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Max Rayetsky

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


Max Rayetsky represents real estate owners, developers, design professionals, contractors and other members of the construction industry in litigation and transactional matters. 

Mr. Rayetsky prosecutes and defends mechanic’s lien claims, extra work and contract balance claims, delay and consequential damages claims, wrongful termination and termination for convenience claims, as well as other types of cases arising in a construction dispute. Mr. Rayetsky also negotiates and drafts construction agreements, design agreements, consultant agreements, and license agreements. 

Previously, Mr. Rayetsky worked at a leading affordable housing and community development law firm, where he focused his practice on construction law and litigation.

Mr. Rayetsky is an active member of the American Bar Association's Forum on Construction Law and the New York City Bar Association Construction Law Committee. He was selected to serve on the Advisory Board of the Mattone Family Institute for Real Estate Law at St. John's University School of Law and as an inaugural member of its Emerging Leaders Committee. Mr. Rayetsky is also a member of the Real Estate Council for Habitat for Humanity New York City.

Mr. Rayetsky was selected by Super Lawyers to appear in its 2021 Rising Stars-Construction Litigation list. He was also selected by Best Lawyers to appear in their Ones to Watch list.

He frequently speaks on topics relating to mechanic’s liens and adjoining property disputes.


Representative Matters

The following are select representative matters:


Honors & Recognitions

  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star 2021
  • Best Lawyers, Ones to Watch 2021

News & Events



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    New York City developers collectively sighed with relief when 200 Amsterdam, a mixed-use, high-rise building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, was saved from the guillotine when a New York State intermediate appellate court reversed a lower court’s decision that retroactively revoked the developer’s building permit for an as-of-right development. The affirmance of the controversial ruling, issued by the New York County Supreme Court on February 27, 2020, would have resulted in the demolition of more than 20 top floors of the fully-constructed 668 feet high 55-story tower.


General Counsel / Board Membership


St. John's University School of Law, J.D.

Fordham University, B.A.


  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York


  • Ukrainian
  • Russian
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