With 14 years of experience, Joseph “Jed” Ruccio advises clients on contracts and dispute avoidance resolution for their construction projects. He counsels clients on the preparation of project contracts and implementation of best practices. Whether involved from a project’s inception or brought in to handle a distressed project, Mr. Ruccio has the industry and legal experience to help a client avoid disputes or to minimize their cost and duration. He is well-versed in numerous types of alternative dispute resolution, and should litigation be unavoidable, he has the “first chair” trial experience necessary to counsel and represent them. He has been involved all manner of claims, including those related to construction and design defects, change orders, indemnification, delay, mechanics liens, and surety bonds.
The advice he provides to private and public project owners and contractors begins at the planning and bidding phase where he counsels them on procurement issues, including any applicable procurement statutes. Mr. Ruccio guides clients through the negotiation and drafting of their project agreements, including contractor, subcontractor, design, project management, and surety bond agreements. He stays committed throughout the life of the project providing ongoing advice on statutory compliance issues and, significantly, on how to avoid or minimize claims, hoping to avoid donning his litigation hat.
Mr. Ruccio’s government contracts work extends beyond construction. With respect to public contracts for goods and services, he has helped public agencies to draft procurement policies and contracts and has both defended and filed protests regarding the contract award. He has also filed protests on behalf of clients seeking state issued licenses.
Mr. Ruccio has the necessary experience to represent his clients in any forum: mediation, arbitration, and trial and appellate courts.
Clients have included school districts and public agencies as well as retail, housing development, casino, pharmaceutical and gas and electric utility companies. Recent engagements include:
- Retained as expert witness on Massachusetts public construction bidding issues;
- 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 $70 million central facility project;
- Negotiated and drafted design-build contracts, and served as project counsel, for $6 million in renovations to a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility;
- First-chaired defense of housing developer in arbitration involving over $5 million in construction, design, fraud, and statutory warranty claims; and
- First-chair prosecution of multimillion dollar construction/design defect claim in state court.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ruccio 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 gained litigation experience and knowledge of the wage and hour laws applicable to construction and other industries while prosecuting violations of the bidding and wage laws enforced by the AG. He also developed a familiarity with the construction and regulatory community serving as the AG's liaison to state agencies, municipal organizations and trade organizations. Mr. Ruccio has been recognized as a Massachusetts Rising Star in 2009 - 2012.