Overview

Ms. Lombardo has successfully litigated matters before the state and federal courts of New Jersey and New York, as well as the American Arbitration Association, with a focus on construction matters. Her experience in commercial litigation and construction litigation is unique in that she represents both plaintiffs and defendants. She was co-lead counsel in a three-year long arbitration representing a major university in a claim involving extensive and complex design and construction defects, which resulted in a multimillion-dollar award in our client’s favor and the arbitrator striking down a limitation of liability clause. Unlike most litigators in the construction arena, Ms. Lombardo also has experience drafting and negotiating contracts. She has worked with owners, contractors, subcontractors, and designers on contracts for projects involving academic centers, public schools, laboratory facilities, office buildings, energy facilities, public/private projects, and building additions of varying sizes. Namely, Ms. Lombardo is lead construction counsel for a prominent healthcare system in the Tri-State area. Most recently, she represented LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc. in the drafting and extensive negotiation of a construction manager agreement for the construction of LG's new North American Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Ms. Lombardo works with the firm’s longstanding corporate clients in addition to the Northeast region’s top universities, retailers, and professionals in the design and construction field in the following types of matters:

  • restrictive covenants
  • contract disputes
  • insurance coverage
  • multi-party construction matters involving design and construction defects
  • construction lien and collection claims 
  • surety claims
  • condominium liability

Ms. Lombardo is a highly accomplished attorney with outstanding abilities in strategizing solutions and navigating litigation to achieve the clients’ goals. She has broad knowledge of legal proceedings before the courts and ADR organizations.

FOCUS AREAS

Defense and prosecution of matters involving failure to abide by contract terms.

Defense and prosecution of claims involving a breach of a covenant not to compete.

Defense and prosecution of claims involving defective design and/or construction of commercial properties ranging from warehouses to condominiums.

Filing and defending against construction liens and municipal mechanic’s liens.

Prosecution of claims on performance and payment bonds procured on construction projects.

Drafting and negotiating contracts for owners, contractors, designers and subcontractors for a variety of commercial construction projects.

Education

  • Rutgers School of Law - Newark (J.D., summa cum laude)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Legal Research and Writing - Teaching Associate
  • Montclair State University (B.A., magna cum laude)

Professional Activities

Essex County Bar Association

New Jersey State Bar Association
Construction Section

AAA Panel of Construction Arbitrators
Member
Roster of Mediators

Association of Trial Lawyers of America

New Jersey District V-A Fee Arbitration Committee (Essex County)
Member, 2015-2019
Panel Chair, 2018-2019

New Jersey Superior Court
Roster of Mediators

Montclair State University
Adjunct Professor

Languages

  • Italian

Professional Admissions

  • State of New Jersey
  • State of New York
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Judicial Clerkship(s)

Judicial intern to the Honorable Philip B. Cummis, Superior Court-Family Division in Newark

Publications & Features

NEWSROOM

Selected to the Morris/Essex Health & Life magazine's "Essex County Top Lawyers" list, Construction, 2018

Selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, Business Litigation 2006-2009, 2010-2013

No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. A description of the selection process methodology for the awards referenced is available at gibbonslaw.com/awards/.

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