Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)


The Schiff Hardin Construction Law Group has extensive experience advising clients on a range of issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). From providing counsel on the proper requirements to include in design and construction contracts, to defending claims that a client’s space fails to meet necessary standards, our attorneys are well versed in helping our clients comply with ADA protections.

Wide-ranging in its scope, the ADA was enacted in 1990 to prohibit discrimination based on disability. It also affirmatively requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to its employees with disabilities and imposes accessibility requirements when public spaces are involved. Clients who are building out new space often have questions and concerns about providing access to its employees and, generally, making sure that disabled individuals are not discriminated against. Our lawyers work closely with our clients in advising them what is required under the ADA and how to comply with its many prongs.

Our experience with the ADA allows us to offer clients in the public and private sectors advice on all the individual titles to the ADA. We provide counsel on design considerations, requirements relating to public spaces and public transportation, telecommunications issues and other matters. We have worked with hospitals, theatres, restaurants, public bodies, light-rail entities, store owners, commercial and residential developers, schools and universities, and a host of other business and organizations on a variety of different ADA issues.

Our lawyers are also very familiar with the “professional plaintiffs” who seek to capitalize on certain fee provisions of the ADA and other forms of monetary relief that may be awarded if the ADA is violated. We have investigated and defended cases on behalf of our clients in state and federal courts, as well as in front of the EEOC, and have a successful track record in defending against those who try to unfairly leverage the ADA.

The benefits of the ADA are tremendous in protecting the disabled person’s rights, and Schiff Hardin strives to uphold those protections. But enforcing the law for its proper purpose, and not for an individual’s gain, is an important consideration for the Construction Law Group and its clients.