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Edward Seglias

EDWARD SEGLIAS is the Vice President of Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC as well as a Shareholder and a member of the Board of Directors. He is a Partner in the Firm’s Construction Group.

Ed concentrates his practice in construction law and commercial litigation and has successfully tried numerous construction and commercial cases in the mid-Atlantic region. He has obtained many verdicts over one million dollars and also has successfully defended clients against numerous multi-million dollar claims.

Ed has authored numerous articles relating to the construction industry. He is also a highly sought-after lecturer on the subjects of bidding law, delay claims, scope claims and project management. Seminars he has created for various trade organizations include: "Construction Project Documentation: Improving Your Chances For Victory" and "The Steel Crisis: Where Are We and What Can Be Done About It?," which were presented to the Associated Builders and Contractors of Delaware, the Delaware Contractors Association and the Southeast chapter of the Mechanical Contractors Association, "Blame, Claims and Time Frames: How To Better Manage Risk and Reward on Construction Projects," given to the Mechanical Contractors Association and the Contractors Association of Eastern Pennsylvania, and "Trying the Construction Jury Trial," presented at the Construction Law Session of the ABA section on Litigation.

During his spare time, Ed enjoys golf, squash and cycling.

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Experience

Ed has helped to establish important case law in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For example, he was trial and appellate counsel in B. Pietrini & Sons, Inc. v. Agate Construction, Inc. 901 A. 2d 1050 (Pa. Super. 2006), a case which establishes law under the Pennsylvania Procurement Code that a contractor is entitled to the payment of attorney’s fees and penalties when it has not been paid contract balance due and owing. In Pietrini, a general contractor withheld payment of undisputed contract balance and change orders because Pietrini refused to execute a final release of claims and liens, which would have waived its right to challenge Agate’s refusal to pay certain disputed change orders. In a case of first impression, the Superior Court held that Agate acted in bad faith by withholding the undisputed balance as a means of gaining leverage against Pietrini to release the disputed change order claims.

In another case of first impression, Ed established law in the State of New Jersey holding that sureties issuing performance bonds on public projects cannot rely upon bond provisions that deviate from the bond form prescribed by statute. In Gloucester City Board of Education v. American Arbitration Association and Amwest Surety Insurance Company, 755 A. 2d 1256 (N.J. Super. 2000), Amwest sought to enforce certain provisions in the form bond it submitted, as defenses to the Board’s performance bond claim. Amwest argued that the Board had failed to provide the requisite declaration of default and formal notice of termination as required by the provisions of the Amwest bond form submitted to Gloucester for the Project. The Superior Court reversed the trial court and rejected Amwest's argument on the grounds that surety bonds issued to satisfy the requirements of a statute will be construed consistently with the legislative mandate. Consequently, any provisions in the bond that are inconsistent with the statutory requirements must be stricken and substituted for those provisions of the statute that are required by law.

 

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Awards
  • Chambers USA Pennsylvania Construction List: 2015 - 2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Best Lawyers® in America List, Construction Law and Litigation - Construction: 2017, 2018
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List, Construction Litigation: 2004 - 2018
  • Corporate Counsel Edition for Construction Law Super Lawyer, 2009

Education

Widener Law School, J.D.
York College, B.A.

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania
Delaware
New York
District of Columbia

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, District of Delaware
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims