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

Blog

It’s a Small World: Navigating a Global Sweepstakes

It's a world of laughter A world of tears It's a world of hopes And a world of fears There's so much that we share That it's time we're aware It's a small world...

Matter

Copyright Litigation: Software

Defended equipment manufacturer in copyright dispute involving firmware for digital subscriber line access multiplexers (“DSLAMs”). Case resolved favorably.

Blog

Required Minimum Distributions and Missing Plan Participants

Matter

Trademark Litigation: Software

Represented trademark owner in litigation with foreign software company. Successfully defeated motion to dismiss on jurisdictional grounds, which was affirmed on appeal. Also successfully defeated summary judgment motion, which resulted in case settling before...

Publication/Podcast

Courts Expand on Rules Regarding the Protection of Retirement Plan Assets

Publication/Podcast

Trademark Registrants Beware: Important U.S. Trademark Developments Can Result in Cancelled Registrations

News

Verrill Trial Attorney Marie Mueller Elected as Partner

Blog

Unanimous Supreme Court Overturns Court of Appeals in Northwestern University 403(b) Plans Excessive Fee Case

The United States Supreme Court has agreed with participants in two 403(b) plans sponsored by Northwestern University that their lawsuit, alleging that plan recordkeeping and investment fees were excessive, should not have been dismissed...

Event

2022 Annual Update Part 2: Romance and Relationships in the Workplace

Join Verrill for its second session of the 2022 virtual Labor & Employment Annual Series. Verrill attorneys Beth Smith and Liz Johnston will discuss what you need to know about workplace romances and relationships...

News

Verrill Welcomes Experienced Trust & Estates, Tax Partner Ruth Mattson

(January 5, 2022) – Verrill is pleased to welcome Ruth Mattson to the firm’s Boston office as a Partner in its Private Clients & Fiduciary Services Group. Mattson advises individuals and families on estate...

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