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Litigation Attorney

Rich is a partner on the Litigation and Trial Services Team where he focuses on construction law and litigation, business litigation and commercial matters, contracts and sports law. Rich has extensive experience with all facets of construction law and has represented owners, construction managers, subcontractors/suppliers and design professionals. Rich handles a wide range of construction matters, including claims related to delays, extra work, productivity impact, defects, construction lien and bond claims, and assists clients with a variety of business and contract-related matters and disputes. Rich also has extensive experience representing sports-related clients and in performing internal investigations.

Experience

Experience

Construction Litigation and Contracts

Obtained significant arbitration award in construction dispute involving breach of contract claims relating to extra work and early termination issues.

Successfully pursued claims for delays and impact costs for multiple mechanical contractors on major airport new construction project.

Successfully pursued claims for general contractor against public transportation entity involving renovation of international bridge and related cost overruns, extra work and impact claims.

Engaged in large arbitration and successfully defended and/or pursued claims for major public universities relating to design issues and claims for additional costs related to design defects.

Successfully defended and pursued claims for subcontractors for extra work, delays and labor productivity impacts on wastewater treatment plant, educational facilities, hospitals, commercial and industrial facilities, including OEM automotive plant.

Drafted full sets of contract documents for several large public universities and a large hospital organization, and contract documents for numerous owners, general contractors/construction managers, subcontractors and design professionals.

Successfully defended design professionals in a variety of claims, including for design defect and error and omission related claims.

Business and Commercial Litigation

Obtained federal court jury verdict in favor of client in breach of contract and tortious interference claims and no cause of opponents' claims.

Successfully obtained consent decree defending individual from claims by public pension funds in excess of $35 million and resolved for several hundred thousand dollars.

Successfully defended copyright infringement claims and obtained rights to iconic photo on behalf of former Heisman trophy and Super Bowl MVP winner.

Successfully defended and/or pursued numerous shareholder and partnership disputes relating to minority interests and shareholder oppression claims, and contract and business tort cases.

Obtained jury verdict in state court breach of contract matter and no cause of opponent's claims.       

Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, since 2014

Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, Litigation – Construction, 2018

DBusiness© magazine, Top Lawyers, Litigation - Construction, 2018 and 2019

Leading Lawyers: Commercial Litigation; Construction Law

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Leaders in the Law, 2017

Michigan Super Lawyers® since 2014

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, Construction Law Forum

Association of General Contractors, Legal Relations Committee

Federal Bar Association

Oakland County Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan, Litigation Section

Community Involvement

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: Southeast Michigan, Board president, 2017 - present; Board member, 2010 - present

Swing to Cure Diabetes Golf Outing, founder, 2008 - present

News & Publications

News

Presentations

Lectures and teaching experiences include numerous construction law courses to various construction industry groups, contractors and clients, including the Construction Association of Michigan, the Metropolitan Detroit Plumbing and Heating Contractors Association and the Mid-Michigan Mechanical Contractors Association. Subjects taught include: construction liens, and performance and payment bonds; project administration techniques and handling contract changes; pursuing and defending construction claims; contract drafting and dealing with problem contract terms; and analysis of the revised 1997 AIA A201 General Conditions and other 1997 AIA contracts.

Served as instructor to large international general contractor on wide range of construction related issues.

Presentations involving the Consensus Documents and AIA documents and other construction contract related issues.

Presented seminars to design professionals involving claim situations and to accounting professionals on accounting and audit obligations.

Presented on sports law issues and coaching contract matters. 

Regular speaker at the Federal Bar Association’s New Lawyer Seminar on state and federal court practice and procedure. 

Numerous lectures and presentations to college and university associations across the country on Clery Act and campus safety and security matters, including compliance with the Clery Act and FERPA regulations.  

National speaker for Security on Campus, Inc. organization and federal government organizations on preventing violence against women on college campuses and universities. Presented on panels relating to internal investigation techniques and strategies.

Teaching and Presentations

Teaching and Presentations

Lectures and teaching experiences include numerous construction law courses to various construction industry groups, contractors and clients, including the Construction Association of Michigan, the Metropolitan Detroit Plumbing and Heating Contractors Association and the Mid-Michigan Mechanical Contractors Association.  Subjects taught include: Construction liens and performance and payment bonds; Project administration techniques and handling contract changes; Pursuing and defending construction claims; Contract drafting and dealing with problem contract terms; and analysis of the revised 1997 AIA A201 General Conditions and other 1997 AIA contracts.  Served as instructor to large international general contractor on wide range of construction related issues.

Presentations also involve the Consensus Documents and AIA documents and other construction contract related issues. Presented seminars to design professionals involving claim situations and to accounting professionals on accounting and audit obligations. Presented on Sports law issues and coaching contract matters.  Regular speaker at the Federal Bar Association’s New Lawyer Seminar on state and federal court practice and procedure. 

Numerous lectures and presentations to College and University associations across the country on Clery Act and campus safety and security matters, including compliance with the Clery Act and FERPA regulations.   National speaker for Security on Campus, Inc. organization and federal government organizations on preventing violence against women on college campuses and universities. Presented on panels relating to internal investigation techniques and strategies.

Education

Detroit College of Law
Detroit, Michigan
J.D., 1987
Law Review, Note & Comment Editor

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Bachelor of General Studies, 1983
President, Michigamua, University Senior Honor Society
Four-year Varsity letter winner, Football, 1979 - 1983

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States Supreme Court
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