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Qualifications and Career Profile

Attorney Steven J. O'Neill has more than 25 years of arbitration, litigation and counseling experience. His extensive legal experience ranges from small firm practice to serving as Senior Associate in the largest construction law practice group in the United States, to Partner at a major New England law firm.  During his long career he has represented various businesses, government entities, contractors, design professionals, manufacturers and others including individuals, publicly traded corporations, and universities. He has handled hundreds of matters ranging from business deals to arbitrations and multi-million dollar litigation.

Mr. O'Neill has provided legal representation to clients in areas such as: commercial litigation; arbitration; commercial leasing; bid protests; residential, commercial and industrial real property development; construction defects; government contracts; boundary disputes; fraud; employment; creditors in bankruptcy; business formation, shareholder relations & dissolution in closely held entities; due diligence; ADA compliance; and the purchase and expansion of businesses.

Technology Law - In the course of representing clients in complex litigation, Mr. O'Neill has made extensive use of computer tools such as MS Access databases, Summation document review software and dozens of others. Mr. O'Neill has also developed expertise in the legal and technological aspects of electronic evidence or eDiscovery. He has written and lectured widely on construction law, electronic evidence discovery, document retention policies, information security and the impact of technology. He has advised medium and large companies as well as government entities on records retention and destruction policies and implementation.

In 2006 Mr. O’Neill was appointed to the Emerging Technology Law Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). The TRB is one of six major divisions of the National Research Council-a private, nonprofit institution that is the principal operating agency of the National Academies in providing services to the government, the public, and the scientific and engineering communities. The National Research Council is jointly administered by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. In 2012 he was reappointed to the TRB for a third three year term.

Construction Law - Mr. O’Neill brings a wealth of industry experience to the practice of construction law. His career serving the construction industry spans over 40 years, first as a builder producing institutional, commercial and high-end residential projects, followed by many years of experience as a construction lawyer representing contractors and organizational owners.  He has real-world knowledge of construction practices and techniques, technical understanding of national building, mechanical & energy codes, and varied experience in the business management of construction firms. With this focus on construction industry issues, Mr. O’Neill is able to draw on decades of experience and training to craft an appropriate legal solution.

Mr. O'Neill has represented clients in construction related matters such as: breach of contract; construction defects; design errors; schedule disputes; collections; lien rights; defective roofing materials; owner interference claims; public owner specification disputes; termination for default; construction easements; disputes related to construction on Tribal lands; project documentation; minority business enterprises; bond claims and others. See listing of representative matters here.

Publications / Articles / Popular Blog Posts

C-Level Guide to Covering Your Information Assets  (White paper)
How the revised FRCP 37(e) sanctions rule adopted in December 2015 provides a game-changing “green light” to organizations wanting to automate the deletion / destruction of unneeded legacy and other data in a legally defensible way) Read more here... or here...

Legally Defensible Data Remediation  (Blog Post) Read here...

Information & Data Governance: Why Boards and C-Level Executives Are Sailing in Dangerous Waters  (Blog Post)  Read here...

Information Governance: A Principled Approach  (Blog Post) Read here...

Legal Hold 101: Data Retention and Destruction  (Blog Post) Read here...

Legal Aspects of Managing Construction Projects in Massachusetts  Read excerpt on smart project documentation...

The Top 10 Things to Know About Electronic Discovery  Read more...

The Top 10 Reasons to Have a Document Retention Policy  Read more...

The Top 10 Things to Know About Information Security Programs (rev. September 2009)  Read more... (note - compliance deadline for 201 CMR 17.00 began March 1, 2010)

Unintended Consequences of the Adoption of New Building Technologies: Galvanic Corrosion and Pressure Treated Wood  Read more...

2002 Connecticut Construction Law Section Review: Bonds 

For more information please contact Steve O’Neill at or 888-766-3455.


J.D., University of Oregon School of Law

B.A., University of New Hampshire


Massachusetts State Bar

Connecticut State Bar

U.S. District Court, Massachusetts

U.S. District Court, Connecticut

Memberships and Affiliations

Emerging Technology Law Committee, Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC, 2006-2015

Massachusetts Bar Association

Hartford County Bar Association

UNH Parents Council 2010-2103

ARMA International

Practice Areas

Technology Law

Construction Law

Business Law

Litigation and Arbitration