Walter G. Breakell
Walter Breakell, our firm’s founder and principal, has been practicing law for over 30 years. Through his entire career Walter's practice has been focused on the construction industry.
He has served contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, sureties, developers, and owners. He has helped his clients through contract reviews, performance disputes, delay claims, disputed and extra work issues, changed conditions, OSHA and labor law matters, payment bond claims, mechanics liens, and more. Walter’s intimate knowledge of the construction industry means he has the unique ability to get two divergent parties communicating in an effort to resolve their particular disputes without the necessity of a time consuming and costly litigation. But he is always prepared to mediate, arbitrate, or litigate a matter, if necessary.
Walter also counsels his clients through all types of business matters. His decades of experience in the industry mean he has insight necessary when aiding his clients in making business transactions including acquisitions, mergers, and transfers; succession plans; commercial transactions; real estate purchases; and MWBE/DBE certification; to name a few.
Walter is counsel to Northeastern Subcontractors Association and to the New York State Concrete Masonry Association. He is also a member for the Associated General Contractors of New York and the Eastern Contractors Association. He is a past member of the Upstate New York Construction Industry Advisory Counsel. He often gives informative lectures before these and other industry groups.
He is licensed to practice law in New York and Florida. He is a member of the American Bar Association (Construction Law and Litigation Divisions member), the New York State Bar Association, the Florida State Bar Association,
Walter is a mediator, arbitrator, and lecturer for the American Arbitration Association (AAA’s) for both construction and commercial disputes. He is a certified member of the AAA’s Large, Complex Construction Panel.
- SUNY Buffalo School of Law, JD 1977
- SUNY Buffalo, BA 1974
- New York, 1978
- Florida, 1980
- United States Court of Federal Claims
- United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- United States District Courts for the Northern, Western, and Southern Districts of New York