before the New Jersey State Board of Architects and Landscape Architects and the New Jersey State Board of Engineers and Land Surveyors. Larry has achieved a peer review rating of "AV" by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest mark given by other members of the legal profession. He is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of New Jersey. He was named "Lawyer of the Year 2012" in the Construction Litigation category by Best Lawyers® for the Woodbridge, NJ Metropolitan area and was AIA-New Jersey’s Resident of the Year in 2011. As counsel for NJASLA, Larry was instrumental in the efforts to obtain closely allied professional status and licensure for New Jersey landscape architects. Larry is also an experienced construction arbitrator and mediator.
A 1980 graduate of Villanova University, Larry was employed in both the office and the field in the general and mechanical contracting construction industries and the heavy and specialized transportation industry before receiving his law degree as a night student from the Seton Hall University School of Law. Larry is the former Planning Board attorney for both the Borough of Garwood and Hopewell Borough. He has been an invited lecturer on professional liability and land development issues at the Princeton University Graduate School of Architecture, the Pratt Institute School of Architecture and is a regular featured speaker at the Annual Conventions of AIA-New Jersey, NJASLA, the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers and the New Jersey Builders Association. His lectures on professional liability and ethics have been certified as continuing education courses by the professional licensing boards of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
- Counsel, AIA-New Jersey, the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers and ASLA-New Jersey
- Affiliate Member, American Council of Engineering Companies of New Jersey
- Former counsel, Garwood Planning Board and the Hopewell Borough Planning Board