Biography

Rob focuses on construction, design and surety law where he 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's construction practice also focuses 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 of Construction Law. Rob is the 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 eighteen half-marathons and six marathons, including 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 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 

To learn more about third-party ratings and rankings, and the selection processes used for inclusion, click here.

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

News

61 Verrill Attorneys Honored as Best Lawyers, 12 as Lawyers of the Year

(September 3, 2019) – More than 60 Verrill attorneys were once again recognized as “Best Lawyers” by Best Lawyers® 2020 . In addition, 12 attorneys from the firm were named “Lawyer of the Year,&rdquo...

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

Verrill Dana’s Litigation & Trial Group Achieves Highest Distinction in Maine

(July 12, 2019)  –  Verrill Dana has been distinguished as a leading firm in Maine in the field of Litigation: General Commercial by London-based Chambers & Partners (Chambers), one of the world’s most respected...

Matter

Engineering Malpractice

We asserted claims on behalf of a large private institution related to defective design and installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system in a high profile public building. The matter was settled favorably...

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...

Publication/Podcast

Are You in for a (Price) Shock?

In the booming real estate and construction segments of the economy, increased demand in construction materials, equipment, and skilled labor, as well as, the U.S. government's recent tariffs have caused an increase in prices for...

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...

Publication/Podcast

Construct Contracts to Ease Increasing Prices and Tariff Risks

The  Construction Executive  published an article authored by attorney Rob Ruesch, "Construct Contracts to Ease Increasing Prices and Tariff Risks," that discusses the current landscape in the construction industry. The slight increase in real...

Publication/Podcast

Trick or Treat? Popular AIA 2007 Design and Construction Contracts No Longer Available After October 31, 2018

Ready or not?  The 2007 versions of several popular American Institute of Architect (AIA) contracts will be phased out on Halloween.  Owners, contractors and design professionals that have not switched over to AIA’s 2017...

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...