Edgar  Alden Dunham, IV princeton

Edgar Alden Dunham, IV

Special Counsel


Ed Dunham practices in the area of commercial litigation with an emphasis in construction law. He represents contractors, subcontractors, and owners on both public and private projects. Ed counsels and assists clients with the negotiation and administration of construction contracts and in dealing with the claims that often arise on major construction projects.

His clients range from large sophisticated construction companies to single-person subcontractors. Ed has represented public entities and general contractors in large construction bidding disputes and homeowners on small construction lien matters. He prosecutes and defends commercial, residential and public construction lien claim actions. In addition, Ed has settled and tried complex construction matters to successful conclusions in state courts, federal courts, before administrative agencies, and in arbitrations and mediations.

Ed also represents banks in commercial foreclosures and workouts, particularly where there are construction issues involved.

Representative Matters

  • $2.8 million arbitration award on behalf of two prime contractors on a New Jersey school project involving base contract, change order claims, and delay and schedule impact claims.
  • Obtained a verdict for 100 percent of all claims for a subcontractor in two-week jury trial in which an adverse verdict would have resulted in the bankruptcy of the client and its principal.
  • Represented and advised bank that foreclosed on construction loan and completed the construction and took over lease with tenant.
  • Represented developer of private/public downtown project after its contractor abandoned the project resulting in dozens of construction and municipal liens.
  • Represented and negotiated substantial discount for general contractor in suit by its bonding company after general contractor was terminated from municipal project and bonding company took over project.
  • Represented and obtained favorable settlement for homeowner in suit by contractor after two weeks of trial.
  • Represented sub-subcontractor in a two-day arbitration against a subcontractor resulting in a $202,000 award.

Professional Affiliations

  • Mercer County Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey Builders Association, Codes Committee

Community Involvement

  • Ewing Township Kiwanis Club
  • Ewing Township Board of Education, Past Member

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