Attorneys

D. Christian Fischer, Esq.

Email: dcf@alario-fischer.com

Practice Areas:            Construction Law, Construction Litigation, Contracts,
Surety Law, Real Estate Transactions

          D. Christian Fischer is the managing partner of the firm. With more than 23 years of experience in construction law, and many more working in the construction industry, Mr. Fischer is involved in negotiating and drafting construction agreements for public and private entities, including all typical procurement methods (Design-Build, Construction Manager as Advisor, Construction Manager at Risk, Guaranteed Maximum Price, and Lump Sum).  

          Mr. Fischer has successfully prosecuted, defended and resolved numerous construction defect, construction delay, and payment disputes, which often require management of voluminous documents and intricate issues. He has been involved in complex construction mediation, arbitration and litigation cases throughout the Eastern United States. His construction practice consists of all aspects of commercial and municipal construction, including bidding, contract drafting and negotiation, project management, claim and lien preparation, mediation, arbitration and litigation.  He also frequently represents sureties in the defense of both payment bond and performance bond claims, and currently acts as regional counsel for a national surety for claims in the Northeastern United States.

          He also has experience assisting clients in prevailing wage matters involving the New York State Department of Labor, as well as MBE and WBE certification, utilization and waivers.  Prior to returning to firm practice, Mr. Fischer spent six years as in-house General Counsel for a large general contractor with offices in Syracuse, NY and Frederick, MD, that worked throughout the Eastern United States.

          He is a frequent speaker at Associated General Contractors of America training events, on topics such as the Federal Davis Bacon Act and the criminalization of construction labor laws.  Mr. Fischer also currently serves as Justice for the Village of Cazenovia, NY.

EDUCATION
Lock Haven University, BA, 1987
Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1993

ADMISSIONS
New York State Courts
Pennsylvania Courts
Maryland Courts
United States District Court for the Northern District of New York

MEMBERSHIPS
Onondaga County Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
American Bar Association
Associated General Contractors of America, Labor and Employment Law Council
New York State Magistrates Association

Harris Lindenfeld, Esq.

Email: hl@alario-fischer.com

Practice Areas:            Construction Law, Construction Litigation, Municipal Law,
Contract Law, Civil Litigation

          Harris Lindenfeld was admitted to the New York State bar in 1987, United States District Court, Northern District of New York, 1987, and to the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals in 1990, after receiving a B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1969, a Master of Arts from the University of Virginia in 1971, a Doctor of Musical Arts from Cornell University Graduate School in 1975 and a Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School in 1986.

          After Law School, Mr. Lindenfeld took a clerkship with the Honorable Stewart F. Hancock, Jr. at the New York State Court of Appeals, following which he joined the firm of Langan, Grossman, Kinney and Dwyer, P.C.  Among his first projects was a local school district with an asbestos abatement project that closed the school for a year and delayed construction.  Resolution brought his first lessons in education law, lien law, surety law, bankruptcy law, and a bit of criminal law.

           Since then, Mr. Lindenfeld has continued his involvement with school districts, providing advice to boards and administrators and preparing opinion letters, memoranda of law and appellate briefs on issues as diverse as school elections, home schooling, aidability of joint construction projects, employee discipline and termination, and drug use.  He has successfully conducted litigation in both state and federal courts on issues including environmental hazards and toxic materials, complex construction litigation for owners, contractors and engineers, and employment discrimination.  He has also performed general services for town governments, and other municipal entities. He has prosecuted appeals in areas as diverse as environmental compliance, construction and surety claims and DNA testing for paternity.  He has performed construction related services for about two dozen school districts and has litigated substantial construction delay claims, including A.R. Mack v. Central Square Central School District, 278 AD2d 839 (4th Dept 2000). He is currently working on several claims arising out of public and private construction projects in Central New York.  Mr. Lindenfeld speaks on construction contracts for continuing legal education seminars.

          From 1995 to 2016 Mr. Lindenfeld operated an office for the general practice of law in Cazenovia, New York, emphasizing his experience in education law, construction law, and municipal law.  He joined Alario & Fischer, P.C. at the end of 2016.

EDUCATION
University of Virginia, BA, 1969

University of Virginia, MA, 1971
Cornell University, DMA, 1975
Cornell University, JD, 1986


ADMISSIONS
New York State Courts
United States District Court for the Northern District of New York

Second Circuit Court of Appeals

MEMBERSHIPS
Onondaga County Bar Association
New York State Bar Association

Laurel J. Eveleigh, Esq.


Practice Areas:    Construction Law, Construction Litigation, Contracts, Complex Corporate Litigation, Appellate Practice, Zoning and Land Use, Environmental Law, Administrative Law and Procedure

          Laurel J. Eveleigh has over 25 years of experience as a litigator, representing clients in construction, contract, environmental, permitting, land use and zoning matters at the administrative, trial and appellate levels.  Ms. Eveleigh has successfully resolved construction defect, construction delay and payment disputes, whether through negotiation or litigation, and is skilled in negotiating and drafting contractual agreements for public and private entities, large and small. 

          Ms. Eveleigh has been counsel to public entities, developers and general contractors on contractual, environmental, siting and telecommunications projects.  She has litigated breach of contract and construction defect claims against developers and project owners on behalf of general contractors as well as representing a downstate condominium association against a developer for significant construction defects including a dangerously failing building façade.  She served as co-project manager on the largest contract ever let by the State of New York for the development of a statewide wireless telecommunications network for emergency first responders (police, fire and emergency medical services).  She secured brownfields status and significant brownfields program credits for a major mixed-use development in Central New York.  She headed up the team to secure all legal approvals for the telecommunications carrier responsible for building out the first wireless network in the largest metropolitan area in the state.  She has represented heavy industrial entities before state and local administrative bodies to secure permits and rights to build and, where required, litigated her clients’ rights to those approvals when improperly denied. 

          After graduating summa cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law (where she served as the Editor in Chief of the Syracuse Law Review), Ms. Eveleigh was associated with a large  Washington D.C. law firm, where she concentrated on complex commercial litigation.  Thereafter, she worked for and ultimately became a partner in a mid-sized Central New York law firm specializing in complex corporate and environmental litigation.  In 2006, Ms. Eveleigh established her own law office where, for example, she provided environmental expertise to clients interested in purchasing land known to have been contaminated; secured land use permits from localities for new and existing businesses; assisted with the sale or purchase of businesses; and defended and prosecuted litigation claims for businesses of all sizes.  She has served as an adjunct member of the faculty of the Syracuse University College of Law, and has lectured frequently at continuing legal education seminars on various topics.

EDUCATION
Syracuse University, BA, 1979
Syracuse University College of Law, JD, 1990

ADMISSIONS
New York State Courts
United States District Court of the District of Maryland
United States District Court for the Northern District of New York

MEMBERSHIPS
Onondaga County Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York
Central New York Women’s Bar Association