Construction law requires practitioners to use an array of legal skills — from negotiating complex construction contracts to advocating in front of a judge, jury or panel. In addition, attorneys practicing in this legal area must have a strong working knowledge of both design and construction.
Schiff Hardin's construction law practice is built around lawyers with construction industry backgrounds and extensive credentials, including architecture, design and engineering — as well as decades of construction law experience and superior legal credentials. Fast response can be provided by those who confront similar issues daily and know the law and construction industry trends.
Our attorneys were heavily involved in drafting the most commonly used forms in the construction industry — the American Institute of Architects (AIA) forms (including the most recent updates). One of our lawyers co-chaired the American Bar Association/American Institute of Architects national conferences on these new documents. We also have taken a leadership role in the rapid expansion of design-build construction and other fast-growing delivery methods currently being employed both locally and nationwide.
Litigation is yet another area where our knowledge base is of particular value to our clients. Although we place a strong emphasis on litigation avoidance services, we regularly try cases and are well versed in alternative dispute resolution. Many of our lawyers are experienced arbitrators and mediators. Our combined knowledge of the courtroom and the construction site provides our clients with informed and experienced choices for building their projects and resolving their disputes in the most effective and cost-efficient manner.
The combined experience of our construction law attorneys totals more than 150 years of construction law knowledge. It is a product of our especially large and diverse client base, extensive projects, involvement in professional associations, and national stature in the legal profession.
Our preeminence in construction law is evidenced by the fact that Chambers & Partners' Chambers USA recognized our practice as one of the best in their annual rankings in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005. Five of our attorneys were listed as Leaders in the Field by Chambers USA in 2014.
Attorneys Mark Friedlander and Paul Lurie have been elected Fellows of the American College of Construction Lawyers, the most distinguished professional organization in this field. Seven attorneys have been named to the 2014 Illinois Leading Lawyers Network by Law Bulletin Publishing Company.