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Laurie & Brennan, LLP Supports the Block Kids Building Competition

October 31, 2017

Erin E. Krejci and Kendall E. Woods Support the Block Kids Building Competition

On October 28, 2017, Laurie & Brennan, LLP partners Erin E. Krejci and Kendall E. Woods volunteered for the Chicago-area Block Kids Building Competition.

Sponsored by the Chicago Metro Chapter 325 of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), the Federation of Women Contractors (FWC), and the Architecture and Construction Management programs at College of DuPage, Block Kids is a national building competition for children in kindergarten through sixth grade.  Participating boys and girls create unique construction projects utilizing their imaginations, plastic blocks and other provided materials.

Erin, a member of FWC, and Kendall, president of the Chicago chapter of NAWIC, proudly support the award-winning Block Kids Building Competition and its efforts to introduce children to the construction industry and promote careers in the industry.

In addition to the competition, the event also included the opportunity to “Touch-A-Truck.”  FWC members brought some of their industrial vehicles and equipment for the children (and adults) to experience up close.


Krista H. Kapp Inducted Into The Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys

October 19, 2017

Laurie & Brennan, LLP congratulates Krista H. Kapp on her recent induction into The Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys (SOICA).  Krista joins Laurie & Brennan, LLP partners Ty Laurie, Dan Brennan, and Ryan Hiss in this prestigious organization.

From Right to Left: Ty D. Laurie, Daniel S. Brennan, Krista H. Kapp, Ryan A. Hiss

From Right to Left: Ty D. Laurie, Daniel S. Brennan, Krista H. Kapp, Ryan A. Hiss

SOICA is an invitation-only organization for Illinois-based construction attorneys who have demonstrated the highest ethical standards of practice, have made substantial professional contributions to the industry, and who are dedicated to excellence in the practice of construction law.  SOICA stresses collegiality and provides a forum for its members to exchange experience and knowledge in order to enhance the understanding of the social and economic forces that impact the construction industry, the technical and business practices of the construction industry, and the laws that underlie construction processes.

Krista, who focuses her practice on the drafting and negotiation of complex construction contracts and design agreements, looks forward to sharing her own knowledge and experience and learning from the knowledge and experience of her fellow SOICA members.

For more information on SOICA, visit the SOICA website at  To contact Krista H. Kapp or another attorney at Laurie & Brennan, LLP, please call our office at (312) 445-8780.


Dan Brennan’s Contribution to The 2017 A201 Deskbook

October 16, 2017

Dan Brennan, one of Laurie & Brennan, LLP’s founding partners, is proud to be a contributing author for the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law’s newly released book, The 2017 A201 Deskbook.


Earlier this year, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) released its revised A201 General Conditions of the Contract for Construction, which is updated every ten years. The A201 is among the most frequently used documents of all AIA construction forms.

The 2017 A201 Deskbook provides a comprehensive and detailed guide to the new AIA A201, identifying and analyzing the significant changes made to the A201 document.  The Deskbook also provides a section-by-section critical analysis of the A201, including case law interpretations and practice tips to assist construction law practitioners.  The 2017 A201 Deskbook is available through ABA Book Publishing here.  Additional information about the ABA Forum on Construction Law, can be found here.

To contact Dan Brennan or another attorney at Laurie & Brennan, LLP, please call our office at (312) 445-8780 or visit our website at

Kendall E. Woods Elected President of Chicago Metro Chapter of NAWIC

October 2, 2017

Laurie & Brennan, LLP partner, Kendall E. Woods was recently elected President of the Chicago Metro Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).

Kendall E. Woods, Partner

Kendall E. Woods, Partner

NAWIC is an organization dedicated to enhancing the success of women in the construction industry.  The Chicago Metro Chapter of NAWIC works hard to provide mentoring, networking, leadership development, skill advancement and learning opportunities for women in construction.  With Kendall at the helm, there is no doubt that the Chicago Metro Chapter of NAWIC will continue to ensure that women grow and succeed as leaders in the construction sector.

Laurie & Brennan, LLP is proud to support NAWIC and congratulates Kendall on her election to President of the Chicago Metro Chapter of this esteemed organization.

For more information on the Chicago Metro Chapter of NAWIC, please visit the NAWIC website at  To contact Kendall E. Woods or another attorney at Laurie & Brennan, LLP, please call our office at (312) 445-8780.

Dan Brennan Presents On The “Red Flags of Construction Fraud”

September 25, 2017
Dan Brennan

Dan Brennan, Co-founder

Dan Brennan, one of Laurie & Brennan’s founding partners, shared his knowledge and experience on the “Red Flags of Construction Fraud” at the (more…)

Construction Finance Professionals – Mark Your Calendars!

September 20, 2017


The 2017 Midwest Regional Conference Committee of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) is providing some incredible learning and networking opportunities at its upcoming CFMA Midwest Regional Conference.

The CFMA Midwest Regional Conference is Thursday, September 28, 2017.  This jam-packed full-day event is focused on providing educational sessions that offer something for all levels of Construction Financial Professionals.   This year, the conference agenda includes two sessions featuring experienced construction attorneys from Laurie & Brennan, LLP.

Ryan Hiss

Ryan Hiss, Partner

Krista Kapp, Partner

Krista Kapp, Partner

On Thursday morning, Laurie & Brennan’s own Krista Kapp and Ryan Hiss will present Effective Contract Negotiation for the Financial Manager.  The Laurie & Brennan team will share their contract negotiation tips and strategies.  When the session is finished, participants will be better prepared to identify the clauses that matter and to achieve as fair of a contract document as possible.

Bill Toliopoulos, Partner

Bill Toliopoulos, Partner

Ryan Hiss will be back Thursday afternoon with Bill Toliopoulos to present the 2017 Changes to the AIA Contract Documents.  This session will explore the important differences between the AIA 2007 construction contracts and the AIA 2017 construction contracts so participants can better negotiate these documents for use on their own projects.

For more information about CFMA or to register for the CFMA Midwest Regional Conference, please visit

To contact Krista Kapp, Ryan Hiss or Bill Toliopoulos, or another attorney at Laurie & Brennan, LLP, please call our office at (312) 445-8780 or visit

Dan Brenner Elected President of JCYS

August 28, 2017
Daniel J. Brenner, Partner

Daniel J. Brenner, Partner

Laurie & Brennan, LLP is proud to announce that Dan Brenner has been installed as the Board President of the Jewish Council for Youth Services (JCYS).

JCYS is an independent not-for-profit agency dedicated to providing educational and recreational programs for Chicagoland’s children and developing the next generation of community leaders who continue its tradition of volunteer service.  JCYS offers educational, recreational and leadership experiences throughout the year at its family centers, multiple summer camps and specialty programs. For over a century, JCYS has responded to the varying needs and shifting demographics in the Chicagoland area with programs designed to nurture individual growth and promote responsibility and service to others.

Dan is committed to furthering the JCYS mission and looks forward to the challenges and learning experiences that serving as the President of a $10 million not-for-profit agency will undoubtedly provide.

For more information on JCYS, visit the JCYS website at  To contact Dan Brenner or another attorney at Laurie & Brennan, LLP, please call our office at (312) 445-8780 or visit

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