A. Robert Ruesch

Partner
T: (207) 253-4610
  • University of Maine School of Law (J.D., 1990)
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst (B.A., 1986), cum laude

Highlights

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Best Lawyers® 2018 Portland, ME Construction Law "Lawyer of the Year”
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Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
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Selected for inclusion in the 2018 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars©.
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"Local Litigation Star" in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation.
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Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019.

Biography

Robert Ruesch serves as Chair of Verrill Dana's Construction Law Group. Rob maintains an active practice in state and federal courts throughout New England. Rob has particular skill in complex contract, business, environmental and insurance disputes. Rob also 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 as well as dispute resolution.

Rob excels at presenting complex claims and defenses in mediation, arbitration and court. He has achieved significant victories for his clients in each forum. Rob has also mediated and arbitrated in numerous 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 our clients avoid claims through effective contract strategies, risk allocation and negotiation. View a representative selection of Rob's recent projects and cases on his Experience page. As well as regularly speaking on topics of Construction Law, Rob was also a Construction Law Adjunct Instructor for Worcester Polytechnic Institute's graduate program from September - December 2017. 

Rob lives in Portland. In addition to his family time, Rob is an avid albeit mediocre runner and golfer. Rob has completed fifteen half-marathons and six marathons, including Maine (2004), New York (2005), Manchester City (2012) and Boston (2004, 2014 and 2015).

Public Service

Member, Board of Directors, Portland Education Foundation
Member, St. Lawrence Arts Center

Memberships

Steering Committee, Division I (Litigation and Dispute Resolution), and Chair, 
    Distance Learning Subcommittee, SPEC Committee, ABA Forum on 
    Construction Law
Maine State and Cumberland County Bar Associations
Construction Financial Management Association
Associated General Contractors of Maine
American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, and Fidelity and Surety 
    Law Practice Section

Education

  • University of Maine School of Law (J.D., 1990)
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst (B.A., 1986), cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Maine, 1990
  • Massachusetts, 1990
  • Virgin Islands, 1994
  • New Hampshire, 2006

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, 1990
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 1991
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire, 2006

Honors

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
Named a Local Litigation Star for Construction, Professional Liability, Real 
    Estate and Trade by Benchmark Litigation