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Mintz’s Tony Starr Honored By The League Of Women For Community Service

BOSTON – Samuel M. Tony Starr, Co-Chair of Mintz's Construction Law Practice Group and a Member of the Litigation Practice, has been recognized with the 2023 Community Award for Outstanding Support by the League of Women for Community Service for his pro bono efforts in offering invaluable construction and contract advice for the restoration of their historic building in Boston.

During the mid-1900s, African American women in Boston faced restrictions in accessing residence halls at their colleges and universities. As an alternative, they found accommodations at the headquarters of the League of Women for Community Service, a social services organization led by Black women in the city. Notably, Coretta Scott, who would later become the wife of Martin Luther King Jr., resided in this building while studying at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Mr. Starr has played a vital role in supporting the restoration, conservation, and preservation efforts of the League's headquarters located at 558 Massachusetts Ave. This distinguished brownstone is recognized as a historic site by the National Register of Historic Places and remains one of the few intact buildings in Boston's South End, with over 90% of its original features and fixtures still intact. Included in the array of restoration endeavors is the refurbishment of the entry portico.

In his professional capacity, Mr. Starr represents contractors, owners, developers, and public authorities, providing legal assistance on a wide range of construction-related matters in both the public and private sectors. His expertise encompasses contract drafting, bidding issues, troubleshooting on construction projects, resolving disputes related to change orders, mechanics' liens, bond claims, terminations, and delays. He has successfully represented clients in numerous significant construction trials, arbitrations, and mediations.

The League of Women for Community Service stands as one of the country's oldest active clubs for Black women. Its mission revolves around engaging in educational and charitable endeavors while collaborating with other organizations pursuing similar goals. Furthermore, the League serves as a platform for raising awareness about critical issues affecting the community's social, economic, and overall well-being, including but not limited to health, education, and social concerns.

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