Frank T. Araps

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Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court
    • District of New Jersey
  • United States Court of Federal Claims

Education

  • Rutgers School of Law - Newark
    • J.D., 1977
  • Rutgers College School of Engineering
    • B.S., cum laude, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1974

Professional Certifications

  • New Jersey State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, Engineer-in-Training Certificate of Registration No. 4194 (1974-1984)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • State Chairman, 1985-1986
    • Public Contract Law Section
    • Construction Litigation Committee
    • Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
    • Chairman, Public Contract Law Section, 1985-1986
    • Fidelity and Surety Law Committee
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Hellenic American Bar Association of New Jersey
    • Board of Trustees
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, A.M.
  • National Society of Professional Engineers, A.M.
  • New Jersey Restaurant Association
  • National Restaurant Association
  • Raritan Valley Community College
    • Board of Trustees

News

Presentations

  • "Construction Defect Litigation: From A to Z," National Business Institute, Princeton, NJ, September 19, 2013
  • "Construction Claims and Law: Preparation, Proof & Defense," NJICLE, Morristown, NJ, December 11, 2012
  • "Amendments to New Jersey's Construction Lien Law," NM&M Seminar, Bridgewater, New Jersey, June 23, 2011
  • "New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act in Commercial & Residental Construction Disputes: Issues, Claims & Election of Remedies," New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, December 5, 2009
  • "Construction Claims and Law: Preparation, Proof & Defense," New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, November 21, 2009
  • "An Overview of Issues in Designing and Building Green," Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Client Seminar, October 20, 2009
  • "Construction Claims and Law: Preparation, Proof & Defense," New Jersey State Bar Association Construction Law Section, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, January 19, 2009
  • "Managing Risks and Contract Preparation Under the New 2007 AIA Documents," Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Client Seminar, June 12, 2008 and June 19, 2008
  • "How to Manage Risk and Stay Out of Trouble on Capital Investment Projects," Annual Surety Class, Surety Association of New Jersey, August 13, 2007
  • "CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS: Managing the Design, Financing, Risk Management and Project Delivery," Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Client Seminar, June 12, 2007 and June 19, 2007

Publications

  • "Quality Control Best Practices For Commercial And Industrial Capital Improvement Projects," Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, June 2013
  • "Construction Claims and Law: Preparation, Proof & Defense," NJICLE, Morristown, NJ, December 11, 2012
  • Co-authored Chapter, “Construction and Development,” Commercial Real Estate Transactions in New Jersey, Third Edition, Editor-in-Chief: Jack Fersko, Publisher: New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE), March 2010

Frank T. Araps, a member of the firm, concentrates his practice in engineering and construction law, project risk allocation and management, contract preparation and development, and the negotiation, litigation, arbitration and mediation of construction, business and commercial disputes and claims.

Frank has extensive experience in the analysis, negotiation, arbitration and litigation of complex engineering, construction and public bid disputes. He has represented public and private owners, architects and engineers, contractors, suppliers, and professional errors and omissions carriers before state and federal courts, federal boards of contract appeals, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Frank has represented construction industry participants involved in projects related to hotels and casinos, high-rise condominiums, schools, utility projects, heavy and highway construction, bridge projects, airports, hospital and medical centers, urban downtown redevelopment, and residential subdivision, multi-family and luxury dwelling units. He has litigated and arbitrated hundreds of trial and hearing days defending and recovering millions of dollars for public and private owners, contractors, suppliers, architects and engineers.

Frank served as consultant, assistant corporate counsel and sales coordinator for one of the leading construction management and consulting firms in the U.S., where he participated in the development of a comprehensive claims and risk management program for a public sewerage authority engaged in the construction of over 125 integrated projects, and the analysis, management and settlement of hotel/casino construction claims.

Frank has promoted, developed, negotiated and drafted leases, financing, construction and procurement contracts and documents for the commercial restaurant, food service and diner industry. He has also advised and represented these businesses in many shareholder and partnership disputes. Frank organized and represented as general counsel a prototype buyers food service cooperative corporation comprised of more than 700 New Jersey diner and restaurant members.

In addition to his daily practice, Frank has researched, written, lectured and presented seminars to construction professionals on construction law and claims management across the country and throughout New Jersey. He has also devoted many years of pro-bono service to non-profit charitable organizations.

Frank previously operated his own law firm where he also practiced in the areas of corporate and commercial mergers & acquisitions, professional liability & malpractice, real estate & land use, and estate planning, administration & litigation.

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