Kenney & Sams, P.C.’s Construction Law Group offers a wide range of legal services to parties on all sides of the public and private design and construction process, including contractors, architects, engineers, developers, owners, design professionals, construction managers, design-builders, subcontractors, suppliers, and manufacturers. To maintain our knowledge of the construction industry, we are actively involved in numerous industry organizations, including serving on the boards governing several of them. Our experience and involvement in the industry provides us with the expertise and current knowledge of industry issues necessary to properly advise clients on risk management issues.
We advise our clients both before and during their projects on how to best manage their risks. This includes negotiating and drafting construction and design professional contracts for commercial, residential, retail and multiple-use structures. It also includes being available on short notice to advise on emergency issues that threaten to disrupt or derail a project.
When necessary, we litigate disputes for our clients, including those concerning payment claims, defective work, changes in the work, termination, delay, mechanic’s liens, and bonds. Our work brings us before all trial courts in the Commonwealth, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and the Supreme Judicial Court. The following is a link to a brief we filed with the Supreme Judicial Court concerning interpretation of a public construction statute, Mass. Gen. L. ch. 149, §44D½.
We regularly speak at industry meetings and write concerning construction risk management issues and developments, and strive to bring this information to our clients. We believe that the best legal representation encompasses more than providing just traditional legal advice. We seek to develop long term relationships with our clients as partners in the risk management process and in that capacity, look to provide them with risk management education. We also help our clients compete in the industry by trying to identify potential business opportunities and local partners for our clients’ projects.
- Central Artery/Tunnel Project
- Logan Airport Modernization
- Retail Facilities
- Shopping Centers
- Multi-Family Housing
- Office Buildings
- Industrial Facilities
- Public Safety Buildings
- Dealing With Liquidated Damages – Executive Summary (PDF)
- Construction Supervisor’s License Requirements Article (PDF)
- Identifying and Managing Green Building Risks (PDF)
- Risk Management Issues For Contractors During Troubled Times (PDF)
- The Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law – Sorting Out the New Test (PDF)
- Construction Law Update Written Materials – Comparing Contracts (PDF)
- The EPA’s renovation, repair, and painting rule with how it affects Massachusetts contractors (PDF)