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Laurie & Brennan, LLP Partner, Ryan Hiss, Featured in Leading Lawyers Network Magazine

March 9, 2017
Ryan Hiss

Ryan Hiss, Partner

Ryan Hiss, partner at Laurie & Brennan, LLP was featured in Leading Lawyer Magazine – Real Estate, Construction, and Environmental Health Edition. When mulling over his answer to the question of what facet of construction law is his favorite he has trouble settling on just one – from arbitrations to trials and contracts to fielding questions from clients he enjoys them all. At the end of the day, Ryan most values what lies at the core of his practice; his relationship with his clients. “Being a problem solver, somebody who can help a client through an issue so they can continue on with their businesses as successfully as possible – to me, that is kind of neat, to be somebody they want to call and figure things out,” Ryan says of those relationships.

Beyond his many accolades, it is this emphasis on developing profound personal relationships with his clients that sets him apart as an attorney and makes him such a valuable member of the Laurie & Brennan team. In his first interactions with Dan Brennan and Ty Laurie back in 2004, they were actually opposing counsel in what was the most high-stakes case of Ryan’s career to that date. He remembers his first encounter with his future co-partners thus, “They were aggressive but not what I’d call overly aggressive. There was a toughness to their position and their negotiating style that I’d say was a reasonable toughness. It wasn’t like they were being tough about issues they shouldn’t be tough about, but you could tell this was going to be quite a battle. So that was my initial impression, but also that you could get along with them well.”

Ultimately, one of the biggest impressions made on Ryan by Ty was his emphasis on family values; Ty wrapped up a meeting one day by saying. “I’ve got to catch a train to go coach my kid’s baseball practice.” When Ryan joined Laurie & Brennan in 2016 he did so on a similar condition – he’d have to occasionally leave early to coach his daughters’ softball team. Ryan is now happy to contribute the experience of his 21-year career as an ace construction attorney to the firm, and Laurie & Brennan is excited that he is a member of the team.

Laurie & Brennan, LLP is proud to have one of our partners featured so prominently in Leading Lawyers Network Magazine as it is one of the most trusted and respected resources to locate reputable, experienced lawyers.


Laurie & Brennan, LLP Co-founders Honored As Top 10 Construction Lawyers in Illinois 2nd Year in a Row

March 9, 2017

We are proud to announce that once again Laurie & Brennan, LLP has the prestigious distinction of having two attorneys in the Top 10 Construction Lawyers in the State of Illinois in Leading Lawyer Magazine – Real Estate, Construction, and Environmental Health Edition. After an annual state-wide survey and ongoing meetings, discussions and research of their peers, followed by a sophisticated review and vetting process by members of the Leading Lawyers Advisory Board in Illinois, it has been determined that Ty Laurie and Dan Brennan rank 1 and 8 respectively. This honor has been earned by fewer than five percent of all lawyers licensed to practice in Illinois.

Ty’s representative matters include high-profile sports facility disputes, capital improvement and replacement projects for hospitals and medical facilities and construction of skyscrapers. He has served as construction counsel or provided construction law advice for several Fortune 500 companies. Besides trying cases to verdict, he counsels on project delivery methods, negotiates contracts, assists in the procurement of insurance, provides critical dispute avoidance services and advocates in mediations and arbitrations. Consistently lauded for his achievements in construction law, Dan concentrates his practice on advising owners, designers and contractors on risk management in the construction process; prosecuting and defending construction claims including professional negligence, cost overrun, and delay claims; negotiating and drafting construction and design contracts for architects, engineers and owners; and advising clients with respect to design and construction of accessible facilities Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act.

Ty and Dan head the team at Laurie & Brennan, LLP, a boutique construction law firm with one of the largest construction law groups of any firm in Illinois. Among our services we provide comprehensive legal representation with respect to major local, regional, national, and international construction projects. Our construction attorneys handle all legal aspects of construction projects from inception through completion, including contract negotiation, team building, avoiding and/or resolving disputes, general legal consultation, and claims prosecution and defense.

Laurie & Brennan is equipped to serve every construction client’s need – from sports stadiums to industrial properties and oil refineries. If you have passed Soldier Field or Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Center in Chicago, the Prudential Center in Newark, the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, or One World Trade Center in New York, to name just a few projects, you have seen the work of Laurie & Brennan’s inimitable team.

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