Ed’s practice emphasizes the areas of commercial and industrial construction law and litigation, and labor law for the construction industry.  Prior to practicing law he worked for a builder in Western New York.  Ed graduated from law school in 1983 and went to work for the United States Government where he spent most of his time in the State of Alaska as legal advisor on most major government construction and procurement projects throughout the State.  This included federal real estate acquisition and the construction of co-generation facilities.  Ed represented the government on contract operations and maintenance matters, as well as contract bidding, protests, claims and litigation.

The practice services construction clients from across the United States and Canada, and includes all aspects of commercial and industrial construction.  This includes bidding, contract drafting and negotiation, bid protests, project management, claims preparation and litigation.  Ed’s clients include commercial general and prime contractors, owners (public and private), design professionals, subcontractors, sureties, manufacturers, manufacturers’ representatives and contractor organizations.

Ed Sheats is a member of the Contract Documents Committee of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).  He is also a representative to the Syracuse Builders Exchange, Northern New York Builders Exchange and General Building Contractors of New York State.  Ed has served as a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Panel of Construction Industry Arbitrators.  He served on the Build New York Award Jury for the past twelve years.  Ed’s contractor clients include ENR 400 contractors and small family-run construction companies.  His owner and design professional clients range from Fortune 100 and 500 companies to small not-for-profit owners.  Ed is counsel to the Syracuse Builders Exchange, Construction Employers Association of Central New York, and Northern New York Builders Exchange.

Ed has trained thousands in the construction industry throughout the United States and Canada through in-house and outside seminars.  The seminars include monitoring and pricing schedule claims, pursuit of non-payment claims, construction management, environmental law, mechanic’s liens, commercial law for the contractor and other construction law seminars.  Examples of organizations for whom Ed has provided seminars include the Building Industry Employers (BIE), Syracuse Builders Exchange, Northern New York Builders Exchange, General Building Contractors of New York State (GBC) and the American Institute of Constructors (AIC), and Lorman Education Services.  In addition to seminars performed for contractor organizations, Ed also performs a series of in-house seminars for commercial construction contractors, design professionals, construction managers and owners.  Ed is a guest lecturer on construction management for the Clarkson University School of Engineering, and has been a guest lecturer at the SUNY-ESF school on construction management.

Sheats & Bailey, PLLC
9650 Brewerton Road
P.O. Box 820
Brewerton, New York 13029
Telephone (315) 676-7314
Facsimile (315) 676-7189
Email: esheats@theconstructionlaw.com