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Jack  S. Kannry




City College of New York, School of Technology, B.C.E.

New York University, College of Engineering, M.I.E.

New York University, College of Engineering, M.C.E.

Fordham University, School of Law, J.D.


  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd and 4th Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims


  • Licensed and Registered Professional Engineer, New York State.
Jack S. Kannry
Partner | Chair, Construction Law Group
Tel: (212) 984-7720
Fax: (212) 972-9150
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Mr. Kannry is an attorney and licensed professional engineer with more than 40 years of construction industry experience.

He concentrates in construction and environmental law and litigation, representing owners, contractors, construction managers, engineers, architects and governmental authorities in public and private sector matters in New York, and in other regional and national jurisdictions. His practice encompasses construction and environmental claims prosecution and defense through trial, arbitration, mediation, administrative boards and appeals; architect and engineer liability suits; contracts development and negotiations; and business counseling during the planning, design, funding, bidding and construction phases of heavy and building projects.


  • American Bar Association (Sections of Litigation and Public Contract Law, Forum on the Construction Industry)
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association (Committee on Construction Law)
  • American Arbitration Association (New York Region Construction Roster of Neutrals)
  • City of New York Procurement Policy Board Advisory Council
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • National Society of Professional Engineers
  • New York State Society of Professional Engineers
  • The Municipal Engineers of the City of New York
  • Associated General Contractors of New York State (Legal Advisory Council, Task Force on New York State Department of Transportation, Section 100 Contract Revisions)
  • General Contractors Association (Law and Legislation Committee)
  • General Building Contractors (Task Force on NYC Department of Buildings Crane and Construction Site Safety)
  • New York Building Congress (Coalition Against Construction Delays)


  • Berman, Paley, Goldstein & Kannry, LLP, Managing Partner, Senior Litigation Partner
  • Corner, Finn, Cuomo & Charles, Associate


  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Reserve Officer (First Lieutenant, Construction Platoon Leader) – construction projects supervision for engineer construction battalion at Fort Bragg, NC and adjacent Pope Air Force Base
  • Assistant Corporation Counsel, City of New York Law Department, Contracts Division
  • Special counsel for construction litigation to: City of New York Law Department, City of Milford, CT and Government of Barbados, West Indies
  • Engineering and construction claims counsel to New York Power Authority per term legal services agreement
  • Construction litigation counsel panel for Dormitory Authority of State of New York per term legal services agreement
  • Construction litigation counsel panel for City University of New York per term legal services agreement


  • Prudent Documents Practices for Construction Contractors in the Pandemic Era and Beyond, A Webinar, 2021
  • Ask Construction Counsel, A Forum for Dialogue with Contractors, New York City Bar Association, 2018
  • Leveling the Field for New York Contractors on Public Construction Projects, New York City Bar Association, 2013 and Associated General Contractors of New York State Annual Construction Industry Conference, 2014
  • Key Issues Confronting the Highway Industry, Forum Moderator, American Society of Highway Engineers, New York Metro Section, 2011
  • Survival Mode for Contractors in this Economic Recession, Associated General Contractors of New York State, 2009
  • New York Construction Law for Manufacturers and Suppliers, Scientific Equipment & Furniture Association, 2005
  • Construction Documents Retention, Destruction and Discovery in the Electronic Era, Construction Industry Council and Building Contractors Association of Westchester, 2004
  • The New City of New York Standard Construction Contract, A Contractor’s Overview, General Contractors Association of New York, 2001
  • Annual Firm Sponsored Forum Practical Construction Law and Business Issues for the Contractor,1999
  • Practical Construction Law Experiences: Frontline Reflections of an Attorney/Engineer, General Building Contractors of New York State and Associated General Contractors of America, 1995-1996
  • Engineering Contracts with the City of New York: Procedures and Problems Under the Procurement Policy Board Rules, New York Association of Consulting Engineers, 1995
  • Liability Perspectives for the New York Design Professional, The Municipal Engineers of the City of New York, 1993
  • Hazardous Waste Liability for Construction Contractors and Design Professionals in the United States, King’s College, London, England Conference on Construction Law and the Environment, 1993
  • Architect/Engineer Liability and Damages Control During the Construction Process, Invited Attorneys Meeting of American Institute of Architects, Professional Engineers in Private Practice (NSPE) and Schinnerer Management (CNA Insurance Companies), 1992
  • Defensive Recordkeeping on the Construction Project: An Rx for Claims Avoidance or Prosecution, General Contractors Association of New York, Associated General Contractors of America and Building Contractors Association, 1991-1994
  • Contractual Rights and Remedies for New York Contractors on the Troubled Construction Project,Construction Industry Council of Westchester and Hudson Valley/Nassau Suffolk Contractors Association Downstate Construction Industry Joint Meeting, 1991
  • A Litigator’s Guide to Construction Law Practice, Fordham University School of Law Continuing Legal Education Program, 1989


Featured as a guest attorney on the WB Perspectives podcast series. View podcasts


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
  • New York Super Lawyer, Construction Law and Litigation, 2009 – present
  • Super Lawyers National Business Edition, 2018 (New York Construction Litigation)
  • Marquis Who’s Who in American Law, 1999 – present