Stan Martin - experienced construction lawyer

Stan Martin

Stan Martin

Who I am

Starting with an undergraduate degree in architecture, followed by several years working in construction prior to law school, I have been involved with the construction industry for more than 40 years. Have been practicing law for more than 30 years in New England (but also involved with projects in New York, Washington, DC, Miami, New Orleans, San Francisco, Seattle, and Chicago, among other places). My work has spanned the range of consulting on project delivery choices, drafting and negotiating contracts, advising on project issues and contract rights/obligations, and overseeing or handling claims and disputes. Throughout, the emphasis has been, and still is, on cost-effective solutions. Prompt responses, explanation of legal standards, and reasoned advice is what I offer to clients. All based upon a detailed knowledge of the industry.


Project involvement has included conventional: office buildings, institutional structures, bridges, research facilities, multi-family housing, public buildings, highways, tunnels. and single family houses; and iconic: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Stata Center at MIT, Boston Central Artery/Tunnel, Red Line Extension, Green Line Extension, and large-scale single-family houses for unnamed clients.
My clients have run the gamut of construction-industry players. They have included contractors ranging from four who have been in the ENR top 10, to regional and local contractors who successfully complete six-figure projects. I have also represented many capital facility owners, both public authorities and private institutions and developers. As well, a few design firms and subcontractors are long-standing and loyal clients.
My role is based on client needs. Actions have spanned from providing guidance on project delivery structure, to negotiating teaming agreements and contracts, to advising on issues that arise during project performance, and working to resolve claims and disputes. No client relishes the prospect of a trial, but when the need arises I bring to the table experience that includes more than 100 arbitration, bench and jury trials.

Admissions, Academics, Recognition

Massachusetts 1985
New Hampshire 1986
U.S. Dist. Ct. Mass. 1986
U.S. Dist. Ct. NH 1986
1st Cir. Ct. of Appeals 1985
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1977 B.S. Arch.
Boston College Law School 1984 J.D.
Recognitions are yesterday's news. For clients who want to know whether I have been recognized by any group, here is a partial list.
Fellow, American College of Construction Attorneys (since 2010)
Boston's Best Lawyers, Construction Law, 2007-2016
Mass. Super Lawyers magazine, Construction and Surety, 2005-2016
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Writing, Speaking, Community

Writing for blogs, articles, chapters in books, all aids in remaining current on case law and industry trends. Here is a partial list:
Construction Law Handbook, 2nd Edition, Wolters Kluwer, Co-editor, 2009
Northeast Region chapter, Construction Law Update, Wolters Kluwer, 1995-2016
Massachusetts chapter, Fifty-State Lien and Bond Manual, Wolters Kluwer, 1995-2016
Construction Contract Damages chapter, Damages, Interest and Attorneys' Fees in Massachusetts Litigation, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), 1996 and 4th edition 2013
Project Delivery Systems for Construction, Associated General Contractors of America (contr. author, 2nd ed. 2004; commenter, 3rd ed. 2011)
I have given more than 200 presentations on construction law topics. Program sponsors have included AGC of America, American Institute of Architects, Construction Management Assoc. of America, American Bar Ass'n, AGC of Massachusetts, Construction Industries of Massachusetts, National Electrical Contractors Ass'n, Boston Bar Ass'n, Boston Society of Architects, Dispute Review Board Foundation. I have taught construction law courses at MIT, Northeastern University, and WPI.
Community activity has included involvement as a board member or officer of the following non-profits:
United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley (Real Estate and Building Industry Committee)
Boston Architectural College
Wilson Memorial Chapel
Edgewood Retirement Community
Andover Committee For A Better Chance
I have also served on boards and committees for AGC of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Building Congress, Construction Industries of Massachusetts, Boston Society of Architects, American Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, and Massachusetts Bar Association