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R. Russell O'Rourke

R. Russell O'Rourke

also known as Russell O'Rourke

Practice areas:

Construction & Development, Contracts & Agreements, Business

About Me

I have been involved in construction all of my life, so as a lawyer it was a natural fit.  The Builders Exchange was the first step in being able to work to help subcontractors and suppliers level the playing field.  The American Subcontractors Association was the next step.  While the Builders Exchange is vital for all members of the construction industry at evey level, the ASA is vital for all subcontractors and suppliers because there we work to help subcontractors find better jobs with the best contractors, to negotiate contracts that are fair and to treat their businesses as professinal businesses.


We also work as the only advocate who works ONLY for subcontractors and suppliers, in the Courts, and Federal and state legislatures and with the other members of the construction industry, with AGC, ConsensusDOCS, AIA and other trade associations.


As the Chair of the Subcontractors Legal Defense Fund (SLDF) I work directly on Court of Appeals Cases which are important to Subcontractors, either to keep good existing laws or change bad laws.  The SLDF provides free Amicus briefs across the country, whereever we find cases where we can make a meaningful impact.


I personally have been lucky enough to have been selected to write amicus briefs on 5 important cases, from Ohio Mechanic's Liens, to Delay Claims, Change Orders, Flow Down Clauses and Pay-if-Paid Contract Clauses.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1984

  1. Construction & Development: 70%
    31 years
  2. Contracts & Agreements: 20%
    31 years
  3. Business: 10%
    31 years



Hourly ($295-350/hour), Free Consultation (15 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

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Contact Info

Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis

Eton Tower
28601 Chagrin Boulevard, Suite 500
Cleveland, OH, 44122



FLMember in Good Standing198608/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
President of the YearAmerican Subcontractors Association2009
Innovator of the YearAmerican Subcontractors Association2009
President's AwardAmerican Subcontractors Association2002

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerMeyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis2013 - Present
Managing PartnerO'Rourke & Associates Co., LPA1989 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Real Estate Litigation Committee, Mechanic's Lien SubcommitteeChair2009 - Present
ASA - Subcontractors Legal Defense FundChair1999 - Present
American Subcontractors Association of OhioBoard Member/Past-President/Chair Legislative Committee1995 - Present
American Subcontractors Association - NationalBoard Member1995 - Present
Builders ExchangeBoard Member/Treasurer1987 - Present
American Bar Association - Construction Law ForumMember1984 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Dugan & Meyers Construction Co. v. Ohio Department of Administrative ServicesThe Ohio Supreme Court upheld the Court of Appeals decision de
Acoustic Ceiling & Partition v. Continental Building SystemsCase was settled prior to a Court of Appeals decision
J&H Reinforcing & Structural Erectors, Inc., v. OSFCPending in the Franklin County Court of Appeals

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Publication NameTitleDate
Ohio Mechanic's & Materialmens' Liens 3d Ed.Legal Treatise2002


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of LawN/AlawN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Killer Contract Clause Webinar SeriesUsing Ohio's Fairness in Construction Contracting Act to Your Advantage2013
Champions AcademyAdvocating for a Better Mechanic's Lien Law2009