Joseph “Jed” Ruccio advises clients on contracts and on dispute resolution for construction projects. He counsels private and public project owners and contractors on procurement issues and on the negotiation and drafting of their project agreements. He’s worked on contractor, subcontractor, design, project management, and surety bond agreements. Whether involved from a project’s inception or brought in to handle a distressed project, Jed has the industry and legal experience to help clients avoid disputes or to minimize their cost and duration. He has represented clients in mediation, arbitration, and trial and appellate courts. And he has been involved in all manner of claims, including claims regarding defective work, change orders, indemnification, delay, mechanic’s liens, and surety bonds. Jed chairs the firm's Construction and Real Estate Litigation Subgroup.
Jed’s government contracts work extends beyond construction. With respect to public contracts for goods and services, he has helped public agencies draft procurement policies and has both defended and filed protests regarding the contract award. He has also filed protests on behalf of clients seeking state issued licenses.
Clients have included general contractors, public agencies, and school districts, as well as retail, housing development, casino, pharmaceutical, and gas and electric companies. Recent engagements include:
First-chaired prosecution of multimillion dollar construction/design defect claim involving power plant equipment in state court;
First-chaired defense of housing developer in arbitration involving millions in construction, design, fraud, and statutory warranty claims;
Developed and implemented program to lease out space on 47 state facilities for attachment of broadband equipment to increase internet access for underserved areas;
Drafted contract documents and served as project counsel for a public utility’s central facility project;
Negotiated and drafted design-build contracts, and served as project counsel, for renovations to a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility; and
Retained as expert witness on Massachusetts public construction bidding issues.
Prior to joining the firm, Jed was Chief of the Bid Protest Unit in the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, which is where he developed his expertise in public bidding law. He served as the chief hearing officer for all public contract disputes filed with the AG, issuing over 100 bid protest decisions. He prosecuted violations of the bidding and wage laws enforced by the AG. He also developed a familiarity with the construction and regulatory community while serving as the AG's liaison to state agencies, municipal organizations and trade organizations.
Jed has been recognized as a SuperLawyers Massachusetts Rising Star in 2009 - 2012.