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Construction projects are all about risk and construction contracts are all about allocating that risk to the party best able to bear it. By developing and negotiating fair contract documents, I help my clients manage their risk and avoid disputes. When “shifting gears” is needed, though, I vigorously advocate for my clients in court or through the dispute resolution process. 

Mr. Nudelman concentrates his practice in construction law. For over 25 years he has represented members of the construction industry across a broad spectrum of matters. 

On the transactional side, Mr. Nudelman works with owners and developers, construction managers, general contractors, subcontractors and design professionals to prepare and negotiate contract documents for construction in the New Jersey and New York metropolitan area. Drawing on his experience with construction claims, Mr. Nudelman drafts, modifies and negotiates customized contracts, as well as contracts based on standard industry forms from groups such as the American Institute of Architects, ConsensusDocs and Design Build Institute of America. Mr. Nudelman also works with developers and owners to select the appropriate project delivery system, and then follow through with assistance in contract administration, and, if necessary, claims management.

Mr. Nudelman’s construction contracting work helps his clients manage the risk inherent in construction projects so they may adequately protect their interests now to avoid claims and disputes in the future.

When claims and disputes are unavoidable, Mr. Nudelman draws upon his wide-ranging experience in construction litigation, representing clients in state and federal courts throughout the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area, as well as in local and international mediations and arbitrations. He has defended and asserted claims on behalf of owners, developers, condominium associations, general contractors, design professionals, subcontractors, vendors and sureties involved in public and private construction projects. 

Mr. Nudelman has specific experience with claims and disputes involving change orders and extra work, construction defects, design and performance defects, errors and omissions/professional malpractice, building code violations, project management, delay and disruption, acceleration, liquidated damages, lost productivity, site conditions, warranties, project closeout, construction liens, municipal mechanic’s liens, condominium liens, payment and performance bonds, public contracting and violations under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.

He has also represented clients who receive code violations lodged by state or local enforcement officials under the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code Act, defending them in proceedings in municipal court and before the Construction Board of Appeals and the Office of Administrative Law.

Mr. Nudelman has written numerous articles and spoken at national and local seminars about a variety of construction topics, including the AIA contract documents and the decennial changes, construction claims and defenses, ethics in construction project management and alternative dispute resolution.

Honors & Awards

  • Construction Lawyers Society of America, Charter Fellow
  • Listed in Chambers USA (a publication of Chambers and Partners) in the Construction practice area (2021)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© (a trademark of Woodward/White, Inc.) in the Litigation - Construction practice area (2012 – present)
  • Selected by Best Lawyers® (a trademark of Woodward/White, Inc.) as Woodbridge "Lawyer of the Year" in Litigation - Construction (2013)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent (a trademark of Internet Brands, Inc.) (2012 – present)
  • Listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters business) in the Construction Litigation, Business Litigation and Business/Corporate practice areas (2018 - present)
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal (a publication of Law Business Research Ltd.) in the Construction Law practice area (2019 - present)
  • Recipient of APEX Award for Publication Excellence in Feature Series Writing (2006)
  • Recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Legal Writing as a law school student
  • New Jersey State Board of Bar Examiners (appointed by New Jersey Supreme Court) (Bar Reader, 2007-present)

Please visit our Award Methodology page for a description of the standard or methodology on which these accolades are based. Attorney Advertising: No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Uniquely NJ

  • New Jersey State Bar Association; Construction Law Section, Co-Chair; General Council
  • District Fee Arbitration Committee (District VIII - Middlesex County), Chair
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution (2021-2023; 2019-2021; 2017-2019)
  • Middlesex County Bar Association
  • Rensselaer Club of New Jersey (Vice President, 2006 – 2012)
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More Activities & Experience

  • Mr. Nudelman is a member of the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Recruitment & Retention Focus Group
  • American Arbitration Association (AAA) Consumer Panel (appointed to national roster of arbitrators)
  • Plumbing Engineer and PHC News (Legal Columnist, 2015-present)
  • American Bar Association; Section of Litigation; Forum on Construction Law; Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section; Young Lawyers Division, (New Jersey Delegate to the Assembly, 2004 – 2005), Young Lawyers Division Newsletter (Editor, 2003 – 2004)
  • Diversity Law Institute
  • Trial Law Institute
  • Boy Scouts of America, Law Merit Badge Counselor
  • Plumbing Systems & Design, American Society of Plumbing Engineers (Legal Columnist, 2008-2011)
  • Former judicial intern to The Honorable Naomi R. Buchwald, United States District Court, Southern District of New York (former Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge)
  • Journal of Law and Policy, Brooklyn Law School (Editor-in-Chief, 1994-1995)

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

Publications & Alerts

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Education

Brooklyn Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1995

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, B.S., cum laude, 1990 

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1995
  • New York, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2000


- Chambers USA 2021 -
(a publication of Chambers and Partners)

Editorial Excerpt: Practice encompasses a wide spectrum of issues ranging from construction lien claims to contract negotiations and drafting.

Client Feedback: “Our experience with Steve has been excellent.



Construction Lawyers Society of America

Steven Nudelman Ranked in Chambers USA 2021

Steven Nudelman Listed in Best Lawyers

Steven Nudelman Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2013

Steven Nudelman
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Steven Nudelman Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent

Please visit our Award Methodology page for a description of the standard or methodology on which these accolades are based. Attorney Advertising: No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.