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William M. Hill

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Education

  • Northeastern University (JD, 1985)
  • Dartmouth College (BA, History, 1981)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Will is Co-chair of the firm’s Construction Law Practice Group and has represented clients in trials, arbitrations, and mediations on a variety of matters, including construction law, commercial and corporate litigation, and real estate law.

He represents and counsels individuals, small businesses, financial institutions, nonprofit institutions, and publicly traded companies. Will is committed to finding efficient and practical solutions for clients by resolving disputes under difficult circumstances. With respect to construction counseling and dispute resolution, he counsels owners, lenders, general contractors, joint ventures, and subcontractors across a variety of private and public sector projects. Will has focused on delivering a variety of projects for clients in an efficient and timely manner using optimal project delivery systems.

His practice includes appearances before state and federal courts, the American Arbitration Association and other ADR providers, and local boards and commissions.

Will has been a leader in the local and national construction bar for nearly twenty years and is currently Chair of the ABA Forum on Construction Law, the world’s largest organization of construction lawyers. Will previously served on the Governing Committee (2011 - 2013) and as Chair of the Marketing Committee of the Forum. Will is a member and past Chair (1998 – 2000) of the Construction Law Committee of the Boston Bar Association. He has spoken, published, and chaired programs and publications for the ABA’s Forum on Construction Law, the BBA, and other trade and industry organizations

He has lectured and published on a variety of topics, including techniques for direct and cross-examination of expert witnesses, electronic discovery, mediation, and numerous subjects concerning construction law. Will has written articles for such publications as the Construction Lawyer, the Boston Bar Journal, Boston Business Journal, and the San Diego Transcript. In connection with his nonprofit and community work, Will has authored op-ed pieces and editorials in the Boston Globe and Outdoors Magazine.

Will has been active in his community and in nonprofit organizations. He has been a leader in the conservation and outdoor recreation civic and nonprofit community, having served on the Board of Directors and as past Chairman (2005 – 2008) of the Appalachian Mountain Club, a 90,000-member conservation and outdoor recreation organization. In addition, he is past Co-chair (2008 – 2016) of the Board of Advisors of the AMC. He has also served as Conservation Commissioner (three years as Chair) and trustee of the local land trust in his home town.

Representative Matters

Disputes & Workouts

  • Representation of an owner in defense of a claim by a commercial tenant that the facility was not SCIF compliant. Successfully resolved in mediation.
  • Representation of a national hotel chain in a dispute with a terminated contractor. Successfully defeated injuction, dismissed litigation in state court, and negotiated resolution in mediation.
  • Representation of a national institutional owner of commercial and multifamily properties in litigation against a contractor, subcontractors, and an architect for the defective design and construction of a 450-unit Texas project in state court. Successfully resolved in mediation.
  • Representation of a national contractor in the resolution of a construction defect case involving a luxury condominium in Pasadena, California.
  • Representation of a national syndicate of bondholders and bondholder representatives in the successful resolution, workout, and sale of troubled privatized military housing construction projects located in Georgia, Arkansas, Florida, and Massachusetts. Representation of this $1.3 billion project included navigating mechanics’ lien, performance and payment bond claims, and the successful defense of an attempted injunction barring sale. 
  • Representation of a nonprofit owner of a 2,000-seat historic theater in Worcester, Massachusetts in the successful resolution, by mediation, of state court litigation with a general contractor involving a $30-million renovation project. 
  • Representation of a Massachusetts corporation against a former employee for theft of trade secrets and customer lists. Matter successfully resolved following entry of preliminary injunction in state court and dispositive discovery showing telephone call patterns.
  • Representation of a joint venture on Boston’s CA/T “Big Dig” project in successfully opposing and defeating a bid protest. 

Transactional

  • Representation of General Electric in all phases of environmental remediation and related dredging and construction projects for the Hudson River and Housatonic River areas.
  • Representation of General Electric in all phases of construction related to the company’s Boston Headquarters.
  • Representation of DivcoWest in all matters pertaining to the drafting of construction documents for its 42-acre NorthPoint project in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Representation of a variety of owners (education, insurance, commercial, medical, and nonprofit) on construction contracts negotiation and as counsel on project delivery systems.
  • Negotiation of construction contract for Boston’s flagship 115,000-square-foot food distribution facility for the Greater Boston Food Bank.
  • Representation of contractors and major subcontractors on negotiations on a variety of project types and project delivery systems.

Recognitions & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America: Construction Law, Litigation – Construction (2012 – 2018)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Construction Litigation (2005 – 2017)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers (2013 – 2016)
  • Who’s Who in America
  • Who’s Who in American Law 

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Chair, ABA Forum on Construction Law
  • Past Chair, Marketing Committee (2013 – 2015), Former Member, Governing Committee (2011 – 2013), ABA Forum on Construction Law  
  • Member, Past Chair (1998 – 2000), Boston Bar Association Committee on Construction Law
  • Member, Construction Industries of Massachusetts
  • Member, Association of General Contractors
  • Past chair of the Board of Directors (3 years), Appalachian Mountain Club
  • Past Board Member (9 years), Appalachian Mountain Club
  • Past Co-chair, AMC Board of Advisors (2008 – 2016)
  • Past Commissioner (6 years), past chair (2 years), Acton Conservation Commission
  • Past Trustee, Acton Conservation Trust