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Rachel C. John

  • New York, NY
    801 Second Avenue
    New York, NY 10017


Rachel C. John represents owners, developers, design professionals and other members of the construction community on general business, transactional and litigation matters. She has significant experience navigating contract, procurement and project management issues on large public construction projects and in reviewing and drafting professional service and construction agreements, including for alternative delivery models such as design-build. Her experience includes bid protests and other disqualification appeals in procurement, grant funding compliance (e.g., FHWA, HUD, FEMA), dispute resolution, construction claims, surety and insurance issues, and representing clients in city, state and federal courts and administrative proceedings.

Ms. John served as in-house counsel at the New York City Department of Design and Construction where she worked on several of the agency's largest and most complex projects, valued in the hundreds of millions to multi-billion-dollar range. She was responsible for drafting agreements and solicitation documents, license agreements, utility agreements, and general compliance and procurement counsel, among other matters. When New York State authorized New York City to utilize design-build project delivery under the Rikers Island Jail Complex Replacement Act and New York City Public Works Investment Act, Ms. John was integral to the establishment of the agency's first design-build program and form of agreement. 

Ms. John was selected by the Design-Build Institute of America to participate in two national committees, the DBIA National Contracts Committee, and the DBIA National Design Professionals' Advisory and Engagement Committee.

Ms. John is a member of the ABA Forum on Construction Law. She is certified by the Design-Build Institute of America as an Associate Designated Design-Build Professional.

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    The New York City Department of Buildings (“DOB”) issued a notice of adoption of final rules for its Major Projects Development Program that will go into effect on May 1, 2022. According to the DOB’s press release, the intention of the Major Projects Development Program is “to help construction projects get off the ground safely and avoid work stoppages” by offering one-on-one consultation and support to owners of eligible projects.



Brooklyn Law School, J.D. Certificate in Real Estate Law

State University of New York at New Paltz, B.A.

Savannah College of Art and Design


  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S.District Court, Southern District of New York
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