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.
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 currently on the American Arbitration Association Panel of Construction Arbitrators and a Member of the Roster of Mediators. She has also been included on the New Jersey Superior Court Roster of Mediators, where she has mediated a variety of civil matters.
Areas of Focus
Breach of Contract
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.
Construction Design and Defect Claims
Defense and prosecution of claims involving defective design and/or construction of commercial properties ranging from warehouses to condominiums.
Filing of and defending against construction liens and municipal mechanic’s liens.
Prosecution of claims on performance and payment bonds procured on construction projects.
Construction and Design Contract Drafting
Drafting and negotiation of contracts for owners, contractors, designers and subcontractors for a variety of commercial construction projects.
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)
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
United States District Court for the District of Colorado
Essex County Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association
AAA Panel of Construction Arbitrators
Roster of Mediators
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
New Jersey District V-A Fee Arbitration Committee (Essex County)
Panel Chair, 2018-2019
New Jersey Superior Court
Roster of Mediators
Montclair State University
Judicial intern to the Honorable Philip B. Cummis, Superior Court-Family Division in Newark