Richard W. Saxe, Jr.

Area of Emphasis

Richard Saxe is a shareholder and chair of the Construction Group of Babst Calland.  He is also a member of the Firm’s Litigation Group. Mr. Saxe concentrates his practice in the areas of construction and commercial litigation and arbitration. His construction experience includes representing contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, sureties, owners and design professionals in all aspects of disputes concerning public and private construction projects.

Mr. Saxe regularly represents and advises clients on water and sewer line projects as well as wastewater and water treatment plant facilities. His construction experience includes disputes involving schools, airports, churches, convention centers, bridges, stadiums and athletic facilities, hospitals, commercial buildings, shopping centers and malls, power plants, automotive facilities, courthouses and residential homes. He also has significant experience in representing clients involved in heavy highway construction projects.

Mr. Saxe has handled a wide range of construction disputes and issues including construction payment disputes, payment and performance bond claims, mechanics’ lien claims, delay, acceleration and inefficiency claims, change order disputes, claims for differing site conditions, Pennsylvania’s One Call Act, and claims involving various state prompt payment statutes. He has significant experience in construction bid disputes as well as OSHA related matters. He also advises clients on contract formation and negotiation.

Mr. Saxe has represented clients before various state and federal courts and administrative tribunals. Much of his practice also involves representing clients in various alternative dispute resolution forums, including the American Arbitration Association and the Construction Dispute Resolution Group for the Allegheny County Bar Association.


Mr. Saxe received his B.A. from Allegheny College in 1998 where he was recognized as an Alden Scholar. He earned his J.D. from the Duquesne University School of Law in 2001.

Memberships and Affiliations

Mr. Saxe was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 2001 and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third and Tenth Circuits. He is a member of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and American Bar associations as well as a member of the Construction Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association.

Mr. Saxe was recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©  for Litigation – Construction.

  • Panelist, “Legal Considerations for Utility Coordination,” American Society of Civil Engineers, in partnership with National Utility Contractors Association of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania One Call, Inc., and American Public Works Association, January 2017.
  • Presenter, “Introduction to Construction Bonding,” University of Pittsburgh Construction Management Building Blocks Program, October 2016.
  • Presenter, “Delays in the Delivery of State Roads and Bridge Projects,” the National Utility Contractors Association of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, PA, April 2016.
  • Presenter, “Dispute Resolution and Construction Claims,” Continuing Legal Education, Pittsburgh, PA, March 2016.
  • Co-Presenter, “Construction Law 2015: The Year in Review,” Updates Impacting Public Construction Projects, Pittsburgh, PA, March 2016.
  • Co-Presenter, “Construction Law 2014: The Year in Review,” Recent Developments in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Procedure, Pittsburgh, PA, March 2015.
  • Co-Presenter, “Construction Law 2010: The Year in Review,” Damages, Pittsburgh, PA, March 2011.
  • Co-Presenter, “Rights and Obligations under Pennsylvania’s One Call Act” Webcast, January 2009.
  • Assisted in Presentation, “Excavation Technologies, Inc. v. Columbia Gas: New Pennsylvania Court Case on Utilities Paying Contractors for Delays and Other Damages When They Mismark or Fail to Mark Their Underground Lines,” the National Utility Contractors Association, February 2007.
  • Presenter, “Getting Paid Under the Commonwealth Procurement Code – Knowing Your Rights and an Update on Recent Pennsylvania Case Law Awarding Attorney’s Fees and Penalty Interest,” the Pennsylvania Utility Contractors Association, January 2007.
  • Presenter, “Knowing Your Rights and Obligations when an OSHA Investigation is Conducted on Your Project,” the Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Pennsylvania, 2004 – 2006.
  • Presenter, “Knowing the Difference Between a ‘Good’ Project Specification vs. a ‘Bad’ Project Specification,” the Pennsylvania Utility Contractors Association, January 2006.
  • Author, “Pay-When-Paid, Pay-if-Paid: A Huge Difference.” Foundation Drilling Magazine, November 2005.
  • Presenter, “OSHA – Accident and Near Miss Investigations,” the Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Pennsylvania, May 2005.
  • Presenter, “The Legal Effect of Bilt-Rite,” the Pennsylvania Utility Contractors Association, February 2005.
  • Presenter, “OSHA 300 Recordkeeping,” the Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Pennsylvania, 2005 – 2006.
  • Presenter, “Mechanics’ Liens,” the Pittsburgh Paralegal Institute, 2004.
  • Presenter, “Construction Claims and Defenses,” the Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Pennsylvania, 2002-2004.