By: WBG, LLP
Published: October 2021
Hudson Valley Magazine has released their "Top Lawyers" list for 2022. This roster of 220+ attorneys in the Hudson Valley is based on fellow peer voting. WB&G Partners Thomas S. Tripodianos and Gregory J. Spaun have been recognized by their peers in the region.
Thomas S. Tripodianos is a Partner at Welby, Brady & Greenblatt, LLP where he is involved in all aspects of construction, labor and real estate law including suretyship and guarantee, breach of contract, payment claims, mechanic's liens, delay claims, extra work claims, construction defect claims, management and labor disputes, and residential and commercial transactions. In his practice, Mr. Tripodianos represents buyers, sellers, lenders, developers, general contractors, construction managers, owners, architects, engineers, subcontractors, suppliers, sureties, developers, homeowners and other entities connected with the construction and real estate industry in transactional matters as well as the prosecution and defense of claims in litigation, arbitration, mediation and administrative law hearings.
Mr. Tripodianos has also been recognized in: Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers, U.S. News and World Report Best Lawyers, Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America, and Ranked Band 3 by Chambers & Partners.
Gregory J. Spaun is a Partner at Welby, Brady & Greenblatt, LLP, practicing construction and commercial litigation, and real estate and property litigation. Mr. Spaun’s representative work includes cases such as North Star Construction Corp. v MTA Capital Construction Corp., where, on appeal, he rebuffed an owner/designer’s attempt to have a negligent misrepresentation claim dismissed, successfully arguing that the owner/designer, by specifying a sole source supplier and then working with that supplier when issues arose as to the novel product the owner has specified, had a relationship with the subcontractor which was the “functional equivalent of privity” sufficient to maintain such a claim despite that no direct contractual relationship existed between the subcontractor and the owner/designer. Mr. Spaun’s work also includes 110 Central Park South Corp. v 112 Central Park South, LLC, where he was successful in arguing that the former common law implied housing warranty was subsumed into the recently enacted Section 777 of New York’s General Business Law, which provides a statutory housing warranty on buildings which are five stories or less, thus negating the ability of the owner of a 29 story cooperative building to assert such a claim. Mr. Spaun, in Kamco Supply Corp. v JMT Brothers Realty, LLC, was also successful in rebuffing a claim on appeal by an unlicensed home improvement contractor’s material supplier, thus reminding the construction community of the importance of vetting the licensure status of their upstream contractors so as to preserve their ability to assert claims which are derivative of the general contractor’s claims, such as mechanic’s lien claims. In addition to his work at WB&G, Mr. Spaun serves as General Counsel to the Queens and Bronx Building Association.