Biography

Rob focuses on construction, design, and surety law, and counsels his clients through all aspects of the construction process, including contract negotiation, procurement, bid protests, claims management and avoidance, and trials, arbitration, and mediation.

Rob excels at presenting complex claims and defenses in mediation, arbitration, and court. He has achieved significant victories for his clients in each forum, including a $1 million jury verdict for a contractor in a breach of contract and wrongful termination case in federal court in Vermont. Rob has tried, mediated, and arbitrated hundreds of contract, real estate, and construction disputes. In addition to his accomplishments in the area of claims and disputes, Rob focuses his construction practice on helping clients avoid claims through effective contract strategies, risk allocation, and negotiation. Rob maintains an active practice in state and federal courts throughout New England and regularly speaks on topics related to construction law. Rob co-chaired the ABA Forum on Construction Law’s Fall Meeting held in Seattle in 2021. Rob was recently elected to the Forum on Construction Law’s Governing Committee for a three year term.

Rob is an avid, albeit mediocre, runner and golfer. Rob has completed 18 half-marathons and six marathons in Maine, New York, Manchester City, and Boston.

Services/Industries

Education

  • University of Maine School of Law  (J.D.)
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst  (B.A., cum laude)

Public Service

  • Member, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, Maine

Bar Admissions

  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • U.S. Virgin Islands

Memberships

  • Program Co-chair, ABA Forum on Construction Law Annual Meeting 2020
  • Steering Committee, Division I (Litigation and Dispute Resolution), and Chair, Distance Learning Subcommittee, SPEC Committee, ABA Forum on Construction Law
  • Member, Associated General Contractors of Maine
  • Member, American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, Public Contract Law Section and Fidelity and Surety Law Practice Section

Honors

  • Named a Local Litigation Star for Construction, Professional Liability, Real Estate and Trade by Benchmark Litigation
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Litigation: General Commercial
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2021 Portland, Maine Construction Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2018 Portland, Maine Construction Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2016 Portland, Maine Construction Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2012 Portland, Maine Litigation - Construction Lawyer of the Year
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Litigation - Construction
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Construction Litigation: Business, Professional Liability: Defense and Business Litigation

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Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire

Firm Highlights

Matter

Procurement

We have assisted many owners, and contractors in design and construction contracting including: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Investment Management Company on over a billion dollars in projects in Kendall Square area of Cambridge, Massachusetts...

News

31 Verrill Attorneys, Across Four Offices, Recognized in 2022 Chambers & Partners Guide

Matter

Recovery From Surety and Professional Liability Carrier for Defective Turbine and Biomass Energy Facility Components

Our client developed a biomass fired cogeneration power facility to sell power back to the grid and to support its sawmill operations. As part of this project, it entered into a $13+ million contract...

Publication/Podcast

New Rules for Apprentices on Energy Projects Come with Uncertainty for Contractors and Developers

On January 1, 2021, a new law went into effect setting benchmarks for use of apprentices on energy generation facility construction projects. Enacted in 2019, the law was part of “An Act to Establish...

Matter

Subcontractor Prevails on Wrongful Termination and Delay Claims Following 18 Day Arbitration

Our client was terminated as a mechanical subcontractor on a U.S. Navy project at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine for alleged delays. Our client and its surety faced claims for costs of...

News

Verrill Partner Robert Ruesch Elected to American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law’s Governing Committee

News

77 Verrill Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2023, Including Six Named Lawyers of the Year

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