Elizabeth K. Wright


  • Overview


    Elizabeth Wright focuses her practice in the areas of construction law, commercial litigation, and surety and fidelity law. As a member of the firm’s Construction Group, she counsels clients throughout the construction industry, from building and property owners to contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers and sureties. She handles all aspects of construction-related contract issues and litigation.

    Contract Procurement and Project Delivery

    Elizabeth negotiates and prepares all necessary contracts for construction projects. She handles contracts related to developments in both public and private settings, such as colleges, universities, schools, hospitals and commercial buildings.

    Dispute Resolution

    Elizabeth represents construction clients when any dispute arises, such as disagreements over construction delays, performance, designs, or the final product. She has represented a variety of parties in the construction industry, enabling her to see a dispute from all sides and anticipate the other side’s arguments.

    Elizabeth has extensive experience with alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration, to help clients resolve their disputes quickly, often before litigation is needed. She has been a certified mediator since 2005. Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Elizabeth mediated landlord and tenant disputes, small claims, summary process, and juvenile probate matters. When a dispute does result in litigation, she is experienced at litigating complex claims in state and federal courts.

    Pro Bono 

    Elizabeth regularly does pro bono work, and is active in advocating for legal aid. She participates in the Middlesex District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Pro Bono Initiative, in which lawyers provide free representation to people seeking to obtain restraining orders. She is the co-captain of the firm’s team which participates in the annual Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid. Lawyers march to the state capitol building to speak to lawmakers about adequately funding legal aid, which helps poor citizens facing civil legal matters related to housing and employment.

    Elizabeth is on the Board of Directors for the Professional Women in Construction – CT Chapter and serves as co-chair of the programs committee. She is also on the membership committee of CREW Boston, an organization which promotes the advancement of women in the commercial real estate industry.

    She is a regular contributor to the firm’s blog, Construction Law Zone.

  • Experience
    • Experience


        Dispute Resolution

      • Representation of the Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority in arbitration of claims related to faulty design and construction in energy recovery reuse facility against engineering procurement and construction contractor, resulting in a favorable decision.

      • Representation of an owner and construction manager in a complex dispute with the mechanical and refrigeration contractor regarding claims made by the contractor for additional services and back charges from the owner and construction manager arising from failure to perform work and complete the project in a timely manner. The matter resolved after several days of arbitration hearings.

      • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a contractor and surety on a breach of contract and bond claim on the basis that the subcontractor failed to timely file the claim. 

      • Secured a significant trial ruling against a state agency responsible for the repair, maintenance, and construction of public highways and bridges for the increased costs of a 749-day delay in completing a roadway reconstruction and bridge replacement project. The decision presents important legal authority regarding the liability of a public owner for causing work delays.

      • Contract Procurement and Project Delivery

      • Representation of Providence College in drafting and negotiating the design and construction agreements for the Ruane Center for Humanities, a 63,000-square-foot building constructed to accommodate its new Development of Western Civilization program, as well as offices for the School of Arts & Sciences, the center for the Study of the Humanities, the Liberal Arts Honors Program, and the Departments of English and History.

      • Representation of Dartmouth College to conduct overview on updating school’s major construction and design forms of agreement.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Professional Women in Construction, Connecticut Chapter
      Board of Directors

      Boston Bar Association

      Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts

      American Bar Association
      Forum on Construction Law
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Recognized as an Up and Coming Lawyer by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly for 2017.

      Selected as a Rising Star to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers list for 2017 and 2018.

      Recognized as an ENR New England Top Young Professional, 2017 

      Robinson+Cole Pro Bono Service Award Recipient, 2018

    • Publications


      "Drones Take Flight in the Construction Industry," published in Surety Bond Quarterly, co-authored with Jonathan R. Hausner (Summer 2017)
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      "Responsibility for Design under Construction Manager At Risk Delivery," published in REBA News, and the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section (BSCES) Newsletter

      "Construction manager found not responsible for design," published in REBA News, co-authored with Dennis C. Cavanaugh (December 2015)

      "The Importance of Incorporating Online Dispute Resolution into a Universal Mediation Model for International Child Abduction Cases," published in Connecticut Journal of International Law (2009)

    • Presentations


      "Developing With Drones: Tips & Traps," presented by the Boston Bar Association (5/10/2018)
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      "Drones in the Construction Industry: Gear Up for the Revolution," co-presented with Kathryn M. Rattigan, Jonathan R. Hausner and Ivan Stamatovski of Easy Aerial, at the Robinson+Cole offices in Hartford, Connecticut (1/27/2017) and in New York City (2/23/2017)
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      "Drones in the Construction Industry: Gear Up for the Revolution," co-presented with Kathryn M. Rattigan and Jonathan R. Hausner, at Robinson+Cole's Boston office (11/15/2016)
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      "A Tale of Two Projects: The Difference Between Public and Private Construction," co-presented with Elizabeth Eromin of the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) to the Real Estate Bar Association (6/9/2016)

      "The Connecticut Foreclosure Mediation Program," presented to the Boston Bar Association

      "Avoiding the Six Common Mistakes of Construction Management Practice," co-presented with Martin A. Onorato and Frank C. White Jr. (4/21/2011)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • October 18, 2018

        51 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • May 17, 2018

        Elizabeth Wright Covers Evolving Issues With the Use of Drones

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      • January 31, 2018

        Boston Lawyers Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid

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      • June 30, 2017

        Jonathan Hausner and Elizabeth Wright Co-author Article for Surety Bond Quarterly

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      • March 1, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Speak on Drones in the Construction Industry

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      • February 3, 2017

        Boston Lawyers Join Annual Walk to the Hill

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      • November 16, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Present on Drones in the Construction Industry

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      • February 11, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Join Annual Walk to the Hill

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      • February 18, 2015

        Despite Blizzard, Boston Lawyers Participate in Annual Walk to the Hill

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      • August 14, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Host Networking Event at 2014 ABA Annual Meeting

      • August 6, 2014

        Boston Lawyer Named to PWC-CT Board

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      • April 29, 2011

        Construction Attorneys Onorato and Cunha Present Webinar on Construction Management

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      R+C News Releases

      • August 13, 2018

        Robinson+Cole Presents Annual Awards for Outstanding Contributions

      • November 27, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Promotes Eight Lawyers to Counsel

      • October 17, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • July 25, 2017

        Elizabeth Wright Recognized by ENR New England as a “Top Young Professional”

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      • May 17, 2017

        Elizabeth Wright recognized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as an “Up and Coming Lawyer”

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