Lisa F. Glahn

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

Bar Admissions

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

Lisa conducts an extensive practice in commercial contracting and litigation, with a focus on construction, real estate and project development.  Lisa counsels clients on issues ranging from strategic deal structuring to contract formation to complex litigation and claims resolution. As a leader of the firm's Construction Law Practice Group, she has built an impressive record representing contractors, developers, lenders, and project owners in both the public and private sector.

Lisa has been instrumental in litigating and managing trial teams on numerous high-profile infrastructure and design 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, real estate and transportation development projects.

Through her versatile practice, Lisa counsels clients on all aspects of procurement law, project development, and claims procedure, and has extensive experience managing complex, multiparty disputes involving issues related to project delays, defective work, termination, mechanic’s liens, labor and employment issues, differing site conditions, pay-if-paid provisions, and surety and insurance coverage. A significant part of Lisa’s practice also focuses on transactional work, and she regularly advises clients on contract drafting and negotiation. 

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 tried more than 30 cases. 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 a senior member of the firm’s Hiring Committee. She also serves on the Alumni and Professional Development Committees and she regularly mentors and trains the firm’s young lawyers. Lisa is also a member of the firm's Sports Law Group.

Representative Matters

  • Drafted and negotiated a $10M design/build contract for a waste-to-energy project at a brewery in Milton, Delaware.
  • Reviewed and negotiated development, construction and design contracts for the construction of a 142-unit senior living facility in Cumming, Georgia.
  • Litigated an equitable adjustment claim against the Army Corps of Engineers during a two-week, multimillion dollar trial in the US Court of Federal Claims.
  • Arbitrated a complicated design defect case involving Combined Sewer Overflows on behalf of a local public authority.
  • Represented an energy company in claims against an EPC contractor regarding the construction of a biomass fuel plant in Barnesville, Georgia.
  • Defended an auto dealership in a Class Action suit brought under Ch. 93A.
  • Represented a University in substantial claims against a former employee.

Recognitions & Awards

  • Best Technical Paper Presented During WEDA 33rd and Texas A&M's 44th Annual Dredging Seminar (Practical Claims Avoidance Techniques: How To Prevent Excess Costs And Unnecessary Delay On Dredging Projects, 2013)
  • Mintz Levin Pro Bono Award (2003)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Star (2014 – 2015)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Board Member, National Association of Women in Construction – Boston Chapter
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Women’s Bar Association