News & Events

Fall 2022 DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION LAW COURSE AVAILABLE
TOWARD CERTIFICATE IN SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENTUMASS Amherst, Building & Construction Technology Department. Steven J. O'Neill to teach a 3-credit course. (BCT 597N - Legal Aspects of Architecture, Engineering, and the Construction Process) approaches legal risk management from a vertically integrated set of experiences.  The online evening course is part of a 5-course graduate certificate program in Sustainable Construction Management at UMass. The course is designed for working professionals and graduate students in architecture, engineering, construction management, property management, and other fields concerned with infrastructure.
9/9/20 COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT - SNIA Data Protection and Privacy Committee
Technology. Steven J. O'Neill joins SNIA.org, Data Protection and Privacy Committee (DPPC). The SNIA DPPC consists of a small group of privacy and technology professionals focused on education and the development of standards for the storage industry and related technologies. The Committee meets weekly and works closely with other industry groups including IEEE (regarding development of ISO 27000 standards) and IAPP (regarding integration of Privacy by Design principles). Attorney O'Neill is focused on incorporating Privacy by Design (PbD) into technology development.
11/29/18 ON DEMAND WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT - Data Protection and Privacy: GDPR/CCPA Workshop
Daymark Solutions, Inc. and Law Offices of Steven J. O'Neill collaborate to offer a GDPR/CCPA Workshop. Still struggling with GDPR? Concerned about the California Consumer Privacy Act? Uncertain about the impact of the invalidation of the Privacy Shield? Daymark’s GDPR / Privacy Workshop provides an experienced privacy and information governance attorney to jumpstart your customized compliance blueprint. Register here.
2/12/18 GUEST LECTURER - UMASS AMHERST Building and Construction Technology Department
Steven J. O'Neill presented a guest lecture as part of the Spring Lecture Series sponsored by UMass Amherst Department of Building and Construction Technology.  The topic was Risk Management in Construction: How to Avoid the Construction Industry Wheel of Misfortune.  The event was attended by UMass students and faculty, as well as local architects and contractors. For more information about our risk management, read Attorney O'Neill's article on risk management in the AEC industry.
4/10/17 CLIENT SUCCESS
Converted established disaster relief company, Recovers.org, from Delaware corporation to nonprofit status as a Massachusetts corporation.  Recovers.org is a disaster recovery software framework that can be deployed before or after disasters to aid communities in recovery.  Recovers.org has received accolades for its cutting edge technology and its mission.  In 2012 it won both the Mass Challenge and the MIT Ideas competitions.  In addition, it won the a Knight News Foundation award and was honored at the 2013 Women in the World Summit.  We are proud to continue to serve as outside general counsel.
12/21/16 PUBLICATION - Update to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure eDiscovery Changes 
Steven J. O'Neill authored a guest blog for Daymark Solutions, Lexington, MA, a channel partner of Veritas Technologies (formerly Symantec). See One Year Later - Still a Green Light for Defensible Data Remediation.
9/1/16 CLIENT SUCCESS
Won Summary Judgment in Connecticut case on all counts in consolidated matters for structural engineer accused of professional negligence. Win caps five years of complex litigation with tens of thousands of documents and testimony by numerous structural engineering experts. Required in depth understanding
11/5/15 PUBLICATION - Legally Defensible Data Remediation 
Steven J. O'Neill authored a guest blog for Daymark Solutions, Lexington, MA, a channel partner of Veritas Technologies (formerly Symantec). See Legally Defensible Data Remediation.
10/30/15 PUBLICATION - Information Governance Risk Management
Steven J. O'Neill authored a guest blog for Daymark Solutions, Lexington, MA, a channel partner of Veritas Technologies (formerly Symantec). See Why Boards and C-Level Executives Are Sailing in Dangerous Waters.
10/22/15 PUBLICATION - Guide to Information Governance
Steven J. O'Neill authored a guest blog for Daymark Solutions, Lexington, MA, a channel partner of Veritas Technologies (formerly Symantec). See Information Governance: A Principled Framework.
10/14/15 PUBLICATION - Basics of Data Retention and Destruction
Steven J. O'Neill authored a guest blog for Daymark Solutions, Lexington, MA, a channel partner of Veritas Technologies (formerly Symantec). See Legal Hold 101: Data Retention and Destruction.
7/28/15 PUBLICATION - White Paper: eDiscovery Changes in the new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
Steven J. O'Neill authored a White Paper for Daymark Solutions, Lexington, MA, a channel partner of Veritas Technologies (formerly Symantec). With the 2015 changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) taking place, there is no longer any excuse for the C-level and legal counsel to avoid updating your internal information and data governance policies. Read C-Level Guide to Covering Your Information Governance Assets.
2/3/15 NARI PUBLICATION - Legally Defensible Recordkeeping for Construction Projects
Steven J. O'Neill published an article in the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) "Legal Corner" Blog.  The guest blog article on recordkeeping for construction projects discusses electronic records management, document retention policies, legal holds in dispute resolution and best practices for information governance in the construction industry.  http://blog.nari.org/2015/02/03/build-a-record-that-youll-be-proud-of/
1/6/15 Risk Management for Contractors Seminar
Steven J. O'Neill presented a seminar on Risk Management for Contractors at a dinner meeting of the Remodeling Contractors Association of CT (NARI Chapter). The theme of the talk was how to manage risk through practical planning, contract clauses, asset protection, and liability insurance.
10/28/14 Steven J. O'Neill participated in an interactive webinar discussing updates to recordkeeping and enforcement of the EPA Lead Based Paint Repair, Renovation and Painting Rule (RRP).
2/21/2012 Small Business Asset Protection Seminar
NARI / RCA Dinner Meeting in Newington, CT.  Attorney Steven J. O'Neill presented an informal seminar on a variety of legal topics, including: asset protection with LLCs, corporations, trusts and liability insurance; construction contract clauses; and alternative dispute resolution.
11/17/10 EPA Lead Based Paint Seminar
NARI / RCA Dinner Meeting hosted by Ring's End Lumber.  At this meeting, Hartford construction lawyer Steven J. O'Neill presented an informative seminar on the legal implications of the new EPA Lead Based Paint Repair, Renovation and Painting Rule (RRP). The seminar addressed the coverage of the Rule, the key requirements of the Rule, liability issues, construction contract issues, enforcement and practical concerns.  New EPA enforcement guidelines describing fines up to $37,500 per violation will be discussed. Link to Seminar Brochure.
10/13/10 Enviro Build Expo - EPA Lead Based Paint Seminar
Hartford construction lawyer Steven J. O'Neill presented an informative seminar on the legal implications of the new EPA Lead Paint Rule (Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program). As of April 22, 2010, all renovations in target (pre-1978) housing and child-occupied facilities must be conducted by certified renovation firms, using renovators with accredited training and following the new work practice requirements of the Rule.The seminar will address the coverage of the Rule, the key requirements of the Rule, liability issues, construction contract issues and practical concerns. The Lead Paint Rule will have a tremendous impact on the remodeling industry: painting and remodeling projects that disturb as little as 6 SF of interior surface will trigger application of the Rule.
7/27/10 Legal Implications of the New EPA Lead Paint Rule Seminar
Free public seminar by construction lawyer Steven J. O'Neill for contractors, homeowners and realtors who need to understand how the new EPA Lead Based Paint Repair, Renovation and Painting Rule (RRP; effective April 22, 2010) will impact renovations of pre-1978 residential buildings and child occupied facilities.  The seminar also covered details of the implementation and enforcement of Lead Paint regulations by the State of Massachusetts.
5/15/10 Legal and Practical Implications of the New EPA Lead Paint Rule Seminar
Steven J. O'Neill presented a seminar at a monthly meeting for members of the Connecticut Remodeling Contractors Association, NARI / RCA in Monroe, CT.  The new (effective April 22, 2010) EPA rules on lead safe Repair, Remodeling and Renovation (RRP) are of critical concern to anyone involved in the maintenance, repair or remodeling of target housing (pre-1978) and child-occupied facilities.  Enforcement of the EPA rules can involve civil fines as high as $37,500 per violation.
5/25/09 PUBLICATION - Cloud Tech Poses Problems for Lawyers
Technology law attorney Steven J. O'Neill quoted in Worcester Business Journal:

"In e-discovery, it might be necessary to take immediate preservation action, which is simple if you own the servers but may be difficult to contract for when the service is outsourced," said Steven J. O'Neill, partner at the Worcester law firm of Bowditch & Dewey and founder of the firm's eDiscovery and Document Retention Policy practice. "Existing law governing discovery and investigations covers data that resides in the cloud. The rub is that few lawyers seem to know how to ask for it and how to go after it," O'Neill said.

3/25/09 Construction Law Seminar - Building a Good Record
Construction attorney Steven J. O'Neill co-presented a seminar on construction law in Massachusetts.  His lecture focused on the relationship between good project recordkeeping and favorable resolution of disputes.
3/17/09 PRESS RELEASE - Reappointment to the Emerging Technology Law Committee of the TRB
Steven J. O'Neill was reappointed to a second 3-year term as a member of 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.
2/11/09 Document Retention and Data Protection Seminar
Steven J. O'Neill presented at a full day seminar titled "Document Retention and Destruction in Massachusetts."  Mr. O'Neill gave presentations on electronic discovery (eDiscovery), document retention policy compliance and discussed the new Massachusetts Data Protection - Identity Theft law (201 CMR 17.00) during a full day seminar in Peabody, MA.
10/24/08 Document Retention and Destruction Seminar
Steven J. O'Neill served as moderator and gave presentations on electronic discovery (eDiscovery), document retention policy compliance during a full day seminar in Marlborough, MA.
3/3/08 PUBLICATION - Legal Aspects of Managing Construction Projects in Massachusetts
Steven J. O'Neill published a new book on construction law.  The book covers basic construction law, project delivery systems including ConsensusDOCS, standard contract clauses, legal aspects of construction documentation, dispute resolution, mechanic's liens & other pre-judgment security.  Mr. O'Neill has over 33 years of combined experience in the construction industry, as a contractor and a lawyer.  Read an excerpt from the chapter on construction project documentation.
1/24/2008 Benefits of a Legally Defensible Document Retention Policy Seminar
Steven J. O'Neill presented a seminar and served as a round-table panelist at a Massachusetts Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar (CLE) in Springfield, MA.
1/22/07 TRB Annual Meeting - Cyber Security and Privacy Seminar
Steven J. O'Neill served as panel moderator at the 85th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) held in Washington, DC. The panel of legal experts discussed balancing governmental interests in cyber security and other similar governmental interests such as Homeland Security with business interests and individual rights.
7/25/06 TRB 45th Annual Workshop - Cyber Security and Privacy Seminar
Steven J. O'Neill served as panel moderator at the TRB 45th Annual Workshop in Chicago, IL.  The session was titled Is Big Brother Watching? Balancing Governmental Interest in Cyber Security and Other technology Concerns with Business and Individual Interest or Rights.  The presentation topics included: Protecting Consumer Information (CPNI) and Disclosing Consumer Information (CALEA); Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination; Public Health Emergencies; and cell phone data mining.
4/13/06 PRESS RELEASE - Appointment to the Emerging Technology Law Committee of the TRB
Steven J. 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.

The scope of O'Neill's work as a member of the committee will be to investigate and provide a forum for the discussion of legal and public policy issues arising from the identification, development, and application of emerging technology to transportation systems, including legal issues associated with the creation of appropriate public institutions, legal authority, procurement, contracting for innovation, data rights, public access to information, liability and risk allocation, public/private partnering, and related concerns.

11/15/05 Construction Tech 2005 NYC - Electronic Discovery (eDiscovery) Issues in Design Technology Seminar
Construction Tech 2005 - Conference on 3D Modeling, Technology Tools for Project Management, Liability and Electronic Discovery Issues in Design Technology, Risk Management, Innovations in Structural Glass and Green Building. Steven J. O'Neill participated as a panelist and presented a seminar on Electronic Discovery (eDiscovery) Issues in Design Technology in New York, NY.
9/21/05 Electronic Document Retention CLE Seminar
Steven J. O'Neill co-presented a Continuing Legal Education Seminar (CLE) to members of the New York Bar concerning recent developments in eDiscovery law and best practices for the retention and destruction of electronic documents in New York, NY, titled: "Electronic Document Retention: What You Don't Know Will Hurt You."
7/19/05 Electronic Evidence & Discovery Seminar
Steven J. O'Neill presented a seminar at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 44th Annual Workshop on Transportation Law in Portland, OR.
1/10/05 Electronic Evidence & Discovery Seminar
Steven J. O'Neill presented a seminar at the 84th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in Washington, DC.
11/7/2002 Massachusetts Construction Law Seminar
Steven J. O'Neill co-presented a day long comprehensive seminar on Massachusetts construction law in Springfield, MA.  The seminar covered both public and private construction projects, troublesome contract clauses, dispute resolution, bid protests, and other topics.