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Elizabeth Usinger is a partner in the firm’s Commercial Litigation department. She handles all types of civil litigation, with a focus on construction law. Elizabeth manages every aspect of litigation, from commencement, discovery, and expert disclosure through motion practice, trials, and appeals. Elizabeth also facilitates dispute resolution through mediation and settlement.

Elizabeth’s construction law practice includes representing heavy construction contractors in breach of contract and delay claims arising out of public construction contracts with various agencies of the City and State of New York; representing contractors as debtors in bankruptcy and adversary proceedings; claim preparation and negotiation; and contract drafting, interpretation, and compliance. She is also experienced in change order negotiations, payment, and performance bond claims, lien law matters, and resolving subcontractor claims.

In addition to her construction practice, Elizabeth represents financial institutions, private lenders, utility contractors, and other individual and corporate clients in a wide variety of matters including breach of contract claims, business torts, fraudulent conveyances, bankruptcy litigation, and equitable claims.

Practice Areas



  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey


  • J.D., St. John’s University School of Law, 2007
  • B.A., Boston College, 2001

Representative Experience

  • Currently representing multiple heavy construction contractors in multi-million-dollar breach of contract and delay claims.
  • Represented heavy construction contractor in mediation of dispute arising out of public construction contract with the City of New York.
  • Represented lender in fraudulent conveyance claims resulting in unwinding of real property transfers.
  • Represented private lender in enforcement of personal guaranty agreements.
  • Represented receivership in litigation and settlement of contract dispute.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Member, Nassau County Bar Association, 2008—Present
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, 2008—Present
  • Member, Professional Women in Construction, New York Chapter, 2014—Present
  • Member, Construction Financial Management Association, 2017—Present; Current Co-Chair, Young Professionals Committee
  • Member, Lawyer Assistance Committee, New York State Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2015—2018
  • Articles and Notes Editor, St. John’s Law Review
  • Outstanding Women in Law 2016 Recipient, Hofstra University School of Law
  • Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America, 2019
  • Professional Women in Construction “20 under 40”, 2019


  • “Why Junior Lawyers Should Consider Becoming Mediators” Nassau Lawyer, June 2021
  • “Lessons Learned: What Should We Carry Foward as We Emerge From COVID-19”, NYSBA Women in Law Section, WILS Connect, 2021 Vol. 2

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