Joseph R. Haftek, Jr. Partner

Joseph R. Haftek, Jr. joined Schenck, Price, Smith & King in 2014 and has represented developers, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, construction professionals, design professionals and businesses in both state and federal courts. In addition to being a member of the Firm's Construction Law Practice Group, where he heads the Bid Protest Team, he is a member of the School Law Practice Group.  He was selected to the 2016, 2017 and 2018 New Jersey Super Lawyers® * list and to the 2014 New Jersey Rising Stars® * list, featured in New Jersey Monthly magazine, in the field of Construction Litigation.  In 2018, he was included on the list of Morris/Essex Health & Life Magazine’s “Top Lawyers” in Construction. Mr. Haftek's knowledge and experience have also been recognized with opportunities as a lecturer to both lawyers and construction industry professionals on topics ranging from construction contracts to public bidding and bid protests.

Mr. Haftek is also a very active participant in the NJSBA Construction Law Section, which is comprised of many of the state’s foremost construction law attorneys.  The Construction Law Section monitors the laws governing construction and public contracts and recommends modifications to and/or comments on such laws when appropriate, and provides educational seminars, materials and publications to attorneys and other members of the construction industry. He has held the position of Co-Secretary of the Section, is currently the Co-Vice Chairman, and will be promoted to Co-Chairman of the Section in May 2019.

Since entering private practice in 2005, Mr. Haftek has focused on developing his construction law practice.  He has experience in handling all aspects of litigation, including prosecution and defense of bid protests, affirmative and construction lien claims; negotiating, drafting and reviewing contracts; collection services; public and school bid protest and contract law issues; and, providing general legal advice and guidance for each phase of the construction process.  He is counsel to a number of construction companies, in particular several of the New York metro areas largest construction management firms.

In addition, as the son and brother of contractors, Mr. Haftek has grown up in and around the construction industry and understands the specific needs of today's construction practitioner.  Prior to attending law school, he worked as a laborer, operator and supervisor, learning firsthand about day-to-day construction operations.  This personal experience compliments his legal experience and allows him to develop valuable, long-term relationships with his clients.

Mr. Haftek also has significant experience in general commercial litigation matters, and is the Pro Bono attorney for the Wyckoff Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Areas of Concentration

Construction (Contract Disputes, Bid Protests, School Construction, Lien Laws, Collections, Consumer Fraud, Construction Defects, Surety Law, Delay Claims and Extra Work Claims), Business, Insurance and Appellate Litigation

Representative Matters

  • Represented a general contractor on a lien foreclosure matter with a $1,600,000.00 defect counterclaim asserted by the commercial owner.  Prevailed at arbitration and obtained a six figure award for the firm's client.
  • Represented a general contractor on a multi-million dollar public project regarding withheld retainage and alleged defects.  Handled the matter through litigation and subsequent arbitration, and prevailed with the client awarded six figures in compensation.
  • Argued before the New Jersey Appellate Division on a high profile bid protest matter in Passaic County that was covered by the local media.
  • Successfully tried several cases to a jury verdict.

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