Construction Law practice group forms

Issue December 2010

The Massachusetts Bar Association has launched the Construction Law Practice Group, which is part of the Civil Litigation Section.

The practice group provides attorneys throughout the commonwealth with continuing legal education, practical information, resources and networking opportunities to expand or further hone their practice in construction law.

The group will provide both the specialist and the generalist with practice tips and insights into emerging areas of construction law and related fields. Through seminars, publications and postings to the MBA's web site, the group will strives to meet its membership's needs and interests and further the construction bar practice.

It is led by three co-chairs:

Paul Milligan is part of the Construction Industry and Energy & Utility groups at Nelson, Kinder, Mosseau & Saturley PC in Boston. Milligan has experience in construction litigation, representing owners, general contractors, subcontractors and design engineers. In addition to broad litigation experience, he also advises clients on statutory and code compliance, contract interpretation, project management and cost-efficient resolution of disputed claims.

Christopher Petrini is founding principal of Petrini & Associates PC, a five-attorney municipal law firm in Framingham that focuses on municipal law and public construction law and litigation. He has served as Framingham town counsel since 2001, and presently serves as special counsel to several municipalities and public owners throughout the commonwealth.
Petrini previously served as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Theodore M. McMillian of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, in St. Louis, where he helped research and draft decisions on questions of federal law.

Kenneth E. Rubinstein is a senior construction attorney with Nelson, Kinder, Mosseau & Saturley PC in Boston. He regularly represents engineers, contractors, subcontractors, construction managers and other parties in complex negotiations and litigation, and frequently represents clients in connection with large-scale projects, including the construction of power plants, water treatment facilities, residential facilities, medical care facilities and national distribution facilities.

Rubinstein is a frequent speaker and has authored numerous articles on construction and engineering issues. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked for a Manhattan civil engineering firm that specializes in large public works projects.