Andrew J. Carlowicz, Jr. devotes his law practice exclusively to representing clients in the construction industry. Andy has practiced law with Hoagland Longo his entire career. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Construction Law Department and is a member of the firm's executive management committee. He is actively involved in the representation of architects, engineers, construction contractors, and private owners in various construction contract and delay damage claims, professional malpractice claims, property damage suits, building defect litigation, and construction site personal injury actions. Andy also litigates affirmative contract claims and provides extensive non-litigation consultation services such as contract review and risk management counseling. He currently serves as corporate counsel for numerous professional firms and construction contractors located throughout New Jersey. The fastest growing part of his practice over the last several years has been serving in the capacity of a mediator or arbitrator in construction related disputes through the American Arbitration Association or through direct retention. Most recently, Andy was accepted as a qualified mediator on the roster of New Jersey Superior Court approved civil mediators.
Andy has litigated well over 1,000 cases in the New Jersey Superior Courts, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and before the American Arbitration Association (Construction Division). He also has extensive experience mediating complex construction disputes. In the 1990’s, he devoted a substantial amount of pro bono time to the lobbying efforts of the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers in their efforts to achieve passage of the Affidavit of Merit Statute. Since the mid-1990s he has had many articles published relating to legal issues that affect the construction industry.
Andy has a Martindale-Hubbell "AV" rating, which is the highest rating awarded, and identifies a lawyer with "very high to preeminent legal ability and is a reflection of his expertise, experience, integrity and overall professional excellence." He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association's Construction Industry Section, and has appeared as a guest lecturer for the group. Andy has also been accepted as an affiliate member of the American Council of Engineering Companies of New Jersey. He was selected by peer review for inclusion in the 2009 through 2020 issues of The Best Lawyers in America® in the Construction Law specialty, and selected as "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for Litigation - Construction in the Woodbridge, NJ metropolitan area in 2015, 2017, and 2020. He has been selected to the New Jersey SuperLawyers® list since 2005.
Andy has regularly presented risk management seminars to the construction industry over the last twenty years at the request of various organizations. He has also appeared as a guest lecturer at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), the School of Architecture at Princeton University, as well as, the Annual “Judicial College” for New Jersey Superior Court Judges.
He was Counsel of Record for parties in the following important, published construction litigation cases: Sykes v. Sullivan Engineering, 224 NJ Super 696 (App. Div. 1988), which established the standard of care applicable to design professionals in the absence of a contract; Gelber v. Zito Partnership, 147 NJ 561 (1997), which established a rule of law when multiple claims arising out of the same project are separately brought in court and before the American Arbitration Association; Greczyn v. Colgate, 183 NJ 5 (2005), a case of first impression regarding the ten year statute of repose. He also worked on behalf of the architect who was dismissed from the suit based on the ten year statute of repose in Daidone v. Buterick, 191 NJ 557 (2007). In State v. Perrini, 425 NJ Super 62 (App Div 2012) and then 221 NJ 412 (2015), which was a case of first impression regarding how to interpret the statute of repose on a multi-phased construction project, he has served as Counsel of Record for the design professional through the appellate process.
One of Andy's favorite parts of the practice of law, however, was the opportunity to coach the Stuart Country Day School's high school mock trial team from 2005 until 2016. During the 2006-2007 competition, their team won the Mercer County championship and they advanced to the regional finals for the first time in the school's history. His daughter, Cecilia, who has since graduated college, was one of the team's lawyers that year. His younger daughter, Agnes Claire, was on the team until she graduated in May 2013 and she served as one of the team's four lawyers as well. In the 2012-2013 competition Agnes’ team was a Mercer County finalist. In the 2013-2014 season the team won the Mercer County championship again and advanced to the regional competition. Neither Cecilia nor Agnes intend on practicing law as their talents lie elsewhere, but their experience as “lawyers” was incredibly memorable and enjoyable.
- Member, New Jersey State Bar Association, Construction Law Section
- Member, Panel of Approved Mediators for American Arbitration Association
- Member, Panel of Approved Arbitrators for American Arbitration Association
- Member, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (“CLM”)
- Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America
- Rated AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell®
- 2005-2019, New Jersey Super Lawyers® list
- 2018-2019 New Jersey Super Lawyers® Top 100 list
- 2009-2020, The Best Lawyers in America® list
- 2020, Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year", Construction Law - Woodbridge, NJ
- 2017, Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year", Construction Litigation - Woodbridge, NJ
- 2015, Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year", Construction Law - Woodbridge, NJ
A description of the selection process methodologies on which these accolades are based can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.