Jonathan R. Hausner


  • Overview


    Jonathan Hausner has spent his entire legal career focused on construction law, and he is a member of the firm's Construction Group. Jonathan handles all aspects of construction project transactions, dispute resolution and litigation. He represents all parties involved in construction, including public and private property owners, general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, and construction sureties.

    Contract Procurement and Project Delivery

    Jonathan has more than a decade of experience in negotiating and preparing contracts for the construction industry. He handles transactions between owners, architects, engineers, and project developers. He represents a broad array of clientele, and he has handled construction transactions for hotel developers and operators, colleges, universities and secondary schools, private investment firms, real estate firms, rail service providers, and multi-national consumer good companies.

    Dispute Resolution 

    Jonathan works to find the quickest and most efficient way to extricate a client from a dispute. He looks for ways to help his clients resolve their construction-related disputes before they reach litigation or arbitration. He provides alternative dispute resolution services and is experienced in mediation. If a dispute reaches court or an arbitration, Jonathan is experienced at litigating and arbitrating complex claims. He manages claims related to any problems that arise in a construction project, such as allegations of defective design and construction, and issues surrounding change orders, delays, bid disputes, and bond claims.

    Jonathan is a regular contributor to the firm’s blog which covers construction law matters, Construction Law Zone.

    He was a board member for the New England Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America for over a decade, and is a board member and the Construction Section chair for the Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts.

  • Experience
    • Experience


        Contract Procurement and Project Delivery

      • Representation of the project developer in the drafting and negotiation of the construction and design agreements for the renovation and rebranding of a new hotel concept at two locations in California: The 1 Hotel West Hollywood, a 286-room hotel that will feature 50 suites, including two penthouse suites, a pool, fitness center, two large conference rooms and 10,000- square-feet of meeting and event space; and the 1 Hotel Sunnyvale, a renovation project that will feature 332 guestrooms, more than 10,000-square-feet of food and beverage space, a 9,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, and 19,000-square-feet of meeting space.

      • Representation of the project owner and operator in the drafting and negotiation of the design and construction agreements for the multi-phased renovation and property improvement plan at the 744-room Hilton Daytona Oceanfront Resort in Daytona Beach, Florida, including a fresh brightening paint coating, updated carpeting and walls in meeting rooms, and a redesigned pool deck and beachfront cabana suites. 

      • Prepared a suite of custom contracts for a major New England university.

      • Representation of hotel and residential developer in the drafting and negotiation of design, construction, and consulting agreements for major projects throughout the United States.

      • Handled design and construction contracts for the renovation of the hotel lobby and restaurant at the Westin Pittsburgh at Liberty Center as well as design and construction contracts for the adjacent renovation of the Liberty Center's exhibition space. 

      • Dispute Resolution

      • Guided a developer client to a favorable settlement for a significant dispute as the client makes new in-roads into the Boston real estate market.

      • Participated in a trial on behalf of a surety client whereby the state  court in Massachusetts further clarified the law on how public owners must cooperate with contractors.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Massachusetts Bar Association

      Boston Bar Association

      Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts
      Co-chair of Construction Law Committee
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Selected as a Rising Star to the 2006 and 2007 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list.

    • Publications


      "Drones Take Flight in the Construction Industry," published in Surety Bond Quarterly, co-authored with Elizabeth K. Wright (Summer 2017)
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      "Massachusetts Construction Law Game-Changer: A Breakdown of the New Retainage Act," published in REBA News (January 2015)

    • Presentations


      "Hot Topics for 2019 Construction Contracts: Design Scope, Schedule, Insurance, Indemnity, Dispute Resolution and Beyond," presented as part of the 33rd Construction SuperConference in Las Vegas, Nevada (12/11/2018)
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      "BIM Deployment: Necessity or Extravagance?" at the 2017 Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) National Conference & Trade Show in Washington, DC (10/8/2017)
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      "Drones in the Construction Industry: Gear Up for the Revolution," co-presented with Kathryn M. Rattigan, Elizabeth K. Wright 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 Elizabeth K. Wright, at Robinson+Cole's Boston office (11/15/2016)
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      "Legislation Perspective: A Legislator Panel of Construction Professionals," co-presented with Rep. Chris Walsh, Rep. William Pignatelli, Rep. Marcos Devers, and Rep. Angelo D'Emilia, moderated the session, sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America (10/18/2016)
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      "Project Planning and Boot Camp," presented on panel hosted by the CMAA New England Technical Committee and Retired CM Corps at the Wentworth Institute of Technology (5/12/2016)
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      "Construction Law for the Uninitiated," Real Estate Bar Association Annual Meeting and Conference (11/2/2015)

      "Economics of Construction: Understanding the New Retainage Law and Revising the Economic Loss Rule," at 2015 REBA Spring Conference in Norwood, Massachusetts (5/4/2015)

      "The Basics of Construction Litigation and Arbitration," co-presented with Joseph A. Barra, taught prep course for the Construction Management Association of America's (CMAA) Certified Construction Manager (CCM) Exam at the Wentworth Institute of Technology (3/3/2015)

      "Legal Issues Relevant to Scheduling and Recovery of Delay Damages," at Lorman seminar (7/31/14)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • October 16, 2017

        Jonathan Hausner Presents on BIM Deployment at the CMAA National Conference

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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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      • November 16, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Present on Drones in the Construction Industry

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      • November 3, 2016

        Jonathan Hausner Moderates CMAA Panel

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      • May 21, 2015

        Boston Lawyers Speak at REBA Spring Conference

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      • May 11, 2015

        Jonathan Hausner to Co-chair New REBA Construction Law Committee

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      • August 14, 2014

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

      • January 13, 2014

        Boston Lawyers Prepare Students to Deliver Oral Arguments

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      • April 10, 2013

        Boston Lawyer Presents to Construction Groups

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      R+C News Releases

      • December 5, 2018

        Robinson+Cole Elects New Partners

      • November 8, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Adds New Counsel in Four Markets

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      • June 5, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Boston Lawyers Coach Students on Constitutional Procedure

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