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Scott S. Orenstein


Scott has substantial experience handling complex construction claims in mediation, arbitration, and litigation.  In his practice, Scott relies upon his extensive experience in the construction industry.  Scott earned a civil engineering degree in 1990 and became a licensed Professional Engineer in 1994.  For over 10 years prior to becoming an attorney, Scott worked as a project manager and estimator for a general contractor.  Scott’s construction industry experience includes construction layout, estimating, contract review, quantity take-offs, change order negotiations, buy-out, subcontract negotiations, shop drawings/submittals including delegated design items, and claims handling.

A frequent author and speaker on issues relating to construction industry, Scott is an authority on various topics such as mechanic’s liens, bond claims, changed conditions, extra work, lost productivity, acceleration, delay, scheduling issues, and important changes in the law.  Scott is also the Editor of the Connecticut Construction Law Blog. As such, Scott’s relationship with his clients involves not only assisting them with dispute resolution, but also making every effort to keep them apprised of important decisions, new laws and regulations, emerging trends, and other developments that might affect their businesses.

Scott’s primary goal is achieving the best result for his client.  That approach often leads to the use of alternative dispute resolution techniques, such as mediation and/or arbitration.  No business benefits by protracted litigation.  For that reason, Scott always works to help his clients achieve the fastest, most economical resolution of any dispute.  Of course, sometimes litigation is necessary.  If that ends up being your situation, you need an experienced advocate with a proven track record.  Scott’s accomplishments include prevailing on everything from routine mechanic’s lien foreclosures to complex lost productivity claims and everything in between.  He has even prevailed in separate cases by arguing the opposite side of the same issue.  Scott can handle any dispute no matter how large or complex.  He’s familiar with all aspects of public and private construction, including commercial building, heavy highway, utilities, infrastructure, site development, and residential.

After growing up in Massachusetts, Scott moved to Connecticut in 1990 to start his professional career.  His practice now serves the three southern New England states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Scott has been married over 20 years and has two daughters.  In his downtime, he enjoys hiking and reading.  He also serves his community by serving as chairman for his local standing building committee for 14 years.