Overview

Hinckley Allen has one of the most experienced construction law practices in the nation. Our clients span the full spectrum of the construction industry, from EPC contractors, civil and heavy highway contractors, and ENR Top 100 vertical contractors to design professionals and owners in both public and private sectors. Our ability to provide value and deliver results through strong relationships, practical legal advice, and counsel has earned us first-tier national ranking in the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Law Firms” for the Litigation-Construction category.

Sub-Practices

Well established. Well connected. Well proven.

We specialize in solving complex issues and provide a full range of construction law and dispute resolution expertise. We have earned the respect of judges, hearing officers, arbitrators, and opposing counsel for our practical approach to dispute resolution and for our skill and tenacity. We routinely handle claims involving:

  • Bid protests
  • Scope disputes
  • Differing site conditions
  • Construction defects
  • Liens
  • Surety bonds
  • Proprietary specifications
  • Delay, disruption, and interference
  • Acceleration
  • Liquidated damages
  • Lost productivity
  • Termination
  • Cost accounting
  • Insurance coverage
  • Indemnification agreements
  • Design errors and omissions
  • Builder’s risk insurance
  • Safety failures
  • Warranties
  • Labor disputes and unfair labor practice charges
  • Hazardous materials and other environmental issues

Case Studies

Case Study

Hinckley Allen Guides Major Urban Mixed-Use Redevelopment: Arsenal Yards

Hinckley Allen provided strategic counsel to Boylston Properties and The Wilder Companies, who recently secured the equity funding and construction loan necessary to begin construction of New England’s premier urban mixed-use redevelopment project. Arsen…

Case Study

$7.75 Million Settlement for Tunnel Flooding

The Construction and Public Contracts Group recovered $7.75 Million on behalf of a general contractor as a result of a series of floods which occurred during the construction of a multi-lane submerged interstate highway tunnel in Boston's Fort Point Channe…

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News & Insight

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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Hinckley Allen Welcomes Construction & Public Contracts Attorney Scott A. McQuilkin

June 24, 2019

Hinckley Allen is pleased to welcome Scott A. McQuilkin as Counsel to the Firm's Construction & Public Contracts Group. McQuilkin most recently served as Special Counsel at Duane Morris LLP.McQuilkin’s practice is focused on the areas of construction…

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Publication

Tariffs, Taxes, and Trade Wars: Using Material Price Escalation Clauses to Mitigate Risk in an Uncertain Political Climate

July 16, 2019

Current economic conditions and recent changes to trade policy governing the importation of goods crucial to construction activities—aluminum, steel, fuel, etc.—have had a significant impact on the cost of these and other goods in recent years. As a re…

Publication

The Problem of Bad Actors in Construction

March 1, 2019

In any given week, you could run a few searches and find recent news articles about fraudulent or criminal contractor conduct in the world of construction. For example, in April of 2019, a branch manager for an insulation contractor pleaded guilty to bid-r…

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Affiliations

Hinckley Allen has earned a top-tier reputation for excellence among professionals in construction and the law both nationally and internationally. The construction business relies on networking and longstanding, dynamic relationships at all levels. Our attorneys continue to cultivate what our peers deem “the best contacts in the business.” These relationships allow us to deliver efficient, effective, and timely results that make a difference.

We support and participate in activities of significant trade associations and industry groups, including:

  • ABA Section on Public Contract Law
  • ABA Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Associated General Contractors of America
  • Design Build Institute of America

Additionally, our partners include current and former committee and members of the boards of directors of:

  • National Associated General Contractors of America (ACG) of:
    • Connecticut
    • Maine
    • Massachusetts
    • New Hampshire
    • New York
  • The Construction Industries of Massachusetts
  • The Utilities Contractors Association of New England
  • The Massachusetts Building Congress
  • Professional Women in Construction of Connecticut
  • The ABC of Connecticut
  • The Connecticut Construction Industry Association
  • The Eastern Contractors Association