Partners

  • Matthew S. Quinn

    Founding Partner

    mquinn@quinnmccabe.com

    Direct line: 212-447-5510

    For over two decades, Matthew Quinn has successfully represented prominent clients in the design and construction industries, including national and multi-national corporate, professional and institutional firms, major commercial developers, building owners, architects and engineers.  Mr. Quinn skillfully and effectively represents his clients in litigations, arbitrations and other dispute resolution forums with a focus on design- and construction-related claims.  He also negotiates and advises clients on agreements relating to design and construction projects, including residential, commercial and public developments.  

    Mr. Quinn advises and represents clients in connection with legal issues arising during the course of construction projects, including those unique to urban settings.  He provides general counseling services, advising clients on business-related matters, insurance issues and employment policies and practices.  He counsels and represents clients with respect to business formation and ownership transfer, including drafting and negotiating organizational and purchase agreements.  Mr. Quinn has also successfully defended several prominent clients in employment-related matters.

    Mr. Quinn received his bachelor’s degree from Colgate University in 1987 and his law degree from Fordham University School of Law in 1990, where he was selected for The Fordham International Law Journal.  Mr. Quinn is a former co-chair of the AIA New York State/ACEC New York Practice Advisory Committee on Contracts and is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Real Estate Board of New York and ACEC New York.  Mr. Quinn has spoken on numerous construction-related topics, with a particular focus on issues relating to design and construction in urban environments. 

    Bar Admissions

    State of New York
    State of New Jersey 
    United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
    United States District Court, District of New Jersey 

    Publications 

    “Beware the Temptation to Offer Extra Services,” New York Construction Law Magazine

    “Proceed with Caution in Assigning Professional Services Contracts,” New Jersey Law Journal

    “Design and Construction Entities and Licensing,” New York Construction Law, published by Aspen Publishers, Inc. 

    Recent Speaking Engagements

    New York University’s Master’s Program in Real Estate, Real Estate Development, Guest Lecturer, Project Delivery Methods 

    Leadership Mentoring Networking Opportunity for A+D Professionals (“LMNOP”), Demystifying Insurance

     

  • Christopher P. McCabe

    Founding Partner

    cmccabe@quinnmccabe.com

    Direct line: 212-447-5520 

    Christopher McCabe’s experience representing clients in the design and construction industries spans nearly twenty years.  His clients include major real estate developers, building owners, design professionals, construction managers and owner’s representatives.  Mr. McCabe represents clients in negotiations of contracts relating to the development of residential, commercial, university and hospital buildings, hotels, community centers, and other private and public projects.  He also advises clients on a broad range of legal issues arising from the development of construction projects.  Mr. McCabe represents clients in complex litigations relating to the ownership and development of real estate including construction delay claims, disputes between owners and contractors, design errors and omissions, applications for access to neighboring properties and other construction-related disputes.  He also advises clients on business-related matters, insurance issues, and employment policies and practices, and prepares corporate agreements relating to shareholders, partnerships, and employment. 

    Mr. McCabe’s experience working in his family’s mechanical contracting firm gives him additional insight into legal matters concerning the construction and real estate industries.

    Mr. McCabe received his bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University in 1992 and his law degree from New York Law School in 1995.  He is the former co-chair of the AIA New York State/ACEC New York Practice Advisory Committee on Consultants and is a member of ACEC New York, the American Bar Association and the Real Estate Board of New York.  Mr. McCabe has lectured on a variety of construction-related topics.

    Bar Admissions

    State of New York
    State of New Jersey
    State of Connecticut
    United States District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

    Publications

    “Insurance and Surety Bonds Relating to the Design and Construction Industries,” New York Construction Law, published by Aspen Publishers, Inc. 

    “Reducing Professional Liability Insurance Premiums,” New York Real Estate Journal and the ACEC New York Chapter Newsletter

    “Limiting Design Professionals’ Exposure to Errors and Omissions Claims,” New York Real Estate Journal

    Recent Speaking Engagements

    American Bar Association Construction Superconference 

  • Simon Block

    Partner 

    sblock@quinnmccabe.com

    Direct line: 212-447-5530

    Simon Block represents clients in the design and construction industries, in both litigation and transactional matters. He has successfully litigated complex commercial cases for corporate and individual clients and has significant expertise resolving disputes, including those with adjoining property owners, through mediation, arbitration, negotiation, and litigation. 

    In order to efficiently serve his clients’ legal and business needs, Mr. Block leverages his extensive experience advising clients on a wide variety of business-related matters, including insurance issues, employment policies and practices, commercial contracts, intellectual property, professional malpractice, misappropriation of trade secrets and business torts. 

    Mr. Block drafts and negotiates contracts relating to the design and construction of major projects. He also represents clients with respect to business formation and ownership transfer, and preparing and negotiating shareholder, operating and employment agreements.  

    Mr. Block received his bachelor’s degree, with distinction, from Cornell University in 1993 and his law degree, cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School in 1996, where he was a Notes & Comments Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review. Mr. Block has served as an Adjunct Instructor of Legal Writing at Brooklyn Law School, and as a small claims arbitrator for the Civil Court of the City of New York.  

    Bar Admissions

    State of New York
    State of California
    United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
    United States District Court, Central District of California
    United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    United States Supreme Court

  • Jonathan H. Krukas

    Partner

    jkrukas@quinnmccabe.com

    Direct line: 212-447-5560

    Jonathan Krukas has extensive experience representing clients in the construction industry, including project developers, property owners, contractors, architects, engineers, interior designers and material suppliers, in both litigations and in transactional matters.  Each year from 2016 through and including 2020, Mr. Krukas was selected as a “Rising Star” in the field of Construction Litigation by New York Super Lawyers magazine.

    Mr. Krukas represents clients in a wide array of construction-related litigations and claims, including those associated with construction defects and delays, petitions for court-ordered licenses, professional malpractice, insurance disputes and indemnification obligations, at both the trial and appellate levels.  When litigating matters, Mr. Krukas leverages his experience in alternative dispute resolution to pursue favorable, cost-effective results.  However, where settlement is not possible, he skillfully litigates actions on behalf of clients.  Recently, Mr. Krukas completed a several week trial which resulted in a jury verdict in the full amount of the client’s claim. 

    Mr. Krukas also has broad experience drafting, negotiating and analyzing agreements for clients.  He regularly negotiates neighbor access agreements on behalf of both developers and adjacent property owners.  He also represents clients in the negotiation of construction manager agreements, subcontractor agreements and architect and consultant agreements in connection with major construction projects.  Mr. Krukas also advises and assists clients with corporate governance and ownership transition issues, including drafting and negotiating purchase agreements, shareholder agreements, operating agreements, partnership agreements and employment agreements.    

    Mr. Krukas received his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, where he graduated cum laude, and his law degree from St. John’s University School of Law. 

    Bar Admissions

    State of New York
    State of New Jersey
    United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
    United States District Court, District of New Jersey

    Recent Speaking Engagements

    Uproar Next Door: Adjacent Construction Concerns, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Seminar Series

  • David M. Peraino

    Partner

    dperaino@quinnmccabe.com

    Direct line: 212-447-5540

    David Peraino represents developers, property owners, design professionals, construction managers and contractors in a variety of construction-related disputes. He skillfully represents clients in litigations, at both the trial and appellate levels, arbitrations and other dispute resolution forums. He advises clients in connection with construction defect claims, professional malpractice claims, insurance coverage issues, mechanic’s lien foreclosure actions, and property boundary disputes.

    Mr. Peraino also drafts and negotiates contracts relating to the design and construction of major projects, and counsels clients on business formation issues, including preparing and negotiating operating agreements. He has extensive experience drafting and negotiating neighbor access agreements on behalf of both developers and adjacent property owners.

    Mr. Peraino received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Providence College. He obtained his law degree, magna cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School, where he was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, Trial Advocacy Division and served as Associate Managing Editor of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law.

    Bar Admissions

    State of New York
    State of Massachusetts
    United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Associates

  • Wendy Chavez

    Associate

    wchavez@quinnmccabe.com
    Direct line: 646-502-6324

    Wendy Chavez represents developers, property owners, architects, engineers and contractors in both litigation and transactional matters. On the litigation side, Ms. Chavez represents clients in a variety of construction-related matters, including those arising from damage or defect claims, adjacent property access, as well as claims relating to project delays and breach of contract. Her transactional practice includes drafting and negotiating neighbor access agreements on behalf of developers and neighboring property owners.

    Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Chavez served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel at the New York City Law Department. While working in the Commercial and Real Estate Litigation Division, Ms. Chavez represented City agencies and other public entities in commercial litigation matters, including those arising from complex construction projects and public procurement. She also previously worked in the Tort Division of the Law Department, where she gained invaluable experience conducting multiple jury trials.

    Ms. Chavez received her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from the University at Albany, and her law degree from Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, where she served as a research editor for the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal.

    Bar Admissions

    State of New York

  • James P. Kelly

    Associate

    jkelly@quinnmccabe.com

    Direct line: 646-502-6316

    James Kelly represents property owners, developers, construction firms, and design professionals in both litigation and transactional matters.  Mr. Kelly handles a variety of construction-related litigation matters, including those associated with defect and damage claims, contractor and subcontractor disputes, foreclosure and discharge of mechanic’s liens, and insurance disputes.  Mr. Kelly also drafts and negotiates a variety of contracts and agreements pertinent to the construction industry, including neighbor access agreements and contractors/consultant agreements. 

    Mr. Kelly received his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Fordham University. He obtained his law degree from Fordham University School of Law, where he was a member of the Fordham Environmental Law Review. At Fordham University School of Law, Mr. Kelly received the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award and was selected as a Ruth Whitehead Whaley Scholar.

    Bar Admissions

    State of New York

  • Christina Loguidice

    Associate

    cloguidice@quinnmccabe.com
    Direct line: 917-338-1482

    Christina Loguidice represents developers, design professionals, and construction firms in both litigation and transactional matters.  Ms. Loguidice developed her litigation skills through her clinical intern experience during law school at the New York City Law Department, Special Federal Litigation Division. Ms. Loguidice started working at the firm as a law school intern during the summer of 2018, and continued to intern at the firm throughout her last year of law school.

    Ms. Loguidice received her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Binghamton University, where she double majored in Economics and Political Science.  She obtained her law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 2019, where she was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, Trial Advocacy Division, and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Honor Society, and served as an Articles Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review.

    Bar Admissions

    State of New York
    State of New Jersey 

    Publications

    Mandatory Reassignment As a Reasonable Accommodation Under The Americans With Disabilities Act Turns “Nondiscrimination into Discrimination”, 84 Brook. L. Rev. 1059 (2019)

     

  • Kevin Scully

    Associate

    kscully@quinnmccabe.com

    Direct line:  212-447-5533

    Kevin Scully received his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Maryland and his law degree, cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School in 2011.  His note, The Most Dangerous Game: U.S. Opposition to the Cultural Exception, was published in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law, for which he served as Associate Managing Editor.  

    Mr. Scully represents real estate developers, property owners, contractors, material suppliers and design professionals in both litigation and transactional matters.  He represents clients in construction-related litigation relating to claims for construction delay, insurance, indemnification, breach of contract, and access to adjacent properties.   Mr. Scully also drafts and negotiates contracts regarding a wide array of issues relating to the construction of real estate projects all over the New York City area. 

    Prior to joining Quinn McCabe, Mr. Scully served as a law clerk in the Civil Division of New Jersey Superior Court in Newark and as an associate for three years at a boutique commercial litigation firm in Long Island. 

    Bar Admissions

    State of New York
    State of New Jersey
    United States District Court, District of New Jersey

  • Eric A. Thorsen

    Associate

    ethorsen@quinnmccabe.com
    Direct line: 212-447-5580

    Eric Thorsen represents real estate developers, property owners, architects, engineers, and contractors in both litigation and transactional matters. His litigation practice includes representing clients in a variety of construction-related matters, including adjacent property access issues, breach of contract claims, contractor and subcontractor disputes, foreclosure and discharge of mechanic’s liens, and insurance disputes. Mr. Thorsen also drafts and negotiates neighbor access agreements on behalf of both developers and neighboring property owners. Mr. Thorsen received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Manhattan College. He obtained his law degree, cum laude, from New York Law School. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Thorsen represented insurance carriers, property owners, and contractors in connection with New York Labor Law and negligence claims, and also defended New York Workers’ Compensation claims.

    Bar Admissions

    State of New York
    State of New Jersey
    United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Administration

  • Ellen McCarthy

    Manager of Accounting and Administration

    emccarthy@quinnmccabe.com

    Direct line: 212-447-5570

    Ellen McCarthy oversees all of Quinn McCabe’s billing and accounting, which includes invoicing, receivables, payables, payroll, bank reconciliations and managing the firm’s accounts. She also directs administration for the office, including supervising administrative staff and interacting with vendors and consultants. 

    A skilled comptroller, Ms. McCarthy brings over 30 years of experience in the field of billing and accounting for New York-based law firms.

     

  • Monica Wassell

    Legal Assistant

    mwassell@quinnmccabe.com
    Direct line:  212-889-1681

    Monica Wassell assists Quinn McCabe’s Manager of Accounting and Administration with various administration issues and also serves as a legal assistant.  Ms. Wassell brings to the firm over 30 years of experience in the legal field.