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Robert Attardo is Special Counsel in the Litigation Department at the firm. He focuses his practice on environmental and construction issues, and business and real estate disputes.  He is experienced in all phases of litigation and alternative dispute resolution methods, and possesses significant trial experience. 


Representative Matters:


·     Successfully defends claims of environmental contamination against one of the world’s leading energy companies, residential landlords, design professionals, construction contractors and manufacturers involving lead paint, asbestos and various chemical releases


·     Regularly represents all participants in the construction industry (owners, developers, design professionals, contractors and suppliers) in construction litigation, including contract disputes, mechanics’ lien claims, claims under performance and payment bonds, and trust fund claims, on private and public improvement projects


·     Regularly counsels clients with the negotiation and drafting of construction contracts and subcontracts, purchase orders, standard terms and conditions, and credit applications


Community Involvement:


Mr. Attardo is President-Elect of the Rochester Rotary Club, one of the oldest and largest Rotary Clubs in the world.  He will serve as President from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. 


For more than a decade, Mr. Attardo also has been volunteering with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, serving on a Gala fundraising committee, participating in “jailbird” Lock-Ups, and volunteering annually at the Jerry Lewis Telethon. 


In the past, he served as a community member of the Board of Directors of the Rochester Oratorio Society, on the Board of Directors of the Cornell Club of Rochester, and for many years, as a Cub Scout Den Leader.



Practice areas


  1. Environmental: 30%
  2. Construction: 30%
  3. Litigation: 30%
  4. Real Estate: 10%

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Contact info

Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP

2 State Street
700 Crossroads Building
Rochester, NY, 14614-1313


NYCurrently registered 199303/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Paul Harris FellowRotary Foundation of Rotary International2011
Forty Under 40Rochester Business Journal2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Special CounselWoods Oviatt Gilman, LLP2002 - Present
AssociateWard Norris Heller & Reidy, LLP1999 - 2002
AssociateHarter Secrest & Emery, LLP1997 - 1999
Trial AttorneyUnited States Department of Justice1992 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Monroe County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Publication UnknownLegal Pitfalls and Opportunities in Construction2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Cornell UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2011 Update on Laws Impacting Green Buildings in New YorkGreen Building Issues for the Real Estate and Construction Attorney2011
Hot Topics in Real Property Law and PracticeGreen Dirt - What Every Real Estate Attorney Should Know About Developing, Purchasing, Leasing and Insuring Green Buildings2010
Continuing Legal Education SeminarEnvironmental Issues in Construction2010
Mechanics' Lien Law and Strategies in New YorkWho Possesses Lien Rights and Filing A Lien2005