Richard F. Greenleaf

Richard F. Greenleaf Founding Partner

  • Education
  • J.D., South Texas College of Law, 1982
  • B.A., University of South Florida, 1976
  • Admissions
  • Wyoming, 2013
  • Colorado, 1999
  • Texas, 1982
  • Experience
  • Professional Associations
  • Publications
  • Speaking Engagements

Mr. Greenleaf was a founding member of BHGR and now serves as Special Counsel to the Firm. He has over 30 years experience working on construction and energy related matters and now devotes most of his practice to serving resolving disputes either as an arbitrator, mediator, and early neutral evaluator or as a strategic counselor on construction related matters. He has arbitrated over 200 cases through award and has been involved in projects in 42 states and internationally. He has represented clients on both public and private projects for owners, developers, designers, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and sureties. He has been involved at all stages of the process including structuring, drafting, and negotiating complex agreements, advising on implementation, risk assessment, claims, and claims defense through the dispute process. The projects he has worked on include: office buildings, mid-rise high rise structures, power plants, processing plants, water and waste treatment plants, defense projects, cyber security and national defense projects, hospitals, schools, highway construction, bridges, prefabricated structures, steel buildings, fabric structures, dams, golf courses, restaurants, breweries, laboratories, prisons, mining projects, oil field infrastructure, salt water disposal, fracking, pipeline, petrochemical processing and refinery projects, power and treatment plants, solar, hydro, electric generation and cogeneration projects. Mr. Greenleaf’s previous legal and current ADR practice focuses largely on scheduling, critical path analysis and evaluation, changes in work scope and delays and disruptions to the construction process.

 

 

 

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, Co-Chair of Committee on Construction Arbitration
  • American Arbitration Association, Construction Advisory Committee
  • Member-Dispute Review Board Foundation
  • Panelist-CPR International Center for Conflict Prevention and Resolution Panel of Neutrals (Construction, Energy, Oil & Gas Panels);
  • Fellow-American College of e-Neutrals
  • Member- National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry: Contract Documents, Contract Negotiations, Performance and Administration, Dispute Avoidance and Resolution, Insurance Surety and Lien Committees; Section of Public Contract Law, Construction Division; Section of Tort Trial and Insurance; Fidelity and Surety Practice Section; and Advisory Panel
  • Associated General Contractors of Colorado
  • American Subcontractors Association of Colorado
  • Boulder County Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association, Construction Law Section
  • Houston Construction Law Section, Past Chair and Former Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section, Past Council Member; Past Editor of Construction Law Newsletter
  • Best Lawyers in America-Construction Law 2013-2017

 

 

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Fellow to the College of Commercial Arbitrators, Co-Chair of Committee on Construction Arbitration
  • American Arbitration Association, Construction Advisory Committee
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry: Contract Documents, Contract Negotiations, Performance and Administration, Dispute Avoidance and Resolution, Insurance Surety and Lien Committees; Section of Public Contract Law, Construction Division; Section of Tort Trial and Insurance; Fidelity and Surety Practice Section; and Advisory Panel
  • Associated General Contractors of Colorado
  • American Subcontractors Association of Colorado
  • Boulder County Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association, Construction Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association, Construction Law Section, Past Chair and Former Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section, Past Council Member; Construction Law Newsletter, Past Editor
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Best Lawyers in America 2013-2016
  • "Colorado Statute of Limitations Commercial Claims Checklist," Practical Law Company, 2012-2014.
  • “Contracting, Drafting, and Understanding the Differences Between Litigation, Arbitration, and Mediation” (January 2010)
  • "Claims: Preserving Rights and Minimizing Risk, Parts I, II, III: Project Management and Prudent Lien Waivers," USGLASS Magazine, April, June and July 2006, co-author
  • "Preserving Construction Defect Claims," Boulder County Business Report, July 2005
  • "Legislative Changes Affecting Construction," Construction Law Newsletter, State Bar of Texas, Fall 1995
  • “Alternative Dispute Resolution-Lessons from the Battlefield”, CRELA Construction Law Conference, University of Colorado, May 2016 
  • Commercial Arbitrators 2014
  • "Maximizing Efficiency & Economy in Arbitration: Challenges at the Preliminary Hearing", American Arbitration Association, May 2012
  • "Dealing with Delay Tactics," AAA, Denver, April 2005, August 2006 and February 2010
  • "Claims Preservation and Mitigation," Glass Association of North American Annual Conference, February 2006
  • "AAA Annual Arbitrator Update," AAA, Denver, December 2002
  • "Ethics in ADR," AAA, Denver, September 2002
  • "Prehearing Techniques for Expediting Arbitration Hearings," Salzburg, Austria, June 2002
  • "Drafting Arbitration Clauses," AAA, Denver, may 2002
  • State Bar of Texas Arbitration Law Course, 1998
  • "What Do You Do When...?" Texas Construction Law Seminar, Houston, March 1996, and Colorado Construction Law, Denver, January 2001
  • "Litigation and Enforcement" and "Defenses to Liens and Bond Claims," Construction Liens and Bonds Claims in Texas Seminar, Houston, February 1996
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