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Jack Rosati, Jr.

Jack Rosati is the chair of Bricker & Eckler's Construction Law group. With 30 years of experience as a construction attorney, Jack has served as counsel for numerous projects, including several of the largest hospital systems in Ohio. His involvement in health care-related projects has included multi-year system transformations with individual values up to $1 billion. He has also frequently served as construction counsel for smaller public and private hospitals.

Additionally, Jack represents a wide variety of public and private owners in Ohio in negotiations with construction design professionals, contractors and sureties. He has served as construction counsel on design-build and construction manager at risk projects ranging in value from $3 million to $320 million. He has also served as a mediator on construction cases and has the experience and ability to evaluate the merits of parties' claims and facilitate settlements.

Jack’s practice emphasizes counseling related to bid disputes, construction defects, insurance coverage issues, project delivery systems, construction contracts and specifications. Examples of other matters include, serving as construction counsel on municipal courthouse projects; litigating claims for public libraries against contractors and bonding companies for defective work and project delays; negotiating and litigating construction claims for school districts; pursuing claims for public owners on their water and wastewater treatment plant projects; and representing county commissioners on county jail projects. He has also conducted internal audits of construction practices for various public and private clients and advised on process improvement and cost saving best practices.

Jack has numerous reported cases. For example, he represented a consortium of public owners as amici before the Supreme Court of Ohio in the case of Dugan & Meyers Constr. Co. v. Dept. of Admin. Serv. (2007), 113 Ohio St.3d 226, arguing that public owners in Ohio should not be liable for additional construction costs when contractors fail to follow contractual procedures for obtaining additional time and money, and in the case of Boone Coleman Construction, Inc. v. The Village of Piketon, 45 Ohio St. 3d 450, regarding enforcement of liquidated damages. He also defended a public school district in a bid dispute in the reported case of Monarch Constr. Co. v. Ohio Sch. Facilities Commission (2002), 150 Ohio App.3d 134, successfully arguing that public school districts have broad discretion in the bidding process to determine the responsibility of a bidder.

"Bricker & Eckler, particularly Jack Rosati, has been extremely supportive and responsive to our needs. They are willing to explain issues in layman’s terms and are willing to talk things through when needed. When we do have an issue, we are heard and they will adjust as necessary."

Bricker client as quoted in Best Law Firms, 2019

"Jack Rosati is a highly regarded construction lawyer with a focus on counseling and litigation pertaining to major public works such as hospitals, schools and libraries. Sources say that he is "extremely competent, thorough and able to communicate well.""

As quoted in Chambers USA, 2018

" The “brilliant” Jack Rosati offers a "practical, experienced and levelheaded" approach to matters."

As quoted in Chambers USA, 2017

Experience

  • Construction procurement training

    Present internal client training to key organization representatives, project managers and in-house counsel relating to construction bidding and procurement laws and best practices. 

  • Long-term care certificate of occupancy issue

    On behalf of a large long-term care client, kept a multi-phased renovation project involving long-term care and assisted living beds on schedule, solving a complex certificate of occupancy issue for an older nursing home facility.

  • Phased renovation and expansion healthcare projects

    Assisted private and public health care systems in negotiating and preparing design professional and construction manager at risk agreements for phased renovation and expansion projects with budgets ranging from $1 million to $15 million.

  • Task order construction manager at risk agreement

    Prepared the requests for qualifications, requests for proposals and specialized contract documents for task order construction manager at risk arrangements for public and private entities including hospital systems and library systems.

  • Library system renovation and new construction projects

    Prepared procurement documents and negotiated contract documents for architect agreement construction manager at risk contracts for renovation and new construction projects for multiple county library system branches. Construction values ranged from $1 to $9 million.

  • County jail renovation and new construction projects

    Assisted with the selection of project delivery models and prepared request for qualifications, request for proposals, design professional agreements and construction contract documents for a variety of new build and renovation projects for county jails. Project delivery models included construction manager at risk, design-build and general contractor. Project values ranged from $3 to $50 million.

  • $1.3 billion health system construction projects

    Advise and assist Indiana's largest private, not-for-profit health system with three projects that are among the largest construction projects the system has ever undertaken, with total costs expected to exceed $1.3 billion over several years. The first project involves construction of a new campus location in the downtown area. The second project involves a new facility on a university campus. The third project involves renovating 150,000 square feet of the vacated children’s hospital to create a maternity hospital. Bricker’s role is to provide the legal services specific to the construction of health care facilities, while Indiana co-counsel is expected to provide more general construction advice.

  • Hospital design-build project

    Assisted with drafting and negotiating design-build contract for a private hospital. Project value exceeded $320 million.

  • Health center design and construction

    Worked with a public hospital's office of general counsel and its department of construction management with regard to all aspects of design and construction of a 58,000-square-foot off-campus health center using the construction manager in an agency role delivery model with multiple prime contracts.

  • Hospital medical campus renovation construction manager at risk project

    Assisted a private health care system in negotiating and preparing design professional and construction manager at risk agreements for the renovation of a recently-acquired medical campus. The project value exceeded $61 million.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Bricker & Eckler’s Southeast Ohio team

Presentations & Published Works

  • Presenter, "Risk Management in Construction," Ohio Hospital Association webinar, January 2017
  • Speaker, "Broken Promises, Bad Buildings," Bricker Construction Best Ideas Series
  • Speaker, "Bidding for Public Construction Contracts: Getting Good Contractors"
  • Speaker, County Construction & Finance Seminar
  • Speaker, Top Gun Construction Claims Seminar
  • Speaker, Buckeye Association of School Administrators School Facilities Conference

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Member, Columbus Bar Association; Ohio State Bar Association; American Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers (Construction Litigation: Business), 2004, 2006–2020
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Construction Law; Litigation - Construction), 2005–2020
  • Recognized, ChambersUSA, Construction with a Band 1 ranking, 2012–2019; Band 2 ranking, 2008–2011
  • Listed, The International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers, 2008, 2018
  • Columbus Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America (Litigation – Construction), 2015
  • Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Listed, Legal 500

Education

  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (J.D., 1989); Order of the Coif; Articles Editor, Ohio State Law Journal
  • The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy (B.S., 1981)