Manny A. Frade is Chair of the firm’s Construction Practice Group. He represents a wide array of clients in the construction industry, including material suppliers, general contractors, subcontractors and owners. He has represented contractors in many aspects of construction, including landscaping, concrete (both supply and installation), exterior restoration, demolition, excavation, scaffolding, fuel supply, and tile installation.
Manny has successfully litigated a wide range of claims from standard lien foreclosure actions to complex delay claims as well as defending his clients against claims by unions and employees. He is experienced in and litigated matters in both State and Federal Courts in New York as well as mediation and arbitration. He has litigated matters involving both private construction projects as well as public improvement (government) projects.
In an attempt to avoid potential litigation and to protect his clients to the greatest extent possible, using his litigation experience, Manny assists clients in drafting and negotiating contracts.
He also assists clients through the public bidding process (including bid disputes) and the prequalification and certification process required by various governmental agencies, including prequalification through the New York City School Construction Authority and MBE certification through the New York State Empire State Development. He also advises his clients on issues of integrity, reporting and wage and benefit compliance in connection with public improvement projects and has negotiated monitoring/compliance agreements required by some agencies prior to award.
In this world of ever-changing and hyper-technical laws, rules and contractual provisions, Manny uses a common sense and practical approach to get results for his clients and has found that this approach tends to be the most effective and efficient method.