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Tips For Reducing Your Litigation Costs

July 9, 2015
Litigation costs are an important element in pursuing or defending any construction claim. There are ways in which you can help control and even reduce those costs.

Massachusetts’ Prompt Pay Act – A Refresher

June 4, 2015
The Prompt Pay Act has improved the flow of funds to those who furnish and pay for the labor and materials in private construction

Payment Security When You’ve Lost Your Lien and Bond Rights in Massachusetts
April 3, 2014 | Emanuel Bardanis, Esquire
Click here if you want to know what to do when you’ve lost your lien and bond rights


When Your Insurer Reserves the Right to Disclaim Coverage
January 13, 2014 | Emanuel Bardanis, Esquire
Click here if you want to know what to do if your insurer is reserving the right to disclaim coverage

Flow Down Clauses – Their Purpose and Effect
November 4, 2013 | Emanuel Bardanis, Esquire
Click here to learn about flow down clauses and how they impact your subcontract.

Corwin & Corwin Super Lawyers
November 4, 2013
Corwin & Corwin consistently selected as Massachusetts Super Lawyers. Click here to see our recent awardees.

August 9, 2013
In preparing and submitting bids for public construction, it is important to comply with all of the Instructions to Bidders.

Corwin & Corwin Places Most Construction Attorneys of Any Firm in Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers
August 9, 2013 | John M. Curran, Esquire
Attorneys Jerry Olanoff, David Wilson, John Curran,  Charlie Ahern, Emanuel Bardanis and recently-retired partner, Edwin Fremder, were named Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers for construction law.

Corwin & Corwin is moving!
June 3, 2013
Click on the headline above to see where we are going!

Is a subcontract provision waiving all statutory payment bond rights against a general contractor and its surety on a Massachusetts public construction project enforceable?
August 6, 2012
Click on the link to see the Supreme Judicial Court’s answer to this question.

Attorney David Wilson leads Boston Bar Association seminar for newly admitted lawyers.
July 27, 2012
Corwin & Corwin attorney, David Wilson, recently conducted a seminar for the Boston Bar Association entitled “Mistakes New Lawyers Make”. David has been giving this seminar to newly-admitted lawyers since 2006. This seminar focuses on the practical pitfalls experienced by many new attorneys and ways to avoid these traps for the unwary.

Attorney David Wilson Set to Ride in his 14th Pan Massachusetts Challenge
July 27, 2012
On August 4th and 5th David will be participating in the Pan-Mass Challenge – a nearly 200 miles bike ride from Sturbridge to Provincetown to raise money for life-saving cancer care and research at Dana-Faber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. This will be David’s 14th year riding and during this time he has raised almost $90,000. If you would like to support David just go to and make an e-gift using David’s ID of DW0043.

Attorney Norman Brown joins Corwin & Corwin LLP.
July 25, 2012
Corwin & Corwin is pleased to announce that Norman Brown IV has recently joined our firm. Norman is a 2002 graduate of Boston College Law School and has substantial experience handling all types of construction disputes in state and federal courts. You can learn more about Norman on the “Our People” page.

Corwin & Corwin Attorneys Selected as Superlawyers.
November 1, 2011
Attorneys, Charles Ahern and David Wilson, selected as New England “Superlawyers”. Attorney Emanuel Bardanis selected as “Rising Star”.

Attorney John Curran recently led a seminar for the Boston Bar Association concerning the legal ramifications of the SJC’s Trace Construction case.
September 28, 2011 | Corwin & Corwin LLP

Attorney John M. Curran recently conducted a seminar for the Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts entitled: The Money is Due: Now How to Collect?
August 12, 2011 | John Curran
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Material Suppliers – Bond Insecurity
July 25, 2011 | Corwin & Corwin LLP
Of all participants in public projects, materials suppliers have the least payment security.

Shop Drawings and Materials Submittals
July 25, 2011 | Corwin & Corwin LLP
Shop drawings and materials submittals are a critical element of every construction project.

Ambiguous Specification Requirements – Who Pays?
July 25, 2011 | Corwin & Corwin LLP
Too often disputes arise on construction projects because plans and specifications are poorly expressed or are in conflict.

When Performance Becomes Impossible or Unfeasible – Who Bears the Risk?
July 25, 2011 | Corwin & Corwin LLP
Whether performance is excused depends on the event that makes performance impossible or unfeasible, and whether that event was contemplated under the contract.

Unfair or Deceptive Business Practices
July 25, 2011 | Corwin & Corwin LLP
A means to get even with the unethical. Massachusetts is among the leaders in encouraging fair business dealings by making unfair dealings risky and expensive.

Mediation and You
July 25, 2011 | Corwin & Corwin LLP
In recent years, the construction industry has sought alternative forms of dispute resolution to avoid the high cost and wasted effort inherent in hotly contested litigation.

Liquidated Damages – Not Penalty Damages
July 25, 2011 | Corwin & Corwin LLP
Liquidated damages are nothing more than damages agreed to in advance as compensation for a potential future breach of contract. In construction contracts, liquidated damages are normally assessed for late completion and are stated as a per diem rate.

Lien Waivers – Too High a Price for Payment?
July 25, 2011 | Corwin & Corwin LLP
To obtain periodic or final payment due under a contract, contractors and subcontractors are frequently required to sign so called “waiver of lien” forms.

Joint Checks – Advantages & Dangers
July 25, 2011 | Corwin & Corwin LLP
With increasing frequency sub-subs, including suppliers, are requesting payment by joint check from the prime contractor.

Contract Notice Provisions – Beware
July 25, 2011 | Corwin & Corwin, LLP
A typical construction scenario occurs when a contractor or subcontractor is ordered to perform work that the contractor or subcontractor believes to be beyond its contractual scope.

Construction Litigation Tips – Visual Records
July 25, 2011 | Corwin & Corwin, LLP
Every construction project is an unfolding story always developing, always changing until the final result is achieved.

Construction Litigation Tips – Signed Slips
July 25, 2011 | Corwin & Corwin, LLP
Extra work claims start as a dispute over the scope of work, but too often degenerate into a prolonged and unnecessary fight over damages.

Construction Litigation Tips – Letters
July 25, 2011 | Corwin & Corwin, LLP
Letters in the construction world serve two purposes. The first purpose is to convey information to someone else. The second is to establish a record for future reference.

Construction Litigation Tips – Daily Job Records
July 25, 2011 | Corwin & Corwin LLP
In an industry where disputes are frequently not resolved for months or years, and often through litigation, the importance of accurate record-keeping cannot be overstated.

Builder’s Risk – Who Needs It?
July 25, 2011 | Corwin & Corwin LLP
While most participants in the construction process are familiar with Liability Insurance and Workman’s Compensation Insurance, fewer understand Builder’s Risk Insurance.

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