Sarah Biser is a partner in the New York office of Fox Rothschild LLP, a national firm with 27 offices and about 950 attorneys. Ranked by Chambers USA as a leader in construction law for eleven consecutive years, Sarah represents owners, contractors, developers, architects and engineers, both in the United States and abroad, in all stages of the construction process. Co-chair of the firm's national construction law and international arbitration group, she focuses her practice on large, capital-intensive construction projects, with a particular emphasis on drafting and negotiating contracts for complex and unique construction and infrastructure, as well as litigating disputes involving such projects both in the courtroom and in domestic and international arbitration.
In a project expected to be the largest development of the decade in New York City, Sarah who co-chairs the firm's Israel practice group represented Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in connection with the Technion-Cornell joint venture, in the construction of a new applied science university and related facilities on Roosevelt Island. She was involved in the construction of InterActive Corporation's futuristic headquarters and AOL's headquarters, including the CNN newsroom, in the Time Warner building. Internationally, she represents one of the joint venture partners who constructed the expansion of the Panama Canal, and represents the EPC contractor who designed and constructed the construction of a 220-megawatt hydroelectric plant in Changuinola, Panama.
Sarah has also been involved in the construction of industrial smelters, waste ammonia recovery systems, solar power installations, power facilities, educational institutions, and health care facilities. She is currently defending a European construction company in connection with Defense Base Act claims arising out of the 1968 crash of a B-52 bomber carrying four nuclear warheads at an airbase in Thule, Greenland.
Sarah is co-author of the leading treatise on New York construction law, the New York Construction Law Manual. She also authors the chapter on New York law in Fifty State Construction Lien and Bond Law (3rd Edition) and the New York chapter in State-by-State Guide to Architect, Engineer and Contractor Licensing. Sarah also co-authored the chapter on "Legal Relationships" in Temporary Structures in Construction (3rd Edition).
Sarah is a frequent lecturer on construction issues, such as:
- How To Deal With the Insurer in the Arbitration and Mediation Process
- Construction of the Third Lane of Panama Canal
- How High Is Up? Civil and Common Law Approaches to the Typical Exceptions to Limitations of Liability in the Age Of "Gross Negligence"
- Litigation, Insolvency and Other Things When Projects Go Bad
- Preventative Lawyering: Lessons Learned from the Construction Industry
- Arbitration of Construction Disputes