Construction

 

Our Clients


We represent numerous project owners, general contractors, trade contractors, vendors and design professionals.  We represent both large and small companies in a wide range of litigation, claims, and business matters. 

 

Business Counseling


We have established successful businesses and professional practices for our construction industry clients.  Because we have experienced corporate and commercial attorneys in our firm, we regularly advise clients on selecting the form of business organization and maintaining a business organization.

Working with our employment law attorneys, we counsel our clients on employee issues, including termination.  We also draft employment agreements for our clients.

Our estate planning attorneys provide counsel for the principals of our construction industry clients.  In addition, our intellectual property attorneys work with our clients not only in patent prosecutions, but also in filing trademark and contract applications and counseling on intellectual property issues.

 

Contracts


We regularly work with our clients on negotiating and drafting contracts, including construction contracts and professional services agreement.  We consult with our clients and their insurance brokers on contractually required insurance coverages. We are experienced in establishing joint ventures and strategic alliances, including drafting contracts that recognize such business arrangements.  Not only do we draft and negotiate contracts for specific projects, but we also draft standard form contracts to be used by major companies in the industry.

 

Mechanics Liens


We regularly represent numerous clients in collection matters.  We have experience in mechanics liens, including preparation and filing of lien claims and prosecution of mechanic lien foreclosures.  We also have successfully prosecuted claims for our clients against sureties on construction bonds.

With our bankruptcy attorneys, we represent creditors who have claims against insolvent companies.  We also work with clients who are in financial distress and, if need be, work with our clients who must either file Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 bankruptcy petitions. 

 

Construction Defect Claims


 We represent numerous clients in construction defect and delay claims.  We prefer to negotiate settlement of such claims prior to litigation, because litigation can be expensive.  However, if litigation is necessary, we involve expert consultants at an early stage.  We find that retaining consultants early in litigation can be extremely beneficial for our clients.

We also have been retained by insurers to represent our clients in construction defect claims.  In addition, we have represented our clients in property damage claims where alleged construction defects have caused damage to other property.

 

Alternative Dispute Resolution


Our attorneys have represented clients in all forms of alternative dispute resolution.  We are a firm believer of using mediation to settle claims by and against our clients.  We regularly handle construction cases before arbitration tribunals.

 

Personal Injury Claims


We frequently are retained by insurers to represent our clients when they are sued by construction workers injured at job sites.  We have tried numerous such claims.  We regularly handle “high profile” cases the impact of which could have adverse publicity on our clients, such as the John Hancock scaffold case and the structural failure at the new U.S. Postal Service building in downtown Chicago. 

 

Our Attorneys


We have many partners who worked with our clients in the construction industry.  Some of these partners devote most of their time to handling litigated matters.  Other partners spend the substantial portions of their time to working with clients on business matters, including contract drafting. 

We regularly present seminars for our construction industry clients.  We have presented our Illinois mechanics lien seminar more than thirty times in conjunction with Lorman Education Services.  We also have presented seminars on construction claims and construction contracts.

Our attorneys regularly write articles for trade publications and have authored books on construction law.  Our Construction Law Quarterly newsletter is distributed to more than 2,000 persons in the construction industry.

Not only do our attorneys handle construction matters in Illinois and Indiana, but our attorneys also have handled cases in the state and federal courts in New York, Michigan, Kentucky, Wisconsin and other jurisdictions.  They also work with our clients and local counsel negotiating and drafting contracts for international construction.