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Christopher C. Whitney

  • Pierce Atwood LLP
  • One Citizens Plaza, 10th Floor
  • Providence, Rhode Island 2903


  • Undergraduate: BA Dartmouth College, 1979
  • Law School: Georgetown University Law Center, 1983

Career History

  • 1983-1999 – Adler Pollock & Sheehan, P.C., Providence, RI (Partner, 1991-1999)
  • Partner, Little Medeiros Kinder Bulman & Whitney, PC – 1999-2013
  • Partner, Pierce Atwood, LLP, 2014 –

Professional Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers
  • American Arbitration Association
    • Member, Commercial and Construction Panels
  • American Bar Association
    • Past Member, Governing Committee, Forum on the Construction Industry
    • Member, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
    • Member, Labor Law Committee

Roger Williams University

  • Formerly, Adjunct Professor Construction Law, School of Justice Studies

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America
    • Selected for Litigation-Construction, 2012 – 2015
    • Selected for Construction Law, 2003-2011
  • Superlawyers
    • Honored in Construction Litigation, 2006-2015

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

Articles and Publications

  • Author, “‘Rediscovering’ the Rules of Discovery in Construction Litigation”, Journal of the American College of Construction Lawyers (Summer 2007)
  • Co-Editor, “Sticks & Bricks, A Practical Guide to Construction Systems and Technology”, American Bar Association (2001)
  • Regional Editor and Contributing Author, The Design-Build Deskbook (2d Ed.), American Bar Association (2000)
  • Contributing Author, “Rhode Island Public Construction Contracting”, Lorman Education Services (2000)
  • Contributing Author, “Construction Lien Law in Rhode Island”, Lorman Education Services (2000)
  • Contributing Author, State-by-State Guide to Architect, Engineer, and Contractor Licensing, Aspen (1998)
  • Contributing Author, “50 State Construction Lien and Bond Law”, Wiley Law (1997)
  • Co-Author, “Rhode Island Law for Design Professionals”, Lorman Education Services (1997)
  • Contributing Author, “Recurrent Ethical Issues for the Construction Lawyer”, Presented at the Forum on the Construction Industry’s Annual Meeting (1997)
  • Contributing Author, “50 State Public Construction Contracting”, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (1996)
  • Author, “An Evolving Perspective on Design/Build Construction: A View from the Courthouse”, The Construction Lawyer, Volume 15, Number 2, (April 1995)

Speeches, Panel Discussions, Seminars

  • The Radical Agenda of the National Labor Relations Board and the United States Department of Labor to Promote Union Organizing, RI Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, (March, 2012)
  • “Practical and Procedural Considerations in Mediation, Arbitration, and Litigation (Including Getting the Right People to the Party)”, Montana State Bar 7th Annual Construction Law Institute, Bozeman, MT (September, 2011)
  • “AIA Contracts”, Lorman Education Services (December, 2007)
  • “Massachusetts Construction Law”, Construction Specifications Institute, Massachusetts Chapter, Cambridge, MA, (February, 2007)
  • “AIA Contracts”, Lorman Education Services (December, 2006)
  • “Rhode Island Construction Law”, Lorman Education Services (March, 2006)
  • “Getting Paid on Massachusetts Public and Private Projects”, Yankee Chapter of the American Fire Sprinkler Association, (July 20, 2005)
  • “The Law of Public Construction in Rhode Island”, Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island, (June 10, 2005)
  • “Construction Mold Litigation”, CFMA, Rhode Island Chapter, (November, 2003)
  • “Project Labor Agreements”, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry’s 2003 Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts
  • “Pitfalls of Construction Contracts”, Associated General Contractors, Rhode Island Chapter, (January, 2003)
  • “Presentation on Project Labor Agreements”, Rhode Island Bar Association, (January, 2003)
  • “Fighting Union-Only Project Labor Agreements”, Associated Builders and Contractors Annual Attorneys’ Conference, Washington, D.C., (November, 2002)
  • “Challenging Project Labor Agreements in Massachusetts”, Merit Construction Alliance, (May, 2002)
  • “Subcontracting with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation”, presented to Rhode Island Women and Minority Contractors Association, sponsored by Rhode Island Dept. of Transportation, (April, 2002)
  • Governing Committee Liaison, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry’s Fall Program in Denver, entitled “Getting it Right: How to Structure Complex Projects to Allocate Risks and Minimize Disputes” (2001)
  • “Rhode Island Public Construction Contracting,” Lorman Education Services (1999 and 2000)
  • “Construction Lien Law in Rhode Island,” Lorman Education Services (1999 and 2000)
  • Co-Chair, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry’s Fall Program in Chicago, entitled “Advanced Project Delivery Systems” (1998)
  • “Understanding the 1997 Amendments to AIA Documents A201 and B141,” Associated General Contractors of America, Rhode Island chapter (1998)
  • “Rhode Island Law for the Design Professional”, Lorman Education Services Presentation (December, 1997)
  • “Recent Developments to the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Mechanic’s Lien Laws,” Associated General Contractors of America, Rhode Island chapter (1997)
  • “The Unique Challenges Faced by the Surety that Bonds Design-Build Projects,” Surety Association of Massachusetts (1997)
  • “Advocating to the Limits within the Limits of Advocacy,” Annual Meeting of the Forum on the Construction Industry (1996)

Court Admissions

  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Districts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Tax Court

Community Activities

Member, Board of Directors, Rhode Island Community Food Bank

Former Chair, Board of Directors, International Institute of Rhode Island

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