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Samuel M. Tony Starr

Construction Litigation & Dispute Resolution

  • Represented an independent authority in an investigation of contractor compliance with the federally mandated disadvantaged business enterprise program.
  • Represented a municipal water and sewer authority in court, arbitration, and mediation against a design-builder of a combined sewer separation project. Authority terminated the design builder for performance and design failures. 
  • Represented the lead engineering procurement and construction contractor in a multi-million dollar, 34-day, three-party arbitration arising out of the failure of the wastewater treatment plant at a pulp and paper de-inking facility.
  • Represented the developer of mixed-use condominium project in court against a terminated general contractor asserting a claim of wrongful termination.
  • Represented the general contractor on major hospital renovation project against bankrupt millwork subcontractor’s performance bond surety in a 9 day arbitration for delay and impact damages.
  • Represented the managing member of limited liability company in an arbitration brought by minority member asserting claims of breach of fiduciary duty and failure to comply with Delaware LLC Act in connection with the development of a mixed-use condominium project.
  • Represented a design-builder in mediation against a design consultant on several major highway and bridge design-build projects for design failures including inadequate estimating.
  • Represented a major university in court and mediation on construction and design claims against a builder and architect on a $250 million science, classroom, and research facility.
  • Represented an excavation and garage contractor against a construction manager in a 16 day arbitration for wrongful termination.
  • Represented a large contractor in a multi-million dollar differing site condition claim against an owner on the 9 ½ mile Outfall Tunnel Project for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.
  • Represented a large dredging company in a multimillion-dollar action against the US Army Corps of Engineers including a trial in Court of Claims. Case arose out of survey practices employed by the Corps on the dredging of a major shipping channel in New York-New Jersey Harbor.

Construction Law & Counseling

  • Represent a variety of owners and contractors on drafting and negotiating multiple contract forms (AIA, custom forms). 
  • Revised owner, contractor, and subcontractor contract payment provisions to comply with new Massachusetts Prompt Pay and Retainage Law. 
  • Represented an independent authority in an investigation of contractor compliance with the federally mandated disadvantaged business enterprise program. 
  • Represent of a variety of owners and contractors on contract performance issues, change orders, and schedule issues.
  • Served as outside counsel for the Massachusetts Port Authority in connection with the $1.2 billion modernization program at Boston’s Logan Airport. This engagement included detailed contract review, bid protest advice and hearings, and construction claims review and litigation.


  • Representation of gaming company Wynn MA LLC in multiple hearings before Massachusetts Gaming Commission during successful licensing process.
  • Representation of Wynn MA LLC in surrounding community arbitrations against Somerville and Chelsea.
  • Representation of Wynn MA LLC in court challenge to Massachusetts Environmental Protection Act (“MEPA”) Certificate brought by neighboring community Somerville.
  • Representation of Wynn MA LLC in Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection adjudicatory proceeding brought by Somerville challenging Wynn MA LLC’s Chapter 91 License.
  • Represents owner of Back Bay building in dispute with tenant on damages to building resulting from substantial tenant improvements.
  • Successfully represented Wynn MA, LLC in securing the license to build a five star integrated resort with a casino in Everett, MA.
  • Represented the University of Massachusetts in the contract review and negotiation of a $55 million biolab facility in Boston.
Case Study
Mintz’s litigation team secured a victory on behalf of Wynn Resorts and Wynn MA, LLC (now known as Encore) in a complex RICO case brought by the prospective landlord of a former competitor for a singular, exclusive Boston-area gaming license.
Case Study
Mintz and ML Strategies helped Wynn MA, LLC secure a license for a $2+ billion resort & casino project in Everett, Massachusetts. The Mintz team worked through the legislative process and helped Wynn obtain state and local permits and secure a Massachusetts Gaming Commission license.
Case Study
Mintz represents health care technology company Royal Philips of the Netherlands in real estate matters. Mintz attorneys assisted Philips with a Massachusetts lease at Cambridge Crossing, a Cambridge-Somerville development, for the company's new North American headquarters.
Case Study
Mintz closed a joint venture agreement and acquisition of a pre-permitted, mixed-use retail and residential development in Boston within a seven-day deadline. Mintz Real Estate, Corporate, Litigation, and Environmental attorneys worked on the deal.