Randy Haak

General Counsel

Randy has served as general counsel for Boldt since 2009. Prior to that he was the senior partner in an Appleton law firm. In that practice, he represented Boldt and other design and construction firms for over 25 years. Randy has extensive experience in negotiating contracts and in litigating construction disputes in state and federal courts and before arbitration panels. He has also served as a mediator in resolving construction disputes and as an arbitrator. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Wisconsin and the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

In his role as general counsel, Randy strives to strike fairness and balance in contracts with both owners and subcontractors so that all project participants are given the opportunity to succeed. A key part of the role involves reviewing the contract documents with Boldt project teams on all major projects to help those teams understand Boldt’s contractual obligations.

Risk management involves more than just shifting risk from one party to another. Randy strives to minimize risk for the entire project team – owner, contractor, design professional and subcontractors through contracts that allocate the risk to the party that is best able to manage it and by insurance products that reduce the risk for all project participants. If one party bears a disproportionate share of the risk, it sets up the entire project for failure, which actually increases the risk for the entire project team. The key to successful risk management is to strike the right balance of risk allocation among all parties involved in a project.

Randy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire summa cum laude with a degree in Business Administration in 1977 and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School with honors in 1979. Randy has been a guest lecturer at the University of Wisconsin School of Engineering on the contracting process for Integrated Lean Project Delivery®.