ROBERT G. RUGGIERI is a Senior Associate with Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC. He practices law in the areas of government contracts, procurement, and construction. Bob's clients, which include prime contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers, routinely seek out his advice in protesting government procurement decisions, size and NAICS code protests, interpreting the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), preparing Requests for Equitable Adjustment, (REAs), prosecuting claims under the Contract Disputes Act (CDA), and responding to government investigations, suspensions, and debarment proceedings.
Bob also has significant experience assisting small businesses in federal contracting with Teaming and Joint Venture agreements, Federal Business Ethics Compliance, SBA 8(a), HUBZone, SDVOSB, WOSB & EDWOSB, WBE/MBE/DBE Certifications and Appeals, and federal government Mentor-Protege agreements.
He has enjoyed considerable success for clients prosecuting and defending bid protests at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the United States Court of Federal Claims. Similarly, Bob has litigated contract disputes with equal success throughout the country in federal and state forums in a wide variety of complex construction claims, including claims relating to delays, inefficiency, differing site conditions, defective plans and specifications, acceleration, and lost productivity. Types of projects he has handled over the years, include marine construction, dredging projects, bridges, roads, environmental cleanups, power plants, municipal convention centers, office buildings, residential complexes, waste water treatment plants, and schools.
Notwithstanding his extensive litigation experience, Bob recognizes the benefits of resolving contract disputes at an early stage through negotiated settlements or alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, such as mediation, before the onset of extensive and costly discovery efforts.
Bob is a contributor to the Firm's Federal Construction Contracting Blog, and he previously served as Associate Editor of the Construction Law Signal blog.
News & Publications
•USDA Shoreline Contract Stalled Over SmallBusiness Fight
Law360 - October 6, 2014
•New Anti-Trafficking Rule Presents Significant Challenges for Government Contractors
March 2, 2015
•Court Upholds Rights of Small Business Dredging Contractors
September 24, 2014
•The Check's In the Mail? In New Jersey, You'd Better Mean It
September 28, 2012
•Pennsylvania Court Finds That Use of a Subcontractor's Bid Does Not Create a Contract
June 22, 2012
•Building a Sustainable Business: Managing Risks and Reaping Rewards in Green Building - Upcoming Event
May 18, 2012
•Q&A with Evan A. Blaker
April 18, 2012
•Mayor Nutter Signs a Pro-Project Labor Agreement Executive Order for Philadelphia Public Building Projects
December 12, 2011
•The Perils of Contracting with Public Entities in Maryland
September 16, 2011
•Questions about the Impact of Sloan v. Liberty Mutual
August 19, 2011
•We Need Technology to Boost Our Traffic Management
July 29, 2011
Representative claims that Bob has prepared, advocated and successfully resolved include, but are not limited to:
•Federal, State, and Local Bid Protests
•Small Business Size and NAICS Code Protests
•Contract Dispute Act claims and Requests for Equitable Adjustment
•Payment and performance bond claims
•Productivity and delay claims
•Change order claims
•Claims for defective workmanship
•Claims for defective specifications
•Claims for design errors and omissions
•Contract compliance on active construction projects
•Termination for default and termination for convenience claims
•Pass through claims