Robert A. Rubin is Special Counsel to McCarter & English, LLP in its New York City office. He is widely regarded for his experience in complex construction litigation, representing governmental and private owners, developers, institutions, sureties, project managers, construction managers, general contractors, members of the design team, and trade contractors. Mr. Rubin has extensive experience in the use of mediation, arbitration, dispute review boards and other alternative dispute resolution techniques to resolve construction disputes. He is regularly retained to mediate and/or arbitrate national and international disputes.
In addition, Mr. Rubin has worked extensively in drafting and negotiating design and construction contracts and resolving problems short of litigation. He has been the lead partner in charge of drafting and negotiating contracts as well as litigation for projects involving energy plants, pipelines, highways, bridges, mass transit, telecommunication, municipal and governmental agencies, industrial and high-rise buildings, insurance disputes including builder’s risk and professional liability claims and major Forbes Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Rubin was recognized as one of the leading construction attorneys in New York and United States in the 2003 through 2013 editions of Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers and in 2006 was the recipient of the Chambers Award of Excellence in Construction Law. He is listed in the 2012 Edition of the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. He was the recipient of the 2007 Cornerstone Award of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry. He was recognized as a New York Super Lawyer for 2012.
Mr. Rubin is co-author of NewYorkConstructionLawManual, 2011 Ed., Thomson/West;ConstructionClaims: Prevention&Resolution, 3rd Ed., John Wiley & Sons, 1999; “A Comparison of Dispute Review Boards and Adjudication,” International Construction Law Review, April 2001; New York Chapter of the State-by-State Guide to Architect, Engineer and Contractor Licensing, Aspen Law and Business, 1999, (Supp. 2012); and “The Engineer as an Expert Witness,” Forensic Engineering, CRC Press (2nd ed. 2001).
Mr. Rubin is Adjunct Professor, Columbia University, faculties of Law and Civil Engineering, where he teaches an interdisciplinary course on construction industry law. He has lectured for the American Bar Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, Practising Law Institute and other societies and universities on construction contract documents, construction claims, surety law, professional liability, alternative dispute resolution, and governmental contract law.
Mr. Rubin is a member of the New York State Bar and is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York. He is a member of the Construction Industry Arbitration and Mediation Panels of the American Arbitration, is a member of the Construction Panel, CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, and is a Certified Mediator, International Mediation Institute. He is Past President of the American College of Construction Lawyers; Past President of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation; a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators; a member of the National Academy of Construction; a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers; a Director of the ACE Mentor Program; and is a member of The Moles. Mr. Rubin received a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor from Columbia University.