Matthew Meyers

Shareholder

mmeyers@bplegal.com
Professional Experience

Matthew Meyers is a shareholder in Becker & Poliakoff’s Community Association and Construction Law Practice Groups. Matthew represents homeowners associations in complex construction defects against developers, contractors, and design professionals.

Matthew has been recognized numerous times by Thompson Reuters' SuperLawyers, which lists lawyers who have achieved a high degree of professional achievement. Matthew was honored in the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 editions with "Top Lawyers in New Jersey" in the area of construction litigation.

Matthew has extensive trial experience in state and federal courts representing homeowner associations and condominium associations in all aspects of complex litigation. Matthew also counsels his clients through arbitration, mediations and appeals.

Matthew has obtained nearly $75 million dollars  in claims on behalf of several condominium associations over the last five years including, but not limited to, the following representative matters:

  • $20 million dollar verdict. The jury awarded $ 3 million dollars against K Hovnanian as the developer and general contractor of Grandview I Condominium Association in West  New York, New Jersey. The amount was then trebled under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act to $ 9 million dollars. The Jury also awarded $ 13 million dollars against design professionals that performed services on the project. 

  • $30 million dollar settlement for a condominium association along the New Jersey waterfront that experienced excessive settlement due to improperly prepared soils. The Association also experienced water infiltration due to improperly installed roofs, balconies, vinyl, brick, windows and doors. The exact amount of settlements received to date is confidential.

  • $13 million dollar settlement on eve of trial for a condominium association along the New Jersey waterfront that experienced excessive settlement  and water infiltration due to improperly installed roofs, balconies, brick, windows and doors. The exact amount of settlements received to date is confidential.

  • $6 million settlement for a condominium association shortly before trial. The litigation involved massive structural damage, mold, and insect infestation resulting from water infiltration due to improperly installed EIFS, brick, vinyl, roofs and windows. 

Matthew frequently lectures on construction defect litigation issues to organizations including the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE), the Associations of Owners and Developers, the National Business Institute (NBI) and the Community Associations Institute - New Jersey Chapter (CAI-NJ).

In 2010, Matthew was the lead speaker at several Associations of Owners and Developers meetings, where he discussed the plaintiff's perspective when an association is faced with construction defects left behind by the developer and subcontractor. In 2011, Matthew spoke at CAI-NJ's Education Series on the topic of mold remediation, as well as an NJICLE seminar focused on construction defects. In 2013, Matthew spoke about Construction Defect Litigation: From A to Z at NBI's Construction Litigation seminar. In June, 2014, he spoke about construction defects from the plaintiff's and defense perspective, as well as damages and liability and insurance coverage issues at NJICLE.

Memberships & Associations

Community Associations Institute ("CAI"), New Jersey, New Jersey Bar Association

Presentations and Articles

  • Co-Presenter, “Construction Law in 2014: Handling the Construction Defect Case,” New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Brunswick, New Jersey (June 2014)

  • Author, “Courts Confirm that New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act is a Potentially Enormous Hammer," Community Trends Magazine, Community Associations Institute, New Jersey Chapter (January 2014)

  • Co-Presenter, “Construction Disputes: Effective (and Practical) Legal Strategies,” National Business Institute, Princeton, New Jersey (September 2013)

  • Co-Presenter, “Construction Law in 2012: Handling the Construction Defect Case,” New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Brunswick, New Jersey (June 2012)

  • Presenter, “Construction Defect Claims from the Plaintiff’s Perspective,” Owners & Developers Association, Atlanta, Georgia (2012)

  • Co-Presenter, “Handling Mold Claims in Construction Disputes,” 2012 CAI Law Seminar, Jamesburg, New Jersey (April 2011)