Overview

Construction is a hands-on business, and at Schiff Hardin, the lawyers in our Construction Law Group are there to do the heavy lifting. We believe that effective legal counsel should smooth a client’s path and eliminate barriers — not create additional hurdles. When it comes to representing our clients in construction matters, removing those barriers and solving problems is the best way to ensure that projects are completed successfully.

We Are On Site, On Time and On Budget

The Schiff Hardin Construction Law Group is there for our clients to provide advice on national and international issues. With lawyers based in New York and Chicago, our bench is deep, our geographic coverage broad, and the industry experience of our individual lawyers unparalleled. Our team has worked together for decades, and that longevity enables us to staff our clients’ cases in the most efficient manner possible.

Our deep bench of talented and seasoned attorneys allows us to solve our clients’ problems with lawyers skilled in the specific area impacting the client. Our group solves problems in real time. We are on site and in the trailers. We are in our clients’ offices and cubicles. We are in the boardrooms and, when necessary, the courtrooms. And whether negotiating a contract, overseeing project controls, working with senior management, or litigating a construction claim, the hallmark of our legal services is understanding our clients’ business and economic goals.

We Are Leaders in Construction Law

Chambers & Partners' Chambers USA consistently recognizes our Construction Law Group as a premier practice in its annual rankings, and five of our attorneys were named leading lawyers by Chambers & Partners’ Chambers USA (2017). The Law Bulletin Publishing Company named seven of our lawyers to the 2016 Illinois Leading Lawyers Network, while six of our lawyers in New York and Illinois are recognized as Super Lawyers in construction litigation. Our partners are Fellows of the American College of Construction Lawyers, have been named as Best Lawyers in America in construction law, and are recognized throughout the country as trend setters in construction law.

We also speak and understand the language of the construction industry, as many of our lawyers started there. A number of our attorneys have firsthand experience in architecture, engineering, project finance, construction management, and working for and running construction firms. Using their backgrounds and applying it to our practice, our lawyers are able to quickly understand our clients’ projects, assess problems, and craft solutions that align with our clients’ business and legal needs.

Successful Track Record

U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Schiff Hardin’s Construction Law Group as a top tier national firm. In the past twelve years, Schiff Hardin’s Construction Law Group has worked on three major infrastructure projects/mega projects that have been recognized in the industry as top construction projects. These projects include Kansas City Power & Light’s Iatan 2 (Power Magazine – 2011 Plant of the Year – August 2011); Constellation Energy’s Brandon Shores (Power Magazine - Top Seven Projects – October 2010); Ontario Power Generation’s Pickering A Unit 1 (Engineering News-Record – Project Management of the Year – August 2005).

We Have the Experience

For more than 30 years, Schiff Hardin’s Construction Law Group has been advising clients on all aspects of the construction industry. Our lawyers are involved in all phases of our clients’ projects, beginning with project procurement and contract preparation, continuing with contract negotiations and project management and, when necessary, handling any disputes that may arise. We represent owners, architects and engineers, contractors and subcontractors in a variety of projects and cases. Our clients enjoy the benefit of our vast experience in many areas of the construction industry.

Our lawyers proactively counsel our clients on all aspects of construction projects, including the following:

  • Procurement and Bidding
  • Construction Claims and Disputes
  • Arbitration/Mediation/ADR
  • Contract Drafting and Negotiations
  • Corporate Governance
  • Infrastructure Projects: Airports, Bridges, and Roads
  • Major Capital Projects
  • Project Controls/Contract Administration
  • Power Plants and Energy
  • Project Delivery Methods
  • Delay and Inefficiency Claims
  • Insurance and Bonds
  • Defective Design and Construction
  • Public and Government Contracting
  • Mechanic’s Liens
  • Regulatory Consulting
  • A/E Representation
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Sustainable Design
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Schiff Hardin grants annual award to UIC student

Partner Michael Hanahan awarded the Schiff Hardin Construction Law Group Award to Devon Morris. Morris, a graduate student in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was the top performer in Michael's construction law class. MORE

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Rubin, Mazur write construction chapter in seminal NY treatise

Schiff Hardin partners Sayward "Woody" Mazur and Gary L. Rubin have again authored "Construction Dispute Resolution" in the fourth edition of Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts. Published since the treatise's first edition in 1995, their chapter has become a definitive construction law guide for New York attorneys and judges alike. MORE

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Shoring up construction

Schiff Hardin's construction group was highlighted in Best Lawyer's Summer Business Edition 2015. Partner and practice group leader Ken Roberts and partner Mandy Schermer discuss what makes Schiff Hardin successful. More

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Public-private partnerships: panacea or problematic?

New York partner Brian Lustbader weighs the advantages and disadvantages of public-private partnerships, an increasingly popular innovation among public agencies looking to address intractable procurement and construction issues. More

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Which construction project delivery method is best for you?

Chicago partner Mark Friedlander walks project owners and sponsors through the construction project delivery selection process, evaluating the major pros and cons of the most common options. More