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Richard K. Allen

  • Executive Vice President
  • Stantec
  • 400 Crown Colony Drive Suite 200
  • Quincy , Massachusetts 02169-0982
  • Email:
  • Phone: 617/777-6270
  • Cell: 617/7776270
  • Company Phone: 508/5914350
  • Fax: 408/8273887


  • Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Worcester Polytechnic 1976
  • Graduate: Master of Science in Civil Engineering University of Washington 1980
  • Law School: Juris Doctor University of New Hampshire School of Law 1985

Career History

  • Executive Vice President – STANTEC  Quincy MA (Retired Status)
  • Chief  Operating Officer – STANTEC Boston MA 2009 – 2016
  • Senior Vice President – US Regional Operating Unit Leader, STANTEC,  2006 to 2009.

Stantec is a  22,000 person North American consulting firm founded in 1954. Stantec provides professional design and consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, surveying, and project management on public and private sector projects at every stage, from initial concept to project completion and beyond.

  • CEO/President DUFRESNE HENRY INC. North Springfield, VT March 2005 to April 2006
    Chief executive responsible for the management and operation of Dufresne Henry, a 300 person New England and Florida based consulting engineering company. Dufresne Henry was acquired by Stantec in April 2006.
  • Partner GADSBY HANNAH LLP Boston, MA January 1994 to March 2005
    Practice limited to construction law. Responsibilities include dispute resolution of private and public construction project claims. Represent owners, contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers and sureties as plaintiff and defendant in litigation, arbitration and mediation. Transactional portion of practice focuses on claims evalu-ation, con-tract negotiation and general legal consultation.
  • Asssociate Gadsby Hannah, L.L.P., Boston, MA April 1989 to January 1994
    Associate Attorney Practice limited to construction law. See description above.
  • Associate POSTERNAK, BLANKSTEIN & LUND Attorney Boston, MA November 1988 to April 1989
    Practice limited to construction law. Responsibilities included litigation practice on both personal injury and contract actions. Cases principally focused on the defense of architects and engineers assigned by errors and omission insurers.
  • Corporate Counsel DUFRESNE-HENRY, INC. Manchester, NH November 1985 to November 1988
    Legal advisor to consulting engineering firm on business practice, contract negotiation and dispute resolution. Responsibilities include settlement negotiations, management of outside counsel services, contract preparation for public and private clients and general legal resource on design and construction administration of civil works. (In addition to legal counsel responsibilities, engineering expertise was provided on select projects.)
  • Project Manager, DUFRESNE-HENRY, INC. Manchester, NH September 1980 to November 1985
    Engineer in responsible charge of planning, design and construction administration of civil works pro-jects. Representative projects include water supply, water transmission, water treatment, wastewater collection, and wastewater treatment systems for both public and private clients. Responsibilities encompassed project team management, budget control, quality control as well as resolution of technical issues.
  • Project Engineer KRAMER, CHIN & MAYO Seattle, WA January 1977 to September 1979
    Responsibilities and representative tasks similar to those noted above. Project types included both public works and aquaculture systems.
  • Environmental Engineer ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY San Francisco, CA September 1976 to January 1977
    Engineer responsible for the monitoring compliance of Federal facilities with wastewater dis-charge per-mits in California, Nevada, Arizona and the US Trust Territories.


Rich’s 40 years of experience ranges from managing a publicly traded global design and professional services company; to leading a private regional civil engineering firm; to project management on the planning, design, and construction administration of public works projects; and as a lawyer and advisor to clients throughout the design and construction industry.

During his tenure at Stantec, Rich served as the chief operating officer of Stantec’s global operations after serving as the regional operating unit leader for Stantec’s US operations. He was responsible for the financial performance of the company as well as achieving nonfinancial metrics relating to health and safety, business discipline and ethics. Rich was also actively involved in Stantec’s acquisition and integration programs, strategic planning, budgeting and project contract and dispute resolution activities.  His acquisition related activities focused on advancing Stantec’s presence in the US.  He served on the executive leadership team during his entire tenure. He retired from the COO position as part of a planned transition in 2016.  He is presently serving as a part time senior consultant to Stantec.

Prior to joining Stantec, Rich was a general partner at the Boston based law firm of Gadsby Hannah, LLP for nearly 20 years. He was the chairperson of the design and construction law practice of that firm specializing in transactional, arbitration, litigation and appellate matters of project owners, contractors, and designers across the US.



Professional Activities

  • American College of Construction Lawyers
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Arbitration Association – Panel of Construction Arbitrators
  • American Bar Association
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Member, Advisory Board of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Worcester Polytechnic Institute


  • New York Professional Engineer – 2005
  • Florida Professional Engineer – 2005
  • Maine Professional Engineer – 1980
  • Massachusetts Professional Engineer – 1980
  • New Hampshire Professional Engineer – 1980
  • Vermont Professional Engineer – 1980
  • Washington Professional Engineer – 1980


Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

2011 Robert H. Goddard Alumni Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), named in honor of Robert Hutchings Goddard ’08, pioneer in the field of rocketry.

Construction Law Handbook, 2nd Edition, 2009 (co-editor: Martin, S.A.). Wolkers Kluwer Law & Business, 2009.

Construction Law Handbook, 2005-2008 Cumulative Supplement, Volumes 1 and 2 (co-editor: Cushman, R.F., Myers, J.J. and Martin, S.A.). Aspen Publishers, 2008.

M & A in the AEC Industry, Part 1, The Confidentiality Letter and Letter of Intent. ACEC Insights, American Engineering Companies of Manachusetts, October, 2006.

Promise and Barriers to Technology Enabled and Open Project Collaboration, Vol. 131, No. 4, pp. 301-311, (co-authored: Becerik, B.; Pollalis, S. and Schwegler, B.). Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, October, 2005.

When Things Go Wrong – Alternative Dispute Resolution; Means, Methods & Trends Magazine, Winter 2005 Edition. AEI/CI On-Line Magazine, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2005.
Legal Implications of Security Awareness in Design and Construction Practice, Vol. 130, No. 3. Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, American Society of Civil, July, 2004.
Contractor Denied Recovery Under Contract-Quantum Meruit Recovery Allowed Peabody N.E. Inc. v. Town of Marshfield, Vol. 22, No. 10. The Construction Contractor, May 18, 1998.
Bad Faith Claims Against Sureties, No. 22, (co-authored: Martin, S.A. and Donahue, M.B.). Journal of the National Association of Surety Bond Producers, Winter, 1997.

The Estimation of Construction Contract Liquidated Damages, Vol. 10, No 1, pp. 7-16. Civil Engineering Practice, Boston Society of Civil Engineers, Spring/Summer, 1995.

Massachusetts Liens and Payment Bonds Chapter (co-authored: Martin, S.A. and Allen, P.J.). The Credit Manager’s Survival Kit, 1994.

Dispute Avoidance and Resolution in Consulting Engineering. American Society of Civil Engineers, 1993.


Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court – 1997
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals – 1991
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts – 1989
  • United States District Court – Mass. – 1989
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals – 1989
  • State of New Hampshire – 1985
  • United States District Court – NH – 1985

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