Mr. Ruff has been representing general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and other participants in the construction industry since 1986. As the chair of Ogletree’s construction practice group, that U.S. News and World Report has ranked as a Tier-1 practice group, Mr. Ruff prosecutes and defends claims arising out of public and private construction projects in federal and state court litigation, arbitration and mediation. Mr. Ruff handles claims involving construction and material defects, improper or non-conforming work, extra work, changed conditions, warranty, delay, disruption acceleration and contract interpretation. In addition, he assists contractors in negotiating construction contracts with owners, design builders and architects as well as preparing subcontract programs on a client-by-client or job-by-job basis. Mr. Ruff is familiar with traditional delivery systems as well as design-build, fast track, and collaborative systems.
Best Lawyers named Mr. Ruff Chicago Construction Law Lawyer of the Year for 2016. He has been acknowledged by Chambers USA as a Tier-One construction attorney in Illinois. He has been recognized repeatedly by Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers publications.
Mr. Ruff is a past President of the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys and is the past chair of the Chicago Bar Association Mechanics Lien and Construction Subcommittee. He is also a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America. Mr. Ruff writes and lectures frequently on a variety of construction topics.