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Robert J. Smith

  • Akerman Senterfitt LLP
  • One South Pinckney Street
    Suite 700
  • Madison, Wisconsin 53703
  • Email:
  • Phone: (608) 257-5352
  • Cell: (608) 345-2237
  • Company Phone: (608) 257-5335
  • Fax: (608) 257-2029


  • Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin, Madison 1967
  • Law School: University of Wisconsin, Madison 1974

Professional Activities

  • U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps, 1967-1971
  • Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1974-1979
  • Chairman, Wisconsin Transportation Commission, 1979-1981
  • Registered Professional Engineer, 1971-present
  • Member, ABA Forum on Construction Industry (Past Chairman, Contract Documents Division)
  • ABA Section of Public Contract Law (Past Regional Chairman)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin Public Contract and Construction Section
  • Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers (Past Member Executive Committee of Board of Governors)
  • Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers (PastChairman, Committee on Contract Administration, PastChairman, International Activities Committee)
  • Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • National Construction Industry Panel, American Arbitration Association
  • Construction Industry Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Task Force (Vice-Chairman)
  • Legal Consultant to Transportation Research Board Innovative Contracting Practices Research Team
  • International Tunnelling Association
  • Dispute Review Board Foundation (Board of Directors)
  • National Academy of Sciences Study Committee on Contracting Practices of Superconducting Supercollider
  • Peer Reviewer of Project Management Manual for EPA Grantees

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

    • “Allocation of Risk — The Case for Manageability,” [1996] International Construction Law Review 549
    • Avoiding and Resolving Disputes During Construction: Successful Practices and Guidelines, Technical Committee on Contracting Practices of the Underground Technology Research Council, 1991 (contributing author)
    • “Developments in Standard Form Contract,” Construction Briefings, Federal Publications, Inc., No. 85-4, April 1985 (co-author)
    • “Dispute Review Boards for Tunneling Projects Using the ASCE Model,” Tunneling and Underground Space Technology, Vol. 9, 1994
    • “Dispute Review Boards” current Status and Recommendations,” Proceedings 1995 Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference, 1995 (co-author)
    • “Dispute Review Boards: When and How to Benefit from a Successful Contracting Practice,” Proceedings of the World Tunnel Congress, Stuttgart, Germany, 1995
    • Preventing and Resolving Construction Disputes, Center for Public Resources, 1991 (contributing author)
    • Quality in the Constructed Project, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1988 (chapter author)
    • Recommended Competitive Bidding Procedures for Construction Projects, 1987, published by EJCDC; translated and printed in Japanese by the Japan Society of Civil Engineers, 1990
    • “Risk Management for Underground Projects: Cost-Saving Techniques and Practices for Owners,” Gallerie e Grandi Opere Sotterranee N. 43 (1994)
    • “Risk Management for Underground Projects,” Tunneling and Underground Space Technology, Vol. 7, April 1992
    • “Risk Identification and Allocation: Saving Money by Improving Contracts and Contracting Practices,” [1995] International Construction Law



  • Wisconsin Chapter, State-By-State Guide to Architect, Engineer and Contractor Licensing, Aspen Law & Business, (Walker, Holderness & Butler, Eds., 1997)
  • Wisconsin Chapter, Fifty State Construction Lien and Bond Law, 1997 Supplement, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (Schor, Ed., 1997)
  • Wisconsin Chapter, Fifty State Public Construction Contracting, Wiley Law Publications (Gaede, Browning, Sears and Bolvig, Eds., 1996)

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Wisconsin
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin

Community Activities

  • Yahara Lakes Association
  • Bethel Lutheran Church Food Pantry Volunteer

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