Christopher D. Strang

Partner
cstrang@strangscott.com
857-233-5534, ext. 205

Mr. Strang is a founding partner of the firm and specializes in business litigation and construction law. He received his B.S. degree with honors from the University at Albany in 1998 with a major in Marketing and a minor in Political Science. He served as a Project Coordinator for a construction contracting firm in New York for several years before attending the Boston University School of Law.

From 2005-2010 Mr. Strang practiced exclusively construction litigation at a boutique Boston firm. He represented clients through all phases and forms of dispute resolution including bid protests at the Attorney General’s office, mediations, arbitrations and first-chairing at trial.

While at the firm Mr. Strang has represented parties at all tiers of the construction industry, including material suppliers, equipment lessors, subcontractors, general contractors, developers, owners and home improvement contractors. Outside of the construction field he has represented manufacturers, distributors, restaurant owners, condominium associations, financial services providers, commercial landlords and tenants, wedding vendors and venues, software developers, and a variety of small business owners.

Mr. Strang practices in courts across the Commonwealth, including state District and Superior Courts, the Massachusetts Court of Appeals, Federal District Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. He has successfully argued voluminous motions, including motions to dismiss and for summary judgment, as well as lengthy trials. He also has extensive experience representing parties in out of court dispute resolution proceedings, including mediations and arbitrations.

He completed the Boston Bar Association’s Public Interest Leadership Program in 2008 and has served in many roles at the BBA since, including chair of the New Lawyers’ Section, co-chair of the Public Policy Committee in the Litigation Section, co-chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, and many more. He is also the current Treasurer for the Executive Committee of the Boston Bar Foundation’s Board of Trustees and serves on many of the BBF’s charitable fundraising events and committees. He received the BBA President’s Award for his pro bono efforts in 2014.

Mr. Strang is very active in the Boston University School of Law Alumni Association, where he has served in every office through President. He was awarded the Career Development Alumni Award by the Boston University School of Law in 2008, the Public Interest Project Pro Bono Award in 2013, and the Young Alumni Chair in 2015. He currently serves on the Small and Mid-Sized Firm Advisory Board for the Career Development Office, and co-chairs the Board Mentoring Committee for the Alumni Council.

He spearheaded the firm’s pro bono project, pairing law students with attorneys to assist veterans and other Massachusetts residents in their job search by assisting qualified applicants in sealing CORI records.

Mr. Strang was selected as a New England Super Lawyer – Rising Star by his peers in each year from 2009 through 2013, and a New England Super Lawyer every years since 2014. He was also honored with the Massachusetts Lawyers’ Weekly “Excellence in the Law” award in 2015.

Representative Cases:

Prevailed in precedent-setting case in which the court ruled that the Commonwealth has a duty to subcontractors to ensure the general contractor’s payment bond is valid.

Prevailed in Federal District Court case dismissing claims brought by contractor that falsified certified payroll reports.

Successfully settled subcontractor claims related to proprietary specifications not properly identified as being so.

Successfully dissolved mechanic’s liens in both district and superior court for failure to strictly comply with statute.

Prevailed on summary judgment for subcontractor on claims related to rate of interest on change orders.

Successfully settled trade dress and contract disputes between clothing supplier and retailer.

Successfully settled masonry subcontractor’s claims relating to extra work and delays resulting from collapsed scaffolding.

Prevailed on breach of warranty claims at summary judgment for door and window supplier.

Prevailed at trial on painting subcontractor’s claims for payment and defending against general contractor’s alleged backcharges on public construction project, including an award of attorneys’ fees. The judgment was later upheld on appeal.

Successfully settled dispute over warranty for a particular purpose between machine builder and manufacturer.

Prevailed at arbitration on subcontractor’s claim for contract balance, including double damages pursuant to MGL c. 93A for unfair and deceptive conduct against general contractor. The award was confirmed in Superior Court.

Prevailed on summary judgment motion in Massachusetts Federal District Court, partially vacating an arbitration award relating to a non-compete agreement for a former executive against former employer.

Prevailed on motion to dismiss on behalf of area university in Superior Court, dismissing subcontractor’s claim for breach of warranty in plans and specifications.

Prevailed in opposition to motion to dismiss in Federal District Court on behalf of HVAC subcontractor against general contractor on federal construction project regarding statutory notice requirements and distinction between warranty and punch list work.

Prevailed in opposition to motion to dismiss in Federal District Court on behalf of former sales executive against former pharmaceutical company employer on Massachusetts Wage Act claims.

Obtained settlements in hundreds of matters related to subcontractors’ and suppliers’ claims for payment against general contractors, payment bond sureties and project owners.

Obtained settlements in dozens of claims involving homeowners and home improvement contractors.

Obtained favorable settlements in multiple business partnership breakups.

Successfully caused multiple false and defamatory posts on the internet made against businesses to be removed.