Niel P. Franzese


  • Overview


    Niel Franzese represents all areas of the construction industry, including owners, contractors, subcontractors, sureties, and design professionals with respect to contract drafting and negotiation, and dispute resolution. He is a member of the firm’s Construction Group.

    Contract Procurement and Project Delivery

    Niel assists clients in the drafting and negotiation of design and construction contracts in both the public and private settings, including institutional owners, public owners, and design and construction professionals in a wide range of industries, including education, healthcare, manufacturing, government, commercial, industrial, and retail.

    Dispute Resolution 

    Niel handles claims of all types which arise during a project, including allegations of defective design and construction, change orders and delays, mechanics' liens, bid disputes, and surety bonds. He assists with resolving disputes through alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration, but is also called upon when needed to litigate in state or federal court.

    Niel contributes to the firm’s blog, Construction Law Zone. While in law school, he was a member of the Connecticut Moot Court Board, the Criminal Trial Clinic, and  the Mock Trial Society. Additionally, as a member of the Connecticut Law Review, he authored the article “The Open Our Democracy Act: A Proposal For Effective Election Reform,” 48 Conn. L. Rev. 263 (2015). 


  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Secured a favorable outcome on behalf of a surety bond producer in dispute resolution proceedings initiated by surety financing entity alleging negligent underwriting pursuant to years-long bond underwriting program.

      • Drafted construction management agreements for national developer of office park complexes in compliance with local laws of various states in which it does business. 

      • Secured favorable resolution of all claims against a developer in disputes with repeat general contractor which spanned across several years and different projects.

      • Represented Connecticut municipality in drafting and negotiating dispute resolution agreement related to defective work on school facility improvement project to achieve equitable result for municipal owner and all contractors and subcontractors involved.

      • Represented New York City-based developer in negotiation and drafting of construction management and professional services agreements on a variety of multi-million dollar mixed use development projects.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Construction Institute

      American Bar Association
      Forum on Construction Law

      Connecticut Bar Association

      Hartford County Bar Association
    • Publications


      "The Open Our Democracy Act: A Proposal For Effective Election Reform," published in Connecticut Law Review (2015)