Frank T. Araps
908-647-1022, ext. 132 Phone
Frank T. Araps, a member of the firm, concentrates his practice in business, construction, engineering, restaurant, distribution, hospitality and real estate law, project risk allocation and management, contract preparation and development, and the negotiation, litigation, arbitration and mediation of business, commercial, construction, and real estate, insurance coverage and defects, labor and employment, and trust and estate claims and disputes.
Frank has extensive experience in the analysis, negotiation, arbitration and litigation of complex engineering, construction and public bid disputes. He has represented public and private owners, architects and engineers, contractors, suppliers, and professional errors and omissions carriers before state and federal courts, federal boards of contract appeals, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Frank has represented construction industry participants involved in projects related to hotels and casinos, high-rise condominiums, schools, utility projects, heavy and highway construction, bridge projects, airports, hospital and medical centers, urban downtown redevelopment, and residential subdivision, multi-family and luxury dwelling units. He has litigated and arbitrated hundreds of trial and hearing days defending and recovering millions of dollars for private and public owners, contractors, suppliers, architects and engineers.
Frank served as consultant, assistant corporate counsel and sales coordinator for one of the leading construction management and consulting firms in the U.S., where he participated in the development of a comprehensive claims and risk management program for a public sewerage authority engaged in the construction of over 125 integrated projects, and the analysis, management and settlement of hotel/casino construction claims.
Frank has promoted, developed, negotiated and drafted leases, financing, construction and procurement contracts and documents for the commercial restaurant, food service and diner industry. He has also advised and represented these businesses in many shareholder and partnership disputes. Frank organized and represented as general counsel a prototype buyer’s food service cooperative corporation comprised of more than 700 New Jersey diner and restaurant members. The New Jersey model of the buyer’s cooperative was implemented in New York and Connecticut for national collective purchasing status.
Frank has researched, written, lectured and presented seminars to construction professionals on construction law and claims management across the country and throughout New Jersey. He has also devoted many years of pro-bono service to non-profit charitable organizations.
Frank formerly managed his own law firm that represented business owners in sales, professional liability and malpractice claims and defense, real estate sales, land use applications, estate planning and administration, litigation, and automobile personal injury defense.