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Robert J. MacPherson

  • Principal, Construction
  • Cokinos | Young
  • 82 E Allendale Rd.
  • Saddle River, New Jersey 07458


  • Undergraduate: AA;BA Sociology Brookdale Comm. College, Lincroft NJ '72; Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ '76 1975
  • Law School: JD Seton Hall Law School, Newrk NJ 1980

Career History

1981-1982 In-house Counsel, T.J. McGlone, New Brunswick, NJ

1982-2005 Postner & Rubin, New York City

2005-2008  Thelen LLP, New York City

2008- present Gibbons P.C. Newark, NJ


Robbie MacPherson has been practicing Construction Law since 1981.

In addition to his practice representing contractors, subcontractors, owners and others involved in both private and public construction projects, he acts as a mediator and arbitrator of construction disputes. He is also an adjunct at Rutgers Law School Newark, NJ where he currently teaches Construction Law and formerly taught Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Professional Activities


Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers
  • American Bar Association: Forum on the Construction Industry;Chair Elect, Chair and Past Chair (2007 to 2010); Chair, Alternative CLE Committee (2006-2007 );Governing Committee (2003-2006); Chair of Division 1, Dispute Avoidance and Resolution (2000-2002)
  • American Arbitration Association: Mediation Panel, Arbitration Panel,  Large Complex Case Panel
  • New Jersey Bar Association, Chair of the Dispute Resolution Section (1994-1995); Construction and Public Law Section; Dispute Resolution Section
  • Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution of the New Jersey Supreme Court (1994-1996 Court Term)
  • Member, AGC of New York State, Associated General Contractors of America (Contract Documents Committee) Member of the AGC task force that produced Document 800, the Standard Form of Program Management Agreement and General Conditions

    Honors and Awards

    • Dispute Resolution Section of the New Jersey Bar Association, James B. Boskey ADR Practitioner of the Year, 2001
    • Chambers, USA Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers (Leading Construction Lawyer, New York, NY)
    • Best Lawyers in America   Construction, New York
    • Super Lawyers, Construction Law, New Jersey


Associated General Contractors

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

  • Executive editor, Discovery Desk Book for Construction Disputes, ABA Publishing, 2005
  • Co-editor, Sticks and Bricks, A Practical Guide to Construction Technology, Forum on the Construction Industry, ABA Publishing, 2001
  • Co-author, New York Construction Law Manual, Shepard’s/McGraw-Hill, 1992, republished by West Publishing 1998, Supplement, 2006
  • Co-editor, and Chapter co-author, Partnering in Design and Construction, “Alternative Dispute Resolution as a Partnering Tool,” McGraw Hill, 1996
  • Co-author, New York chapter of the State Public Construction Law Source Book, CCH Incorporated, 2002
  • Mr. MacPherson is also the author of several articles on construction contracting and dispute resolution.

Speeches, Panel Discussions, Seminars

  • Mr. MacPherson has spoken before: American College of Construction Lawyers, New Jersey Judicial College, American Bar Association, American Arbitration Association, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Bar Association, Associated General Contracts of America,  AGC  of New York  State, Pratt University, New York, New York, Pace University, New York, New York

Court Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States

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