Verrill's Construction Group is a dynamic, aggressive team committed to delivering timely, cost-effective results for owners, contractors, construction managers, sureties, subcontractors and design professionals in the design and construction industries. The group's construction practice is both regional and national in scope.

Our construction lawyers have experience in all phases of construction law including:

  • trials, arbitration and mediation
  • procurement strategy and project delivery
  • bid protests
  • contract negotiation and drafting
  • labor relations, employment and project labor agreements
  • risk assessment and management
  • insurance and indemnity
  • project management
  • claims avoidance and management including differing site conditions, delay, disruption, acceleration and productivity claims
  • construction defects related to design errors and omissions, construction means and methods, and product failures
  • mechanic's liens and Miller Act claims
  • surety bond claims

When claims and disputes cannot be resolved through negotiation, the group has an impressive track record of achieving victories for its clients in mediation, arbitration, and jury and non-jury trials in state and federal courts.

The group's construction lawyers are recognized as leaders in the field of construction law. Its members are regularly listed in The Best Lawyers in America©, among other legal industry honors. Group members are commonly asked to speak before construction industry professional and trade organizations on a variety of construction law-related topics and issues.

Representative clients include:

  • Bowdoin College
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • The Jackson Laboratory
  • Parsons Infrastructure & Technology Group, LLC
  • Landry/French Construction
  • Case Foundations
  • Sargent Corporation
  • Great Falls Construction
  • Ouellet Construction
  • Hardypond Construction
  • KGI Properties, LLC
  • Mechanical Services, Inc.
  • City of Portsmouth, NH
  • Summit Utilities
  • Sanofi/Genzyme
  • MCRT Northeast Construction

Firm Highlights

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Engineering Malpractice

We asserted claims on behalf of a large private institution related to defective design and installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system in a high profile public building. The matter was settled favorably...

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Defense of Contractor - Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wage Claims

This case concerned the construction of a marine boat dock on an island in Boston Harbor. The Plaintiff claimed entitlement to unpaid wages and enhanced wages under the federal prevailing wage statute known as...

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Defense of Breach of Contract, Negligent Construction and Breach of Duty of Workmanship Claims

We successfully defended a large mechanical contractor in connection with lawsuit stemming from the comprehensive failure of the hydronic piping system in a resort hotel's heating and cooling system. Through fact and expert witness...

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City of Portland Releases Guidelines and Procedures for All Construction Sites and Workers at all Public Works

On Monday, March 30, I participated in a video conference on construction activities and COVID-19 sponsored by the Portland Chamber of Commerce with various City of Portland officials and representatives of the developer/contractor community...

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Procurement

We have assisted many owners, and contractors in design and construction contracting including: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Investment Management Company on over a billion dollars in projects in Kendall Square area of Cambridge, Massachusetts...

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Massachusetts COVID-19 Essential Services as they Relate to the Construction Industry

On March 23, 2020, Governor Baker issued “an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide ‘COVID-19 Essential Services’ to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the...

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Project Owner Breached Contract by Attempting to Terminate Contractor

Our client, large construction contractor, completed construction of a new entry at a public building. The scope of work included construction of new concrete sidewalks, stairs, accessibility ramp, canopy, lighting, railings and a non-load...

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Client Recovers on Claim On Differing Site Conditions Claim Involving Subsurface Contaminated Soils

We successfully resolved a substantial claim for our client, a large, Maine based site contractor, stemming from differing site conditions encountered on an aviation facility owned by project federal government. The case stemmed from...

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Is the Coronavirus Pandemic a Force Majeure?

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Breach of AIA Construction Contract and Waiver of Consequential Damages By Owner

Our client, a general contractor, and the project owner signed an American Institute of Architect A101 contract with accompanying A201 general conditions. The project included construction of a new office/retail building, and associated site...