About us

Experienced construction attorneys providing full-service solutions for our clients.

Mark Harris Grae

Founding Partner

Mark Harris Grae is the Founding Partner of Grae & Grae, LLC, which he formed in 2010. For the past decade, Mr. Grae devoted the entirety of his practice to becoming a leader in the highly particularized field of construction law.  He counts among his clients major contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, owner’s representatives, architects, developers, and design professionals. Mr. Grae, unlike many of his industry contemporaries, represents contractors operating in both the private and public sectors. He represents clients on all of the legal matters that may arise during course of a construction project, from its inception through its completion. This includes contract review and negotiation, delay claims, disputed work claims, utility interference issues, and the day-to-day representation and support of his clients’ legal interests and needs. Having devoted the entirety of his legal career to the field of construction law, Mr. Grae is uniquely positioned to handle all of the myriad of issues arising during the course of a construction project.

Mr. Grae was named as a Super Lawyers Rising Star: Construction Litigation in 2017, 2018, and 2019

Education

Columbia University, B.A., 2003
Cardozo School of Law, J.D. 2008

Bar Admissions

New York and New Jersey (Multi-Jurisdictional Practitioner)


Previn Ajit Waran

Partner

Previn A. Waran is a Partner of Grae & Grae, LLC, who represents many prominent public and private sector contractors, subcontractors, and construction managers operating in and beyond the New York/Tri-State Area, as well as owners, architects and the design professional working alongside them. In his litigation practice, Mr. Waran handles the full diversity of construction-related matters, including those involving defective work, delay, and damages claims, bid protests, contractor and subcontractor disputes, lien foreclosures and discharges, government investigations and violations proceedings, and utility interference matters. Mr. Waran has successfully represented clients in litigations, arbitrations, and other dispute resolution forums, and also negotiates and advises clients on agreements relating to construction projects, including luxury residential, commercial, and public developments. Mr. Waran is also responsible for the firm’s prosecution and defense of all labor and employment-related matters, and provides general counseling to his clients as to employment policies and best practices.

Prior to joining Grae & Grae, LLC, Mr. Waran was a member of the Labor and Employment Department of Proskauer Rose LLP, a premier international law firm, and thereafter practiced commercial litigation with a number of New York City based boutiques. Mr. Waran also served as Law Clerk to two federal judges, the Honorable Peter G. Sheridan, United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey, and the Honorable Ramon E. Reyes, Jr., United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York. Like his colleague, Mark Harris Grae, Mr. Waran is a graduate of Columbia University, and also earned a master’s degree with honors from the London School of Economics and Political Science prior to pursuing his legal education at Brooklyn Law School. While at Brooklyn Law School, Mr. Waran was a member of the school’s nationally recognized Moot Court Honor Society.

Education

Columbia University, B.A., 2003
The London School of Economics and Political Science, MSc., Honors, 2004
Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2009, Moot Court Honor Society

Bar Admissions

New York, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York


Joseph Anthony DeBlase

Of Counsel

Joseph DeBlase has been of counsel to the growing firm of Grae & Grae, LLC since 2017. Mr. DeBlase focuses primarily on the firm’s commercial dispute, personal injury and litigation matters. He has represented clients at daily court conferences, oral arguments on numerous motions, small claims hearings and Environmental Control Board hearings. Mr. DeBlase has conducted himself with the utmost professionalism and treated the firm’s dedicated clients with respect and compassion.

Education

Hofstra University, B.B.A. 2010
New York Law School, J.D. 2014

Bar Admission

New York and New Jersey