David H. Travers


Bowditch & Dewey, LLP
101 Federal Street
Suite 1405
Boston, MA 02110

Tel: 617-757-6514

Email: dtravers@bowditch.com
Web: www.bowditch.com

Dave Travers is a construction and business lawyer, helping owners, design-builders, general contractors, specialty subcontractors, and suppliers with risk mitigation, contract documents, claim assessment, conflict resolution and, if necessary, litigation. Dave has had a strong construction and business litigation practice for years, functioning as an outside general counsel for his clients. “A lot of my clients have been family-owned for generations. They have deep roots in their communities, and their legal strategies need to reflect their history, traditions and values.”

Clients seek Dave’s help with complex litigation on both sides of the docket – beginning with bidding and contracting and continuing throughout the construction process, from claim management to filing or defending mechanic’s liens, preserving bond rights, investigating and resolving construction and design defect cases, contractual disputes and insurance coverage claims. Dave also regularly drafts construction agreements, including contractor/owner, subcontracts and design services agreements.

Practical, business-minded and down-to-earth, Dave favors a direct, cut-to-the-chase approach, quickly evaluating a case and achieving the client’s objectives while paying attention to the importance of long-term business relationships and goals. “Plus, I enjoy and am conversant in the technical, engineering aspects of the construction world, which saves clients time and serves them well when they’re embroiled in payment dispute, design defect or product-liability claims.”

Property owners, contractors, architects, engineers and developers engaged in commercial, institutional, nonprofit, and residential building projects across New England benefit from Bowditch & Dewey’s full-service capabilities for the construction industry.

Our team members negotiate design and construction agreements for and with owners and major local and national design firms and construction managers, contractors and subcontractors for a variety of project delivery methods, including cost plus/GMP, lump sum, and design/build.

We work closely and collaboratively with all the players involved in construction – owner’s representatives, project managers, construction managers, and designers – so that we can identify key legal and business issues arising from the design and construction process and address those issues in the agreements, including:

  • Drafting and negotiating contracts
  • Defending change orders
  • Filing and perfecting mechanics liens and defending against liens filed against a project
  • Preserving and proving bond claims
  • Negotiating with unions
  • Litigation
  • Construction financing
  • Ensuring compliance with OSHA regulations
  • Bid protests
  • Discrimination and wrongful termination claims
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Warranty claims
  • Insurance coverage issues

From time to time, despite effective negotiation, disputes inevitably arise during construction. Our strong background in litigation and dispute resolution means that we can directly assist you as challenges arise.  Our litigation team regularly prosecutes and defends complex contract, warranty, surety bond, bankruptcy, employment and OSHA claims.  We recognize the demands that litigation can impose on a project’s budget, and combine extensive negotiating skills, deep industry insight and trial experience to help ensure your dispute is resolved as quickly and effectively as possible.

The goal of any construction project is to maintain quality, workmanship and the project goals for long-term use and enjoyment while delivering the project on time and within budget. We guide clients through the entire construction process, from the early stages of contract negotiation, financing and local permitting to providing day-to-day advice and offering solutions when emergencies or adverse claims threaten the completion of a project.

Bowditch is a highly-regarded law firm handling sophisticated transactions, challenging litigation and complex regulatory issues for businesses, families and institutions throughout Massachusetts, the region and beyond.

With more than 60 lawyers seamlessly connected in three strategic Massachusetts offices – Boston, Framingham and Worcester ­– Bowditch is a preeminent law firm, deep in the areas of business and finance, real estate and environmental, litigation, employment and labor, and estate and tax planning, delivering outstanding client satisfaction and big-firm quality legal services.

In the recently released BTI Brand Elite: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms, Bowditch earned a place on BTI’s Honor Roll of Most Recommended Firms. Law firms are listed based on top-of-mind recognition by corporate counsel and other legal-hiring decision makers. This recognition is particularly gratifying at a time when a growing number of corporate counsel express dissatisfaction and disconnection with their law firms.

Dave was named an “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in 2014. During law school, Dave was an editor of the Suffolk University Transnational Law Review.
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