We are Massachusetts construction lawyers, Jon with thirty-seven years’ experience and Sally with nine years’ experience. Sally also had a prior career working for several surety companies, including CNA, as a surety bond claims representative handling bond claims throughout the United States. Jon has represented about two dozen insurance companies and sureties on a variety of insurance and surety issues, including the negotiation of ratification agreements, completion contracts and takeover agreements. We welcome, as clients, material suppliers, subcontractors, general contractors, owners (including homeowners) and sureties.
We only deal with construction law issues and do a lot of work with the public bid laws, bid protests, payment bond claims/suits and mechanics’ liens, along with litigating construction disputes of all kinds. We also draft contracts and other legal forms and review proposed contracts sent to our clients. We favor dealing with serious problems (i.e. terminations) earlier, finding that this often leads to more favorable results with less expense, sometimes avoiding or, at least, limiting litigation. We attempt, wherever possible, to settle issues before litigation.
We serve the construction industry without charge in six different ways, other than through our work as attorneys. We maintain this site with about forty articles and forms on matters material suppliers, subcontractors, general contractors, owners (including homeowners) and sureties deal with daily. We have sent out a humorous newsletter, Scribbles, for more than twenty years. We offer free construction law seminars on a variety of topics. We send out Scribbles Squibs frequently, being very short articles (three to four pages) dealing with usually one specific subject or court case or statute. We also periodically email more lengthy articles on a variety of subjects to those on our email list. (If you are not on our email list, send us an email and we’ll add you.) Copies of recent Scribbles and of recent Squibs can be found on this site. We can provide brief answers without charge to general questions you may have on Massachusetts construction law on the phone or through email. Having satellite offices in Boston, MA and in Worcester, MA, our main office is in East Walpole, MA.
We know some people are intimidated by lawyers. We are down-to-earth and committed to helping our clients.
HERE ARE FOUR OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT OUR FIRM:
1. We guarantee in writing our billing rate for five years.
2. We endeavor to maintain, wherever possible, future business relationships with your contracting party by emphasizing a fair and reasonable approach to litigation, which often helps promote earlier case resolutions than does ‘mean and angry’.
3. We generally try to defer until later in the litigation the more expensive elements of discovery – i.e. depositions – in order to try less expensive discovery first and, where possible, mediation. (We recently obtained 1.5 million dollars for a subcontractor against a bankrupt general contractor’s payment bonds (three projects) without a single deposition ever being taken and without our client even having to answer interrogatories.)
4. Being a smaller firm, our attention is solely on our clients, not on feeding the overhead and salaries of a fancy office and many partners and associates. (The only thing we have to feed other than ourselves are our seven dogs, most of which are quite large!)
Potential clients are interested in what they will be charged for. We like to maintain transparency on this issue. If you click the button ‘Fees/Billing Practices’, you will see ‘Initial Consultation Fees and Billing Practices’. This will allow you to understand up front the business aspects of our relationship before you call for the first time. This enables us to focus our sole attention on the problem or issue you would like resolved, which is what we would like to do and which is why we are in business.