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Member Profile: Richard F. Greenleaf

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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 regularly travels out of state to Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming

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

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Greenleaf has practiced construction law for over 30 years and has arbitrated over 200 cases through award. He started his construction practice as a trial lawyer litigating large scale commercial and energy cases on the Texas gulf coast. His practice grew from a regional to a national practice and he has been involved in projects in 41 states and internationally. He has represented owners, contractors, developers, sureties, subcontractors, homeowners associations, architects, engineers, suppliers, fabricators, and specialty contractors. Mr. Greenleaf now devotes most of his time to serving as a neutral in complex and high dollar disputes and has served as an arbitrator through final award on over 200 cases with claims amounts in excess of $100 million and projects with values exceeding $2 billion dollars. He was the founding co-chair of the College of Commercial Arbitrators Construction Arbitration Section.


Has represented all parties in the construction process and has participated on complex case panels as arbitrator before the AAA, ICDR, CPR and ICC Courts involving: office and commercial buildings, apartments, & multifamily buildings, retirement facilities, industrial projects, steel and direct reduction plants, solar projects, water and sewer treatment plants, hospitals, municipal projects, prisons, hotels, civil and heavy highway, roads and bridges, sports stadiums, airports, restaurants, “big box” stores, steel buildings, breweries and distilleries, museums, strip centers and luxury high, mid and low-rise residential structures, as well as high-end residential construction projects.


Has extensive experience representing owners, contractors and equipment suppliers and has participated on complex case panels as arbitrator before the AAA, ICDR, CPR and ICC Courts for energy disputes. He has been a member of the AAA’s National Energy Panel for many years. His experience includes: gas and coal fired power plants, gas processing plants, fertilizer plants (Urea, Ammonia Nitric Acid), wind generation projects, solar projects and plants, oil field infrastructure matters, salt water storage and disposal, energy infrastructure, pipeline, petrochemical, refinery projects, power and treatment plants, electric generation, cogeneration, oil refining, and gas and salt water storage, transport, pipeline and storage facilities.


Has extensive experience as a lawyer for owners and contractors as well as an arbitrator before the AAA, ICDR and CPR on large scale mining projects and disputes involving mining construction and operation, engineering, and production on mines producing gold, zinc, copper, silver, lead and molybdenum both nationally and internationally.


Typical issues he has handled both as a lawyer and an arbitrator include:

  •  Scheduling claims including delay, disruption, acceleration, productivity, sequencing and inefficiency as well as in-depth experience in critical path scheduling and damages analysis (extended job site overhead, general conditions, liquidated damages and home office overhead);
  • Construction defect cases and multi party claims (has arbitrated cases involving more than 60 parties), and insurance analysis (including disputes pursuant to the Colorado Defect and Reform Act (CDARA);

  • Large scale engineering, procurement & procurement (EPC) construction and disputes;

  • Design build projects;

  • Contract document interpretation;

  • Soils, expansive soils and shifting soils, underground obstructions, differing site conditions;

  • Concrete and paving issues;

  • Claims involving design, engineering, errors and omissions;

  • Metal and lightweight building design and construction;

  • Thermal and moisture intrusion/protection, and building envelope issues, including paint/coatings;

  • Termination cases and damage analysis;

  • Glass, glazing window wall issues and disputes;

  • Mechanical, plumbing and HVAC issues and disputes;

  • Electrical issues and disputes;

  • Roofing and waterproofing issues;

  • Building code and plans, and specifications compliance.


  • 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 (Construction Panel)
  • Dispute Review Board Foundation




$300 per hour. Hourly rate charged for all time spend on case including travel time and any expenses incurred.
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