Philip M. Hirshberg


Morrison Mahoney LLP
250 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210
United States

Tel: (617) 737-8860


Phil has over 20 years of experience handling complex civil litigation matters, including multi-party construction defect disputes, toxic tort/asbestos matters, premises liability and commercial litigation. Phil has represented clients in all aspects of the litigation process, including jury and bench trials, dispositive motions, mediation, arbitration and appeals.

In his construction practice, Phil has represented owners, contractors, and suppliers in connection with construction defect lawsuits, mechanic’s lien and payment disputes, and construction site injury claims. He has also represented retailers and shopping center owners in landlord-tenant matters and lease disputes.

While in law school, Phil was a judicial intern for the Honorable Theodore McMillian of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in St. Louis, Missouri, and served as a Notes and Comments editor of the Washington University Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law.

  • B.S., magna cum laude — Boston University
  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
Bar Admissions
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Associates, Member
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Member
Honors & Speaking Engagements
  • Recognized as a Super Lawyer in 2023 for Construction Litigation and as a Rising Star in 2007 and 2008.
  • Speaker on construction law for Lorman Educational Services and Massachusetts Association of General Contractors.
  • Speaker on topics of construction law and civil litigation practice, and twice served as Panel Chair for the Massachusetts Bar Association’s programs on  “Basics of Massachusetts Construction Law” and “Fundamentals of Civil Motion Practice”.

Whether involved in insurance defense litigation or addressing a wide range of our clients’ needs, our construction litigation attorneys employ their extensive experience to serve the needs of owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, equipment suppliers, and product suppliers.

Knowledge of the construction industry, personal attention, and the ability to use an aggressive case approach if necessary produce excellent results. With ten offices in the Northeast, the firm is equipped to respond to any claim or issue, large or small, in any forum, in a prompt and cost-effective manner.

Morrison Mahoney’s construction attorneys serve the industry in the following areas:

  • Comprehensive litigation services in all courts
  • “Sick building” claims
  • OSHA defense
  • Risk transfer and insurance requirements
  • Third-party claims
  • Contract drafting and analysis
  • Employment law

Our firm works with a substantial group of environmental, engineering, and industrial hygiene experts throughout the Northeast on clients’ projects. We have at our disposal scores of recognized experts with strong regulatory and litigation expertise and experience to assist our clients.

With 180 attorneys, ten offices throughout the Northeast and an impressive record at trial, Morrison Mahoney is one of the region’s leading litigation firms. We deliver quality legal services in diverse practice areas.

We have the expertise to get our clients the results they need. Our attorneys successfully try to verdict over 60 cases per year. We work efficiently, are highly responsive to our clients’ needs and are committed to exceeding client expectations.

Since 1948, Morrison Mahoney has been partnering with our clients and working with them to achieve desired outcomes. For 70 years, we’ve focused on defending civil cases for insurance companies and their insureds as well as for self-insured business entities. Today we also provide business advice, counseling and litigation support to our business and institutional clients.