Brian J. O'Rourke, Jr.

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  • Boston College Law School (J.D., 1997)
  • Cornell University (M.S., 1989)
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (B.S., 1986), with high distinction

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Biography

Brian focuses his practice on the representation of owners, construction managers, and contractors in the building, energy and infrastructure construction industries. His practice includes contract negotiation, civil litigation, claims management and analysis, arbitration, and public and private procurement. Brian’s contract negotiation work includes advice and consultation concerning numerous building, civil and energy construction and design contracts. His trial work includes first chair participation and assistance to lead counsel in a major design defect litigation representing the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority against the designers of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in a case that settled after five weeks of trial, in favor of the client, for more than $22M.

Brian has served as lead counsel in construction-related litigation and arbitration and also participated in numerous mediations and dispute resolution sessions. He is a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts and a LEED AP (New Construction), and worked for six years as a civil engineer prior to becoming a lawyer. Brian’s clients find that his engineering background helps him quickly understand technical project issues in a cost-effective manner. Brian lectures regularly on various construction law topics and serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute responsible for teaching a graduate level course on construction law. He is the author of The Lexis Practice Advisor section on Construction Contracts and has written numerous articles on construction law topics. Brian worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, for two years, where he gained valuable jury trial and courtroom experience.

Brian lives in Boston with his wife Helen, an in-house corporate attorney, and their two teenage children. Brian and his family enjoy sailing on Cape Cod, skiing in Vermont and hiking and camping in Maine and New Hampshire. Brian is a nine time rider in the Pan Mass Challenge.

Memberships

Massachusetts Bar Association
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Boston Society of Civil Engineers (BSCES), Former Chair of Engineering Management Group

Education

  • Boston College Law School (J.D., 1997)
  • Cornell University (M.S., 1989)
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (B.S., 1986), with high distinction

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1997

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts