David E. Wilson

Industry Knowledge Meets Legal Experience Proven Counsel for Construction Projects.
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David E. Wilson practices exclusively in the field of Construction Law, representing subcontractors and suppliers, general contractors and construction managers, owners, design professionals, insurers and sureties on a wide range of public and private construction projects, including schools; fire and police stations; courthouses; tunnels, roads and bridges; hospitals and medical buildings; office buildings and tenant fit-out; retail centers and stores, restaurants and nightclubs; and university classroom and laboratory buildings, dormitories and physical education facilities. He assists clients with preparation, review and negotiation of all forms of construction documents, including prime contracts, design contracts, subcontracts, supplier agreements, joint venture agreements, bonds, releases and lien waivers; and with preparation, prosecution and defense of claims related to bidding and procurement, payment and performance bonds, mechanic's liens, construction and design defects, change orders and extra work, delay and lost productivity, differing site conditions, contract administration, termination, and insurance coverage in state and federal courts, administrative proceedings, arbitrations and mediations.

Mr. Wilson is also a Massachusetts certified mediator, and a member of the Real Estate Bar Association Panel of Neutrals.  He has lectured and participated in numerous classes and seminars on construction law with organizations such as Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Suffolk University Law School, Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar Association and Real Estate Bar Association, and with various trade groups, including the Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts for which the firm is general counsel. He has also drafted significant legislative bills pertinent to construction, a number of which have been enacted into law.  Mr. Wilson is an active member of the Boston Bar Association, a former co-chair of its Committee on Construction Law, a former co-chair of its Real Estate Section, and a former co-chair and present member of its Education Committee. 

Mr. Wilson is also active in a number of charitable organizations. He is President of Team Heart, Inc., an International Non-Governmental Organization which travels each year to Rwanda to perform life-saving open heart surgeries while helping the country develop its own cardiac surgery program; he is a Director of The Circuit Theatre Company, a talented group of young people that has become one of the most innovative companies in Boston; and he is a long time participant in the Pan Mass Challenge, a 200 mile cycle ride that has raised over $400 million for the Jimmy Fund of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Mr. Wilson received a J.D. in 1983 from Boston University School of Law, and a A.B. in 1977 from Brown University. 

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1983
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1984


  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1983
  • Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
    • A.B. - 1977

Published Works

  • Massachusetts’ New Prompt Pay Law, Massachusetts Law Journal, 2010
  • Massachusetts Mechanics’ Liens, the Subcontractors and Supplier’s Perspective, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 1996
  • Massachusetts Mechanics’ Liens, A User’s Guide; Crisis on the Project, Boston Bar Foundation, 2000
  • Faulty Towers, Boston Bar Foundation, 1999
  • The Deal, Boston Bar Foundation, 1997

Classes / Seminars

  • Practicing with Professionalism, Boston Bar Association; February, 2014, April, 2014 and August, 2014
  • Lien Law & Prompt Pay Update 2011, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, June 2011
  • Mistakes New Lawyers Make, Boston Bar Association, December 2011, June 2011; December 2010; December 2008; December 2007 and December 2006
  • Payment Security on Private and Public Projects, Commercial Law League of America, March 2011
  • The New Massachusetts Prompt Pay Law, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association, April 2011
  • The New Massachusetts Prompt Pay Law, Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts, New England Mechanical Contractors Association, November 2010
  • The New Massachusetts Prompt Pay Law, Boston Bar Association, October 2010
  • The New Massachusetts Prompt Pay Law, Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts, September 2010
  • A Practical Guide to Mechanics Liens, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, July 2008; July 2007; April 2005; December 2002 and November 2001
  • Beacon for New Lawyers, Boston Bar Association, June 2009; June 2008 and June 2007
  • Payment Laws on Public and Private Work, Mechanic’s and Bond Lien Law, Massachusetts Minority Contractors Association, October 2006
  • Massachusetts Mechanics’ Lien and Bond Law, Lorman Education Services, January 2004 and March 2002
  • Developments in Construction Law, Boston Bar Association, June 2002
  • Negotiating Construction Contracts, Boston Bar Association, June 2001
  • Crisis on the Project – Staying Ahead of the Curve on Construction Pitfalls, Boston Bar Foundation, April, 2000
  • Selecting the Appropriate Project Delivery System, Lorman Education Services, February 2000
  • Construction Management/Design Build in Massachusetts, Lorman Education Services, February 2000
  • Faulty Towers, Part V – Construction Catastrophes, Boston Bar Foundation, April 1999
  • The Deal, Part IV – The Acquisition & Development of Commercial Real Estate, Boston Bar Foundation, December 1997
  • The New Mechanic’s Lien Law, Boston Bar Association, March 1997
  • Construction Surety Bonds in Massachusetts, Lorman Education Services, October 1996
  • Mechanics Lien Law Seminar, Massachusetts Bankers Association, October 1996
  • Subcontracts and Subcontract Negotiations
  • Owner Contracts and Owner Contract Negotiations
  • Risk Management, Insurance and Indemnity
  • Payment and Payment Security
  • Guest Lecturer, Construction Law, Suffolk University Law School (15 years)

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale Hubbell National Law Directory AV Rating
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association, Former Co-Chair, Committee on Construction Law
  • Boston Bar Association, Former Co-Chair, Real Estate Section
  • Boston Bar Association, Former Co-Chair and Present Member, Education Committee

Pro Bono Activities

  • Prepared contracts for post-earthquake construction of the largest hospital in Haiti, including building and site, utilities, and sewage treatment plant
  • Prepared construction contract for Boston Bar Association major expansion project
  • Negotiated with Government of Rwanda for their direct purchasing of medical supplies for Team Heart, Inc., a US based project to develop cardiac surgery in Rwanda.
  • President, Team Heart, Inc.
  • Negotiated binding agreement with Government of Rwanda for development of the country's first Cardiac Care hospital by Team Heart, Inc.
  • Rider, Pan Massachusetts Challenge (15 years)


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