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Construction 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Bruce Meller is a favourite among clients, who recommend him as “a highly strategic thinker who quickly identifies key issues and makes recommendations”. He is a specialist in contractual matters and has advised clients on almost all types of construction project.


Bruce D Meller has more than 40 years of experience in construction law. He has been described in national publications as "exceptional", "the epitome of the construction litigator who understands a company's needs and goes out to get results", "highly regarded for his litigation and arbitration expertise" and "a respected presence in high value and complex matters". He has represented contractors throughout the United States on virtually every type of project in the building and civil construction industry. He is responsible for many of the firm's most significant cases, the negotiation of complex contractual relationships and the drafting of standard forms of agreement, which are used on a national basis.

Notably, he was lead counsel in an arbitration involving claims in excess of US$130 million arising out of building and civil construction work for a train system in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, which lasted 84 hearing days. Mr Meller was lead trial counsel and negotiated a US$59 million settlement on behalf of a design-build contractor with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority. Another matter on behalf of a construction manager involved claims in excess of US$60 million, lasted more than 75 hearing days. An engineering, procurement and construction matter resolved at trial for sums in excess of US$100 million. His jury trials have lasted between one and four months in length, resulting in numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and more than a dozen published decisions.

In light of his accomplishments, Mr Meller has been recognised by Chambers USAThe Legal 500 United StatesWho's Who Legal: ConstructionBest Lawyers in America and New York and New Jersey Super Lawyers in construction law. He is also AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is currently a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

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