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

Publication/Podcast

The PHE is Ending: Do You Know Where Your Waivers Are?

While the pandemic is not over, the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) is expected to expire soon, which means that a number of operational, safety, and billing standards that were waived at the beginning...

News

Ruth Mattson quoted in Law360 article regarding new Massachusetts surtax

Matter

Elections and Constitutional Law: Successfully Challenged Certification of Initiative Petition

In a victory for consumers and the ride-hailing public, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently barred the Secretary of State from placing on the November ballot initiative petitions proposed by companies such as Uber...

Blog

IRS Guidance Expands Access to ACA Premium Tax Credit, Allows Cafeteria Plan Sponsors to Permit Employees to Revoke Family Coverage Mid-year

Final Regulations under Section 36B of the Internal Revenue Code On October 11, 2022, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Final Regulations under Code Section 36B relating to eligibility for the Affordable Care Act’s...

Blog

New IRS Determination Letter Program for 403(b) and 401(a) Plans

On November 7, 2022, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2022-40 , which allows certain tax-exempt employers (such as schools, charities, and churches) to apply for IRS determination letters on their individually designed section 403(b...

Publication/Podcast

Maine PUC Clarifies Ability of Level 2 Projects to “Leapfrog” Level 4 Projects in Interconnection Queue

After months of uncertainty over the issue of whether Level 2 renewable energy projects can “leapfrog” Level 4 projects in the queue, the Maine PUC clarified one of the ambiguities. Specifically, in response to...

Matter

Advised Fortune 500 Company on Group Health and Welfare Benefit Plans

We were engaged by a Fortune 500 manufacturing company to provide legal and compliance services regarding its group health and welfare benefit plans. During the course of our representation, we have advised the company...

News

Verrill Welcomes Associates Brody Haverly-Johndro, Maye Emlein, Victoria Larson, Chris Petronio, Abby Plummer, and Alexander Read

Event

Annual Update: Part 1 - 2022 Legal Year in Review (1st Session)

Event

Annual Update: Part 1 - 2022 Legal Year in Review (2nd Session)

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