Eric A.O. Ruzicka

Eric A.O. Ruzicka




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 20 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. 

Education & Admissions

Harvard Law School (J.D., 2001)

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


  • 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


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.
  • Represented municipality in construction litigation over design and construction defect claims related to construction of wastewater treatment facility.
  • Represented owner in delay and defect litigation concerning senior housing facilities.
  • Represented owner in construction defect, delay and design claims arising out of the construction and renovation of an historic hotel.
  • LTF Construction Co, LLC, et al. v. Cento Solutions Inc.: Represented owner in delay and defect claims arising out of the construction of an athletic club and fitness center.
  • Represented owner in claims arising from the failure of a retaining wall.
  • Represented University in claims related to negligent design of sports complex expansion.
  • Represented owner in negligence action related to a pipeline strike during pre-construction activities.
  • 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.

Real Estate Litigation

  • Representation of commercial landlords and tenants in over 100 eviction and commercial leasing disputes venued throughout the United States.
  • Representation of homeowners in property boundary disputes including adverse possession, boundary by implication, and proceedings subsequent hearings.
  • Representation of both residential and commercial landowners in easement disputes.
  • Representation of landowners in dozens of property tax appeals.
  • In re Petition of George Lovrien: Obtained complete defense verdict in a complex property and boundary line dispute involving properties located on Lake Minnetonka. 

Commercial Litigation

  • Ryan Johnson, et al. v. Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, et al.: Representation of Power Agency in personal injury action arising out of a construction project accident.
  • Representation of judgment holders in the recognition and collection of foreign judgments.
  • 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.
  • 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 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


Preparing Your Construction Project for the Next Federal Government Shutdown
Uncertainty Looms: Minneapolis' 2040 Plan Hits (Another) Judicial Roadblock
Minnesota Legislature Amends Commercial Eviction Law: What Landlords and Tenants Need to Know
Post-Pandemic Update on Commercial Evictions in Minnesota
DIG Magazine - Fourth Quarter 2022
10 Tips From a Legal Perspective on Rebuilding Efforts Following a Hurricane
Suez Canal Blockage to Cause Lasting Construction Delays and Owner-Contractor Disputes
COVID-19’s Impact on Commercial Evictions and Landlord-Tenant Relations in Minnesota
Tapping P3s to Pay for Water Infrastructure Needs, printed in Journal of the American College of Construction Lawyers (Winter 2019)
"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

Chambers USA 2024 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Baltimore Bridge Collapse: Construction Partner Eric Ruzicka Interviewed on National Scripps News
200 Dorsey Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in 2024 Best Lawyers in America, Lawyers of the Year, and Ones to Watch
Super Lawyers Recognizes 27 Dorsey Attorneys in Minneapolis
Chambers USA 2023 Recognizes 30 Dorsey Lawyers and 10 Practices in Minneapolis
Chambers USA 2023 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Super Lawyers Recognizes 26 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Chambers USA 2022 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Eric Ruzicka Comments on Surfside Suits
Eric Ruzicka Comments on COVID-19 Force Majeure Clauses
Erik Ruzicka Discusses FIU Bridge Collapse Case
Super Lawyers Recognizes 29 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Eric Ruzicka Comments on Miami Condo Collapse
Dorsey Partner Eric Ruzicka Discusses Supply Chain Issues Due to Suez Canal Blockage
Dorsey Partner Eric Ruzicka Comments on Retail Evictions
Super Lawyers Recognizes 38 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Super Lawyers Recognizes 41 Dorsey Lawyers in Minneapolis
Chambers USA 2019 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Guided by its Attorneys, a Corporate Law Firm Supports Local Communities
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

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
Higher Education & Academic Research Institutions
  • 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 & Life Sciences
  • Higher Education & Academic Research Institutions
  • Indian & Alaska Native
  • Legal Project Management
  • Mining
  • Oil & Gas
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Real Estate & Land Use
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Technology

Professional & Civic

Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Legal Rights Center 2009-2019
  • Harvard Club of Minnesota 2011-present; President 2017-2019


 Chambers USA 2023 Chambers 2022Chambers USA 2021  Ranked in Chambers USA 2020  Ranked in Chambers USA 2019 Leading Individual  
     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 to "The Power 30: Construction and Commercial Real Estate Law" by Minnesota Lawyer, 2024
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2016-2024
  • Named one of “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” by Chambers USA (Construction), 2015-2023 
  • Listed in Minnesota Super Lawyers by Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2016-2023
  • Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America
  • Named "Up and Coming" by Chambers USA (Construction), 2013-2014
  • 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®

    Contributed 100+ Pro Bono Hours in 2021

  • Contributed more than 100 Challenge pro bono hours, 2021

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  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2012-2019
Eric A.O. Ruzicka