Ross C. Wecker

Ross Wecker is a Director at Kenney & Sams. He taps substantial project engineering education and experience as he asserts, and defends against commercial construction claims.  Ross represents general contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers and other consultants on projects such as schools, shopping malls, hospitals and health care facilities, multifamily condominium and apartment complexes as well as road, sewer and pipeline projects.

In his construction law practice, Ross handles an even split of disputes related to public and private construction projects. Primarily, he represents general contractors on a full range of construction and business litigation issues including employment claims, litigation arising out of commercial transactions, leasing disputes and claims against vendors and suppliers.  He also represents subcontractors, and has substantial experience asserting their rights and protections related to bond claims and mechanics liens which can be bet-the-company situations that benefit from his understanding of timing, filing and statutory requirements to secure payment. Additionally, Ross represents architects and engineers in professional liability claims including claims of malpractice.

Ross analyses the strengths and weaknesses of his client’s situation and determines the optimal strategy for resolution through mediation or settlement to maximize recovery.  He views courtroom litigation as the strategy of last resort because he knows it benefits his clients to resolve disputes efficiently and cost-effectively.  That said, he and the firm are fully capable of handling any aspect of litigation or appeal.

Ross serves as lead counsel in multi-million dollar construction disputes relating to design defects and construction delays, breach of contract, payment claims, wrongful death and insurance coverage issues.  He litigates matters in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island.

Ross’s engineering degree is a significant advantage for clients because he is familiar with industry terms, plans, specifications, drawings and building processes, allowing him to analyze issues quickly and accurately. With his deep technical and business understanding, he reviews and negotiates contract provisions and responsibilities with clarity that discourages disputes.

Professional Associations

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • American Subcontractors Association
  • Steel Fabricators of New England – Education Committee Member
  • Massachusetts Electrical Contractors Association
  • Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Vermont
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute

Publications

  • Who Owns The Float
  • Should You Even Bother Filing a Mechanic’s Lien?
  • SFNE News, Construction Contracting Considerations After Hurricane Sandy (Winter 2013)
  • SFNE News, Unconstitutional Public Bid Requirements (Spring 2012)
  • High-Profile Monthly, Payment Controls: The Key to a Successful Construction Project (February 2010)
  • SFNE News, When Business Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going (October 2009)

Speaking Engagements

  • June 2014, 33rdAnnual Steel Design Conference, Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Legal Issues Associated with BIM and Current Contract Forms
  • June 2013, 32ndAnnual Steel Design Conference, Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Recent Developments in the Law for Consideration by Engineers, Architects, Fabricators, and Detailers
  • May 2012, Worcester Electrician School, Shrewsbury, MA: Massachusetts Construction Law Overview and the Concerns of a Massachusetts Small Business
  • October 2010, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA: Construction Law Guest Lecturer on Insurance and Bonding in Construction
  • February 2010, Massachusetts Electrical Contractors Association, Essex Chapter, Danvers, MA: Small Business Owner Vicarious Liability Issues, Negligent Hiring, and Scope of Employment
  • March 2009, American Subcontractors Association, Lawyers Counsel, Nashville, TN

Contact

Practice Areas

  • Construction Litigation

  • Business Litigation

  • Professional Liability Defense

  • Real Estate Transactions/Litigation

  • Insurance Coverage Litigation

  • Corporate Formation/Governance

  • Tort and Contract Law

Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts

  • State of Vermont

  • U.S. District Court- Massachusetts

  • U.S. District Court – Maine

  • State of Montana

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School – 2007, J.D. cum laude
    – Suffolk Jurisprudence Award in Civil Procedure
    – Law Review – Journal of High Technology Law, Staff Member, Associate Note & Comment Editor

  • Montana State University, B.S. Civil Engineering