Joel Lewin





As Chair of the Construction Law Group, Joel’s primary focus has been representing general contractors, owners, and subcontractors in complex litigation. His practice concentrates on heavy civil projects including tunnels, bridges, highways, and wastewater-treatment plants, as well as office buildings, shopping centers, power plants, hospitals, schools, courthouses, airports, and marine projects.

In December 2014, Joel obtained final payment of $88.7 million out of a total recovery of $183 million from MassDOT on behalf of the Perini/Kiewit/Cashman joint venture on the Big Dig. The successful claim recoveries came after 300 days of arbitration and a number of lawsuits challenging the arbitrators’ awards.

Since 1990, Joel has been the firm’s team leader in representing the general contractors performing most of the construction of the “Big Dig” in Boston. This team of attorneys and consultants has provided day-to-day advice to contractors in connection with claims, contract negotiations, OSHA compliance, and other construction matters. In addition, he has litigated many claims before the Big Dig Disputes Review Boards and in federal and state court. Joel’s work on behalf of general contractors on the Big Dig has also involved bid protests, whistleblower suits, subcontractor claims, builders risk claims, and general contractor claims for additional compensation.

Joel serves on Hinckley Allen’s Executive Committee.

Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Executive Committee Member
    • Construction & Public Contracts Group Chair
  • Massachusetts Appeals Court
    • Clerk, Law Clerk to Chief Justice

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers® in America (2007-2019)
    • Lawyer of the Year (2012-2014, 2016, 2018)
  • Super Lawyers, Massachusetts, (2004-2018); Top 100 Lawyers (2007)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Pre-Eminent Peer Review Rating, Recipient

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
    • Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
  • American College of Construction Lawyers (ACCL), Fellow
  • Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, Board of Directors (2011-2013)
  • Boston Bar Association, Construction Law Committee, Chair (2001-2003), Former Co-Chair
  • Construction Industries of Massachusetts, Board of Directors (2008-2010), Member
  • Construction Industry, Forum Committee
  • Massachusetts Bar Association: Section on Public Contracts
  • The Moles, Member
  • Utility Contractors Association of New England

Bar Memberships

  • Massachusetts State Courts
  • United States District Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • United States District Court, Massachusetts

Speaking Engagements

  • Published numerous articles in Construction law and industry publications
  • Speaker at construction industry-related programs for American Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, Associated General Contractors, Federal Publications Inc., Engineering News Record, Construction Industries of Massachusetts, Utility Contractors of New England, and other trade groups
Firm News

38 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 18, 2018

The Super Lawyers has selected 38 Hinckley Allen attorneys as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year,

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51 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2019

August 15, 2018

Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers® has recognized 51 attorneys in the 2019 edition…

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Case Study

Joint Venture Recovers $183 million in Big Dig's Final Lawsuit

The final contractor dispute related to Boston’s Central Artery/Tunnel Project, known as the Big Dig,

Past Event

Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association 7th Annual Public Construction Update

April 13, 2017

Partner Joel Lewin will speak on a panel at the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association 7th Annual…

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