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Bernkopf Goodman LLP to Present an Interactive Webinar on COVID-19’s Impact on the Massachusetts Construction Industry

As COVID-19 wreaks havoc over our daily lives, its impact on the construction industry has been particularly dramatic.

Peter McGlynn

Last week, the cities of Boston and Cambridge issued orders suspending virtually all construction work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Gov. Charlie Baker issued an order requiring all “nonessential” businesses in the state to close or operate remotely. These orders, and the spread of COVID-19 more broadly, will have far-reaching legal and financial ramifications for those involved in every aspect of the construction industry for weeks, months and possibly years to come.

Robert Stetson

Issues facing the construction industry include the following:

  • What is the scope of the state and local orders and, to the extent there is conflict, which order controls?
  • What rights might developers and contractors have regarding requests for additional compensation, time extensions and the preservation of mechanic’s lien rights during and after the suspensions end, and what steps will need to be taken now?
  • What role will termination clauses play in the coming weeks and months on construction projects?
  • Do legal doctrines such as “commercial impracticability” and “frustration of purpose” have any applicability to suspended projects?
  • What potential avenues are available for cost and profit reimbursement from insurance policies?
  • What is the impact of a bankruptcy filing by owners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers?

Bernkopf Goodman LLP Construction and Surety Practice Group partners, Peter B. McGlynn and Robert W. Stetson will be hosting a free, live Zoom conference to discuss these challenges on Thursday, March 26 at 8 a.m.

Registration Now Open
Date: Thursday, March 26
Time: 8 a.m. EST
Cost: None

Click here to register

For further information, please call or email Peter B. McGlynn (617-790-3390; pmcglynn@bg-llp.com) or Robert W. Stetson (617-790-3323; rstetson@bg-llp.com) directly.


The spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to produce global uncertainty, interrupt supply chains, restrict travel and raise employee safety concerns, among other challenges.

Bernkopf Goodman LLP is closely monitoring cases here and abroad and combining our capabilities to provide critical guidance to clients in an urgent and quickly evolving situation. If you have questions about how COVID-19 could impact you or your business, please contact us.