Mr. Lesser is Past Chair of the American Bar Association's Forum on Construction Law, a nationally prestigious organization devoted entirely to members of the construction industry. The Forum is the largest construction lawyer group in the world and is known for its scholarly publications and programs focusing on developments and trends in construction law.
Board Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar, Mr. Lesser devotes his practice exclusively to construction law and litigation. He successfully represented homeowner Phillipe Moransais in a landmark case before the Florida Supreme Court (Moransais v. Heathman, et al.) which in effect, reshaped construction law in Florida by retreating from the economic loss doctrine and forcing architects, engineers and other professionals to be accountable for their own negligence. Mr. Lesser is also a Florida Certified Circuit Civil Mediator focusing on complex construction matters involving defective work and delay related claims and a certified arbitrator on construction issues for the American Arbitration Association.
Awards and Recognition
Mr. Lesser received the Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Section’s Construction Law Committee’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2016. He was also named "Lawyer of the Year" in construction law in the Fort Lauderdale region for 2016 by Best Lawyers in America©, a peer review rating publication for legal professionals. In 2011 he was named "Construction Lawyer of the Year" for South Florida by Best Lawyers and was one of only two lawyers in Florida to receive the designation. Mr. Lesser is AV Rated Preeminent by Martindale- Hubbell. He is one of only ten Florida lawyers to be inducted into the prestigious American College of Construction Lawyers. Mr. Lesser was named by Florida Business Magazine as one of "Florida's Legal Elite" in Construction Law for 2016
Mr. Lesser is listed in Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business as one of the top construction lawyers in Florida (Band 1) for the last several years. Excerpts include: "Chair of the practice Steven Lesser is held in high regard." "He focuses on defect and delay-related claims." “He puts the client before himself in a way that is refreshing: he is very practical and he doesn't refer to my business problems as legal issues but sees them as my business problems," comments one satisfied client. He is "disarming, with no ego, and instantly resolves things and gets the job done." He is also praised as being "up there with the best, absolutely world-class" "an icon in the industry"; "Steven Lesser has all the qualities that make for a fantastic lawyer. Clients are drawn to him for his litigation expertise and report that he knows construction law inside-out and you always know that he has nothing but your best interests at heart." Chambers has further commented that "Steve Lesser's wide-ranging knowledge of the area coupled with his skills as a litigator make him a great choice for complex matters."
Mr. Lesser was also listed in Who’s Who Legal: Construction 2017.