Deborah Monteith Neubert is a founding partner of Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, P.C. Attorney Monteith’s practice focuses on Construction Law & Design Professionals Liability. She also practices in the areas of Employment & Labor Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution & Mediation.
In her broad construction law practice, Attorney Monteith performs contract drafting and negotiations, specification review, change order negotiations, claims analysis, project close-outs, dispute resolution, and litigation. She represents construction design professionals, owners, and contractors during all phases of planning, development, design, and construction.
Recent projects for public and private owners include the close-out and resolution of final construction issues for a thirty-two story apartment building in New Haven and construction counsel for a major federal/state road improvement project with associated commercial development, also in New Haven. Additionally, counsel for the financing and construction of a multi-building apartment project in eastern Connecticut. Attorney Monteith represents Connecticut municipalities and school boards on bidding, contracting, surety issues, claims assessment and resolution, mediation and litigation.
Attorney Monteith represents design professionals in professional liability claims and litigation. She has been involved in many of Connecticut’s most high profile construction cases. She is the co-author of two professional practice publications for design professionals, and has given numerous seminars in this area. In addition to representing clients in mediation, arbitration, and litigation, Attorney Monteith has served as an arbitrator and as a mediator.
In employment and labor law, Attorney Monteith works as a legal consultant in human resources, including drafting handbooks, human resource problems, and employment negotiations. She regularly drafts employment agreements and severance agreements. Additionally, she consults on FMLA, disability and discrimination law, wages and hours law, and other statutory compliance issues. Attorney Monteith practices before state and federal administrative agencies and courts. She is on the roster of hearing officers for National Arbitration and Mediation (NAM).
Attorney Monteith is a member of the American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry. She is also a member of the Connecticut Bar Association serving on the Construction Law Section Executive Committee, the Labor and Employment Section, and the Resolution of Legal Fee Disputes Committee. She is active in the New Haven County Bar Association. Attorney Monteith holds an appointment by the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch as a member of the Standing Committee on Recommendations for Admission to the Bar of New Haven County.
Attorney Monteith graduated with honors from Williams College in 1977. She received her law degree in 1980 from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She was a principal at Updike, Kelly and Spellacy before founding Neubert, Pepe & Monteith in 1993.
- American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry, Member
- Connecticut Bar Association, Member
- Construction Law Section Executive Committee
- Resolution of Legal Fee Disputes Committee
- Labor and Employment Section
- New Haven County Bar Association, Member
- Standing Committee on Recommendations for Admission to the Bar of New Haven County, Member, July 1, 2016 – July 1, 2019.
Honors & Awards
- Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished
- Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law, 2013-2020
- “Contracts, Mediation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution,” Community Mediation, presented to the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Fairfield County, April, 2016. The seminar emphasized the benefits of mediation as an option for dispute resolution. Attorney Monteith Neubert spoke on the differences between mediation, arbitration and litigation. She has acted as a mediator and arbitrator in private disputes.
- Mock Construction Mediation Panel, Connecticut Bar Association Construction Section, April, 2016.
- “Private and Public Entities: What Design Professionals Should Know About Client Selection,” May 2019.
Representative court decisions include:
- Danbury Sports LLC et al. v. Harry N. Pharr Architect + Planner LLC d/b/a Pharr + Anderson, DBD-CV-11-6006358-S, July 28, 2015, (confirmation of arbitration award, attorney’s fees and costs, prevailing party);
- Town of Beacon Falls v. Towers Golde LLC, 050610 CTSUP, CV0960013455 (2010) summary judgment, indemnity, statute of limitations, municipal immunity);
- MEPT Chapel St. v. SLCE Architects, CV-09-5027764 (March 19, 2010) (dissolution of mechanic’s lien for failure of oath);
- State of Connecticut vs. Lombardo Brothers Masonry, et al., 307 Conn. 412, 54 A.3d 1005 (Conn. 2012) (nullum tempus, sovereign immunity, summary judgment);
- Stamford Wrecking v. City of New Haven, 120808 CTSUP, CV0850131025 (December 8, 2008) (implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, negligent misrepresentation, negligent supervision, conspiracy counts struck against City);
- United Steel, Inc. v. Spiegel, Zamecnik & Shah, 42 Conn. L. Rptr. 476) March 27, 2007) (apportionment, economic loss doctrine, third party claims);
- Ward v. Monighan & Associates, 050505 CTSUP, X08CV0201877395 (2005) (summary judgment under Section 31-293c, waiver of subrogation, special defense against employer;
- Fairfield v. Commercial Roofing et al.(X02) CV-02-0175746-S (2003) (summary judgment, duty of care, waiver of subrogation, worker’s compensation immunity for architects pursuant to C.G.S. Section 31-293(c));
- Ahern v. Fuss & O’Neill, Inc., 78 Conn. App. 202, 826 A.2d 1224, cert. denied 266 Conn. 903, 832 A. 2D 64 (2003) (summary judgment, sufficiency of and requirement for expert testimony);
- Cruet v. Carroll, 2001 WL 1570228 Conn. Super Ct. (striking implied warranty claim against architect);
- Amity Regional School District #5 v. Atlas Construction, 2000 Conn. Super Ct. 9374-ag (established oral joint defense privilege);
- Tolchinsky v. Town of East Lyme, No. 534710 (November 16, 1995) (action by homeowner against surveyor stricken for lack of privity or duty owned);
- Piccoro v. Lockwood, Kessler & Bartlett, 1993 Ct. Sup. 3858, (Conn. Super. Ct. 1993) (apportionment, sovereign immunity by the State);
- Gambardella v. G. Fox & Co., 716 F.2d 104 (2d Cir. 1983) (seminal decision, Truth in Lending Act).
- U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
- University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D.
- Williams College, B.A. with Honors