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Robert F. Babcock

Law Practice – Mr. Babcock is a principal in the Salt Lake City law firm of Babcock Scott & Babcock. His practice is concentrated on construction contract claims and litigation in both public and private proceedings. In addition to his legal degree, Mr. Babcock is a civil engineer. He has represented owners, architects and engineers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in the Intermountain West.

Construction Background – The son of a professional engineer, Mr. Babcock has long been involved with construction. He worked for a materials testing and inspection laboratory in his native southern California as well as a Utah construction company.

Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School
J.D., Cum Laude, 1979

Brigham Young University
B.S. Civil Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, 1976

  • Utah
  • Federal Claims Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit


  • Member of the Construction Industry Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association including the panel for Large, Complex Cases.
  • Founding member of the Utah Advisory Panel for the American Arbitration Association.
  • Member of the AAA Mediation Panel.
  • Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • Member of the National Society of Professional Engineers.
  • Member of the American Council of Engineering Companies.
  • Member of the Construction Specifications Institute.
  • Member of the Associated General Contractors.
  • Member of the Associated Builders and Contractors.
  • Member of the Construction Specification Institute.
  • Member the Construction Financial Managers Association.
  • Member of the Utah Surety Association.


  • Serves on the Associated General Contractors’ legal advisory committee having served as its chairman during 1988.
  • Serves as well as the chapter attorney for both the Intermountain Utility Contractors Association and the Associated Builders and Contractors.
  • Served as president of the Utah Society of Professional Engineers.
  • Served as treasurer and board member of the Utah Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.
  • Served on the suppliers committee of the Utah Chapter of the Associated General Contractors.
  • Served on two committees helping prepare new construction contract documents- one for the Utah State Division of Facilities Construction and Management and the other for the Utah Chapter of the American Public Works Association for use by the public entities in Utah.
  • Served for several years on the Board of Directors of the Apartment Association of Utah and served as the President in 1983.
  • Received the Associated General Contractors’, Utah Chapter, Service to the Industry Award in January 1989.
  • Received the Outstanding Service to the Utah Construction Industry Award in February, 1994, from the Utah Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors.


Published Works

  • Co-author of the Handbook of Construction Law and Claims, 1999.
  • Co-author of Utah Construction Law, 1991.
  • Co-author of Construction Law and Claims for Utah Contractors, 1988.
  • Co-author of Protecting Your Money, Everything You Need to Know about Utah’s Mechanic’s Lien Laws, 2nd Edition, 1988.
  • Co-author of State by State Guide to Construction Contracts and Claims – Chapter 48 – Utah 2005 – Supplements (2006-present), Aspen Publishing.


  • Spoken on project scheduling, construction claims, arbitration of construction disputes, differing site conditions, mechanic’s lien and bond law, and pitfalls of specification writing.
  • Spoken on behalf of Associated General Contractors, Associated Builders and Contractors, the Construction Specifications Institute, the Utah Surety Association, the American Arbitration Association, the Intermountain Utility Contractors Association, and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • Represented a client before the Utah Supreme Court, where the Court determined the Utah arbitration statute was constitutional.
  • Focuses on construction contract claims and litigation in both public and private proceedings.
  • Successfully resolved many disputes through alternative dispute resolution whether arbitration or mediation.
  • Softball
  • Boating
  • Skydiving
  • BYU Sports
  • Utah Jazz
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Service within the Community
  • Italian Opera

About Us

At Babcock Scott & Babcock, our attorneys have over one hundred years of combined legal experience. We counsel our clients to avoid disputes. When a claim does arise, we are proactive in advocating our client’s interests. Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, our firm is the premier construction law firm in the State of Utah.

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Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Phone: (801) 531-7000
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