Frederick J. Gerngross represents corporate and individual clients in a wide array of commercial transactions focusing on real estate, design, development and construction, surety rights and obligations, commercial real estate leasing, acquisition, finance and development. A widely recognized contract expert, Fred has represented sureties, owners, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in complex construction and development projects of local, national and international scope.
Fred has also been very successful in charting clients through disputes in federal and state courts, and often represents clients in complex matters conducted by the American Arbitration Association. He regularly acts as both a private and AAA-appointed arbitrator of complex real estate related disputes, including disputes among real estate and construction professionals and their bonding companies. Fred is frequently selected by his professional peers to serve as the mediator of complex commercial disputes which require specialized knowledge of project delivery, construction methods, design standards and surety rights, including those which focus on time and cost efficiency.
The son of a mechanical and electrical contractor in the Philadelphia area, Fred has a life-long understanding of the business and economic cycles of contracting firms and vendors, and of fair and appropriate risk allocation and risk avoidance. Fred also uses his skill and experience to actively guide his clients in business planning.
Fred is a member of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and American Bar Associations. He has been a member of the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA) of Philadelphia for over two decades and has represented that organization directly as legal counsel on mechanics’ lien law legislation. He has served on the Legislative Affairs Committee of the GBCA for over ten years.
Fred serves on the board of directors of local businesses and is a longstanding member of several civic organizations. He is a strong supporter of his alma mater, La Salle College High School, located in Wyndmoor, PA.
- Admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Supreme Court of New Jersey, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
- Admitted pro hac vice in United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.
- Villanova University, J.D., 1984
- University of Notre Dame, B.B.A., 1981 cum laude