Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP
Peter Goetz, Founding Partner Emeritus, is widely regarded as the dean of New York construction lawyers.
Peter has more than 50 years of experience as an attorney in the construction and real estate fields. As a trial attorney, he has both tried and defended complex construction claims involving disputes among owners, design professionals, construction managers, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and building product managers relating to scope changes, design defects, changed conditions, delays, considerations, and terminations. He also has an active practice in construction transactional law, real estate transactions, and landlord-tenant law.
Peter has authored multiple publications, including chapters in the book Construction Disputes: Representing the Contractor, monthly columns on construction law in Construction Executive Magazine, and articles on new developments in construction law in Contractors Guide Magazine and the New York Real Estate Journal. He lectures throughout the United States and abroad on arbitration, litigation, alternate dispute resolution, mediation, construction law, and real estate valuation matters and has been a featured panelist for Lorman Construction Law Seminars in the New York area.
Nominated by his peers for his expertise in the areas of construction law and litigation, Peter has been named to the New York Edition of New York Magazine’s The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers® every year since 2006 and U.S. News Best Lawyers® every year since 2007.
Prior to entering the field of law, Peter worked for five years as a civil engineer, supervising and engineering highway, bridge, and building construction. He was the bridge engineer and assistant to the field resident engineer on the Throgs Neck Bridge construction in New York City.
Peter is also an experienced pilot of single and twin-engine Cessna planes. In 2007, he flew from New York to Buenos Aires along the Atlantic coastline of South America and back, crossing over the Andes and flying the Pacific Coast of South America. The year before he had flown around the entire country of South Africa.