People: Leah A. Rochwarg, LEED AP, Partner

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Leah A. Rochwarg, LEED AP

Partner

Boston
Direct: (617) 946-4957
Fax: (617) 946-4801
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Ms. Rochwarg is a partner in the Construction Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and is a LEED® Accredited Professional.  She possesses an understanding of green building practices and principles and familiarity with LEED requirements, resources, and processes which assists her in counseling public and private clients who either voluntarily or by virtue of local, state, or federal requirements seek to design, construct, or renovate utilizing green or sustainable building practices.

Ms. Rochwarg’s practice focuses on the representation of construction, energy, and real estate industry clients, with an emphasis on construction and commercial litigation and construction law.  She is a member of the firm’s Alternative Energy and Climate Change Group and member of Massachusetts Bar Association’s Energy and Environmental Task Force.  She also has extensive experience in handling complex construction and commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation for public and private owners, contractors, design professionals, subcontractors, and suppliers.  Transactional practice includes negotiation of solar power purchase agreements, drafting and negotiation of contracts construction, design, project and construction management, disaster response, remediation, and repair.  She has also served as project counsel to clients throughout the development and construction process; advising clients regarding design and construction services procurement; bid protest issues; claims for delay/disruption, defective design and construction, payment and performance issues, payment and performance bond enforcement, insurance disputes; advise clients regarding risk management and conflict avoidance measures.

Ms. Rochwarg has a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review rating of "AV Preeminent."

Ms. Rochwarg is a partner in the Construction Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and is a LEED® Accredited Professional.  She possesses an understanding of green building practices and principles and familiarity with LEED requirements, resources, and processes which assists her in counseling public and private clients who either voluntarily or by virtue of local, state, or federal requirements seek to design, construct, or renovate utilizing green or sustainable building practices.

Ms. Rochwarg’s practice focuses on the representation of construction, energy, and real estate industry clients, with an emphasis on construction and commercial litigation and construction law.  She is a member of the firm’s Alternative Energy and Climate Change Group and member of Massachusetts Bar Association’s Energy and Environmental Task Force.  She also has extensive experience in handling complex construction and commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation for public and private owners, contractors, design professionals, subcontractors, and suppliers.  Transactional practice includes negotiation of solar power purchase agreements, drafting and negotiation of contracts construction, design, project and construction management, disaster response, remediation, and repair.  She has also served as project counsel to clients throughout the development and construction process; advising clients regarding design and construction services procurement; bid protest issues; claims for delay/disruption, defective design and construction, payment and performance issues, payment and performance bond enforcement, insurance disputes; advise clients regarding risk management and conflict avoidance measures.

Ms. Rochwarg has a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review rating of "AV Preeminent."

Education

  • J.D., University of Miami School of Law (1991)
  • B.S., University of Lowell (1987)
    cum laude
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, National Trial Skills Session (2005)

Admissions

  • Florida
  • Massachusetts
  • District of Columbia

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Dispute Resolution Section, Litigation Section, Tort and Insurance Practice Sections and the Forum on the Construction Industry, Environment, Energy and Resources, Real Property, Probate & Trust, SMART Growth and Urban Policy, Climate Change, Sustainable Development, Ecosystems)
  • Associated General Contractors
  • Boston Bar Association (Construction Law Committee)
  • Boston Society of Architects, Indoor Air Quality Committee (Associate Member)
  • Construction Specifications Institute
  • CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, Boston Panel of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Florida League of Prosecutors
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, (Energy and Environmental Task Force)
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) (Energy and Infrastructure Committee)
  • National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), Member and Prior Board Member
  • New England Women in Real Estate (NEWIRE)
  • U.S. Green Build Council, LEED®AP
  • Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) (Programs Committee)
  • Women’s Bar Association

Presentations

  • “Shock Prevention: Mitigating the Contractual Risks of Building Information Modeling and Electronic Documents,” American Subcontractor’s Association, Inc. (February 12, 2008) 
  • Session Chair, “Risk Management in an Era of Building Information Modeling”, Construction SuperConference, San Francisco, CA (December. 2007)
  • Panelist, “Benefits and Risks of Building Information Modeling,” IRMI 27th Construction Risk Conference, Orlando, FL (November 1, 2008)
  • “Legal Issues Surrounding School Construction Projects- Risk Management through Careful Contract Drafting”, 12th Annual New England School Facilities and Maintenance Conference, “How to Support 21st Century Learning in 20th Century Schools”, Sturbridge, MA (April 10, 2007)
  • Session Chair, “Green Buildings/LEED: New Opportunities and Challenges for the Construction Industry,” Construction Superconference, San Francisco, CA (December 7, 2006)
  • Panelist, “Liability Issues Resulting From the Use of New Technologies,” Construction Superconference, San Francisco, CA (December 7, 2006)
  • Panelist, “Retooling Architectural Practice for Collaboration & Technology”, AIA Desert Practice Conference, Indian Wells, CA (November 5, 2006)
  • Instructor, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Building Trial Skills: National Session, Louisville, CO (July 8-14, 2006)
  • Panelist, “Retooling Architectural Practice for Collaboration & Technology”, AIA/TAP Conference, Los Angeles, CA (June 6, 2006)
  • Instructor, “Taking & Defending Depositions,” National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Boston, MA (April 22, 2006)
  • Session Chair/Panelist, “Legal and Liability Issues Relating to Building Commissioning”, 14th National Conference on Building Commissioning, San Francisco, CA (April 19, 2006)
  • Panelist, “Construction and Design Defect Claims in Residential Construction Projects”, MCLE, Boston, MA (March 8, 2006)
  • Speaker, “Solving Water Intrusion and Mold Problems in Vermont,” Burlington, VT (July 21, 2005)
  • “Legal Implications of Building Commissioning,” 13th National Conference on Building Commissioning, New York, NY (May 4-6, 2005)
  • Instructor, “Taking & Defending Depositions,” National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Boston, MA (April 28-30, 2005)
  • “Construction Contract Provisions: Clause for Concern,” MIT Faculty Club, Cambridge, MA (March 15, 2005)
  • “IAQ-Related Legal Problems and How to Prevent Them,” Build Boston, Boston, MA (November 16, 2004)
  • “What You Really Need To Know About Mold and Your Legal Liabilities in Vermont,” South Burlington, VT (November 5, 2004)
  • “Toxic Mold Losses:  A Billion Dollar Problem, Myth or Reality?”  Natick, MA (May 20, 2004)
  • “Mold Litigation” National Association of Women in Construction, Cambridge, MA (February 17, 2004)
  • “Indoor Air Quality Insurance & Legal Problems...and How to Prevent them” Build Boston 2003, Boston, MA (November 18, 2003)
  • “The Road Ahead: Opportunities for Growth in a Changed Landscape,” Worcester, MA (September 19, 2003)
  • “Water Intrusion and Toxic Mold” Sterling Education, Boston, MA (September 16, 2003)
  • “Mold-Hazard or Hysteria?” Lorman Educational Services, Springfield, MA (August 15, 2003) 
  • “Pitfalls in Dealing with Construction” New England Corporate Counsel Association, Waltham, MA (June 4, 2003)
  • “Mold: Understanding and Managing the Risks,” Environmental Business Council of New England, Waltham, MA (May 20, 2003)
  • “Mold Management and the Law,” Fisher College, Attleboro, MA (May 9, 2003)
  • “Risk Management in the Era of Mold Related Liability Issues,” Enviro Expo 2003, Boston, MA (May 8, 2003)
  • “Can I get coverage for that? Insurance availability in the age of uncertainty and growing exposure,” Boston, MA (February 25, 2003)
  • “Solving Water Intrusion and Mold Problems,” Lorman Education Services, Worcester, MA (February 5, 2003)
  • “Mold: Risk Management and Litigation Avoidance” AGC Mid-Year Conference, Boston, MA (September 2002)
  • “Toxic Mold: What is all the Fuss About?” Boston, MA (June 20, 2002)
  • “Construction Issues,” for the Spring Conference of the Massachusetts Association of Public Purchasing Officials, Andover, MA (April 17, 2002)
  • “Construction Issues in Massachusetts,” Lorman Education Services, Peabody, MA (February 27, 2002)
  • “Americans with Disabilities Act and Architectural Access Compliance,” Boston, MA (February 6, 2002)

Publications

  • Co-Authored, “Risk Management in an Era of Virtual Design and Construction and Electronic Document Exchange”, American Subcontractor’s Association, Inc.’s Contractor’s Compass Magazine (pending publication) (Spring 2008)
  • Co-Authored, “Creating a Green Culture – A Legal Perspective”, Venture Magazine (pending publication) (Spring 2008)
  • Managing Green Risks, originally published as “Building Green” in Venture Magazine, 17 (October 2007); reprinted by permission in Estimator, The Professional Construction Estimators Association of America, Inc. Volume 18, No. 3 (Winter 2007-2008)
  • Co-Authored, “Avoiding the Grey Area When Going Green,” Construction Specifier (November 2007)
  • “Sustainable Building: Managing the Environmental and Project Risks,” Real Estate Finance (October 2006)
  • Co-Authored, “Clicking and Tearing at Your Own Risk:  Potential Consequences of Electronic Contracting in the Construction Industry,” AEI/CI On-line Magazine - Means, Methods & Trends (Spring 2006)
  • Co-Authored, “Discovering Discovery,” AEI/CI On-line Magazine - Means, Methods & Trends (Spring 2005)
  • Interviewed for article: “Mold: The New Four-Letter Word for Hoteliers, Attorneys,” and “When the Water Won’t Go Away,” Hotel & Motel Management Magazine (November 1, 2004)
  • “Building Envelopes, Mold and Litigation,” The Construction Specifier (October 2004)
  • Co-Authored, “Hardened Buildings - Security By Design,” Intersec, Vol. 14, Issue 5 (May 2004)
  •  “No-Growth Strategy, How to prevent a mold invasion at your hotel,” Lodging Hospitality (April 2004)
  • Co-Authored, “Mold is New Due Diligence in Real Estate Deals,” Boston Women’s Business (May 2003)
  • “Mold Litigation: Next Tort Arena or Passing Fad?” Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers Journal (January 1, 2003)
  • “Insurer Denies Allegations in Water/Mold Bad Faith Case” HarrisMartin’s COLUMNS-Mold (January 2003)
  • Co-Authored, “As Mold Concerns Mushroom, Guard against Liability Issues,” Boston Business Journal (May 31-June 6, 2002)
  • Co-Authored, “Project Delivery Vehicles and Technology Drivers,” Design Intelligence, Vol. 8, No. 5 (May 2002)
  • “Green Eggs and Mold,” Gadsby Hannah e-alert (April 2002)