College of the Holy Cross
B.A., with honors, 1972
District of Massachusetts
First Circuit Court of Appeals
Massachusetts Bar Foundation
American Health Lawyers Association
American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law
National Association of College and University Attorneys
Peter Barry is the coordinator of both the firm’s Schools, Colleges and Universities Practice Group and Construction Law Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.
Peter specializes in business, construction and health law. He advises tax-exempt organizations, including healthcare and education clients, with regard to their activities, with particular emphasis in complex contractual matters, including mergers, affiliations, acquisitions and divestitures. Peter has also played a key role in regional commercial and industrial development projects, including public-private joint ventures such as the expansion of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. He has advised clients in connection with major construction projects and has litigated numerous construction and other contractual disputes. Peter was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of construction law.
Peter is active in bar, civic and charitable activities. In 2010, he was honored by the Center for Human Development (CHD) with its Rick Moriarty Volunteer of the Year Award. In 2001, he received the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Community Service Award.
Obtained multi-million dollar settlement of federal court construction litigation on behalf of private secondary school against design professionals.
Formed and continues to represent a tax-exempt corporation established by a teaching hospital and a university to jointly undertake biomedical research.
Closed numerous successful mergers of tax-exempt entities and unwound a dysfunctional affiliation.
Represented healthcare entities in mergers and affiliations, and represented physician groups in all their activities.
Represented, as outside general counsel, the largest social service agency in western Massachusetts.
Represented tax-exempt educational consortium in all aspects of a telecommunications project, including permitting and negotiation and contract development for agreements with carriers, municipal utilities, state agencies and towns. Also negotiated and developed contracts for network construction, operations and maintenance.
Represented colleges and universities in construction and other contractual matters, including alternative dispute resolution and litigation.
Represented clients in many major commercial and industrial development projects, including Union Station in Springfield and the Holyoke Intermodal Facility, one of the first Federal Transit Administration joint development projects in the country.