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Robert A. Rubin

  • Construction Disputes, Avoidance and Resolution
  • 47 Plaza Street
  • Brooklyn, New York 11217-3905


  • Undergraduate: B.C.E. Cornell University 1961
  • Law School: J.D. Columbia University 1964

Career History

  • McCarter & English, LLP, New York, NY, Special Counsel, 2007-2015
  • Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, New York, NY, Senior Counsel, 2006
  • Postner & Rubin, New York, NY, Partner, 1980-2005
  • Max E. Greenberg, Trayman, Cantor & Reiss, New York, NY, Associate/Partner, 1964-79


Robert A. Rubin is widely regarded for his experience in complex construction disputes avoidance and resolution, 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 dispute review boards and other alternative dispute resolution techniques to resolve construction disputes.  He is a member of the Construction Industry, Master Mediator, and Mega Project Arbitrator Panels of the American Arbitration Association. He is Adjunct Professor, Columbia University, faculties of Law and Civil Engineering, where he teaches an interdisciplinary course on construction industry law. He is a member of the New York State Bar and is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York.  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; and a member of the National Academy of Construction.  Mr. Rubin received a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor from Columbia University.

Professional Activities

  • Past President, American College of Construction Lawyers
  • Past President, Dispute Resolution Board Foundation
  • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators
  • Member, National Academy of Construction
  • Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Member, The Moles
  • Director, ACE Mentor Program
  • Adjunct Professor, Construction Industry Law (Interdisciplinary Seminar), College of Engineering and School of Law, Columbia University
  • Professional Engineer, New York

American Arbitration Association, Construction Industry, Master Mediator and Mega Project Arbitrator Panels

CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, Construction Mediator and Arbitrator Panels

International Mediation Institute, Certified Mediator

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

  • Co-author, New York Construction Law Manual, 2016 Ed., Thomson/West Pub.
  • Co-author, Construction Claims: Prevention and Resolution, 3rd Ed., John Wiley & Sons, 1999
  • Co-author, State-by-State Guide to Architect, Engineer, and Contractor Licensing, New York Chapter, Aspen Law & Business (1999, Supp. 2016)
  • Co-author, “A Comparision of Dispute Review Boards and Adjudication,”International Construction Law Review, April, 2001
  • Co-author, “Dispute Review Boards”, The Construction Lawyers, ABA (2005)
  • Contributor, Chapter 11, Dispute Resolution, Recommended Contract Practices for Underground Construction, Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, 2008
  • Co-author, Chapter 3, Brief Review of Typical Dispute Prevention and Resolution Best Practices, Reducing Construction Costs – Uses of Best Dispute Resolution Practices by Project Owners by Project Owners, Proceedings Report, Federal Facilities Council Technical Report No. 149, The National Academies Press, 2007
  • Co-author, Chapters on “The Mediator” and “Dispute Review Boards and Other Forms of Construction ADR,” Construction ADR, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, 2014

Speeches, Panel Discussions, and Seminars:

  • Various lectures for the American Bar Association, American Arbitration Association, Practising Law Institute and other societies and universities on construction contract documents, construction claims,surety law, professional liability, alternative dispute resolution and government contract law.

Court Admissions

  • New York State, 1964
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Claims Court
  • Various Federal Courts

Community Activities

Awards and Honors

Recipient of the 2006 Chambers Award of Excellence in Construction Law

Recipient of the 2007 Cornerstone Award of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry


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