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Drew W. Colby

Drew W. Colby

Drew W. Colby
Partner

508-599-3000

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Education

  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D., cum laude

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, B.A., cum laude

Bar Memberships & Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit

Drew, Co-Chair of the Construction Group, focuses his practice on drafting and negotiating construction contracts and resolving payment and performance issues.  He represents owners, contractors, and suppliers on public, commercial, and residential projects.

Honors

  • AV® Preeminent Rated from Martindale-Hubbell, highest possible rating on both legal ability and ethics based upon the confidential opinion of peers and judges

Recent Transactions

  • Drafted and negotiated condominium construction contract that included unique warranty and claims procedures to protect Owner and Contractor
  • Drafted and negotiated hotel construction contract utilizing mix of bonds, subcontractor default insurance, and guarantees to protect Owner and reduce construction costs
  • Drafted and negotiated museum contract with creative payment protections for Contractor
  • Drafted one of the largest residential renovation contracts in Massachusetts
  • Drafted food processing plant contract that had to account for many unique facility requirements
  • Drafted Master Contract to streamline process and reduce costs of retaining frequently used trades
  • Drafted dozens of tenant fit-up contracts tailored to each project’s specific site restrictions
  • Saved a project on the verge of collapse due to poor drafting by working collaboratively with other counsel to craft a mutually satisfactory contract

Representative Publications

Representative Speaking Engagements

  • “The Pros and Cons of Bonds verses Subcontractor Default Insurance”
    REBA Construction Law Section Meeting, April 7, 2017
  • "How can our construction team help you negotiate contracts or resolve payment & performance issues?" (video)
  • “Getting Profitable Jobs and Getting Paid”
    MetroWest Chapter of Boston Society of Architects
  • “How to Keep Your Company Out of Trouble”
    Architectural Woodworkers Institute
  • “Dirty Dozen Contract Terms”
    Surety Presentation 2014
  • “Construction Lending, What You Need to Know”
    presented at numerous financial institutions, 2014
  • “Building Code Violations”
    Lorman educational services, 2006 - Present

Professional Affiliations

  • Boston Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Community Activities

  • Veterans Inc.
    • Volunteer assisting Veterans transition from military to civilian life

On a Personal Note

In high school and college, Drew worked as a laborer. He loved construction, but hated the physical toll it took on his co-workers. He believed the best way to serve the construction industry without suffering the inevitable aches and pains was to become a construction lawyer. Drew has been incredibly fortunate to achieve this goal while, at the same time, avoiding the associated orthopedic issues!

Our approach to the practice of law provides a broad range of expertise to our clients Practice Areas

Providence

40 Westminster Street
Suite 1100
Providence, RI 02903
401-861-8200

Boston

30 Federal Street
Boston, MA 02110
617-292-7900

Greater Boston

20 Pickering Street
Needham, MA 02492
781-444-2333

SouthCoast

128 Union Street
Suite 500
New Bedford, MA 02740
774-206-8200

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