Stuart A. Law, Jr.

Partner Princeton
stuart.law dbr.com
Phone: (609) 716-6548
Fax: (609) 799-7000

About

Stuart A. Law, Jr. represents owners, developers, contractors, engineers and architects in all phases of the construction process, on a broad range of construction projects. In one of his more high-profile cases, Stuart tried and won a matter involving the technical design and construction of Indy cars. A significant portion of his construction practice is devoted to transactional work. Stuart negotiates and drafts construction and design contracts for owners, architects, engineers and contractors on national and international projects. He also regularly counsels clients on labor harmony issues and has resolved disputes arising from charges filed with National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Stuart works with the firm’s environment and energy clients prosecuting and defending cost recovery claims, environmental insurance coverage claims, as well as contribution and indemnification under Superfund and related federal and state statutes. His transactional practice includes drafting and negotiating complex remediation and removal contracts with environmental contractors and engineers, as well as EPC agreements for energy-generating facilities and infrastructure facilities.

In addition to contract litigation, products liability litigation, insurance coverage and reinsurance litigation, and environmental litigation, Stuart has represented many of the firm’s financial institution clients on issues relating to merger and acquisition litigation, securities litigation, real estate workout litigation, shareholder derivative class action litigation and lender liability actions, as well as claims brought under federal banking regulations and statutes.

Stuart is one of the firm's most experienced lawyers in the area of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). He has arbitrated and mediated dozens of cases both as an advocate for one of the parties and as a neutral serving as the arbitrator or mediator. The majority of these cases have involved construction, sports appeals, reinsurance, securities, or other general commercial disputes. Stuart has handled these matters under private ADR agreements between the parties, or under the rules of various ADR organizations such as AAA, CPR, JAMS, or sports sanctioning bodies. He has also participated in many forms of ADR, such as mini-trials, "baseball arbitration," international arbitration under foreign law, dispute review boards and, of course, mediation. As part of his transactional practice, Stuart drafts ADR clauses and procedures for a wide variety of industries and contracts.

Before joining Drinker Biddle, Stuart served for two years as law clerk to the Hon. John B. Hannum of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Experience

  • Represented the developers of a significant build-to-suit office campus in Northwest Houston, which features two LEED certified office buildings and adjacent parking garage. Drafted and negotiated all construction, engineering, and design agreements, as well as assisted with bid review and selection of contractor. Both buildings serve as global headquarters for a leading independent energy company engaged in worldwide oil and gas exploration and production.
  • Represented the developer of Hess Tower, a 29 story office building in downtown Houston, in all construction, engineering, and design agreements related to the project.
  • Represented a joint venture partner in the development of medical office building at The University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, NJ. Drafted and negotiated all construction, engineering, tenant fit-out, and design agreements, including compliance with various redevelopment agreements and related Township and landowner lease issues. Also assisted with bid review, selection of contractor, and dispute resolution.
  • Represented a leading real estate developer in all construction, engineering, and design agreements related to two luxury apartment buildings in Minnesota.
  • Represented an American multinational clothing corporation on the construction of a new one million square foot, direct-to-consumer distribution and fulfillment center in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Also assisted the client with all legal aspects associated with negotiation and documentation of tax incentives for the project from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under the Pennsylvania Keystone Opportunity Zone, Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone, and Keystone Opportunity Improvement Zone Act (KOZ Act).
  • Represented the developer of a Class A hotel project in Austin, Texas on reviewing bids and drafting and negotiating construction contracts and design agreements.
  • Represented a prominent Indy Car team and driver in an appeal of a post-race disqualification following a victory on a road course in Portland, Oregon. It was alleged that the Indy Car in question was set up in violation of one of Indy Car’s technical aerodynamic rules. Following a one-week ADR trial in Detroit to a three-judge panel consisting of a retired NASCAR official, a representative from a powerboat racing organization, and a retired judge, the disqualification was nullified and the win was reinstated.
  • Acted as lead defense counsel in a case involving the construction of a parking lot, dormitory, and health center at Villanova University in which we had all tort claims dismissed on preliminary objections, joining over a dozen parties, and successfully resolved the case at mediation. The General Contractor’s bankruptcy complicated resolution.
  • As lead defense counsel, successfully defended a national real estate developer in a products liability action concerning the use of allegedly defective cement panels in the construction of a corporate campus. Following mediation, the case settled on confidential terms.
  • As counsel for an association of Swiss pension funds which is the owner of real property located in Philadelphia, PA, in a dispute concerning the proper calculation of rent, common area maintenance (CAM) charges , and taxes, spanning an eight year period. Succeeded in negotiating confidential settlements with the tenants, the City of Philadelphia, and the First Judicial District.
  • Represented a natural gas pipeline company in litigation arising from construction of a 100 mile underground fiber optic line from D.C. to New York City. The case involved engineering and other claims associated with over 100 environmental citations. In addition to hundreds of change order disputes, the case involved millions of dollars of delay claims caused in part by a project shut down ordered by state and federal environmental authorities.
  • Represented one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies in litigation arising from the construction of its primary research and development facility. The facility consisted of nine connected buildings and laboratory facilities in Pennsylvania. The cumulative claims exceeded $30 million, and involved primarily disputes associated with the state-of-the-art HVAC system designed for pharmaceutical R&D work. The majority of HVAC ductwork collapsed shortly after start-up. The litigation also involved over 2000 disputed change orders and claims for damages related to a one year delay in completion. The matter was successfully resolved through private ADR – a mini-trial before a retired Board of Contract Appeals judge.
  • Represented an international chemical company with respect to design, engineering, and construction claims associated with the construction of a chemical processing plant in North Carolina. Cumulative claims exceeded $20 million. The matter was successfully resolved through private ADR.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Education

  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1982
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1979

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Stuart's Areas of Focus