Biography

Brian focuses his practice on the representation of owners, construction managers, and contractors in the building, energy, and infrastructure construction industries. His work includes contract negotiation, civil litigation, claims management and analysis, arbitration, and public and private procurement.

Brian provides advice and consultation concerning numerous building, civil, and energy construction and design contracts. Brian first chaired and assisted lead counsel in a major design defect litigation representing the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority against the designers of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in a case that settled after five weeks of trial, in favor of the client, for more than $22 million.

Brian has served as lead counsel in construction-related litigation and arbitration and also participated in numerous mediations and dispute resolution sessions. He is a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts and a LEED AP (New Construction), and worked for six years as a civil engineer prior to becoming a lawyer. Brian's clients find that his engineering background helps him quickly understand technical project issues in a cost-effective manner. Brian lectures regularly on various construction law topics and serves as an adjunct instructor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, responsible for teaching a graduate-level course on construction law. He is the author of the Lexis Practice Advisor section on construction contracts and has written numerous articles on construction law topics. Brian worked as an assistant district attorney in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, for two years, where he gained valuable jury trial and courtroom experience.

Brian lives in Boston with his wife, Helen, an in-house corporate attorney, and their two teenage children. Brian and his family enjoy sailing on Cape Cod, skiing in Vermont, and hiking and camping in Maine and New Hampshire. Brian is a nine-time rider in the Pan-Mass Challenge.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Boston College Law School  (J.D.)
  • Cornell University  (M.S.)
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute  (B.S.)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Memberships

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section (BSCES), former Chair of Engineering Management Group

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Firm Highlights

News

Verrill Again Honored for Commitment to Pro Bono Service

(February 19, 2020) – Verrill is honored to receive the 2020 Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) Firm Pro Bono Achievement Award, presented by VLP during the Maine State Bar Association Annual Business Meeting &...

Event

Northeastern University RISE Expo

Verrill is sponsoring Northeastern University's RISE Expo on April 9, 2020. Our attorneys, Rob Hover, Dean Phelps, Lin Hymel, Beverly Hjorth, and John Powell, will attend and judge student's work, as well as interview...

Blog

Supreme Court – Updates for 2020

We are barely two months into the new year and already there are significant updates to the 2020 Supreme Court Preview included in our December 2019 Client Advisory (available here ). Below are updates...

Matter

Maine's First Private Natural Gas Pipeline

Assisted a large pulp mill secure legislation to authorize building a private natural gas pipeline that tapped into the Maritimes interstate pipeline to lower the mill's energy costs. To meet the client's schedule, we...

Publication/Podcast

2020 Estate Planning Update

SECURE ACT What you need to know : The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act went into effect on January 1, 2020. The most significant provisions of the SECURE Act involve...

News

Verrill-law.com Earns Gold in the 2020 AVA Digital Awards Competition

Publication/Podcast

Two Proposed Rules Aim to Increase Organ Donation in the U.S.

Event

2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop

Health care attorney Emily Fogler will be presenting at the 2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop in the third session, discussing sharing responsibilities and protecting participants - redefining roles in the single IRB era. Stay tuned...

Matter

T&D Utility Ownership of Generation

Verrill represented Emera in a lengthy case addressing the extent to which the Maine Restructuring Act prevents affiliates of a Maine T&D utility from acquiring ownership of generation facilities. In 2011, Emera sought approval...

Blog

SECURE Act: Change to RMD Trigger Age Should Trigger Your Attention Now

As summarized in our January 7 Client Advisory , the SECURE Act includes many changes that affect the design and administration of retirement plans. One of those changes is the increase to the trigger...