Jack Rosati is the chair of Bricker & Eckler's Construction Law group. With 29 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 on claims against construction design professionals, contractors and sureties. He has served as construction counsel on design-build projects ranging in value from $40 million to $320 million and as construction counsel on numerous construction manager at risk projects. 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 and litigation 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 in construction claims against contractors and architects for construction delays, defective work and design defects 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. 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.