Rick W. Grady

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Offices Columbus, Orange County
Phone 614.464.5455
Fax 614.719.4644
Phone 949.526.7900
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Rick is a construction attorney based in Vorys' Columbus and Orange County offices who works on projects throughout the U.S. and internationally. He advises owners, developers, contractors, and design professionals throughout public and private projects and has appeared before courts and arbitration panels in numerous jurisdictions. He advises clients on risk management in various circumstances, and has met construction professionals in dozens of job trailers and conference rooms – from Ohio to downtown Los Angeles, in rural Brazil, and elsewhere. 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 order disputes, 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.

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Public Research and Health Care

Hospitality and Education

Industrial and International

Environmental Remediation

Public Works and Infrastructure



Environmental Remediation

Rick received his J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law, where he was a William M. Holt Scholarship recipient. 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. Before law school, Rick served as a small business development volunteer with the Peace Corps in Morocco for two years, where he taught basic business skills in cooperation with the Moroccan government’s traditional artisan programs. Rick was certified by the Peace Corps as a Near Native speaker of Moroccan Arabic and also learned conversational/basic business level French.

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