Robert M. Barrack

Senior Associate

  • Overview

    Biography

    Robert Barrack dedicates his practice to construction and commercial litigation and appeals, including complex contractual and construction disputes, products liability, creditors' rights, insurance coverage, real property disputes, and commercial foreclosures on behalf of businesses, public entities, educational institutions, and individuals. Mr. Barrack regularly 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, surety bonds, and drafting and negotiating design and construction contracts. Mr. Barrack has extensive experience representing clients in state and federal courts, including the Connecticut Appellate and Supreme Courts, as well as in arbitrations and mediations.

    Prior to joining Robinson & Cole, Mr. Barrack was a partner with LeClairRyan.

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Obtained summary judgment based upon statute of limitations and repose in multimillion-dollar claim against a manufacturer that supplied windows to a state university law school library project, defeating the state's reliance upon the ancient doctrine of nullum tempus (time does not run against the sovereign).*
      • Representation of a subcontractor in a claim against the general contractor for one of the largest houses in Connecticut, leading to a significant settlement on the eve of trial.*
      • Representation of a major state university, including the president, chancellor, and dean, with regard to numerous state and federal claims by a professor, leading to settlement whereby the professor agreed to curtail unacceptable behavior and forbear from any future claims or actions against the university.*
      • Representation of the largest national media conglomerate in a multimillion-dollar contract dispute with the owner of a Connecticut theater, resulting in a settlement involving the buyout of the theater property by the client.*
      • Represented a large foreign health supplement company in numerous commercial disputes and cases following the termination of long-term supply agreements after an FDA recall.*
      • Successfully defended a municipality through two trials and appeals in a suit brought by a commercial property owner in a dispute over a public parking garage.*
      • Successfully defended an appeal before the Connecticut Appellate Court in connection with a $2.5 million commercial foreclosure of a ski resort on behalf of an investment group and obtained dismissals of federal and state actions by the former owner of the resort against the client.*
      • Obtained summary judgment in federal court in Wisconsin on behalf of a health care provider on a $3.5 million claim by a consultant for breach of an IT outsourcing agreement.*
      • Obtained dismissal of a multimillion-dollar subrogation claim against an architect for the defective design of a high school roof brought by the insurance carrier for the school district.*
      • Obtained decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court on behalf of a surety limiting scope of coverage of a subdivision development surety bond in a case of first impression.*
      • Successfully defended a municipality in a bid challenge by a contractor and, in issue of first impression, obtained decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court limiting bid challenges against municipalities by unsuccessful bidders.*
      • Obtained dismissal in federal district court of several causes of action, which led to an innovative nationwide settlement of a RICO class action against a building products manufacturer.*
      • In a case of first impression in Connecticut, obtained summary judgment in federal district court on behalf of a surety for failure of a performance bond obligee to properly declare the principal in default and to give the surety proper opportunity to exercise its options and limit its liability. This decision led to other significant victories, including in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, on behalf of sureties on notice issues.*
      • Obtained affirmance by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals of the District Court's dismissal of quiet title action against homeowners by a successor trustee claiming that conveyance of property by a predecessor co-trustee was void.*
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      *Atty. Barrack was counsel in these representative matters before joining Robinson+Cole.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Connecticut Bar Association
      Business Torts Section
      Construction Law Section

      Connecticut Building Congress
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Construction Litigation for 2006 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

  • NEWS + PRESS
    • News

      R+C News Releases

      • September 25, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Expands Offices and Practice Areas with the Addition of New Associates

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