Darrell Harp

Darrell Harp

Of Counsel
Rockville Centre, New York

Darrell W. Harp is Of Counsel to Goldberg & Connolly in the Construction Law Practice Group. He had a successful 32 year career as General Counsel and Assistant Commissioner for Legal Affairs to the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) prior to his retirement.

Mr. Harp has developed a national reputation for both leadership and innovation in public highway contracting. His extensive experience provides exceptional insights into the "ins and outs" of the New York State DOT and its contracting program. He helped to institutionalize the concept that fairness and straight-dealing actually provides a win-win equation. During his long tenure with the State, Mr. Harp participated actively in virtually every major NYSDOT contract claim dispute.

Mr. Harp is the Founding Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Highway Innovative Technology Evaluation Center (HITEC), a government/private industry joint venture in Washington, D.C. established under the Civil Engineering Research Foundation to test and evaluate innovative transportation products and concepts.

In private practice, Mr. Harp has served the needs of the public and private contracting communities with regard to contract claims, contract administration, highway and bridge related disputes, including highway "right of way" issues. He is also regularly called upon by heavy-highway construction trade associations such as the Construction Industry Council of Westchester and the Hudson Valley and the Long Island Contractors Association on legal and regulatory issues. He is also a leading expert on the NYSDOT's overweight vehicle permitting regulations.

Mr. Harp recently won the landmark City of Peekskill case on behalf of the CIC by obtaining an injunction preventing the improper regulation of construction vehicles by a local municipality. Throughout his career he has published numerous articles on transportation and heavy-highway construction law related matters.

Mr. Harp is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of New York. He graduated from Union College in 1960 and he earned his J.D. from Albany Law School in 1963.