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Navigating the Minefield of the New York Lien Law

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Produced on July 22, 2016

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Course Information

Time 50m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Real Estate

Course Description

This seminar is intended to give an overview of the procedures and requirements for filing and preserving valid and enforceable Mechanics’ Liens in New York. Mechanics’ Liens are statutory and there are very particular requirements concerning content, timing and service outlined in the New York Lien Law. If those rules are not followed to the letter, a Mechanics’ Lien can be rendered void. Once it is voided, a lien cannot be resuscitated, so an attorney needs to be mindful of the very particular requirements of the Lien Law, of which there are many.

This program - taught by Robert C. Angelillo, a partner at Arkin Solbakken LLP - gives practitioners who are new to this area of law an understanding of the issues (and the pitfalls) of Mechanics’ Liens in New York. 

Learning Objectives:
  1. Know the requirements for content, timing, and service of Mechanics’ Liens under the NY Lien Law
  2. Understand the difference between public and private Mechanics’ Liens
  3. Discuss how an attorney can establish and preserve their clients’ Mechanics’ Lien rights

Credit Information

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Robert Angelillo

Arkin Solbakken LLP

Mr. Angelillo is an experienced commercial litigator with a diverse practice in the state and federal courts in New York and New Jersey. Mr. Angelillo has represented clients in a wide range of complex commercial matters, including representing owners, developers, general contractors and subcontractors in both public and private project construction disputes, prosecuting and defending against claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, commercial fraud, business torts, professional liability and malpractice, and disability benefits claims, including administrative appeals under ERISA. He has also negotiated and drafted complex commercial and construction contracts. Mr. Angelillo has written extensively on legal matters affecting the construction industry, with articles published in New York Construction and The Nassau Lawyer, among other publications, and has lectured on construction law and litigation at the New York City Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association and numerous construction trade associations.

Notable Representations

  • The successful defense of corporate shareholders against claims to “pierce the corporate veil” and for fraudulent transfer, resulting in dismissal of the entire case after a trial in Supreme Court, New York County.
  • The complete dismissal, by motion, of an investor’s five million dollar claim for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud against franchisee board member and CEO, which dismissal was affirmed on appeal.
  • Obtained complete dismissal of all claims against FINRA member client in a lawsuit that asserted claims to bonus compensation and severance payments under theories of breach of contract, unjust enrichment, estoppel and New York Labor Law.
  • Represented the general contractor in a multimillion dollar Superfund site remediation litigation against the State of New Jersey, resulting in a favorable settlement for the client.
  • Represented commercial client in negotiation of a complex interconnection agreement with the regional utility.
  • Obtained, in Federal Court, summary judgment on behalf of disability claimant, reversing insurance carrier’s wrongful termination of disability benefits and awarding claimant attorneys’ fees.
  • Mr. Angelillo has also lectured on construction law matters at the New York City Bar Association, the New York Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors, the Jamaica Business Resource Center, and the Nassau County Bar Association.


Eric C.

Very nicely done.

Mark S.

Excellent lecturer.

John S.

Very good presentation.


I find it very helpful.

Maria F.

Excellent speaker. Clear. On point.

Stephen L.

Great presentation. Presenter should do a follow up or two.

Michael T.

Very knowledgeable.

Evan K.

A tour de force in weird, esoteric law that I do not practice and never will. Bravo sir!

Ann L.

another well organized informative program

James M.

Engaged speaker.

Sonia B.

Fantastic! A very relevant course.

Steven B.

good course

Gina R. A.

He was excellent, clear and informative.



Daniel W.

Excellent Overview

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