Member Profile: Richard F. Greenleaf

Richard F. Greenleaf
Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti LLP
1712 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302
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Tel: (303) 402-1600
Fax: (303) 402-1601

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Richard F. Greenleaf has substantive case experience in the following areas...

Contract Disputes
Energy Sector (Oil, Gas)
Professional Liability



Mr. Greenleaf has served as an arbitrator on over 175 construction cases over the past 27 years. He is the recipient of the AAA’s designation of Construction Master Arbitrator - awarded to the top 100 construction arbitrators in the United States.  He has been a construction lawyer for over 30 years representing owners, general contractors, developers, subcontractors, homeowners associations, architects, engineers, suppliers, fabricators, and specialty contractors. His practice has included analysis, negotiation, mediation and arbitration of claims and damages related to construction defects, changes, schedule claims (delay, disruption, acceleration, productivity, sequencing and inefficiency), termination, differing site conditions, building code violations and breach. Mr. Greenleaf’s practice has now transitioned where he spends most of his time serving as an arbitrator on construction cases.

He serves on the American Arbitration Association’s Large Complex Case Panel for Construction Cases and on the American Arbitration Association’s National Energy Panel.  On the commercial construction side, his project experience includes office and commercial buildings, apartments, multifamily buildings, retirement facilities, industrial projects, solar projects, water and sewer treatment plants, hospitals, hotels, heavy highway, roads and bridges, breweries and distilleries, museums, strip centers and luxury high, mid and low-rise residential structures, as well as high end residential construction projects.  Specific issues he routinely deals with include issues related to site and underground work, concrete, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, windows and curtain wall, and thermal and moisture protection. His project experience on the energy side includes: gas fired power plants, gas processing plants, fertilizer plants (Urea, Ammonia Nitric Acid), oil field infrastructure matters, salt water disposal, energy infrastructure, fracking, pipeline, petrochemical, refinery projects, power and treatment plants, electric generation, cogeneration, EPC contracts, oil refining, and gas storage facilities. Mr. Greenleaf’s private and dispute resolution experience commonly involves him in the analysis of insurance claims and coverage (commercial general liability, builders risk and professional liability). He has served as a liaison to the American Institute of Architects for the development of the A201 General Conditions.

Mr. Greenleaf is experienced in all areas of dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration, med-arb hybrids, and dispute review boards. He has been an American Arbitration Association Construction Panelist since 1989, arbitrating and serving as chair on numerous construction disputes throughout the United States.

Mr. Greenleaf has also arbitrated for the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) and has handled cases before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).  He has American Arbitration Association construction mediation experience and is a member of the American Arbitration Association National Panel of Mediators. He has served as an AAA Faculty program “facilitator” for many years.  Mr. Greenleaf has been named to the American Arbitration Association’s Mega Panel – an elite panel of 58 construction arbitrators based on credentials and experience in construction mega projects throughout the United States.  He serves as a “Rule 7” arbitrator regarding issues of consolidation and joinder as well as special master on cases involving Electronically Stored Information (ESI). He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in American for his practice area of Construction Law since 2013.


  • J.D., South Texas College of Law, 1982
  • B.A., University of South Florida, 1976

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Arbitration Association, Construction Advisory Committee
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry: Contract Documents, Contract Negotiations, Performance and Administration, Dispute Avoidance and Resolution, Insurance Surety and Lien Committees; Section of Public Contract Law, Construction Division; Section of Tort Trial and Insurance; Fidelity and Surety Practice Section; and Advisory Panel
  • American Subcontractors Association of Colorado
  • Boulder County Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association, Construction Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association, Construction Law Section, Past Chair and Former Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section, Past Council Member; Construction Law Newsletter, Past Editor
  • State Bar of Wyoming 
  • Fellow of College of Commercial Arbitrators
  • CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals 
  • Dispute Review Board Foundation




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