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Christopher L. Noble

  • Partner,
  • Noble, Wickersham & Heart, LLP
  • 131 Mount Auburn Street
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138


  • Undergraduate: BA Yale University 1968
  • Law School: JD Yale Law School 1973

Career History

  • Hill & Barlow, Boston, MA, 1973-2002
  • Noble, Wickersham & Heart, Cambridge, MA, 2003-

Professional Activities

  • Member, Massachusetts, and American Bar Associations
  • Founding Fellow, Former Board Member and Committee Chair, American College of Construction Lawyers
  • Steering Committee, Boston Bar Association Construction Law Committee, 1998-2001
  • Steering Committee, Contract Documents Division, ABA Construction Industry Forum, 1995-2000; Chair 2000-2002
  • Instructor, Professional Development Courses, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 1976-1994
  • Visiting Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 1989; Guest Lecturer, 2004-2013
  • Instructor, Professional Education Systems, Massachusetts Construction Law Program, 1981-2002
  • Guest Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Real Estate, 2002-2003
  • Guest Lecturer, Roger Williams University School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation, 2004-2012
  • Guest Lecturer, Department of Construction Management, Wentworth Institute of Technology (2014, 2016)
  • Secretary, Trustee, and Executive Committee Member, Boston Architectural College, 2004-2008
  • Honorary Member, Boston Society of Architects


Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

  • “Construction Management,” Construction Law, Matthew Bender (1986)
  • Co-Author, Massachusetts Construction Law, Professional Education Systems (annual editions) (1981-2002)
  • “The Defense of Qualified Privilege in Defamation and Commercial Tort Claims Against Architects,” 1991 Wiley Construction Law Update,John Wiley & Sons, (1991)
  • Co-Author, “Massachusetts” Chapter, Fifty State Public Construction Contracting, John Wiley & Sons (1996)
  • “Program Management: The Design Professional’s Perspective, The Construction Lawyer, (October, 1996)
  • “A Construction Lawyer Looks at Partnering”, Partnering Manual for Design and Construction, McGraw Hill (1996)
  • “Massachusetts” Chapter, The Design/Build Process: A Guide to Licensing and Procurement Requirements in the 50 States and Canada, American Bar Association (1997)
  • “Friend of the Project: A New Paradigm for Construction Law Services in a `Partnered’ Construction Industry,” The International Construction Law Review (January 1998)
  • “Understanding the New AIA Contract Documents,” The Aspen Law Construction Law Handbook, Aspen Law & Business (1999)
  • “Interdisciplinary Practice: A Construction Law Perspective,” John Marshall Law Review (2000)
  • “The Design/Builder-A/E Contract: A Comparison of Standard Forms,” The Construction Lawyer (2001)
  • “Don’t Leave Home Without It: A Strategy for Complying with Interstate Architectural Practice Rules,” Under Construction (2001)
  • “The AIA General Conditions in the Digital Age: Does The Square ‘New Technology’ Peg Fit into The Round A201 Hole?”, with Richard Alexander and Steven Stein, Construction Contracts Law Report (2001)
  • “Construction Law”, with Heather G. Merrill, in Gould and Joyce, Construction Project Management Professional ed. (2002)
  • “Massachusetts License Laws”, in Heisse and Schenck, eds., The Design/Build Deskbook, 3d ed., American Bar Association (2004)
  • “The AIA’s New Digital Data Documents,” with Bennet Heart, The Construction Lawyer (2008)

Speeches, Panel Discussions, and Seminars:

  • “New Methods and the Architect/Engineer’s Contract,” ABA Public Contracts Section, 1984
  • “The New AIA Owner-Architect Agreement.” ABA Construction Industry Forum, 1987
  • “New Responsibilities for the Transactional Construction Counsel: Structuring the Owner-Architect Relationship,” ABA Construction Industry Forum, 1994
  • “Construction Manager as Contractor: Comments from the Owner’s Point of View on AIA Document A121/CMC,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 1995
  • “Where’s Waldo? The Implications of Design and Construction Integration for 21st Century Dispute Resolution,” American College of Construction Lawyers, 1995
  • “Strategies and Techniques for Reducing the Multiplicity of Interests in the Project Delivery Process,” Building Futures Council, 1996
  • “Twenty-First Century Construction Law,” Build Boston, 1996
  • “E Pluribus Unum: Strategies and Techniques for Reducing the Multiplicity of Interests in the Project Delivery Process”, New England Construction Users Council, 1997
  • “Standing Up for AIA Document B141:A (Mostly) Fair Owner-Architect Agreement Form,” Construction Superconference, 1998
  • “The Revolutionary Project Alliance Delivery System,” The Construction Superconference, 2000
  • “Innovation in Socio-Technical Systems: Legal and Contractual Issues”, Transforming Architecture, Engineering, and Construction, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, 2004
  • “Risk Management and the Liability Labyrinth”, ZweigWhite Conference on the AEC Firm of the Future, 2005
  • “Risk Management in the Digital Age”, AIA Large Firm Roundtable Legal Sub-Committee Conference, 2005
  • “Professional Practice in the Global Marketplace,” Walter Wagner Forum, American Institute of Architects National Convention, 2006
  • “Who Will Control Intellectual Property in the Building Information Model?”, Building (in) the Future: Recasting Labor in Architecture, Yale University School of Architecture Symposium, 2006
  • “Starting Your Own Design Firm,” Residential Design & Construction Expo (2007, 2008)
  • “The Project Alliance Delivery System,” AIA National Convention (2007)
  • “Inside Outsourcing,” Build Boston (2007, AIA National Convention (2008)
  • “The Business of BIM,” Build Boston (2007)
  • “The AIA’s New Digital Data Documents,” ABA Construction Industry Forum (2008)
  • “Project Alliances: The Inside Story,” AIA National Convention (2008)
  • “A New Fee Collection Tool: The 2011 Massachusetts Design Professionals’ Lien Law,” Boston Society of Architects (2011)
  • “Business of Architecture” lecture series, Boston Society of Architects (2013)
  • “A 40-Year History of the Forum and Construction Law,” ABA Construction Industry Forum (2016)

Court Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Community Activities

  • Director and Clerk, The Community Builders, Inc., 1982-2013

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