January 25, 2021

Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli welcomes Shareholders Jason S. Samuels and Aaron E. Zerykier as members of the firm’s national Construction Practice and Real Estate and Financial Services Department. The duo are the first Construction Practice attorneys located in Polsinelli’s New York office.

Samuels and Zerykier bring decades of combined construction law experience to Polsinelli, as well as additional concentration in dispute resolution and contract negotiations. They counsel clients on construction-related disputes through arbitration and in federal and state courts. 

“We are pleased to add the depth and experience of Jason and Aaron to our Construction team and look forward to the additional value they will bring to our clients in New York and across the country,” said Polsinelli Real Estate and Construction Practice Chair Amy Kiefer Hansen. “The construction industry continues to grow and evolve, and we are glad to have the broad capabilities and client-service focus that these two attorneys deliver integrated into our Polsinelli team.” 

Jason S. Samuels

Samuels focuses his practice on dispute resolution and contract negotiation. He represents contractors, owners and developers in all aspects of public and private construction and development, including negotiation of large-scale new construction and renovation project agreements. He has successfully prosecuted and defended numerous claims on behalf of clients in various New York federal and state courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution venues.

Samuels has been included in The Best Lawyers in America® for Litigation—Construction since 2017 and New York Metro Super Lawyers, Construction Litigation since 2016. Other accomplishments include his selection to Super Lawyers’ Rising Star in 2012, Long Island Business News’ 40 Under 40 recognition in 2012 and Long Island Business News’ Who’s Who in Commercial & Real Estate Law list in 2011.

Samuels maintains memberships with the Subcontractors Trade Association (STA), Construction Lawyers of Society of America and Nassau County Bar Association. Samuels earned his bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Albany, and continued his education by obtaining a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law.

“Polsinelli has an impressive national reputation in real estate and I am eager to collaborate with my new colleagues across the country to offer exceptional service to the firm’s growing client base,” said Samuels. “Polsinelli’s national platform and cross-departmental services was attractive to me and will be valuable for my clients as well.”

Aaron E. Zerykier 

Zerykier counsels clients on construction-related disputes through arbitration and in federal and state trial courts. He represents a wide range of clients in all construction industry sectors, including real estate developers, subcontractors and owners. He also represents various clients in business divorce cases involving disputes among co-owners of closely held business entities.

Zerykier has been recognized in New York Metro Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Business Litigation from 2013 – 2017. He was also the recipient of the Nassau County Bar Association’s Access to Justice Champion Award and Fordham University School of Law’s Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award in 2001.

Zerykier is a member of the Construction Lawyers of Society of America and the New York State Bar Association. Zerykier earned his bachelor’s degree from Yeshiva University, and obtained his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. 

“Polsinelli is a great fit for my construction industry clients. The firm’s national platform and widespread resources were desirable, and I am looking forward to connecting with some of the top real estate attorneys in the country on the Polsinelli team,” said Zerykier. 

Polsinelli's recent real estate practice rankings include being recognized nationally by Chambers USA, 2019; earning a National Tier One ranking in Real Estate Law by U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 "Best Law Firms" and, being ranked as Tier 4 in real estate by Legal 500, 2019. The firm was also included in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News & World Report, in which the real estate practice earned Tier 1 honors.

About Polsinelli

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with 900 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, the firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, middle-market corporate, labor and employment and business litigation. Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP in California.