ACCL Membership Directory

Jeffrey R. Cruz

  • Regional Corporate Counsel and Business Unit Ethics Compliance Officer
  • Skanska USA Building
  • 350 Fifth Avenue, 32nd Floor
  • New York, New York 10118


  • Undergraduate: B.A. Georgetown University 1986
  • Law School: JD Fordham University Law School 1989

Career History

Skanska USA Building, New York, NY

Corporate Counsel



E.E. Cruz & Company, Inc., New York, NY

General Counsel, Secretary & Compliance Officer

2008 – 2016


Bear Stearns & Co., New York, NY

Managing Director and Corporate Counsel

2007 – 2008


Thelen Reid & Priest, LLP, New York, NY


2006 – 2007


Postner & Rubin, New York, NY

Associate & Partner

1989 – 2006

Professional Activities

The Moles

*  Member, 2010-present

*  Program Committee, Awards Committee (2012-present)

General Contractors Association of New York

*  Law and Legislation Committee (2008-present)

*  MWBE Committee (2010-present)

Pratt Institute, School of Architecture

*  Adjunct Professor, Construction Management(undergraduate) program and Facilities Management(graduate) program (2001-2004)

American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law

* Governing Committee (2015-present)

* Co-Chair, 2015 Annual Meeting, “The Construction Lawyer’s Bucket List” – Boca Raton, FL

* Division for Corporate Counsel (2008-present)

o Chair (2012-2014); Steering Committee (2009-2012)

o Moderator, Breakfast Program: “Career Transitions – Views from the Inside” (2012)

* Editor, Under Construction, newsletter of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry (2007-2012)

* Co-Editor, The Construction Lawyer, “Hard Hat Case Notes” (2004-2007)

* Speaker, 2010 Annual Meeting, “The Bridge Less Traveled: Impacts of the Infrastructure Crisis” – Austin, TX

* Session Coordinator, 2008 Annual Meeting, “Calls on Letters of Credit — What Do We Do Now?”

* Speaker, 2007 Annual Meeting, “Litigating Form Contract Documents — Don’t Worry, It’s the Standard Form, Right?” – San Juan, PR

* Program Coordinator, Fundamentals of Construction Law, New York City (November 2004)

* Publications Committee (2007-present); Student Writing Competition subcommittee (2011-present)

* Nominating Committee (2009, 2012)

Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America

*  Contract Documents Committee (2008-present)

*  In-House Counsel Forum

Association of the Bar of the City of New York

* Construction Law Committee (2000-2003)

* Moderator, “Toxic Mold and the Construction Industry — Managing the Risk Before, During and After Construction” (September 2003)

ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

New York Construction Law Manual

•           Co-author, (Shepard’s/McGraw-HilI 1992, republished by West Publishing 1998, Supplement 2004)


Construction Superconference, San Francisco, CA

•           Panelist, “The Power Generating Industry – Past, Present and Future” (1999)

•           Panelist, “Project Integrity – Project Delivery Team is Using a New Set of Tools to Fix Old Problems” (2000)

•           Panelist, “The Inside Track on Scheduling and Delay for Owners” (December 2003)


International Construction Superconference, London UK

•           Panelist, “Project Integrity – Project Delivery Team is Using a New Set of Tools to Fix Old Problems” (2001)

•           Panelist, “Building with Integrity – The Role of a Project Integrity Compliance Program”

(May 2003)

•           Panelist, “The International Contractor and Design Firm’s Guide to Doing Business in

the United States” (2005)


International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR)

•           Lecturer, Annual Meeting, “Challenges to Award Based on Evident Partiality after

Positive Software” (New York City 2007)


American Arbitration Association

•           Author, “Arbitration vs. Litigation — An Unintentional Experiment” in the AAA’s

•           Dispute Resolution Journal (October 2005)

•           Panelist, “User Expectations in Arbitration” (June 2005)

•           Panelist, “Ensuring Diversity in ADR” (March 2004)

•           Member, American Arbitration Association Construction Advisory Committee (2003-

•           2005)


Lorman Seminars

•           “Construction Contract Changes, Extra Work Claims and Differing Site Conditions”

•           (February 2003, November 2005)

•           “Change Orders in Construction (New Jersey)” (April 2004)

•           “Construction Issues in New Jersey” (September 2003)

•           “Tricks, Traps and Ploys Used in Construction Scheduling,” (September 2004)

•           “The Design and Performance of Construction Contracts” (April 2003)


New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education

•           Lecturer, Construction Law Basics (January 2005)


Co-author, “Indirect, Consequential and Punitive Damages” chapter in the Construction Business

Handbook, Aspen Publishers, 2004


Co-author, “Contingent Payment Clauses Violate New York’s Mechanic’s Lien Law,” The

International Construction Law Review, April 1997

Court Admissions

New York (1990)

New Jersey (1991)

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