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 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

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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...

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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...

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Project Owner Breached Contract by Attempting to Terminate Contractor

Our client, large construction contractor, completed construction of a new entry at a public building. The scope of work included construction of new concrete sidewalks, stairs, accessibility ramp, canopy, lighting, railings and a non-load...

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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...

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Differential Building Settlement Claims

We were retained by the City in the State of New Hampshire following a $60 million project for a large addition to an existing municipal building. Due to the nature of the underlying soils...

News

39 Verrill Attorneys Named 2019 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Verrill Attorney Karen Frink Wolf Again Named One of New England’s Top 100 Attorneys and Top 50 Women Attorneys (December 11, 2019) – The 2019 edition of New England Super Lawyers and Rising Stars...

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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...

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Surety Takeover of Mountain Top Communications Infrastructure Contract Following Owner’s Default of Contractor

We represented a performance bond surety asked to step in and complete four communications infrastructure projects. We engaged key consulted and mapped about a path forward for completion of the project with our client's...

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Defense of Contractor - Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wage Claims

This case concerned the construction of a marine boat dock on an island in Boston Harbor. The Plaintiff claimed entitlement to unpaid wages and enhanced wages under the federal prevailing wage statute known as...

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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...