Construction Law Year in Review – B09

Real Property Track
Construction Law Section 

Session B: 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Significant new developments are occurring regularly in the dynamic area of construction law. It is essential for those involved in this field in Connecticut—whether as a “veteran” construction lawyer, an occasional practitioner, or as an owner or contractor—to keep abreast of the changing law, legislative initiatives, and recent statutory enactments. This program will provide you with up-to-date information about the current state of construction law. 


Paul R. Fitzgerald, Michelson Kane Royster & Barger PC, Hartford

Attorney Fitzgerald practices in the areas of Construction & Surety and Civil Litigation. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Boston College in 1997 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2002. Paul is a contributing author on the topic of mechanic’s liens for the “Connecticut Bar Association Annual Construction Case Law Summary,” from 2002 to the present. He also has given many presentations to construction trade groups and professional organizations on the topics of mechanic’s liens, payment bonds, and general payment issues in the construction industry. Paul has argued before the Connecticut Appellate and Supreme Courts. He is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of Connecticut and Massachusetts, and he is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the Construction Law Section of the CBA. Paul also serves as a legal advisor to the Connecticut Subcontractors Association. Paul has been included in both the Connecticut and New England Super Lawyers® Rising Star lists in the area of Construction Litigation (2010, 2014).



Frederick E. Hedberg, Halloran & Sage LLP, Hartford

Attorney Hedburg is a partner at the law firm of Halloran & Sage LLP in Hartford, CT.  He has almost twenty years of experience representing owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, sureties and insurers in all aspects and phases of public and private construction projects, including claims involving bid disputes, mechanic’s liens, surety bonds, termination and delay issues, design and construction defects, and insurance coverage issues. 

 Mr. Hedberg is a member of his Firm’s Construction and Litigation & Dispute Resolution practices.  He is a licensed professional engineer in the fields of civil and structural engineering.  As an engineer, Mr. Hedberg has over ten years of experience as an engineer in the construction industry designing, analyzing and constructing submarines, wood-fired power facilities, wind power plants, co-generation facilities and transportation facilities.

He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law.  He is licensed to practice law in the state and federal courts of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Mr. Hedberg is a member of the Construction Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association, a member of and legislative liaison to the Executive Committee of the Construction Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, and a board member of the ACE Mentor Program of CT.  He also is a pro bono lawyer for Statewide Legal Services of CT, and is an appointed arbitrator and mediator for the American Dispute Resolution Center in New Britain, Connecticut.



Robert O’Brien, Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Hartford

Attorney O’Brien is the primary contact for Shipman & Goodwin’s Construction Contracts and Litigation Team and practices in the areas of construction, surety and specialized banking and commercial litigation. With more than three decades of construction law experience, he handles a broad range of construction-related matters on behalf of contractors, public and private owners, subcontractors, sureties, architects, engineers and condominium associations. 

Bob has conducted numerous jury and bench trials, and has extensive experience with arbitration and mediation as dispute resolution alternatives.

A member of the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee of the Construction Industry, Bob serves on the American Arbitration Association’s National Panel of Arbitrators and has frequently been selected as a mediator in construction disputes.  He served as Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Construction Law Section from 2007-2009 and is an active member of the Section’s Executive Committee.



Martin Onorato, Robinson & Cole, Hartford

Attorney Onorato has over twenty years of experience as a construction attorney, and he represents clients throughout the industry and across the nation. Mr. Onorato practiced architecture prior to becoming a lawyer, which gives him an insider’s understanding of the industry and brings significant value to his clients. He advises construction clients


throughout the life cycle of projects, and he is an experienced litigator who assists clients on any project-related claims or disputes.

Mr. Onorato, a partner in the firm’s Construction Practice Group, works with the firm’s multi-disciplinary practice groups to bring a full-service approach to clients. Mr. Onorato co-chairs the Education Initiative, which services the legal needs of public and private university and secondary school clients. He also serves in the firm’s initiatives on Sustainability, Health Care, and Exempt Organizations.

Mr. Onorato is listed in The Best Lawyers in America®in the areas of Construction Law and Litigation – Construction since 2013 (Copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC), and he has been listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer in the area of Construction Litigation for 2010 to 2012 and 2014 to 2016 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.). He also was listed in Hartford Magazine’s April 2010 issue as one of the Top Lawyers in Greater Hartford in the area of Construction/Development.

CLE Credit: 1.5 hours (AOP)