Lisa F. Glahn

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  • Northeastern University (JD, 2000)
  • Bucknell University (BA, Peace Studies/Political Science, 1997)

Bar Admissions

  • Court of Federal Claims
  • Massachusetts
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Lisa conducts an extensive practice in construction law, from counseling clients on contract formation and negotiation to litigating complex, multiparty disputes. As a leader of the firm's Construction Law Practice Group, she has built an impressive record representing contractors, developers, and project owners in both the public and private sector.

During her decade-long involvement in the construction industry, Lisa has been instrumental in litigating and resolving several multimillion-dollar disputes on projects such as the MWRA’s Deer Island Outfall Tunnel Project, the Central Artery’s Ted Williams Tunnel Finish Work Project, the Lynn Water and Sewer Commission’s Combined Sewer Overflow Abatement Project, the Army Corps of Engineers’ Kill van Kull Harbor Deeping Project, and the Wachusett Aqueduct Rehabilitation Project. She has also provided invaluable, front-end drafting and negotiation advice to clients on both sides of major waste-to-energy and EPC projects, design-build ventures, and hospital, university and transportation development projects.

Lisa counsels clients on all aspects of procurement law, project development, and claims procedure, and has extensive knowledge in complex, multiparty claims disputes involving issues related to project delays, defective work, termination, mechanic’s liens, differing site conditions, pay-if-paid provisions, and surety and insurance coverage. A significant part of Lisa’s practice also focuses on advising clients on contract drafting and negotiation. Lisa is expert in the AIA form contracts and how to best modify those documents to achieve client goals.

From 2004 to 2005, Lisa worked as a special assistant district attorney through Mintz Levin’s partnership with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. During that time, she argued numerous motions to suppress, served as the “Drug Court” liaison, and took more than 30 criminal cases to trial.

Lisa has also established herself as an attorney committed to promoting social justice and human rights work on behalf of typically unrepresented and marginalized groups. She received the Mintz Levin Pro Bono Award for her work on behalf of asylum seekers. She has assisted clients from Uganda, Haiti, and Guinea to win asylum, and she has argued at all levels of the administrative process, including the trial and appellate levels.

Lisa is an active member of the firm’s Hiring Committee. She also serves on the Alumni and Professional Development Committees. She regularly mentors and trains younger associates.

Representative Matters

  • Instrumental in arbitrating a complicated design defect case for a public authority after protracted discovery and extensive expert witness presentations on a design/build project.
  • On behalf of a contractor seeking an equitable adjustment against the Army Corps of Engineers, Lisa recently served as trial counsel in a two-week, multimillion dollar federal court trial held in the US Court of Federal Claims.

Recognitions & Awards

  • Mintz Levin Pro Bono Award (2003)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Star – Construction Litigation (2008 – 2010)
  • Best Technical Paper Presented During WEDA 32nd and Texas A&M's 43rd Annual Dredging Seminar (Practical Claims Avoidance Techniques: How To Prevent Excess Costs And Unnecessary Delay On Dredging Projects, 2013)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Women’s Bar Association