John Osborn

  • Adjunct Professor

John Osborn

John E. (“Jack”) Osborn is the Managing Partner of John E. Osborn P.C., a 9 lawyer firm concentrating in complex construction, environmental, real estate law and litigation, which he founded in 1992. The firm’s clients include hotels, college and universities, school districts, charter schools, healthcare and not-for-profit institutions, commercial and residential developers, construction managers, architects and specialty contractors. He has over 30 years of experience litigating complex commercial disputes relating to construction, real estate, corporate and environmental issues. Mr. Osborn has tried multi-million dollar construction cases and has represented owners on multi-hundred million dollar projects, which are among the largest and “highest profile” in the metropolitan area. He has developed a reputation as one of New York State’s premiere strategists and problem solvers in negotiating contracts and advising companies on business, government relations and commercial matters.

Mr. Osborn served as the Deputy General Counsel to New York City Comptroller, Harrison J. Goldin, where he advised the Comptroller on legislation, municipal finance and New York City Charter and Administrative Code matters.  He served as an associate at the law firm of Max E. Greenberg, Cantor & Reiss, a partner with the law firm of Postner & Rubin and Counsel to the law firm of Tenzer, Greenblatt, Fallon & Kaplan.

John E. Osborn has taught many courses at NYU throughout the years, including:

  • Legal Issues (Graduate-Level, 2001, 2007-2009, 2015-2016)
  • Hospitality and Tourism Law (Undergraduate-Level, 2011-2015)
  • Hospitality and Travel Law (Undergraduate-Level, 2007-2011)
  • Lodging: Planning, Design & Construction (Undergraduate-Level, 2007, 2008)
  • Dispute Avoidance and Resolution (Undergraduate-Level, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

University of South Carolina Law Center, 1976
Juris Doctor,

Authored/Edited Books


“Building Owners’ and Managers’ Institute (“BOMI”) Environmental Health and Safety Issues”
John E. Osborn, editor and updater; Eric L. Guhring, assistant in preparation
1996 edition


“Litigation Pertaining to Asbestos Contracting”
John E. Osborn, author, book chapter in Differing Site Condition Claims
John Wiley & Sons, 1992. 

“Environmental Concerns in Construction Agreements”
John E. Osborn, author, book chapter and subsequent annual updates
New York Construction Law, McGraw-Hill, 1992.

“The Owner-Environmental Consultant Agreement”
John E. Osborn, author, book chapter
The Construction Renovation Formbook, John Wiley & Sons, 1991. 

“The NIAC Owner-Contractor Asbestos Abatement Agreement Guide”
John E. Osborn, book co-author and editor, October 1989


Other Publications



The Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure
Construction Advisory Report, Hill International, Summer 2012
authored by John E. Osborn, Esq.


“New York City Facade Inspection Law Presents Quandaries“
New York Construction, July 2007
authored by John E. Osborn, Esq.

Using Innovative Non-Binding ADR To Eliminate And Resolve Construction Disputes: Project Advocates For The Construction Industry
Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, p. 45, April 2007
Authored by John E. Osborn, Esq.

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