R. Thomas Dunn

Professional Biography

Tom Dunn concentrates his practice in construction law and complex business dispute resolution representing clients in various sectors of the construction industry, including power generation, utility and road work, painting, and plumbing and mechanical work. Tom has served as trial counsel representing owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals in multiparty, complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts.  Tom splits his time between the Providence and Boston offices. 

In addition to litigation, arbitration, and mediation, Tom counsels clients in construction contract drafting, review, negotiation, and dispute avoidance services, including EPC, design-build, CM, GMP, and cost-plus contracts and subcontracts. Tom regularly works with the AIA Contract Documents, ConsensusDocs Contract Documents, and custom manuscript contract documents.  In his 15 years of practice, whether resolving disputes or drafting contracts, Tom actively listens to his clients and works collaboratively with them to develop a plan to best serve and advance their objectives in an effecient, pragmatic manner.

Tom has asserted and defended disputes concerning claims related to: breach of contract, mechanic's liens, Miller Act, steel fabrication, bridge and roadway, change orders, loss of efficiency/productivity, abandonment/cardinal change, total cost, quantum meruit, modified total cost, differing site conditions, delays, trade secrets, covenant not to compete, Chapter 93A consumer protection, engineering professional malpractice, shareholder direct and derivatives, breach of fiduciary duty, employee compensation, construction defects, employee discrimination, business valuation, performance bonds, payment bonds, project labor agreements, indemnity, and usury.

Tom is also a leader, speaker, and active contributor to national, state, and local construction lawyer and construction industry groups.

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R. Thomas Dunn practices construction law and helps clients with complex business dispute resolution in various sectors of the construction industry with Pierce Atwood.  Mr. Dunn was named a 2019 National Law Review Go-To Thought Leader for his contributions on construction litigation, including workers' compensation, mechanic liens,  additional insured and indemnity clauses.  His articles cover important legal developments in the construction industry and keep NLR readers up to date on changes they need to know about. 


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