James J. Barriere

Firm: Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP
Location: Albany - NY

  • 30 South Pearl Street, Suite 901
    Albany, NY 12207
  • Tel : 518-396-3100
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As Co-Chair and a Partner in the Firm’s Construction & Public Contracts Group, Jim brings over 20 years of public and private construction experience. He represents design-build contractors, construction managers, general contractors, public and private owners and specialty contractors on a variety of matters. Jim is frequently called on to advise clients on claims, contract rights, public bidding, labor law, insurance, indemnity and complex construction and design disputes. He also counsels clients on techniques and strategies to avoid or resolve disputes, if possible, and pursues claims and defenses when disputes cannot be avoided in court proceedings and arbitrations.

Jim is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer. His experience includes: (i) serving as lead counsel in the prosecution of substantial claims on multiple large public works projects in New York City; (ii) the defense of hundreds of millions in claims on a substantial industrial nuclear storage facility; (iii) serving as lead counsel in the prosecution of design defect and construction claims arising out of a collapsed and deficient sewage treatment facility; (iv) developing and drafting EPC and general construction contracts for a state-wide public owner and multi-billion dollar microchip manufacturing facility owner; (v) negotiating construction contracts in Mexico, Saudi Arabia and throughout the United States; (vi) serving as a panel construction arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association; (vii) successfully appealing cases with state-wide implications to the highest court in New York State for a state-wide association; and (viii) numerous successful federal and state bench trials, jury trials and arbitrations on a wide variety of construction and commercial claims.

Jim’s experience also includes litigating claims arising out of the construction and operation of power generation facilities and prosecuting tax assessment cases resulting in tens of millions in tax savings to power plant owners.


Reported Cases

  • Burt Welding & Auto. Repair, Inc. v. U.W. Marx, Inc., 272 A.D.2d 737
  • Church v. Callanan Indus., 99 N.Y.2d 104
  • City of Utica v. New York Susquehanna & W. Ry. Corp., 46 A.D.3d 1355
  • C&P Partners v. Dep’t of Assessment & Taxation, 192 Misc. 2d 139
  • Crucible Materials Corp. v. N.Y. Power Auth., 13 N.Y.3d 223
  • FTP Inc. v. Air Response, Inc., 280 A.D.2d 751
  • Hills V. LaGroup-Landscaping Architecture & Eng’g P.C., 268 A.D.2d 752
  • JRDM Corp. v. U.W. Marx, 252 A.D.2d 854
  • KSW Mech. Servs. V. Johnson Controls, Inc., 992 F. Supp. 2d 135
  • Matter of New York Regional Interconnect Inc. v. Oneida County Indus. Dev. Corp., 21 Misc. 3d 1118(A)
  • Mirant Ams. Energy Mktg. LP v. 1st Rochdale Coop. Group, Ltd.363 F. Supp. 2d 679
  • N.Y. Charter School v. Smith, 15 N.Y.3d 403
  • Orange & Rockland Utils., Inc. v. Assessor of Haverstraw, 4 Misc. 3d 1005(A)
  • Sheet Metal Div. v. Local 38 of the Sheet Metal Workers Int’l Ass’n, 45 F. Supp. 2d 195
  • Trystate Mech., Inc. v. Macy’s Retail Holdings, Inc. 94 A.D.3d 1095
  • Trystate Mech., Inc. v. TEFCO, LLC, 94 A.D.3d 1098
  • U.W. Marx, Inc. v. Bonded Concrete, Inc. 7 A.D.3d 856
  • U.W. Marx, Inc. v. Mountbatten Sur. Co., 3 A.D.3d 688
  • Zandri Constr. Corp. v. Wolfe, 291 A.D.2d 625


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