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Phone: (917) 816-5701

47 Plaza Street

Brooklyn, NY 11217-3905

Robert Rubin



Current Employer:

Construction Disputes Avoidance and Resolution

Areas of Expertise:

✔ Construction


Over 50 years exclusively in construction law, principally involved in the resolution of complex construction disputes ranging in value from $50,000 to $150 million. (70% as an advocate; 30% as a neutral). Has represented public and private owners, sureties, developers, construction managers, engineers and architects, insurers, prime contractors, subcontractors, and equipment and material suppliers. Projects include heavy and highway, commercial and industrial, residential, public works and marine construction including airports, highways, sewers/waterworks, tunnels, bridges, dams, power and chemical plants, high-rise office and residential buildings, zoo and aquarium, hospitals, schools, shopping centers, slurry walls, soils/geotechnical, structural steel erection, racetracks and breakwater. Disputes involve bid protests, collapses and failures, design and construction defects, default and termination, delay and disruption, changes and scope-of-work and differing site conditions.

Work History:

McCarter & English, LLP, 2007-2015; Seyfarth Shaw LLP, 2006-2007; Partner, Postner & Rubin, 1980-2005; Partner/Associate, Max E. Greenberg, Trayman, Cantor, Reiss & Blasky, 1964-1980


Experience as arbitrator, mediator, and dispute review board member in more than 100 construction disputes with claims valued up to $150 million, 1980 to present.


AAA eDiscovery: Arbitration in a Digital World, 2016; AAA Exercising Arbitrator Discretion: A Look at Some Best Practices, 2015; Arbitration to Its ADR Roots, 2014; AAA Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics (ACE005), 12/05; AAA Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards (ACE001, 2/05; AAA Construction Industry Arbitrator II Training Advanced Case Management Issues, New York, 3/02; AAA Arbitrator Update 2001; attended AAA Mediator Retreat, Denver, 3/00; AAA Construction Arbitrator Training, New York, 3/97; American College of Construction Lawyers, Advanced Training in Mediation and Arbitration, 1995-97. Dispute Review Board Foundation Training, 2005, 2007.


Admitted to the Bar: New York, 1964; U.S. Supreme Court, 1970. Professional Engineer, New York, 1972.


Recognized as one of the leading construction attorneys in New York and United States in the 2003 through 2015 editions of Chambers USA Guide to America


American Arbitration Association, Master Mediator Panel, Construction Mega Project Panel; member of the Construction Panel, CPR Panel of Distinquished Neutrals, CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution; Certified Mediator, International Mediation Institute.


New York State Bar Association; American Bar Association (Forum on Construction Law); American Society of Civil Engineers (Fellow); American College of Construction Lawyers (Past President); The Moles; Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (Past President); ACE Mentor Program (Director); National Academy of Construction; College of Commercial Arbitrators (Fellow).


Cornell University (BCE-1961); Columbia University (JD-1964).


Co-author of New York Construction Law Manual, 2016 Ed., Thomson Reuters; Construction Claims: Prevention & Resolution, 3rd Ed., John Wiley & Sons, 1999;


Adjunct Professor, Columbia University, faculties of Law and Civil Engineering, teaches an interdisciplinary seminar on construction industry law. 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.

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