LEONARD M. KESSLER, ESQ.
Attorney, Arbitrator & Mediator
Greater New York City Metropolitan Area
(516) 987-9460
LenKessler@LenKesslerADR.com

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel - Chief Legal Officer of the Infrastructure & Environment Division of URS Corporation (Now Part of AECOM)

Vice President & General Counsel of AMEC Construction Management, Inc. (Formerly Known As Morse Diesel International)

Vice President, Lead Counsel, Global Construction of Gilbane Building Company

Associate General Counsel of Ebasco Services Incorporated (Now Part of AECOM)

Litigation Associate at Cravath Swaine & Moore

Litigation and Health Care Associate at Kelley, Drye & Warren 

Len Kessler is an experienced attorney, arbitrator and mediator with a background in complex construction and commercial disputes including cases involving contracts, torts, negligence, environmental matters, property damage and professional liability. He also has a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering.

He is the former chief legal officer for the 21,000 employee Infrastructure & Environment Division of URS Corporation (now part of AECOM), which provides architecture, engineering, design, environmental, design/build, construction, and construction management services in approximately 250 offices in more than 50 countries. At URS he managed a 40-person legal department responsible for the review, negotiation and approval of all contracts and for the supervision and direction of all outside counsel representing URS in litigation, arbitrations, claims, disputes and other matters, both in the United States and foreign jurisdictions.

Mr. Kessler has experience with disputes involving general contractors, trade contractors, suppliers, developers, architects, engineers, and sureties in connection with private and public (federal, state and municipal) projects for the construction of office buildings, hotels, museums, casinos, roads, bridges, tunnels, condominiums and apartment buildings, hospitals, schools, shopping centers, stadiums, arenas, airport terminals, courthouses, power plants (gas, nuclear, coal, hydroelectric and cogeneration), paper mills, and other large-scale civil and mechanical construction projects. He has also been involved with disputes regarding environmental and hazardous waste remediation projects.

The disputes have dealt with breach of contract, nonpayment, changed conditions and extra work, construction defects, delays, mechanic's liens, standard of care and professional liability, bid protests, payment and performance bond claims, insurance coverage, default, warranty, employment issues, personal injury arising from construction defects, negligence and other torts, and general commercial issues.

Additionally, he has represented clients in contract drafting, negotiation and administration, and teaming agreements, joint ventures and shareholder agreements. Construction projects have ranged in value from $5 million to almost $1 billion.

MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION ROSTERS

Mr. Kessler is available to serve as an arbitrator or mediator on cases in the Greater New York City Metropolitan Area and to travel and serve on cases outside this locale. He is listed on the rosters of the following mediation and arbitration panels:

Member of the American Arbitration Association Large, Complex Construction Case Panel of Arbitrators
Member of the American Arbitration Association Panel of Commercial Arbitrators
Mediator for the New York State Supreme Court - New York County - Commercial Division ADR Program
Mediator for the New York State Supreme Court - Kings County - Commercial Division ADR Program
Mediator for the New York State Supreme Court - Queens County - Commercial Division ADR Program
Mediator for the New York State Supreme Court - Nassau County - Commercial Division ADR Program
Mediator for the New Jersey Superior Court – Civil, General Equity and Probate Cases
Member of the FINRA Arbitration Panel
Mediator for the United States District Court, EDNY ADR Program
Mediator for Nassau County Bar Association ADR Program.
Mediator for the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York Mediation Program
Arbitrator for the District Court of Nassau County, NY