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 is Co-chair of the ABA Forum on Construction Law's upcoming annual meeting, scheduled for April 2020 in Seattle, Washington.

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

Client Recovers on Claim On Differing Site Conditions Claim Involving Subsurface Contaminated Soils

We successfully resolved a substantial claim for our client, a large, Maine based site contractor, stemming from differing site conditions encountered on an aviation facility owned by project federal government. The case stemmed from...

News

Litigation Attorney Represents Maine Energy Company

On August 14, Bangor Daily News published an article covering the Georges River Energy, LLC v. KMW Energy, LLC that litigation attorney Rob Ruesch is representing the plaintiff in. Georges River Energy is claiming...

Publication/Podcast

Webinar Materials: COVID-19 and Maine Construction Contractors: A Roundtable Video Conference on Legal, Financial, and Tax Developments

On April 8, attorneys from Verrill's Construction Law and Employment & Labor Groups teamed up with accounting professionals from Albin Randall & Bennett and the Associated General Contractors of Maine to offer insights into...

Publication/Podcast

Is the Coronavirus Pandemic a Force Majeure?

Publication/Podcast

City of Portland Releases Guidelines and Procedures for All Construction Sites and Workers at all Public Works

On Monday, March 30, I participated in a video conference on construction activities and COVID-19 sponsored by the Portland Chamber of Commerce with various City of Portland officials and representatives of the developer/contractor community...

News

Nearly 80 Verrill Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2021, Including a Dozen Named Lawyers of the Year

(August 24, 2020) – Nearly 80 Verrill attorneys were recognized as "Best Lawyers" by Best Lawyers® 2021 , including 12 attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year,” a distinguished recognition for only a single lawyer...

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

38 Verrill Attorneys, Across Four Offices, Recognized in 2020 Chambers & Partners Guide

(April 27, 2020) – Verrill has been rated as a Leading Firm in a total of ten categories and subcategories as evaluated by London-based Chambers & Partners , one of the world's most respected...

Matter

Defense of Breach of Contract, Negligent Construction and Breach of Duty of Workmanship Claims

We successfully defended a large mechanical contractor in connection with lawsuit stemming from the comprehensive failure of the hydronic piping system in a resort hotel's heating and cooling system. Through fact and expert witness...

Matter

Breach of AIA Construction Contract and Waiver of Consequential Damages By Owner

Our client, a general contractor, and the project owner signed an American Institute of Architect A101 contract with accompanying A201 general conditions. The project included construction of a new office/retail building, and associated site...