Mr. Lewin is Chair of Querrey & Harrow’s Condominium Law Practice Group. He concentrates his practice in insurance coverage, condominium law and construction litigation. He has spoken on construction insurance coverage and risk-shifting to groups ranging from the American Society of Safety Engineers (at its national convention in Las Vegas) to local groups including the Chicago Park District’s risk management team and Leopardo Construction’s project management and safety teams.
In addition to his insurance coverage work, he represents condominium associations in matters including interpretation of the declarations, management issues, and in working with contractors on renovation projects. Unlike many in the condominium law field, he has extensive experience in contract negotiation and risk management.
He is an experienced appellate lawyer, with success in both the Seventh Circuit and the Illinois First District.
He is a long time member of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. He previously served as the Chair of the Insurance Coverage Committee. In 2008, the IDC awarded him the President's Commendation.
In 2014, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Streeterville Organization of Area Residents (SOAR), which is one of the largest community organizations in Chicago. He also chairs the Park Task Force for that organization.
Additional Insured Issues: Coverage, Contracts, Endorsements and Certificates, Illinois State Bar Association seminar titled “Insurance, Surety Bonds, and Bankruptcy Issues for Construction Projects”, Northern Illinois School of Law (DeKalb, IL), May 30, 2013
“Insurance Coverage for Construction Damage”, Seminar titled “Everything a Construction Player Should Know about Insurance in Illinois, Chicago, IL, January 29, 2013
How Many Corners? Illinois Supreme Court Rules that Third Party Pleadings May be Used in Evaluating Coverage, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Insurance Law Committee, Chicago, IL, July 15, 2010.
Risk Management for Sub-Contractors, 19th Annual Construction Claims Conference, Rosemont Convention Center, Rosemont, IL, Feb. 17, 2009.
Chicago Park District Coverage Roundtable, Chicago, IL, July 23, 2008 - Topic: Contractual Risk Shifting (Article and Presentation).
Risk Shifting for Sub-Contractors and Use of ISO Additional Insured Endorsements in Risk Shifting [Addendum], American Society of Safety Engineers Safety 2008 Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, June, 2008.
Risk Shifting for Sub-Contractors, American Society of Safety Engineers, Three Rivers Chapter (Lisle, IL, May 13, 2008.
Leopardo Companies Indemnification Roundtable, Presentation to employees of general contractor on risk-shifting strategies, Chicago, IL, March, 2008.
Managing the Risk: An Insurance Symposium - The Use and Abuse of Public Policy in Insurance Coverage Litigation: Kajima, River North, Targeted Tenders and Excess Policies, Member of Panel on Targeted Tenders, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Insurance Symposium, IDC Fall Conference, St. Louis, MO, Sept. 20, 2007.
Managing the Risk: Insurance Coverage Implications of Contractual Loss Shifting in Construction Contracts, Secura Insurance Company, Appleton, WI, May 24, 2007.
Targeted Tenders and Excess Policies: An Examination of Public Policy Applied to Insurance Coverage, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Fall Seminar 2005, Galena, IL, Sept. 23, 2005.
Trucking Coverage Under the MCS-90, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Fall Seminar, Sept. 27, 2002.
DePaul University College of Law, JD, 1992
Loyola University Chicago, 1989
Illinois Supreme Court, 1992
U.S. District Court Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois, 1996
Federal Trial Bar
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2001
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 2003
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2007
Pro Hac Vice [Partial List]: United States District Court, E.D. Washington, Circuit Court of the State of Wisconsin, August 27, 2008, United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, 2009
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Illinois State Bar Association
“Don’t Let Your Association Slip on Snow and Ice”, Condo Lifestyles, October, 2012.
“Risk Management and the Condominium Renovation Contract,” Condo Lifestyles, April, 2012.
“First District Examines Insurance Producer’s Apparent Agency,” Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Quarterly, First Quarter, 2012.
“There Are Ruts on Construction Sites? Who Would Have Guessed?," Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Tort Law Newsletter, Volume 12, Number 16, November, 2011.
Proper Claims Handling to Preserve Defense, IDC Quarterly Monograph, Second Quarter 2010.
Illinois Appellate Court Rolls Back the Targeted Tender Rule, IDC Quarterly, First Quarter 2010.
OCIPs and Workers’ Compensation: Don’t Pay Twice for Coverage, IDC Quarterly, Third Quarter, 2008.
The IDC Monograph: Managing The Risk: A Report on the September 20, 2007 IDC/SOICA Construction Insurance Symposium, Lead Editor, IDC Quarterly, Volume 17, Number 4, Fall, 2007.
The IDC Monograph: Insurance Coverage for Defense Counsel: A Primer, Editor and Co-Author, IDC Quarterly, Volume 16, Number 1, First Quarter, 2006.