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Premier New England Trial Attorneys
Construction Law

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Construction Lawyers

Solving Disputes with Creative Strategies

Melick & Porter, LLP is a recognized regional leader in the defense of construction liability claims. Our construction litigation attorneys understand the complicated and diverse risks of the industry. Our familiarity with the laws, regulations, and standards governing workplace safety and our ready access to top tier technical experts gives our clients a competitive edge in responding to these serious and complex claims. We represent owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, artisans, and material suppliers, and we work with their insurers. Our skilled and experienced construction attorneys are part of rapid response programs for several of our clients and are always on-call to respond to catastrophic workplace accidents.

Call (617) 523-6200 or contact us online to reach a lawyer with years of experience in construction litigation. We are also proud to serve individuals and businesses across New England.

Common Construction Issues We Provide Counsel On

Construction lawsuits can include a variety of claims, but many involve contract disputes and negligence. Our lawyers have experience litigating these types of claims in federal and state courts, so we know how to handle whatever you may be facing.

Common construction-related legal matters that we can help you with include:

Contract Disputes

Contract disputes are common in the construction industry and can arise from a lack of understanding of the conditions laid out in the contract, a failure to administer a contract, breach of the contract, and more. Should all parties involved not come to a resolution, our skilled lawyers can provide litigation services to defend you or your insureds.

Injury Claims

Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the United States and is one of the leading industries for workplace injuries. When faced with a personal injury or wrongful death claim, you can trust our team to investigate the scene of the accident and gather the evidence needed to defend you, so you can move forward.

Defective Construction

Our lawyers can quickly assess your construction issues and develop a plan to protect your rights and investments, whether you are an owner, builder, or contractor. We know that halting business to settle a conflict is never ideal, which is why we can take on your burdens and handle your situation as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Property Damage

Our law firm has decades of experience defending companies when they face claims relating to property damage-related matters. We use our resources to assess all claims and create innovative solutions that will not only protect your company, but also strengthen it as a whole for years to come.

How We Help

Our construction attorneys combine our practical knowledge of construction work with our thorough knowledge of construction contracts to successfully enforce indemnity agreements and provide our clients with cost effective and efficient solutions.

Even if you are not currently facing a conflict, our lawyers can provide sound advice on risk management, liability protection, and litigation avoidance for companies looking toward the future. We can listen to your goals and objectives and give you the tools you need to reach them.

Whether you face a contract dispute, a serious personal injury claim, or a claim for defective construction or property damage, you can count on Melick & Porter, LLP to skillfully investigate the facts, obtain critical evidence, and effectively defend your case.

Our construction lawyers are available and ready to work with you. Call us today at (617) 523-6200 to schedule a consultation.

Nationally-Recognized & Award-Winning Trial Attorneys

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    Kaitlin A. Bair

    Associate

    Kaitlin is a Colorado native. She received a B.S. in Psychology from Colorado State and earned her J.D. at the University of Connecticut School of Law. During her time at UConn, Kaitlin served as an Executive Editor of the Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal and was involved in the mediation and criminal law clinics. Kaitlin began her practice working with a national insurer where she gained valuable exposure to insurance defense.

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    Meagan M. Bellamy

    Associate

    Meagan is an associate in the Providence office. Her practice focuses on general and premises liability matters. She is a graduate of Sacred Heart University, and a cum laude graduate of Roger Williams University School of Law.

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    Mark S. Bodner

    Partner

    Mark is an experienced trial attorney with a focus on employment law and professional liability. Mark also has extensive experience handling product liability, construction, premises liability, unfair business practices, and general litigation matters. He represents clients in both federal and state courts.
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    Peter R. Chandler

    Associate

    Peter is an associate in the firm’s Boston office. Peter’s practice focuses primarily on the defense of complex general liability, product liability, premises liability, construction, and professional liability matters. Peter graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Brockport in 2011 where he double majored in Political Science and Communications.

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    Brian C. Davis

    Partner

    Brian is a partner in Melick & Porter's Boston office. He focuses his practice on defending individual and corporate clients in complex civil litigation matters including general liability, hospitality and restaurant litigation, entertainment and sports litigation, construction litigation, transportation litigation and toxic tort, including asbestos. He is admitted to the state and federal court of Massachusetts.
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    Shannon M. Doherty

    Partner

    Prior to joining Melick & Porter, Shannon spent two years working as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court.Shannon’s experience includes counseling and defending clients in all facets of  recreational, products, construction and general liability litigation in both federal and state court. Notably, Shannon obtained summary judgment for a New Hampshire ski area.

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    Kathleen M. Farrell

    Associate

    Kathleen (Kate) is an associate in the firm’s Boston office. Kate’s practice focuses primarily on the defense of complex general liability, product liability, premises liability, personal injury, construction, and employment law matters. Kate graduated magna cum laude from The State University of New York at Fredonia in 2013. Where she majored in History and minored in Political Science, Legal Studies, and African American Studies.

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    Christopher D. George

    Partner

    Chris joined the firm in 2010 and concentrates his practice on the defense of complex liability matters in the areas of construction, dram shop, premises, automobile, and catastrophic tort. Prior to joining Melick & Porter, Chris worked at a civil litigation defense firm outside of Boston where he specialized in construction and automobile matters.
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    Jared B. Giroux

    Partner

    Jared is a partner in the firm's Boston office. Jared’s practice focuses on the defense of complex general liability, product liability, premises liability, construction, and professional liability matters in both Massachusetts state and federal court. He serves as national counsel for a large manufacturer on a series of product liability claims across the country. Jared joined the firm as an attorney in 2009.
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    Christian H. Hinrichsen

    Partner

    Christian has extensive experience in complex litigation matters, including bench and jury trials, arbitrations, administrative proceedings, and mediations. His corporate counseling includes risk assessment and contract review. He is admitted to the state and federal courts of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Christian's practice has earned him selections as a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer.”
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    William L. Keville Jr.

    Partner

    Bill is a seasoned trial attorney with extensive trial experience and successful verdicts defending clients in construction, complex product liability, premises liability, dram shop, transportation and sports and recreation matters. He represents product manufacturers, contractors, shopping malls, restaurants, major real estate developers, property owners, condominium associations, resorts and ski areas.
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    Brian Z. LeBlanc

    Associate

    Brian joined Melick & Porter after serving several years as an Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, where he rose to a position within the specialized Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit. During his tenure, he investigated and prosecuted numerous major felonies including homicides, narcotics and human trafficking, and complex financial crimes.
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    Michael J. Mazurczak

    Member

    Maz has been at Melick & Porter his entire legal career. He began as a Law Clerk in the summer of 1988 and joined the firm as an Associate in the fall of 1989. Maz has extensive experience in complex civil litigation matters, representing clients in both federal and state courts for 30 years. A significant portion of his practice involves employment law and includes providing major national corporations with oversight and defense of their employment litigation.
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    Jeremy P. McManus

    Associate

    Jeremy is an associate with Melick & Porter in its Boston office. Jeremy's practice focuses on the defense of general liability, product liability, construction, and toxic tort matters. Prior to joining Melick & Porter, Jeremy was an Assistant District Attorney in Essex County, Massachusetts. In that role, he gained significant litigation experience prosecuting dozens of felony and misdemeanor cases to jury and bench trial verdicts in the Lynn and Peabody District Courts.

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    Carolyn M. Miller

    Partner

    Carolyn is a partner at Melick & Porter's Boston office. Carolyn joined the firm in 2014, after having worked at another Boston insurance defense firm for over five years. Carolyn has extensive experience in defending individual and corporate clients in a wide variety of complex multi-party construction-related matters, including personal injury, wrongful death and breach of contract claims in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts.
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    Diane O. Pires

    Associate

    Diane is a cum laude graduate of New England Law | Boston. She received the New England Scholar Award during all three years of law school and was honored to receive the President Anna E. Hirsch Award at graduation. Diane served as the Managing Editor of the New Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement from 2010-2011.
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    Holly G. Rogers

    Partner

    Holly is a partner in the firm’s Connecticut and New York offices. Her practice focuses on all facets of employment law, and the areas of professional liability and general liability. Holly represents clients in both federal and state courts in Connecticut and New York, as well as before federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights.
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    Syd A. Saloman

    Partner

    Syd is a cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and a cum laude graudate of Suffolk University Law School. During law school, he was the recipient of the Goodwin Scholarship for Best Trial Advocacy. Syd is an active member of the Suffolk University Law School Alumni Association. Syd previously practiced at Regan & Kiely LLP and Tucker, Heifetz & Saltzman in Boston.
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    Robert T. Treat

    Partner

    Rob concentrates his practice on premises liability, professional liability, explosion, construction injury and worker’s compensation matters. Rob’s most notable defense verdicts in civil jury trials include: a negligent product distribution claim by a waitress whose face was burned by flaming brandy flambé spilled on her by a chef performing a “Strawberry Flambe” on stage.
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    Christopher R. Van Tienhoven

    Partner

    Christopher is a graduate of Denison University, and received his J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 2009. Prior to joining Melick & Porter, Christopher practiced with several boutique and regional defense firms in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He has trial experience in Connecticut and Rhode Island Superior Courts.
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    Matthew C. Welnicki

    Partner

    Matt focuses his practice on tort defense (including product liability, abuse cases, transportation claims and premises liability matters), business litigation, environmental law, and insurance matters. He has significant experience in the Massachusetts and Connecticut state and federal courts and before administrative agencies and arbitration panels.
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    John G. Wheatley

    Partner

    John is a partner in the firm’s Boston office. He joined the firm in 2011. John focuses his practice on the defense of professional liability, premises liability, liquor liability, worker’s compensation, and insurance coverage matters. He is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Massachusetts and Maine. John has successfully obtained defense judgments for numerous clients in courts in both Massachusetts and Maine.
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    Natasha King Winter

    Associate

    Natasha is a magna cum laude graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2012, and of Boston College Law School in 2015. During law school, she was a member of the National Environmental Moot Court team. 

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