Robert F. Herrmann

Robert F. Herrmann represents architects, engineers and other construction-related firms, privately held manufacturing and service businesses, and New York City housing cooperatives and condominiums. He acts as general counsel to a number of architects, engineers, interior designers, owners, developers, and contractors, advising them on general business matters and representing them in litigation, arbitration and mediation.

Bob is a graduate of Yale College and Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He clerked for Judges Harold R. Medina and Sterry R. Waterman of the U.S. Court of Appeals and began his private practice career in 1974 at Hughes Hubbard & Reed. He has been active in the New York City Bar Association, including serving as a member of the City Bar’s Arbitration, Construction Law, State Courts, and Project on the Homeless Committees. He is trained in mediation and is on the American Arbitration Association panel of construction mediators. He also serves as a mediator for the New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division. Bob is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation. He has also led numerous seminars for design professionals on a variety of topics.

Peer Review Rating: AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5

Professional & Community Involvement:

  • Member, panel of construction mediators of the American Arbitration Association
  • Member, panel of mediators, New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation
  • From 1991 to 2013 he served as President of the Broadway Mall Association, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to beautifying and maintaining malls on Broadway in Manhattan from 59th Street to 168th Street and now serves as Chair of the Board
  • Member of New York City Community Board 7 in Manhattan from 1998 to 2010

Representative Speaking Engagements:

  • Presented book talk on Law for Architects: What You Need to Know at the American Institute of Architects New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles chapters
  • Participated as a panel member in programs at the American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter and at the New York State AIA Convention on Risk Management
  • Presented talk at the Construction Specifications Institute, Los Angeles Chapter on “Managing Risk for Design Professionals”
  • Participated as a panel member in a program sponsored by the Committee on the Environment of the American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter, entitled “Managing Risk: In Sustainable Design Practice”
  • Participated as a panel member in a program sponsored by the Professional Practice Committee of the American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter entitled “Ownership Transition”
  • Panel Member in a program entitled “Architecture Law: Contract Negotiation, Intellectual Property and Claims” presented by Hudson Valley Bank
  • Panel member in a program entitled “Architect’s Roundtable: Turning Challenges into Opportunities” presented by Citrin Cooperman CPAs
  • Presented a seminar “Hammering Out the Contract with Your Owner Client: Negotiation Strategies and Issues for Architects” organized by the American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter’s New Practices Roundtable
  • Instructor in program entitled “Risk Management” as part of the American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter’s Architects Fast-Track Leadership Program
  • Panel member in a program entitled “Architect as Leader: Leading the Discussion on Dispute Resolution with Clients & Consultants” sponsored by the Professional Practice Committee of the American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter.
  • Panel member at the American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter, on a program entitled “Site Safety is not Business as Usual-Site Safety and the Design Professional”
  • Presented a webinar on “2007 Owner/Architect AIA Agreements: What’s New and Different”
  • Presented a webinar on “Eleven Things Every Design Architect Should Know to Help Stay Out of Trouble”
  • Co-chaired a program for architects and engineers entitled “Construction Administration: Best Practices with a Legal Perspective”. The co-chair was Glenn Garrison, an architect. The program has also been offered by Pratt Institute as part of its continuing education programs for architects and engineers.
  • Panel Member in a New Practices Roundtable sponsored by the Professional Practice Committee of the American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter.
  • Co-chaired a program at the American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter titled “More Honored in the Breach – Are the Owner-Architect Agreements (B141 and B151) Serving Us Well?”
  • Panel Member in a Roundtable program entitled “Taking a Positive Approach to Managing Your Firm in a Recession” sponsored by the Professional Practice Committee of the American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter.
  • Co-chaired a seminar entitled “Ownership Transition and Valuation of your A/E Firm” with Herb Cannon, a CPA
  • Participated in a seminar entitled “Dramatically Improving Cash Flow and Collections” given by Herb Cannon.
  • Has taught Professional Practice classes at the City College School of Architecture and the University of Pennsylvania on the AIA owner/architect form of agreement.
  • Participated as a panel member in a program sponsored by the Professional Practice Committee of the American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter entitled “Professional Liability and Management Issues for New Consultants”.

Publications:

Email: rherrmann@mhjur.com

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