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Ruth D. Kirshner has over 20 years of experience in commercial and construction litigation. She handles all types of construction disputes ranging from construction and design defect, delays, claims of wrongful termination, and construction injuries on behalf of owners, developers, contractors, and subcontractors. She counsels clients with the goal of limiting a company’s potential litigation exposure and, when necessary, handles all facets of litigation from investigation through discovery and case resolution. Ruth also has advocated for clients in trials, mediation, arbitrations, and appeals in federal and state courts.


  • Dispute resolution
  • Breach of contract claims
  • Insurance
  • Business strategy advice
  • Construction contracts, law, and litigation

The attorney is providing legal services through and affiliated with Greenberg Traurig, LLP, a New York Limited Liability Partnership. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.



  • Representation of a lender to an environmentally-sensitive property in litigation with the general contractor and design engineer of an environmental remediation project, involving claims of defective design, defective construction and contractor payment and lien claims.
  • Representation of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York in litigations arising from public construction projects.
  • Counsel to school board defending claims of wrongful termination by contractor and delay claims by co-prime contractors.
  • Counsel to developers of a luxury townhome community defending claims of construction defects.
  • Counsel to general contract in AAA arbitration against school board for delay damages resulting from another contractor’s delays during school construction project
  • Frooks v. Town of Cortlandt, 997 F.Supp. 438 (S.D.N.Y. 1998)
  • Hollus v. Amtrak Northeast Corridor, 937 F.Supp. 1110 (D.N.J. 1996)
  • Summer Intern, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, 1989

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, Benchmark Litigation’s “New Jersey Law Firm of the Year,” Shortlisted, 2022, 2024
  • Team Member, The American Lawyer’s “Regional Litigation Department of the Year – New Jersey,” Finalist, 2019

A description of the selection methodology for the above awards can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.


  • J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 1991
    • Notes and Comments Editor, Journal of Law and Technology
    • Member, Criminal Law Clinic
  • B.A., cum laude, Brandeis University, 1988
  • Hon. Richard F. Plechner, Hon. David J. Schroth, and Hon. H. Jonathan Fox, Superior Court of New Jersey, 1991-1992
  • New Jersey