The Litigation Practice Group includes a successful practice concentration in construction law.

In the construction business, every action has a domino effect. If trouble develops in one part of the job, the entire project suffers. A bid protest, a mechanic’s lien, a bond claim — any one of these can stop a project in its tracks, causing even more problems down the chain. As construction law attorneys, we understand how to achieve practical and efficient business solutions to these issues.

We regularly represent developers, lenders, architects, engineers, owners, municipalities, general contractors, and subcontractors in legal issues regarding construction projects throughout New England. Our construction law team can negotiate construction contracts to help prevent disputes from arising. When disputes do arise, the construction law team has extensive experience prosecuting and defending disputes in state and federal courts, and in arbitration and mediation.


  • Delay and extra work claims
  • Construction defects
  • Mechanic’s liens
  • Bid protests and other public procurement issues
  • Miller Act suits
  • Suretyship and bond claims
  • Real estate and development contracts
  • Government contracts


  • Perkins Thompson defended a homeowner against a payment claim brought by a contractor. We were able to prove that the contractor was claiming more than the contract price and that some of the contractor’s work actually had to be redone at an additional cost to the homeowner, leading to a very favorable mediated settlement in our client’s favor.
  • Perkins Thompson represented a contractor in a mechanic’s lien claim for payment to construct a parking garage. The developer paid our client the contract price – plus legal fees – within a month.

The lead attorney on the construction law team is John Hobson. John is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018, Maine Construction Law Section. He has been selected as a New England Super Lawyer in construction litigation since 2008. He is the author of a number of legal publications on construction law, including:

  • The State of Maine section on;
  • The Maine State Construction Law Handbook;
  • The State Public Construction Law Source Book (CCH 2002); and,
  • Contributing Author, Inside the Minds: Construction Laws, Settlement and Negotiation, (Aspatore Books 2007).

John is also a presenter of numerous seminars on Construction Law and Public Construction Contracts with Public Entities.

Joe Talbot, who is also on the construction law team, has been selected as a New England Super Lawyer Rising Star in Construction Law since 2016.  Joe regularly represents a wide variety of clients in mediation, arbitration, and state and federal court, and is the author of Perkins Thompson’s construction law blog.

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