Heidi is a partner in Schiff Hardin’s Construction Law Group. She has significant experience in contract drafting and negotiation (design and construction contracts), handling more than a billion dollars in contracts on an annual basis for projects throughout the country. In addition, she regularly assists project owners with contract administration, contract enforcement, and claims management, helping project owners to resolve claims efficiently and expeditiously, before they become formal disputes.

Heidi focuses on finding effective business solutions to construction-related risks. She has represented project owners, contractors, and design professionals and understands the various concerns and priorities of the parties around the negotiation table. Her approach is also informed by her experience as a construction litigator, having prosecuted and/or defended construction defect claims, complicated delay claims, and claims for non-payment, among other things, in mediation, arbitration, and litigation.

Heidi also advises clients in construction-related bankruptcies. Her experience includes advising claimants of their lien rights in bankruptcy, helping lenders to rid collateral of lien claims, and implementing strategies for effectively managing numerous lien and trust fund claims within a single bankruptcy.

  • Experience

    • Serves as lead counsel for drafting and negotiating all major design and construction contracts for development arm of an S&P 500 REIT.
    • Serves as construction counsel to prominent real estate developer and investor based in New York City for drafting and negotiating design and construction contracts for office towers, residential property and industrial facilities throughout the U.S.
    • Negotiates over $1 billion in design and construction contracts on an annual basis.
    • Successfully mediated $40 million delay and lost productivity claim arising out of utility construction, the result of which was overall cost savings to the project.
    • Successfully defended architectural design firm in arbitration, resulting in a zero dollar verdict against the client.
    • Successfully settled multiple condominium construction defect claims in early stages of litigation.
    • Drafted and advised major convention center owner regarding best practices and procedures for public procurements.
    • Served as a Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow for the Cook County Commission on Human Rights.
    • Earlier in her career, she served as a staff associate for the United States House of Representatives International Relations Committee, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
  • Credentials


    • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2001, high honors
      Order of the Coif
      Chicago-Kent Law Review, Executive Notes and Comments Editor
    • Valparaiso University, B.A., Political Science, 1997, magna cum laude
      Christ College Scholar - Humanities (honors college)

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


          • Judicial Extern — Hon. Rebecca Pallmeyer, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

          Professional Memberships

          • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
          • Chicago Bar Association
          • Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys
        • Insights

          News Release

          Three Practices Recognized in The Legal 500 for Fourth Year in a Row

          Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that three of the firm’s practice groups have been recognized for the fourth year in a row in The Legal 500 United States 2019 guide, which provides a nationwide analysis of law firms that provide cutting-edge and innovative advice.


          #TogetherChangeComes – How Men and Women Create Change

          Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Women in Law Summit

          Chicago, Ill.
          News Release

          2019 Leading Lawyers Lists Recognize 95 Schiff Attorneys

          Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to have 95 attorneys named to the 2019 Leading Lawyers list.

          News Release

          The Legal 500 Recognizes Three Schiff Hardin Practices for the Third Time in a Row

          Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that three of its practice groups have been recognized for the third consecutive year by The Legal 500 United States 2018 guide, a nationwide analysis of law firms with input from more than 300,000 corporate counsel on which firms provide the most cutting-edge and innovative advice.

          News Release

          Three Schiff Attorneys Join 2018 LCLD Leadership Programs

          Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that three of its attorneys will participate in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s (LCLD) 2018 leadership programs.

          News Release

          95 Schiff Hardin Lawyers Named to 2018 Leading Lawyers Lists

          Ninety-six Schiff Hardin lawyers have been named to the 2018 Leading Lawyers lists for Illinois and Michigan.


          Construction Risk Shifting in Illinois

          ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee and Self-Insurers & Risk Managers Committee

          Chicago, Ill.

          Other Publications

          • “Responsibilities and Liabilities of Architects and Engineers for Construction Failures,” (co-author) in Construction Dispute Litigation, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) (2006, 2013, 2018)
          • “A Practical Guide to New and Controversial Issues in AIA B101-2007,” (co-author) Risk Management for Design Professionals in a World of Change (2010)
          • “Construction Contract Termination Terms May Be Unenforceable,” (co-author) www.Internationallawoffice.com (Jan. 22, 2007)
          • “An Overview of Illinois Mechanics Lien Law,” Business Credit Magazine, National Association of Credit Management (Feb. 2006)

          Speeches & Presentations

          • “#TogetherChangeComes – How Men and Women Create Change,” (panelist) Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Women in Law Summit, Chicago, Ill. (Apr. 5, 2019)
          • “Construction Risk Shifting in Illinois,” ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee and Self-Insurers & Risk Managers Committee, Chicago, Ill. (Feb. 1, 2018)
          • “Building a Place for Women and Diverse Lawyers in Real Estate,” 2017 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Annual Conference (Nov. 4, 2017)
          • “The Proactive Creditor: Mechanics' Liens, Other Liens and Trust Funds,” (co-presenter) Schiff Hardin LLP Webinar (Jul. 28, 2015)
          • “Claims Against Architects and Engineers in Commercial Construction,” (co-presenter) Critical Issues in Construction Law, IICLE Construction Litigation Seminar, Chicago, Ill. (Oct. 8, 2013)
          • “Change Order Management: Best Practices & Strategic Considerations,” (co-presenter) National Association of Construction Auditors Third Annual Conference, Orlando, Fla. (Sep. 30, 2013)
          • “Critical Issues in Construction Litigation,” (co-presenter) Illinois Institute for Continuing Education, Chicago (Oct. 8, 2011)
          • “Overview of Contract Law for Architects,” Illinois Architects Seminar, Wheaton, Ill. (Dec. 7, 2011)
          • “Law Firm Diversity Best Practices: The Essentials To Starting and An Effective Diversity Initiative For Hiring And Retention,” (co-presenter) ABA Forum on the Construction Industry (Apr. 14-16, 2011)
          • “Practices in Change Order Management,” (co-presenter) Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACEI) Chicago Midwest Section Annual Seminar: Evolving Changes in Project Management (May 13, 2011)
        • Citizenship

          Pro Bono Activities

          Heidi has been active with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS), including serving for six years as a co-chair.

          • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Board of Directors (2014-2016)
          • Filipino American Bar Association of Chicago, Honorary Board of Advisors (2017, 2018)

        Heidi Hennig Rowe: Renaissance Lawyer With Eclectic Past Tackles Complexities of Construction Law

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        Rowe, a partner at Chicago’s prestigious Schiff Hardin LLP, has a quick mind and an easy smile, the product of her unique childhood. And while it might be understandable to underestimate the petite 5’4” attorney, it would be an error committed only once. MORE