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Construction Law Practice Area

Key Experience: Attorney Steven J. O’Neill’s career serving the construction industry spans over 38 years, first as a builder of institutional, commercial and high-end residential projects followed by more than 24 years as a practicing lawyer. His legal experience ranges from small firm practice to senior associate in construction and government contracts at Thelen Reid Brown Raysman, at that time the largest construction law practice in the United States, to construction law partner at Bowditch & Dewey, a major New England law firm. He is a frequent speaker on construction issues and has authored a book on the legal aspects of managing construction projects in Massachusetts.

Key Benefits: The combination of construction industry experience (from field to head office) plus two decades of legal practice, brings enormous perspective and advantages to every aspect of our construction law practice. The ability to understand plans & specs, the knowledge of project documentation, and a comprehensive understanding of the actual building process, provide our clients with an almost unfair advantage in negotiations and disputes. We serve all of Massachusetts and Connecticut and have convenient meeting locations in the Hartford and Springfield areas.

The services offered to our construction clients include:

Litigation / Arbitration

  • Seasoned, aggressive, efficient, results-oriented

  • Preliminary dispute evaluation; Do you have a case worth pursuing or defending?

  • Construction and business litigation in State & Federal Courts

  • Arbitration, Mediation and other Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

  • Major defect claims and defense; collapse; design flaws

  • Mechanic’s liens and bonds in MA and CT; Collections

  • Breach of Contract; termination for default or convenience; business disputes; delay

  • Abandoned projects; default; creditor’s rights in bankruptcy

  • Warranty & performance disputes

  • Legally defensible electronic records retention for claim preparation; electronic discovery (eDiscovery); legal / litigation hold

  • Bid protests

  • Subcontractor disputes and more

Transactional and Business Services

  • Contract review, negotiation and drafting; AIA, ConsensusDocs; EJDC Contracts

  • Building Information Modeling (BIM) risk allocation and contract addenda

  • Corporate, LLC, and other business matters; Joint Ventures; Licensing

  • Labor and employment issues; employment manuals; termination procedures

  • Risk management advice; insurance advice; jobsite safety

  • Zoning, land use, building permit, & building code issues

  • Government contracts; RFPs; RFQs

  • Electronic Project Documentation and Document Retention Policies

  • Green / Sustainable Building contract advice; Performance issues

  • Records retention; claim documentation advice; information security programs

  • Compliance with EPA lead-based paint law (RRP); contract clauses

  • Admitted to both Massachusetts and Connecticut State Bars - providing cross-border construction and business advice

For more information about our Construction Law Practice please contact Steve O’Neill at soneill@attorneyoneill.com or toll-free 888-766-3455.

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