Robert Barrack dedicates his practice to complex construction and commercial litigation and appeals, including contractual disputes, professional negligence, surety bond claims, subrogation claims, mechanics’ liens, business torts, unfair trade practices, bad faith claims, product liability, and real property disputes, as well as construction transactions, on behalf of businesses, public entities, educational institutions, and individuals.
Mr. Barrack represents contractors, design professionals, owners, manufacturers, and sureties regarding a variety of claims involving defective design and construction, change orders and delays, mechanics' liens, bid disputes, and surety bonds. He has extensive experience representing clients in state and federal courts, including the Connecticut Appellate and Supreme Courts, as well as in arbitrations and mediations.
Contract Procurement and Project Delivery
Mr. Barrack regularly negotiates and drafts design and construction contracts for a variety of clients. Handling contracts in both public and private settings, he represents educational institutions, public owners, and design and construction professionals.
Disagreements can easily complicate a construction project. Mr. Barrack works to bring about favorable results for his clients, often resolving disputes through mediation and arbitration. In several cases involving performance bond sureties, he obtained either judgments of discharge or favorable settlements based on lack of proper notice. On behalf of a general contractor, he negotiated a settlement in connection with a claim for defective floors on a housing project where the client obtained a release without paying any compensation. On behalf of a homeowner, he obtained a settlement where the architect and contractor paid in full to correct structural defects and also paid to offset the owner's attorney's fees.
Mr. Barrack is a regular contributor to the firm’s blog, Construction Law Zone.
Mr. Barrack is a proponent of pro bono work, in particular in the area of veterans matters. He drafted and negotiated the contracts for the construction of the Simsbury, Connecticut, Veteran’s Memorial on behalf of a veteran’s group and has represented indigent veterans in landlord-tenant disputes.
Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Mr. Barrack was a partner with LeClairRyan.