Samuel M.

Samuel M. "Tony" Starr


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Practice Areas

  • Construction Law
  • Arbitration, Mediation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Litigation
  • Energy & Clean Technology
  • Government Contracts
  • Construction
  • Real Estate
Contact InfoTelephone: 617.348.4467
Fax: 617-542-2241
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University Harvard University, B.A., 1977
Law SchoolNortheastern University, J.D., 1982
Admitted1982, Massachusetts

• Member, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry
• Member, MBA Construction Law Practice Group
• Member, MBA Civil Litigation Section
• Member, BBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
• Member, BBA Construction Law Committee
• Board of Directors, Association of General Contractors (AGC) of Massachusetts
• Member, Construction Industries of Massachusetts (CIM)
• Member, Utility Contractors' Association of New England, Inc.
• Board member; Founding member; Co-chair, Development Committee; Co-chair, Leadership Council: The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare
• Vice President Administration; Chair, Building Committee: Temple Beth Elohim
• Member, Facilities Committee; Member, Corporation: Belmont Hill School


Tony is Co-chair of the firm's Construction Law Practice Group. He represents contractors, owners, developers, and public authorities across a wide range of construction-related issues in both the public and private sectors including contract drafting, bidding issues, job problems, change order disputes, mechanics' liens, bond claims, terminations, and delay claims.

Tony has represented clients in numerous major construction trials, arbitrations, and mediations. He is a frequent lecturer in the area of construction law particularly in the area of arbitration and mediation of construction disputes.


• Seventy-Nine Mintz Levin Attorneys Named 2013 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, (10.21.2013)

• Sixty-Three Mintz Levin Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2014 Edition, (08.15.2013)

• Seventy-One Mintz Levin Attorneys Named 2012 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, (10.22.2012)

• Sixty Mintz Levin Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2013 Edition, (08.24.2012)

• Fifty-Two Mintz Levin Attorneys Recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers, (10.21.2011)

• Forty-Three Mintz Levin Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2012 Edition, (09.06.2011)

• Forty-Nine Mintz Levin Attorneys Recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers, (10.19.2010)

• Forty-Eight Mintz Levin Attorneys Recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers, (10.27.2009)

• Forty-Six Mintz Levin Attorneys Recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers, (10.29.2008)

• Forty-Five Mintz Levin Attorneys Recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers, (10.25.2007)

Recognitions & Awards

Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Construction Litigation (2006 - 2013)
Best Lawyers in America:Litigation - Construction, Construction Law (2012 - 2014)


Co-author,A Primer for Construction Bankruptcies,Law360 (12.23.2011)

• Co-author,Primer for Construction Bankruptcies,Construction Bankruptcy Article (12.07.2011)

• Co-author,Building Success Despite Failure,Construction Bankruptcy Advisory (12.05.2011)

• Co-author,Massachusetts Enacts Prompt Payment Legislation for Private Construction Contracts,Construction Litigation Alert (08.12.2010)

Speaking Engagements

Panelist,E-Discovery: Compare and Contrast How It Is Handled in Litigation and Arbitration, Boston Bar Association, Boston, MA (12.12.2013)

• Speaker,The Benefits & Pitfalls of Joint Ventures, Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) Massachusetts' Chapter, Needham, MA (01.15.2013)

• Speaker,Arbitration or Litigation? Which Should You Choose for a Construction Disupute?,Trying a Construction Case: Pretrial Considerations and E-Discovery Issues, Boston Bar Association, Boston, MA (06.26.2012)

• Speaker,Massachusetts New Prompt Pay Law: The Impact on Private Construction Contracts, Pinnacle Financial Group and Mintz Levin, Boston, MA (11.03.2010)

• Speaker,New Prompt Pay Bill Signed - The Impact on Private Construction Contracts, Elaine Construction and Mintz Levin, Boston, MA (09.14.2010)

• Speaker,AGC Legal Law Construction Series, AGC of Massachusetts (06.02.2010)

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters: Construction Litigation & Dispute Resolution Representation of 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 Corps on the dredging of a major shipping channel in New York-New Jersey Harbor; Representation in court, arbitration, and mediation of a municipal water and sewer authority against a design builder of a combined sewer separation project. Authority terminated the design builder for performance and design failures; Representation of the lead engineering procurement and construction contractor in a multimillion-dollar 34-day, three-party arbitration arising out of the failure of the wastewater treatment plant at a pulp and paper de-inking facility; Representation of a design builder against a design consultant on several major highway and bridge design build projects for design failures including inadequate estimating; Representation of an excavation and garage contractor against a construction manager for wrongful termination; Representation of a major university on construction and design claims against a builder and architect on a $250 million science, classroom, and research facility; Represented a contractor in a multimillion-dollar differing site condition claim against an owner on the 9 1/2 mile Outfall Tunnel Project for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority Construction Law & Counseling 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; Continued representation of 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 Law; Represented an independent authority in an investigation of contractor compliance with the federally mandated disadvantaged business enterprise program; Ongoing representation of a variety of owners and contractors on contract performance issues, change orders, schedule issues

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Samuel M. "Tony" Starr

BostonMA 02111


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