Craig H. Parker is a Member of the Sills Cummis Construction Law Practice, where he provides strategic legal and business counsel to local and national construction contractors, developers, surety companies, and commercial clients. He is involved in all facets of the construction process from pre-bid to project close-out to the prosecution and defense of claims in state and federal courts and arbitration tribunals.

In addition to construction claims, Mr. Parker drafts, reviews, and negotiates construction contracts and financing, indemnity, and security agreements. He also works with architects, engineers, and design professionals to ensure compliance with state and local regulations and manage potential claims.

Contractors, subcontractors, and design-build professionals often face problems, including construction defects, payment resolution, the propriety of back charges, public bid protests, insurance coverage, surety bond claims, and lien rights. Should legal issues arise, Mr. Parker devises cost-effective and creative litigation strategies using the alternative dispute resolution process, when applicable, as a way to avoid prolonged proceedings.

Surety and insurance companies can play key roles in the construction process and similarly face potential liabilities. Mr. Parker advises surety companies on project takeover and close-out, various claims, reinsurance, bankruptcy, and government contracting matters. He also works with local counsel in jurisdictions throughout the United States in bond claims handling and litigation.

Mr. Parker’s considerable understanding of construction law equipped him to serve as counsel to a member of the New Jersey Law Revision Commission, which updated the State’s Construction Lien Law in 2009, and as a liaison to the American Institute of Architects Documents Committee that reviewed AIA Design/Construction documents.


  • Construction Law
  • Litigation

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Representative Matters

    • Successfully defended a general contractor in a $30 million public bid challenge and achieved a favorable ruling in Thomas P. Carney, Inc. v. Franklin Township Bd. of Ed., 365 N.J. Super. 509 (Law Div. 2003).
    • Drafted a NJ Supreme Court brief that defined a contractor’s obligations under the NJ Construction Lien Law to apply funds paid to specific projects in Craft v. Stevenson Lumber, 179 N.J. 56 (2004).
    • Drafted an appellate brief, awarding damages to a public multi-national modular builder against a municipality that tried to avoid contractual obligations in Williams Scotsman, Inc. v. Garfield Board of Education, 379 N.J. Super. 51 (App. Div. 2005).
    • Mitigated a surety’s loss due to the incompletion of 15 federal military construction projects by surety’s bonded contractor throughout the United States and Puerto Rico and by managing the completion of $40 million in work and resolving $20+ million in vendor claims.
    • Represented a general contractor in the contract negotiation for a $15 million conversion of a former supermarket into a climate controlled self-storage facility.
    • Successfully defended a general contractor against a $6 million claim on appeal by a subcontractor following the granting of a Motion to Dismiss. Five Star Electric Corp. v. Silverite Construction Co., Inc., 220 A.D.3d 508, 198 N.Y.S.3d 304, 2023 NY Slip Op 05224 (1st Dept 2023).


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Rankings and Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in:
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers®* 2013-2014, 2018-2019, Construction Litigation: Business and Government Contracts; Surety

* See Award Methodology. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.


  • Professional Affiliations
  • Member, Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey (ACCNJ)

  • Member, Utility & Transportation Contractors Association (UTCA)

  • Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America

  • Member, American Bar Association

    Member, Public Contract Law Section, Construction Division

    – Member, Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Fidelity & Surety Law Committee

  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association

    Member, Construction and Public Contract Law Committee

    Member, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee

  • Member, New York State Bar Association

  • Community Affiliation
  • Counsel and Past President, Temple B’nai Jeshurun, Short Hills, NJ


  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law
  • M.B.A., Seton Hall University
  • B.A., Boston University

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York