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chris-1Chris Noble specializes in design and construction law. Chris has over thirty years of experience advising design clients on all aspects of their practice. He drafts and negotiates design and construction contracts for projects throughout the world, including major university and hospital buildings, public schools and correctional facilities, museums and aquariums, and the tallest office towers in the world. Many of these projects employ design/build or other advanced project delivery systems.

Chris also serves as general counsel for numerous design firms, negotiates resolution of design and construction disputes, supports trial counsel in contested proceedings, and provides advice on the legal, financial, management, and interpersonal issues involved in ownership transition of design firms. He has advised clients and negotiated contracts for projects in nearly every US state and over two dozen foreign countries.

He recently drafted amendments to the Massachusetts Mechanics’ Lien law giving lien rights to architects and other design professionals, having negotiated their provisions with subcontractors, lenders, and other stakeholders.

He has published numerous articles and book chapters on topics such as building information modeling, design/build, project alliances, and various project delivery methods and standard contract forms. For twenty years, he presented a definitive annual professional education program on Massachusetts Construction Law, and has presented or participated in over one hundred other lectures, seminars, and similar programs for groups of owners, design professionals, contractors, and lawyers.

Prior Professional Experience:
Hill & Barlow, Boston, MA (1973 – 2002). Practiced design, construction, corporate, and real estate law as chair of the firm’s Construction Law Practice Group.

Academic Appointments:
Visiting Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Design (1989).
Guest Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Real Estate (2002-2003).
Guest Lecturer, Roger Williams School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation (2003-2010).

Professional Registrations and Activities:
Admitted to bar, Massachusetts.
Founding Fellow, former Director and Chair of Contract Documents Committee, American College of Construction Lawyers.
Member and former Chair, Contract Documents Division, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry.
Secretary, Trustee, Boston Architectural College (2004-2008)
Director, The Community Builders, Inc. (1982-2011)
Honorary Member, Boston Society of Architects.

Yale Law School. J.D. 1973.
Yale University. B.A. 1968.
Banaras Hindu University, 1964 – 65.