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A familiar face in New York state and federal courts, co-founder and partner Henry C. Chan runs a sophisticated and extensive commercial litigation practice for clients ranging from New York State governmental agencies and municipalities to multibillion-dollar entities.
Henry focuses his practice on construction law, contract disputes, insurance defense/coverage, tort liability defense, appellate matters and “bet-the-company” cases. He regularly represents municipalities, governmental agencies, sureties, insurers, owners, developers, general contractors, and subcontractors in these and other legal issues.
In his construction practice, Henry represents all the public and private players in the industry – giving clients strategic insight to each player’s playbook, resulting in a unique competitive advantage and winning strategy. His work includes termination for convenience issues, termination for cause issues, public improvement liens, mechanic’s liens, delay claims, liquidated damages, payment and performance bond claims, Miller Act claims, Labor Laws §§ 200, 240, 241, premise liability, tort liability defense, insurance coverage disputes, indemnification issues, prevailing wage issues, public bid protest matters, MWBE certification matters, and trials and appellate practice involving both private and public improvement construction projects.
Henry regularly engages in all aspects of litigation from initial case analysis and reporting, evaluation of alleged damages (or injuries), sustainable verdicts in the designated jurisdiction, preparation of pleadings, discovery, court appearances, motion practice, depositions, designation of expert witness, witness preparation, mediation, arbitration, to trial preparation leading up to and including trial (40+ bench and jury verdicts), and appellate practice. Mr. Chan is a regular guest speaker covering legal issues for businesses, trade associations, and other professional groups. Since 2016, Henry also teaches construction law at Pace University.
Henry also advises companies on Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) issues. He is proud that Wilson & Chan is a member of the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) and that the firm has received MBE and DBE certifications. Henry also serves as a “Court Appointed Referees” for the Supreme Court of the State of New York.
Widely known for his legal skills, Henry has received accolades from Super Lawyers™, Martindale-Hubbell, New York magazine, Best of New York in Civil Litigation, American Institute of Legal Professionals Law Firm of the Year, American Institute of Trial Lawyers Litigator of the Year, Lawyers of Distinction, New York Elite Lawyer Award, Fellowship Honor by the Construction Lawyers Society of America, AV Preeminent Judicial Award, and New York Metro Rising Stars. Additionally, the Asian American Business Development Center named Henry as one of the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business.
Henry earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, and his B.A. in international studies and economics from American University, School of International Service.