• 18 minutes

Preventing Payment Issues Before They Arise


Resist the temptation to take the wrong job.

Taking the appropriate preemptive steps can go a long way to avoiding the majority of payment disputes or hopefully setting you up to achieve the most favorable outcome possible if, and most likely when, such a dispute arises. As a general rule, on any project you get involved with it is always better to not get paid for not working, than to not get paid for working. This video reviews the value of reviewing the financial ability of the owner and negotiating contract terms and discusses certain situations where you should resist the temptation to take the job as it will likely not be worth it.

Runtime: 18 minutes



Drew W. Colby, Esq.

Drew W. Colby, Esq.

Kenney & Sams, P.C.

  • Over 30 years’ experience practicing construction law
  • Drafting and negotiating hundreds of contracts
  • Resolving payment and performance disputes
  • Frequently conducts seminars and workshops on construction topics
  • Authored dozens of construction articles and publications
  • Earned the AV® Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell which represents the highest possible rating on both legal ability and ethics based upon the confidential opinion of peers and judges
  • Can be contacted at [email protected]
Brian D. Fishman

Brian D. Fishman

Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP

  • Litigator in a variety of areas, including construction, insurance defense, asbestos, employment law, products liability, etc.
  • Argued appeal before First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Drafted briefs for the highest court in Massachusetts (Supreme Judicial Court)
  • Former adjunct professor at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, taught occupational safety and health
  • J.D. degree, Boston College Law School; B.A. degree, Boston College
  • Can be contacted at [email protected]

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