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Joel M. Howard, III


Phone: 518-320-3402

Practice Areas: Construction,Commercial and Complex Litigation,


St. Lawrence University, A.B., 1968; Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., 1971

Joel represents contractors, subcontractors, material-men, owners, sureties and design professionals in all manner of construction-focused contract development, negotiation and administration, as well as mediation, arbitration and litigation of the full spectrum of construction and commercial litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agencies.


  • New York State Courts
  • Florida State Courts
  • District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York
  • United States District Court, District of Vermont
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • United States Claims Court
  • United States Supreme Court

Professional Experience

  • Representing contractor clients in construction claims and other disputes in litigation and arbitration with many tried to verdict or arbitration award.
  • Extensive experience in Lien Law and surety matters.
  • Extensive appeals practice in construction matters.
  • Counseling government contractors in procurement matters with New York State.
  • Assisting clients with public procurement issues, including DBE, MBE and WBE certification, utilization and waivers.
  • Defending construction clients in construction-based False Claims Act matters.
  • Representing construction clients in review preparation and negotiation of complex construction contract documents.
  • Representing clients in construction labor relations matters include organizing, elections, collective bargaining, arbitrations, double-breasted operations, picketing and labor violence.
  • Counseling clients with construction industry labor matters before the National Labor Relations Board and federal courts.
  • Assisting clients in prevailing wage matters involving the New York State Department of Labor.
  • Participating in the Forum ABA Committee on the Construction Industry and Associated General Contractors of America, Labor and Employment Law Council.
  • General Counsel for Associated General Contractors of New York State, LLC.


  • Albany County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Northern District of New York Federal Bar Association
  • ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
  • Associated General Contractors of America Labor and Employment Law Council
  • Listed in Martindale Hubbell AV preeminent peer review rating
  • Named to Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Commercial Litigation
  • Rated by Super Lawyers in the Upstate New York Edition for Construction Litigation

2023 Award