Kenneth M. Block is the Construction Chair of the Tannenbaum Helpern's Real Estate, Construction and Environmental Law Department and is an acknowledged leader in the area of construction law. Ken is the former Chair of the Construction Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association Real Property Law Section and the author of the New York Law Journal Construction Law column. He lectures extensively on construction legal and business issues and represents prominent real estate owners, developers and not-for-profit institutions, including Vornado Realty Trust, Jack Resnick & Sons, Inc., Time Equities, Inc., Trinity Church Real Estate, Avalon Bay Communities, Rockrose Development Corp., Starrett Development Corp., Sterling Equities, Steiner Studios, The World Wide Group, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries, Trinity School and Friends Seminary. Ken is also currently representing a joint venture of Vornado Realty Trust and Related Properties in connection in the redevelopment of the Farley Post Office and Moynihan Train Station, Seritage Growth Properties in connection with the redevelopment of its portfolio of Sears and K-Mart branded stores throughout the United States, Pace University in connection with its master plan for the redevelopment of its downtown campus, MCR Development in connection with the conversion of the TWA terminal into a hotel and conference center, and Pier55 Inc. in connection with the development of a park and theater space on the Hudson River.
Initially trained as a litigator, Ken has extensive experience with disputes involving real estate financing, contracts of sale, leases, construction contracts, liens and design and construction defects. Ken remains active in the litigation arena through participation in mediations, arbitrations, trials and appeals. Over the past two decades, Ken has applied his litigation skills to the preparation and negotiation of a wide variety of construction contracts, utilizing both modified AIA forms as well as customized manuscript forms. Fully conversant in the construction process, Ken provides value added services by assisting in structuring owner-favorable business, financial and legal terms for his clients.
Ken has been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers (2008-2017) as well as being named to the Super Lawyers Top 100 List 2015-2017, listed as a Top Lawyer (Litigation) in Avenue Magazine (2010-2012), recognized in Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in construction (2011-2016), listed in Best Lawyers in America (2013 – 2019) as well as Construction Lawyer of the Year 2019 recipient. Also, he maintains an AV Pre-eminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell.