Robinson+Cole is a leading Northeast law firm in the area of complex real estate development work executed under public-private partnership models. Our experience involves both public and private sector clients, giving us a comprehensive understanding of all sides of a project. Our strength is a product of our overall insight into the component disciplines of complex projects, including real estate, land use, public finance, environmental, and construction law.

Our Services

Our Construction Group lawyers advise on all types of horizontal and vertical infrastructure projects and represent a variety of clients from many different backgrounds:

  • public and private owners
  • developers
  • construction managers
  • design professionals
  • general contractors/subcontractors
  • material suppliers
  • EPC contractors
  • design-builders
  • architects
  • engineers
  • Minority-Owned Business Enterprise/Women Business Enterprise/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise contractors
  • steel fabricators
  • sureties
  • construction lenders

Our work includes litigation and transactional matters that arise out of the design and construction of many kinds of infrastructure projects:

  • highways
  • utilities (water, gas, electric, fiber optic, and sewer)
  • wastewater treatment plants
  • water treatment plants
  • scavenger waste treatment facilities
  • waste-to-energy facilities
  • landfill gas-to-energy facilities
  • gas-fired electrical power plants
  • hydroelectric dams
  • onshore and offshore natural gas pipelines
  • electric substations

Our Team

Members of our group are active in numerous professional and industry trade organizations that represent and support the infrastructure market sector, including the following:

  • the Construction Industries of Massachusetts
  • the American Society of Civil Engineers
  • the Construction Management Association of America
  • the National Society of Professional Engineers
  • the Massachusetts Building Congress
  • the Connecticut Building Congress


    • Experience
      • Representation of a contractor and surety with respect to dispute involving restrictions imposed by CSX railroad regarding demolition of a state-owned bridge crossing CSX tracks.

      • Representation of an insurer in defense of litigation from construction defects from the "Big Dig" project in Boston. Specifically, the matter involved the failed installation of an underwater tunnel segment, resulting in flooding and movement of a large concrete tunnel segment. The issues included both design and workmanship concerns.

      • Representation of a public-private partnership with the State of Connecticut to redevelop, operate, and maintain Connecticut's 23 highway service plazas. The 35-year agreement was the result of extended negotiations with the state Department of Transportation. The service plaza overhauls will also include "green" initiatives to bring the facilities up to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards, improve water runoff patterns, and install idle-reduction technology for use by trucks on the Connecticut Turnpike, also known as Interstate 95. Including projected revenues, initial construction, and reinvestments, the benefit to the State of Connecticut is estimated to be almost $500 million over the term of the agreement.

      • Representation of the contractor partner in a public-private partnership responsible for the construction of the new South Norfolk Jordan Bridge, a 5,375-foot-long, two-lane, fixed-span, high-rise toll bridge over the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake, Virginia, providing navigational clearances of 145 vertical feet and 270 horizontal feet. The new bridge replaced and privatized an 80-year-old drawbridge.

      • Representation of a surety engaged in the completion of several heavy/highway projects in Massachusetts and Connecticut with an aggregate value of over $55 million. Negotiation of takeover agreements with public owners, completion agreements with successor contractors, and subcontractor ratification agreements. Included preparation, presentation, litigation, and negotiation of affirmative claims on behalf of the surety.

      • Representation of the City of Hartford in the negotiation of installation and power purchase agreements for an 800 kW, fuel cell-powered microgrid that provides continuous electric generation and that supports critical facilities during grid outages.

      • Representation of a university in the drafting and negotiation of an EPC contract for the replacement of three existing combustion turbines and heat recovery steam generators with two new 7.5 MW dual fuel combustion turbines with heat recovery steam generators, delivering combined heat, power, and chilled water to the main campus.

      • Representation of a manufacturing facility comprising over one million square feet in the negotiation of a contract for comprehensive professional and technical services to plan, design, and construct select utility infrastructure and energy projects as part of a utility master plan.

      • Representation of an independent coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school in the negotiation of a contract for comprehensive professional and technical services to plan, design, and construct select utility infrastructure and energy projects as part of a utility master plan for the 500-acre campus. 

      • Representation of a university in the drafting and negotiation of an installation and power purchase agreement for a 1 MW warehouse rooftop solar array with 4,400 panels. Power generated and sold to the university offsets the equivalent of 16,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide over the system's life.

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Our Team