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Hershman, C

Chad L. Hershman


Chad regularly represents general contractors, construction managers, owners, developers, subcontractors and vendors related to issues arising on local, state and federal public and private construction projects. He has extensive experience, both as a contractor and as an attorney, with the multiple types of construction delivery methods and a broad range of project types, including the increased use of design-build projects within the industry.

Chad advises clients regarding all aspects of the construction process, including the analysis, development and defense of complex cost and time-impact claims, equitable adjustments and change order requests. Chad has significant experience with CPM scheduling (including Primavera P6) and the various methodologies for schedule delay and lost productivity analyses.

Chad also counsels clients regarding the negotiation and development of construction contracts, real-time contract administration, payment / mechanic’s lien / bond issues, and dispute avoidance. Employing the use of his Civil Engineering degree, Chad is also versed in the appreciation and resolution of engineering and design issues that can arise on construction projects. Chad is a seasoned litigator and has participated in mediation, arbitration and trial proceedings in local, state and Federal jurisdictions.  Chad’s experience includes the prosecution and resolution of claims under the Federal Contract Disputes Act (41 U.S.C. § 7101 et. seq.).


Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Counsel (2017-Present)
    • Associate (2002-2004, 2005-2016)
  • Hodess Building Company
    • Project Manager, In-house Counsel (2004-2005)
    • Project Manager (1996-1999)
  • AMCC Corporation
    • Project Superintendent (1994-1996)
  • Stone Building Co. (The Dimeo Companies)
    • Project Engineer (1993-1994)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association

Bar Memberships

  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States District Court, Massachusetts

Speaking Engagements

  • Chad is a frequent lecturer in Massachusetts and Rhode Island on construction law topics.

News & Insight


Rhode Island Construction Law Primer

March 1, 2011

As the construction industry continues to attempt to emerge from a period of decreased volume created by and resulting from the overall economic downturn of recent years, Massachusetts contractors can continue to explore all available options for work oppo…

Firm News

Hinckley Allen Promotes Conrad, Ferguson, Hershman and Lemke

January 23, 2017

Hinckley Allen rings in the New Year with the promotion of three new partners: Luke R. Conrad, Robert T. Ferguson, Jr. and Sarah T. Lemke and our new counsel, Chad L. Hershman. These attorneys assumed their new positions on January 1, 2017.“Each of these…

Case Study

A Wrongful Termination – Power Plant Contract Cut Short is Made Right

After three years of litigation, global energy leader and Hinckley Allen client Iberdrola Energy Projects, Inc. ("IEP") won an international arbitration against Footprint Power Salem Harbor Development, LP ("Footprint") with an award of $237 million, inclu…

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Design-Build: Judgement of First Impression

The Construction & Public Contracts Group successfully tried a case of first impression with regard to the allocation of risk and design development in Design Build projects, as well as complex issues relating to engineering, design, steel fabrication,…

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Arbitration Victory on Historic Bridge Design-Build Project

The Construction & Public Contracts Group successfully defended a joint venture of National and Regional General Contractors against $15 million of principal claims brought by a terminated painting subcontractor against the joint venture in connection …

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