Giovanni M. Ruscitti

Giovanni M. Ruscitti Managing and Founding Partner

  • Education
  • J.D., University of Denver College of Law, 1993
  • M.B.A., Accounting & Finance, University of Colorado, 1993
  • B.A., Economics, University of Colorado, 1989
  • Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • Colorado
  • New York
  • Federal Court of Claims
  • Pro Hac Vice in Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, Ohio, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming
  • Experience
  • Professional Associations
  • Community Involvement

Giovanni M. Ruscitti is one of the founding members of BHGR, and currently serves as the firm’s Managing Partner. Mr. Ruscitti is equally comfortable in the courtroom as in the boardroom, and regularly serves as lead transactional and litigation counsel. This unique and broad range of experience allows Mr. Ruscitti to provide BHGR's clients comprehensive, strategic, innovative and cost-effective counsel, and he often works as a strategic adviser to boards of directors and general counsel. His practice focuses primarily on complex commercial litigation/arbitration, construction law, mergers and acquisitions, health care, real estate, and commercial transactions. His clients include entrepreneurs, emerging growth companies, banks, and local, national and international companies, and he serves a broad range of industries, including construction, manufacturing, medical, nutrition, development, telecommunications, innovation/technology, professional services, mining and real estate.

Mr. Ruscitti has almost 25 years of experience working on construction, mining, power and energy related matters. He has represented clients on both public and private projects for owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, insurers and sureties, with a particular emphasis in complex EPC projects. To that end, Mr. Ruscitti has negotiated and drafted EPC contracts up to $2.2 B in value, and litigated and arbitrated EPC disputes with tens of millions of dollars in dispute. He has worked on industrial plants, office buildings, power plants, hydroelectric power, utility projects, processing plants, water storage, water and waste treatment plants, defense projects, hospitals, schools, highway construction, prisons, mining projects, oil & gas, pipeline, and solar projects. Giovanni has also substantial experience in construction disputes, including defect, delay, indemnity, breach of contract, fraud, bid protest coverage and complex litigation. 

Mr. Ruscitti has litigated a number of cases to successful results, including Federal and State jury and bench trials and arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association, International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the International Chamber of Commerce, JAMS and Judicial Arbiter Group, on a broad range of complex commercial, construction/surety, and civil cases, including litigation involving management and corporate control issues, mergers and acquisitions, environmental, CERCLA, RCRA, construction defects and delays, surety disputes, intellectual property, trade secrets, mining, contract disputes, derivative actions involving fiduciary duty claims, SEC, FTC, FCC, TCPA, ERISA and withdrawal liability, employment agreements, covenants not to compete, fraud, financial transactions and insurance coverage disputes. Mr. Ruscitti also has extensive experience in handling preliminary injunctions and other injunctive relief hearings. Mr. Ruscitti has handled matters in Arizona, Colorado, California, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, as well as Canada, Central America, South American and Europe. 

Mr. Ruscitti routinely advises our corporate clients and general counsel on topics such as organizing and planning business entities, mergers and acquisitions, structuring strategic alliances, structuring commercial and intellectual property transactions, and creating and protecting trade secrets and other intellectual property rights. Mr. Ruscitti also represents privately held companies in connection with private placements, financing alternatives, including secured and unsecured credit facilities and debt or equity offerings, and SEC issues.  In addition, he has developed and implemented various exit strategies enabling clients to monetize their investments, including mergers and divestitures, and has implemented various corporate restructurings, reorganizations, and recapitalizations.   

In real estate, Mr. Ruscitti has represented real estate developers and owners on a wide variety of legal matters, including acquisitions, 1031 exchanges, structuring of transactions, construction, financing, leasing, zoning, land use, and due diligence issues. Mr. Ruscitti has served as lead transactional council on the development of the Dick's Sporting Goods Park soccer stadium, and on the purchase, sale and development of large real estate portfolios. 

In healthcare, Mr. Ruscitti has represented medical practices and healthcare providers in general business matters, as well as mergers and acquisitions and enforcement of restrictive covenants. Mr. Ruscitti is also experienced in provider payment disputes, including disputes involving Medicare and Medicaid.

Mr. Ruscitti also serves as a mediator and arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association on complex commercial, M&A, corporate, IP, energy, mining and construction disputes.  He was recently named Publications Vice-Chair for DRI’s ADR committee, and is working on a new educational program for the AAA on best practices in arbitration.

Mr. Ruscitti lives outside of Boulder with his wife of 27 years, Aggie Ruscitti, and their three children, Dante, Donato and Izabella. He enjoys spending time with his family, Italian & French wines, travel, fly fishing, hunting, hiking, yoga, and playing basketball. 

  • American, Colorado, Denver, and Boulder County Bar Associations
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association Torts and Insurance, Business, Litigation, and Bankruptcy Sections
  • Rocky Mountain Mining Association
  • Colorado Mining Association
  • Associated General Contractors of Colorado
  • American Arbitration Association, Commercial Panel of Neutrals
  • Boulder Economic Council, Executive Committee
  • Boulder Hockey Club; Board of Directors
  • Colorado Tier Hockey Association; Board of Directors, Vice President
  • University of Colorado Leeds School of Business; member of Deming Center for Entrepreneurship Advisory Board