Ira M. Schulman is a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group resident in the firm’s New York office and is co-leader of the firm’s Construction Law practice.

Areas of Practice

Ira has more than 40 years of experience in all aspects of construction law with a particular emphasis on dispute resolution and contract negotiation.  He has tried numerous complex construction disputes in jury and bench trials in state and federal courts and before arbitration panels on behalf of owners - both public and private - contractors, subcontractors, sureties and school districts.  Ira also has participated in many mediations and has successfully represented clients with construction contract award issues before various city agencies. Additionally, he regularly drafts construction contracts and agreements for owners and contractors. 

Ira is frequently appointed as an arbitrator by the Construction Industry Division of the American Arbitration Association, of which he is a member. He also is often chosen as a mediator for construction disputes and has successfully mediated numerous complex construction claims. 

Ira is known as an industry leader in the construction space and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Legal 500 US and Business Today. Notably, Legal 500 US said Ira “is praised for his ‘sage guidance that is delivered effortlessly,’" and Business Today noted Ira "provides extraordinary counsel in dispute avoidance and construction contract negotiations. His vast proficiency and unique style make him the most sought-after construction counsel."

Ira is often asked to speak before various bar, civic and trade associations on issues related to construction law.



Chambers USA ranked Band 1 (highest) for Construction New York City, 2006-2023

Top 10 Influential Construction Lawyers in New York, Business Today, 2023

Best Lawyers in America, 2012-2024

Recommended Lawyer in Construction, Legal 500 US, 2021-2023

New York Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2012-2023

Citizen of the Year, Armonk Chamber of Commerce, 2019

  • Ira Schulman - Chambers USA 2023
  • Legal500 US Recommended Attorney


Speaking Engagements

  • "Payment and Performance Surety Bonds in Construction", webinar, May 28, 2024




American Arbitration Association — Lecturer and Arbitrator  (1987-present)

Lorman Education Services — Contributor to Lorman Education Services’ webinars and in-person events

American Bar Association — Member

New York State Bar Association — Member

Westchester County Bar Association — Founding Member and Co-chair of the Construction Law Committee

Digital Media



J.D., Georgetown University, 1979
B.A., Lehigh University, 1976, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit 
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
    U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
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