Rick W. Grady

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Offices Columbus
Phone 614.464.5455
Fax 614.719.4644

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Rick is a construction attorney based in the Columbus office who works on projects throughout the U.S. and occasionally internationally. He advises owners, developers, contractors, and design professionals throughout the course of public and private projects and has appeared before courts and arbitration panels in numerous jurisdictions. He has advised clients on risk management in various circumstances and met construction professionals in dozens of job trailers and conference rooms – from Ohio to downtown Los Angeles and in rural Brazil. Rick drafts and negotiates contracts and related construction documents; assists with claims during the construction phase; and handles post-completion litigation and arbitration. 

Rick deals with industry forms such as those of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA), ConsensusDocs, the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC), and the Fédération Internationale Des Ingénieurs-Conseils (FIDIC). Rick has also developed numerous manuscript contracts for various complex commercial and residential projects.

For disputed matters, Rick regularly handles cases stemming from breach of contract claims, change orders, insurance coverage issues, liens, delays, differing site conditions, professional errors and omissions, and licensing issues. Rick has significant experience in both courtroom hearings and trials, as well as recent arbitration hearings through award.

Notable experience includes:

Experience by project type/industry:

Public Research and Health Care


Industrial and International

Environmental Remediation


Public Works and Infrastructure



Rick received his J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law. He received his B.A. with distinction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he was Phi Beta Kappa.

Prior to joining Vorys, Rick practiced in the San Francisco office of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP. In between his undergraduate years and law school, Rick served as a small business development volunteer with the Peace Corps in Morocco, where he taught basic business skills and learned to speak near-fluent Moroccan Arabic and French.

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