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Rhian has experience in almost every form of procurement method, from basic design/bid/build to the more complex turnkey methods and public-private partnerships. Rhian has extensive international experience in the construction industry, having previously practiced in London, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia. Rhian advises on national and international hotel, office, energy, water, and transportation projects and is currently advising on cross-border projects as well as projects located throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Rhian provides advice to clients at every stage of a construction project. Rhian provides upfront counsel to clients in the structuring of their procurement as well as drafting Requests for Proposals and bid documentation. She also drafts and negotiates construction, design and consultant contracts tailored to reflect the project specific commercial objectives and the risk tolerances of the individual client. Rhian remains actively involved in every stage of a project and frequently provides real time project advice, including dispute avoidance advice.

Rhian also specializes in the preparation and analysis of claims and represents clients in the resolution of disputes. She represents clients in resolving construction-related disputes in DRB, mediation, arbitration, and litigation proceedings.

Credentials

Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Partner (2006-Present)
    • Associate (2002-2005)
  • Herbert Smith
    • Senior Associate (2000-2002)
  • Masons
    • Associate (1996-2000)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers of America® (2018-2020) Recognized for Litigation-Construction

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • British American Business Council of New England, Inc.
  • Design-Build Institute of America
  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Law Society of Hong Kong
  • Massachusetts Bar Association

Bar Memberships

  • England and Wales, 1995
  • Hong Kong, 1997
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, 2005

News & Insight

Publication

Settling Questions About Payment Allocations is a Key to Success in Public-Private Partnerships

March 26, 2012

As infrastructure needs across the nation continue to grow and public entity financial resources continue to decline, federal, state and local governments are increasingly looking for alternative means of financing their infrastructure projects.

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Recovering on Broken Promises: Prosecuting Claims Against Architects Arising from Promises To Pay for Additional Work

February 19, 2010

Unfortunately, it happens all too frequently, an architect directs a contractor to do additional work and assures the contractor that it will be paid for the extra work. However, when the Owner subsequently refuses to pay for the additional work, the archi…

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Claims for Lost Profits Given New Life in Termination Context

December 18, 2009

Inevitably, claims and litigation will follow whenever a contractor is terminated from a project, particularly if a surety has been called in to complete the contractor’s work. The possibility of recovering outstanding change orders and lost profits on t…

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Firm News

56 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2020

August 15, 2019

Only one lawyer in each specialty in each region is honored as a “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers®. Since its first publication in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers compi…

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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 of The Best Lawyers in America®, including seven “Lawyers of the Year.” Only one lawyer in each specialty in each region is honored as a “La…

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52 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers of America

August 18, 2017

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Events

Past Event

Tips & Tricks for Working with Construction Schedule Experts

July 9, 2014

Rhian M.J. Cull is a panelist at the American Bar Association's "It's Only a Matter of Time: Tips & Tricks for Working with Construction Schedule Experts."

Past Event

Design-Build @ Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns Convention

January 30, 2014

Join Rhian Cull, panelist, during the 2:30-3:45pm session "Design-Build" at the 2014 Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns Convention.This session will address public private partnerships and design-build alternative procurement in Rhode Island. National…

Past Event

Construction Superconference 2012

December 13, 2012

Ronald D.Rhian M.J.John P. Gorman; Vice President and General Counsel, Suffolk Construction Co., Inc.At a time of shrinking budgets for public projects, several states and local jurisdictions have recently passed legislative authority to use CM At-Risk and…

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