Four Ernstrom & Dreste Attorneys Recognized by New York Super Lawyers

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Two named 2013 New York Super Lawyers and two named 2013 Rising Stars

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Ernstrom & Dreste, LLP is pleased to announce Todd Braggins, managing partner, and Kevin Peartree, partner, have both been named 2013 New York Super Lawyers. Mr. Braggins and Mr. Peartree join in this achievement with fellow partners John Dreste and Martha Connolly who are already recognized as Super Lawyers. Timothy Boldt, also a partner with the firm, and associate Thomas O’Gara, have both been named 2013 New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars.

Todd R. Braggins focuses his practice in the fields of contract and commercial suretyship, fidelity, and construction law. In addition to his trial and appellate practice, Mr. Braggins counsels clients in all areas impacting the surety, fidelity and construction industries. Mr. Braggins has extensive experience with payment and performance bond claim analysis, investigation and resolution, and specializes in complex performance bond claims and related issues.

Kevin F. Peartree represents clients in all areas relating to the construction industry, contract law and suretyship. He handles construction litigation, counseling and contract negotiation for contractors, design-builders, construction managers, specialty contractors and sureties. He has written for and given presentations around the country on the topics of risk management, contract documents, ConsensusDOCS, the AIA contracts, project delivery systems, design-build, insurance, surety topics, the and the New York Lien Law.

Timothy D. Boldt is an experienced commercial litigator and counselor, focusing on the unique needs of contractors, construction managers and sureties. Mr. Boldt assists clients through all aspects of dispute resolution, including compliance with complex contractual and statutory claims procedures, informal and formal mediation, arbitration and litigation in state and federal court.

Thomas K. O’Gara works with sureties, corporations, contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, and construction managers on a wide array of commercial, construction, and surety issues. Mr. O’Gara has extensive litigation experience in state and federal court in disputes relating to complex commercial litigation, construction matters, contract law, lien law issues, insurance, and surety law.

About Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, rates outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have achieved high levels of professional achievement and peer recognition. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. Rising Stars are attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing law for 10 years or less.

About Ernstrom & Dreste, LLP
The Ernstrom & Dreste law firm has a construction and surety focus. Their experience and in-depth knowledge of construction and surety law is recognized locally, across New York State and even nationally. They serve clients across the country and around the globe. But they are more than just a law firm; their industry knowledge helps them understand what is important to their clients. As leaders in construction and surety law, Ernstrom & Dreste, LLP are a team of accomplished professionals who understand the nature of both industries and the forces which shape those industries. Because the industries they serve are intertwined, their understanding of the construction industry means they can better serve their surety clients, and their knowledge of the surety industry means they can better serve their construction clients. Ernstrom & Dreste, LLP goes the extra mile to make sure their clients are satisfied with the legal services they provide.

Ernstrom & Dreste, LLP is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms.

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