Eric A. O. Ruzicka
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Eric A. O. Ruzicka

Partner
ruzicka.eric@dorsey.com

Overview

A PARTNER IN DORSEY’S TRIAL GROUP, ERIC HELPS CLIENTS SUCCESSFULLY MANAGE DISPUTES SO THEY CAN FOCUS ON THEIR BUSINESS.

Eric is a commercial litigator who specializes in the area of construction and real estate litigation. He has been litigating complex commercial matters for over 15 years. Eric has litigated matters arising in a wide range of practice areas including construction defect, construction delay, real estate, insurance and other commercial litigation. He has represented clients in arbitration and federal and state courts both at the trial and appellate level. 

Eric also serves as the Firm’s pro bono partner, overseeing the Firm’s extensive pro bono efforts. Dorsey lawyers annually devoted more than 5% of the firm’s total hours to pro bono projects.

Education & Admissions

Harvard Law School (J.D., 2001)

St. John's University (Minnesota) (B.A., 1998), summa cum laude

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Experience

Representative Litigation

Construction Litigation

  • Represented a global EPC contractor in state court, federal court, bankruptcy and arbitration proceedings concerning a 700 mw supercritical coal fired electric generation plant with claims totaling approximately $1 billion resulting in a $74 million award in the client's favor.
  • In Re 35W Bridge Collapse: Represented a major engineering firm in over 120 lawsuits arising from the 35W Bridge collapse. Settled all lawsuits for a fraction of the plaintiffs’ pre-suit demand after successful motion practice.
  • Represented Enclos Corporation, a major curtain wall contractor, in construction litigation on various projects, including the Bronx Criminal Courthouse litigation in SDNY in which the owner relinquished its $120 million dollar claim and agreed to a positive settlement for Enclos.
  • Enclos Corporation v. Dormitory Authority of the State of New York: Represented contractor in delay claims arising out of the remodeling of the John Jay College of Law. Received significant settlement after defeating owner’s motion to dismiss based on contract’s no-damage-for-delay clause.
  • Environmental Interiors Inc. v. Aragon Construction Inc.: Represented contractor in defect claims arising out of the LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal. Reached settlement after successful summary judgment.
  • Represented a general contractor in a large construction delay and HVAC defect case resulting in a twelve week arbitration. See Kraus Anderson Construction Company v. Brighton Development Corporation, et al.
  • Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Fla. v. Kraus-Anderson Constr. Co. Represented general contractor in construction defect litigation. Proceedings were held in Tribal Court, Federal District Court, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Supreme Court and multiple state courts.
  • Represented a supplier in claims arising from an 850 mw natural gas power generation plant in Brazil.
  • Represented the manufacturer and supplier of large heat recovery steam generators in a $50 million dispute concerning defective pressure welding and fit for service issues.

Commercial Litigation

  • Pals v. Tony Weekly, Jr. et al. Representation of the estate of five family members in wrongful death action arising out of a collision in a construction zone.
  • In re Petition of George Lovrien: Obtained complete defense verdict in a complex property and boundary line dispute involving properties located on Lake Minnetonka.    
  • Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative v. American Guarantee Liability and Insurance Co. Obtained a jury verdict in excess of $21 million arising from an industrial accident and insurance claim litigation.
  • Fifth Third Bank v. Synergy Graphics Property, LLC, et al. Represented Fifth Third Bank in foreclosure proceedings. Litigation has involved multiple temporary restraining orders and litigation at both the state and federal courts.

Pro Bono Litigation

  • American Civil Liberties Union and The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation v. U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Defense, and Central Intelligence Agency. Represented the ACLU in its lawsuit to enforce its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking information about the United States governments targeted killing of United States citizens.
  • NAACP v. Thomasville School District. Represented a class of students concerning allegations that the school district had been racially segregating students into separate schools and classrooms and providing them unequal education ever since Brown v. Board of Education.

News & Resources

Articles

"Constructing a Successful E-Discovery Strategy: Foundational Principles and Building Blocks," Journal of the American College of Construction Lawyers, Volume 12 No. 2
Avoiding the Storm After the Storm—10 Things the Construction Industry Should Do Right Now to Move Projects Forward After Harvey and Irma
HLS Alum emphasizes the need and value of pro bono work
Bond Claimants Beware

News & Press Mentions

54 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019 and 2019 Lawyers of the Year
Dorsey & Whitney Supports Low-Income Minnesotans in the Courts
Super Lawyers Recognizes 36 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices in Minnesota
Dorsey Partner Eric Ruzicka Discusses How Hoteliers Can Move Forward After a Natural Disaster
51 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 and 2018 Lawyers of the Year
Super Lawyers Recognizes 36 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices in Minnesota
Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Dorsey Partner Eric Ruzicka Discusses Trump Crackdown on Sanctuaries
Dorsey Partner Eric Ruzicka Comments on Grant Cuts to Sanctuary Cities
More Than 150 Law Firm Leaders Urge Govt to Continue Funding of Legal Services
48 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis and Fargo Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 and 2017 Lawyers of the Year
Super Lawyers Recognizes 37 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Chambers USA 2016 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices in Minnesota
Chambers USA 2016 Ranks Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Dorsey & Whitney Represents Kværner ASA in $74 Million Arbitration Award
45 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis and Fargo Selected for Inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America®" 2016 and "Best Lawyers of the Year"
Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Dorsey’s Minneapolis Office Named - Complex Civil Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Minnesota
Dorsey’s Eric Ruzicka to Receive The National Law Journal’s Twin Cities Counsel to Counsel Award
Chambers USA 2015 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices in Minnesota
Dorsey & Whitney Outside Pro Bono Counsel to U.S. Bancorp
Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Dorsey Partner Eric Ruzicka Helps Expose Drone Killing Memo

Select Presentations

  • CLE moderator: “Urban Redevelopment,” Minnesota State Bar Association, June 2014
  • CLE Speaker: “Commercial and Residential Landlord Tenant Law,” Sterling Education Services, December 2013
  • CLE Speaker: "Legal Issues in Construction and Engineering," Dorsey & Whitney, February 2011
  • CLE Speaker and Author: "Construction Defect Litigation: From A to Z," National Business Institute, February 2011
  • CLE: Speaker: "Engineering Ethics and the Law," Dorsey & Whitney, August 2009
  • CLE: Speaker and author of "Making Construction Laws Simple," National Business Institute, February 2008
  • CLE: Speaker and author of "Title Insurance Case Update," Minnesota State Bar Association, March 2006
  • CLE: Speaker and author of "Key Construction Contract Provisions," Minnesota State Bar Association, March 2006

Industries & Practices

Government Contracts Counseling & Litigation
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction & Design
  • Construction Litigation
  • Development & Infrastructure
  • Electric Power
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Government Contracts Counseling & Litigation
  • Healthcare
  • Indian & Alaska Native
  • Legal Project Management
  • Mining
  • Oil & Gas
  • Pro Bono
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Real Estate & Land Use
  • Technology

Professional & Civic

Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Legal Rights Center 2009-present
  • Harvard Club of Minnesota 2011-present; President 2017-present 

Accolades

Chambers USA 2018 Leading Individual  Ranked in USA Chambers 2017 Leading Individual  Ranked In - USA Chambers and Partners 2016 - Leading Individual   Ranked in Chambers USA 2015 - Leading Individual 

  • Named one of “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” by Chambers USA (Construction), 2015-2018
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2016-2019
  • Named "Up and Coming" by Chambers USA (Construction), 2013-2014
  • Listed in Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2016-2018
  • Listed as a "Rising Star" by Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2009-2012, 2014-2015
  • Recognized by The National Law Journal as one of the “Twin Cities Counsel to Counsel,” 2015
  • Rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®

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  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2012-2017
Eric A. O. Ruzicka