OUR ATTORNEYS

Craig M. Nisnewitz

Craig M. Nisnewitz is the Senior Partner of the firm. Mr. Nisnewitz received his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 1981 and B.A. from Queens College of the City University of New York in 1978. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York, Federal District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Nisnewitz specializes in construction law, commercial litigation and information technology.

Over the past twenty years he has represented owners, contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, and various suppliers and vendors of construction materials and systems in disputes involving public and private construction projects. He served as General Counsel for two general contractors from 1989 through 1993. As General Counsel, he was responsible for the preparation and review of all contract documents involving private and public construction projects and the preparation, defense of construction claims and supervision of litigation, arbitration proceedings and general corporate matters. He was also responsible for legal matters involving the construction of private and public housing developments. He has also been engaged in private practice with firms that specialize in construction law and commercial litigation. He has prepared and presented construction claims in court and in arbitration and mediation proceedings which involved disputes for additional work, disputed work claims, delay analysis involving the use of CPM (critical path method) scheduling and complex forensic analysis of claims. He also represents clients in the computer hardware and software industry, internet clients, and firms in information technology.

In connection with the presentation of construction claims and the representation of clients, he has appeared before many public agencies including the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers, New York State Office of General Services, New York State Department of Transportation, New York City School Construction Authority, New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York and New York City Housing Authority.

Mr. Nisnewitz serves as an arbitrator on the Construction Industry Panel of the American Arbitration Association. Mr. Nisnewitz has tried numerous cases and arbitrated construction and commercial matters before the American Arbitration Association.

Mr. Nisnewitz has argued many appellate matters, including In the Matter of Jaidan Industries, Inc. v. M.A. Angeliades, Inc., 277 A.D.2d 237, 716 N.Y.S.2d 683 mot for lv to app granted 96 N.Y.2d 710, 751 N.E.2d 944, 727 N.Y.S.2d 696, reversed 97 N.Y.2d 659; 763 N.E.2d 1142; 738 N.Y.S.2d 1; 2001 N.Y. LEXIS 3417(Court of Appeals, November 19, 2001), in which New York State Court of Appeals reversed the Appellate Division and held in favor of his client Jaidan that the preparation of engineering shop drawings by a subcontractor that were reviewed by the project architect complied with the requirements of the New York State Education Law.

Sheldon Feinstein

Sheldon Feinstein is Of Counsel to the firm. Mr. Feinstein graduated City College of New York in 1954 with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering. He received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School. He initially worked as a civil engineer until 1961.

Mr. Feinstein is admitted to the bar of the State of New York, Federal District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

During Mr. Feinstein’s forty year legal career he has been actively engaged in the practice of law specializing in construction and commercial matters. He has tried over fifty cases relating to construction law in private and public construction matters. Mr. Feinstein has also litigated construction claims and disputes involving the Federal Government. Mr. Feinstein has represented owners, contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers and vendors in court actions, arbitrations and mediation proceedings involving public and private construction projects, presentation of claims for additional work, disputed work claims, and claims for the recovery of damages due to delays in the construction of the projects.

In connection with the presentation of construction claims and the representation of clients, Mr. Feinstein has appeared before many public agencies including the New York State Office of General Services, New York State Department of Transportation, New York City School Construction Authority, New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York City Housing Authority New York City Department of Design and Construction, New York City Department of Finance and various Federal Government agencies. Mr. Feinstein also represents clients in corporate matters, real estate transactions, condominium and cooperative conversions, and personal injury actions. Mr. Feinstein has argued many cases in Appellate Courts involving important issues for the construction industry. Mr. Feinstein has served as an arbitrator on the Construction Industry Panel of the American Arbitration Association.

Neil H. Angel

Neil H. Angel joined the firm in August, 2004, as an Associate.

Mr. Angel was admitted in 1994 to practice in the State of New York, Federal District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

He received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1975 and his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 1993.

Mr. Angel was a practicing engineer for thirteen years. His areas of practice include: personal injury law, civil rights law, aviation law, construction law, commercial law and all aspects of civil litigation.

Dilip N. Massand

Dilip N. Massand joined the firm in 2003 as Of Counsel. Mr. Massand received his B.A. in 1987 in Economics from Boston University and his J.D. from New York Law School in 1991. He was admitted in 1992 in New York State. Mr. Massand has extensive entrepreneurial experience across a breadth of industries.

Since 1994 has served as General Counsel to his family’s civil engineering and construction firms, Massand Engineering and Massand Associates. In this capacity he has represented the firms before governmental agencies, financial institutions, and joint venture partners in the US and abroad. He has represented engineering firms in mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Massand has received honors from 500 Most Influential Asian Americans (1996 Avenue Asia Magazine), featured in Time Magazine’s Golden Diaspora article documenting the achievements of the Indian American Community (March 2000).

Mr. Massand’s areas of practice include construction, corporate, mergers and acquisitions and information technology. Mr. Massand is fluent in Hindi, French and Arabic.