Joseph A. Battipaglia


Duane Morris LLP
30 South 17th Street
PA 19103-4196

Tel: +1 215 979 1186


Joseph A. Battipaglia concentrates his practice in the area of construction law and commercial litigation and is a member of Duane Morris’ Construction Law Practice Group. Mr. Battipaglia is listed in the prestigious Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers directory for construction.  For the last decade, Mr. Battipaglia has been listed as a Super Lawyer in Construction, which distinguishes the top 5 percent of lawyers.

Mr. Battipaglia has represented multinational, domestic and public owners, EPC contractors, general contractors, subcontractors, designers, suppliers, and sureties.  He has handled disputes on mega and complex construction projects, such as power generation projects (including nuclear, coal, natural gas, hydro, solar and power distribution), bridges, highways, airports, tunnels, roads, heavy industrial process facilities (including steel mills, pharmaceutical, chemical and petrochemical), and multi-use, highrise and institutional projects. He also has negotiated contracts, and counsels on project management,  project controls and change orders. He routinely handles construction and design licensing issues for several major design/construction companies throughout the United States. He also has handled bid protests for public owners and contractors.

Mr. Battipaglia has been involved in all aspects of construction for more than 30 years. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Battipaglia, also a registered professional engineer, was a consultant on design and construction contract disputes, and testified as an expert witness concerning contract disputes and damages throughout the United States. He has also performed construction management for Stone & Webster, an international engineering and construction company for power projects.

Mr. Battipaglia is a member of the Forum on the Construction Industry of the American Bar Association and a member of the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and New Jersey bar associations.

Mr. Battipaglia is a 1990 honors graduate of Rutgers School of Law – Camden and a 1981 honors graduate of Drexel University (B.S., civil engineering).

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • Rutgers School of Law – Camden, J.D., with honors, 1990
  • Drexel University, B.S. Civil Engineering, with honors, 1981
Honors and Awards
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2022
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2014-2021
  • Named to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for Construction Litigation and Construction/Surety Law, 2004-2008, 2010-2020
  • Listed in Who’s Who in American Law, 2009
  • Listed in Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition, May 2009
  • Recipient of Philadelphia Pro Bono Award
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
Duane Morris’ Construction Group is nationally ranked by Chambers USA among the leaders in the industry, with construction attorneys across the United States and around the world. The group’s lawyers provide a full range of legal services to clients in all aspects of construction and government contracting.

Duane Morris construction lawyers assist clients in addressing the legal challenges of engaging in the design, development, financing, performance and management of major construction and government procurement contracts. Our group has special experience working on complex, high-visibility projects in New York and other cities. Our national practice includes attorneys who regularly represent public and private owners and developers, prime contractors and subcontractors, construction managers, equipment suppliers, architects/engineers and other design professionals, and sureties. This breadth of experience enables us to handle the complete spectrum of issues arising before, during and after project completion.

Several of our construction partners have been ranked as leaders in the field by Chambers USA. One of our senior New York construction partners served for more than 10 years as general counsel to one of the East Coast’s largest construction companies, and another served for 20 years as principal outside counsel to one of the largest construction companies in the United States.

Lawyers from the Construction Group frequently work with attorneys from Duane Morris’ other practice areas to address the many issues associated with any particular project-whether tax, finance, real estate, environmental, energy and, when necessary, white-collar criminal defense, corporate investigations and regulatory compliance, or any other relevant issue. The firm’s full range of practices enables us to offer clients sophisticated legal services that are coordinated and streamlined from coast to coast and internationally.

Duane Morris LLP, a law firm with more than 800 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally, is asked by a broad array of clients to provide innovative solutions to today’s legal and business challenges.

From a partnership of four Philadelphia attorneys in 1904, the firm has grown to be among the 100 largest in the world. Duane Morris’​ lawyers now work out of offices in North America, Europe and Asia to address clients’​ issues around the globe. See the Harvard Business School’s second case study of the firm titled “Collaborating for Growth: Duane Morris in a Turbulent Legal Sector.”

Throughout all the growth, Duane Morris always has been guided by the same principle. At the heart of the firm is a partnership, an agreement to work together in the pursuit of its clients’​ goals. Under the leadership of the firm’s founders, and the influence of past and present chairmen, Duane Morris has embraced a culture of inclusiveness, congeniality and consensus building that is rare among law firms.

“Joseph Battipaglia focuses his practice on construction law and handles disputes and contract negotiations in connection to power projects and industrial processing facilities, among other projects. He frequently represents owners, designers and contractors.”
Chambers & Partners