Christopher J. Petrini

Christopher J. Petrini

Attorney Profile

Top Rated State, Local & Municipal Attorney in Framingham, MA

Petrini & Associates PC
 | 372 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA 01702
Phone: 508-665-4310
Fax: 508-665-4313
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2010, 2014 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • State, Local & Municipal (70%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    I am the Founding Principal of Petrini & Associates, P.C. (“P&A”), a five attorney boutique municipal law firm in Framingham, Massachusetts that represents cities, towns and school districts throughout the Commonwealth.  P&A is full Town Counsel to the Towns of Framingham and West Brookfield.  P&A provides special counsel services in the area of public construction and infrastructure litigaiton, having been hired by more than 35 cities, towns and public owners in public construction cases since 2004.    

    Several of the municipal law cases I have handled have significantly influenced municipal law, with six of the cases featured as front page Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly articles since 2003.  I also have been quoted in numerous other Lawyers Weekly front page articles on municipal law and legislative issues.  Since 2003, I have been quoted in 25 Lawyers Weekly front page articles, which is a very unusual accomplishment. I also have been interviewed and quoted in numerous other legal and general publications including the Boston Globe, the Metrowest Daily News, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act Reporter, the Massachusetts Lawyers Journal, and other publications.          

    I have placed a major emphasis on advancement of the rule of law through active and engaged participation in bar association activities.  For example, I am a current Executive Board Member (2004-present) and past president (2009-10) of the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association (MMLA), and Regional Vice President representing the First Circuit of the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA).  I also am the former chair and member of the MMLA Amicus Committe and co-chair of the Construction Law Committee of the Civil Litigation Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association. 

    I have chaired or served as a faculty member or panelist for numerous continuing legal education seminars sponsored by organizations such as MMLA, MMA, MCLE and IMLA related to my areas of expertise.  In this capacity I have chaired approximately 20 seminars relating to public construction in recent years.  Since 2011, I have organized and moderated the MMLA Annual Public Construction Update, a well-attended annual program focusing on public construction and infrastructure litigation issues.  Addtionally, I have served as a faculty member on more than 30 other seminars.  

    I was selected as a New England Super Lawyer in the Government/Cities/Municipalities category in 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016, and as a Top 100 List Lawyer in Massachusetts and New England in 2016.  Moreover, I have been continuously rated as an AV Lawyer by Martindale-Hubble since 1999 (18 consecutive years).  The AV rating is the highest rating offered by  Martindale-Hubble.  

    Petrini & Associates has been a statewide leader in the filing of amicus briefs in cases pending before Massachusetts appellate courts (First Circuit, SJC, Appeals Court) on behalf of MMLA, IMLA, the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) and other organizations on issues of importance to Massachusetts cities and towns.  Since 2007, I have authored or co-authored six amicus briefs on behalf of municipalities and municipal service organizations.  For example, in 2007 I co-authored the MMLA’s amicus brief in the seminal case of Suffolk Construction Co., Inc. v. Division of Capital Asset Management, 449 Mass. 444 (2007).  This case involved an attempt by a contractor a public construction case to obtain attorney-client privileged documents through public records requests.  In this brief I advocated that governmental parties should be able to claim the attorney client privilege in the same fashion as private parties for a variety of legal and public policy reasons.  The Supreme Judicial Court adopted this argument and unequivocally held that documents shared between a government party such as a municipality and its attorney are entitled to the protections of the attorney-client privilege, so long as standard formalities are observed.  This case has been widely hailed as a landmark victory for Massachusetts municipalities.  I also co-authored an amicus brief for MMLA in the case of Fordyce, et al. v. Town of Hanover, et al., 457 Mass. 248 (2010), a leading case in which the Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the Town of Hanover’s award of contract under G.L. c. 149, §§ 44A-44J, the public bidding statute governing design-bid-build construction.  In Fordyce, the SJC affirmed the right of municipal officials to select the lowest eligible and responsible bidder in a case where a bidder included misstatements or omissions in its bid qualification submission, so long as the municipality did not detrimentally rely on the contractor’s misstatement or omission.  Most recently, I co-authored an amicus brief on behalf of Boston, Worcester and several other Massachusetts cities in the case of Lopez v. City of Lawrence, et al., No. 14-1952, a case challenging the promotional examination for police seregeant on constitutional and Title VII disparate impact grounds.  The First Circuit's decision adopted the position advocated by the municipalities and in our amicus brief, and the US Supreme Court recently denied certiorari in this case.  In 2016, P&A colleague Chris Brown and I received a Amicus Service Award from IMLA for preparation and filing of this brief.

     Prior to founding Petrini & Associates in 2004, I practiced for 11 years at Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford in Boston, where I was a partner and member of the Management Committee.  Prior to joining Conn Kavanaugh, I was a construction associate with Hinckley Allen & Snyder in Boston.  I graduated from Duke University Law School with a J.D. (high honors) in 1987, where I was a staff editor of Law and Contemporary Problems, and from Georgetown University cum laude with an A.B.  After law school, I served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Theodore McMillian of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, where I researched and drafted opinions of federal and constitutional law, several of which received national attention.    


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  • About Christopher Petrini

    Admitted: 1990, Massachusetts

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    • In 2016 I was awarded the IMLA Amicus Service Award for drafting an amicus brief on behalf of IMLA and several other municipal service and employer organizations in the case of Lopez v. City of Lawrence, et al., No. 14-1952, US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.    , Amicus Service Award, International Municipal Lawyers Association, 2016

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    • I am a member of the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association, serving on its Executive Committee since 2002.  I am a former president of MMLA and former chair and current member fo the MMLA Amicus Committee.  I am a Regional Vice President of IMLA representing the First Circuit, and also am co-chair of the Construction Committee of the Civil Litigation Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association, having previously served on the MBA Public Law and Law Practice Management Section Councils.   

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • In recent years I have authored or co-authored numerous amicus briefs on a pro bono basis on behalf of MMA, MMLA, IMLA and other municipal organizations and municipalities.  , 2015
    • I am committed to performing pro bono work, including representation of individuals, service on bar committees, and working for the advancement of municipal law through the drafting of amicus briefs, working on legislative initiatives, etc.  In addition to my law-related service, I also serve as Vice President of Endowment for the Knox Trail Council.    

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    Industry Groups

    • IMLA
    • MBA
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    Office Location for Christopher J. Petrini

    372 Union Avenue
    Framingham, MA 01702

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