Archive for the ‘Construction Law’ category

Are You Ready to Bid Farewell to the AIA 2007 Forms?

October 29, 2018

Many players in the construction industry rely on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) form contract documents.  In just a few short days the 2007 edition of many of the key AIA construction forms will no longer be available.  On October 31, 2018, the 2007 AIA forms will be retired and access to such forms will be terminated.

If your company routinely use such forms, it is imperative that you familiarize yourself with recent changes, make appropriate adjustments, and take the steps necessary to ensure a smooth transition to the 2017 forms.

If you need assistance bidding (a seamless) farewell to the AIA 2007 forms, Laurie & Brennan is here to help.  Please visit our website at or contact Krista Kapp at (312) 445-8783, Dan Brennan at (312) 445-8782, or Bill Toliopoulos at (312) 445-8784


UPCOMING SEMINAR ALERT: Construction Risk Management Strategies for Retail Developments

October 8, 2018


Bill Toliopoulos, Partner

On Friday, October 26, 2018, Laurie & Brennan partner Bill Toliopoulos will be presenting in Orlando, Florida at the U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference sponsored by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

From design and construction contract provisions, to insurance choices, to surety bonds – risk management tools are necessary to anticipate, mitigate, and avoid project risks.  Bill, joined by industry colleagues Anthony Meagher and Trip Thomas, will lead an in-depth discussion of construction risk management tips, tools, and strategies for retail developments.

For more information on ICSC’s U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, please click here.  If you would like to contact Bill, please visit Laurie & Brennan, LLP’s website at

UPCOMING SEMINAR ALERT: Selecting the Right Delivery Method for Your Project

September 26, 2018

           On Thursday, October 4, 2018, Laurie & Brennan founding partner, Dan Brennan, will be speaking at the ABA Forum on Construction Law’s 2018 Fall Meeting in Montreal, Quebec.

Dan Brennan

         Dan will be co-presenting Plenary Session 1, Getting Started: Selecting the Right Delivery Method for Your Project.  Dan, and his industry colleagues Howard Ashcraft and Lizz Patrick, will discuss the various project delivery systems and share insights as to why some delivery systems may be better than others for certain types of projects.  While the choice of the project delivery system ultimately lies with the Owner, Dan and his co-panelists will also address critical delivery method issues from the perspectives of Design Professionals, General Contractors, Construction Managers and other affected parties.

         For more information about the ABA Forum on Construction Law’s 2018 Fall Meeting, please click here.  If you would like to contact Dan, please visit Laurie & Brennan, LLP’s website at

UPCOMING SEMINAR ALERT: How To Avoid Unenforceable Construction Contract Provisions

September 18, 2018


Ryan Hiss                                     Bill Toliopoulos, Partner

     In negotiating construction contracts, professionals should be armed with knowledge of what terms are either too good or too bad to be true. When parties enter into a contract with false expectations of rights and responsibilities, it becomes a recipe for conflict.

On September 24, 2018, Laurie & Brennan partners Ryan Hiss and Bill Toliopoulos will be providing 2018 CFMA Midwest Regional Conference attendees with practical tips on avoiding unenforceable construction contract provisions.  Ryan and Bill’s presentation will focus on what types of contract terms and provisions are unenforceable under Illinois (and adjoining states) law as well as the necessary negotiating strategies to pave a path for project success.

For more information or to sign up for the CFMA Midwest Regional Conference, click here.  If you would like to contact either Ryan or Bill, please visit Laurie & Brennan, LLP’s website at

2018 NAWIC Annual Conference

August 29, 2018

Laurie & Brennan partner, Kendall Woods, recently participated in the National Association of Women in Construction’s 2018 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.


NAWIC is an organization dedicated to enhancing the success of women in the construction industry.  Kendall currently serves as the President of the Chicago Metro Chapter of NAWIC and enjoyed networking, sharing the successes of the Chicago Metro Chapter, and learning how other NAWIC chapters help women grow and succeed as leaders in the construction sector.

Laurie & Brennan Partners Join BKD in Presenting at Construction and Real Estate Seminar

August 15, 2018

Laurie & Brennan attorneys Ryan Hiss and Bill Toliopoulos invite you to join them at the free BKD Construction & Real Estate Industry Outlook Event on August 16th at Arlington Park Racecourse.   Ryan and Bill will present on current construction law issues impacting the industry.   In addition, there will be the following presentations: Leveraging Your Centers of Influence & Key Performance Indicators to Grow Your Business; Construction & Real Estate Executive Panel; Tax and Credit Opportunities for the Construction Industry; and Revenue Recognition Update.  You can register for this free event per the instructions in the brochure below.  Hope to see you there.



Dan Brenner Named to the 2018 Chicago Jewish United Fund “36 Under 36” List

July 19, 2018

Laurie & Brennan partner, Dan Brenner, has been named to the seventh annual “36 Under 36” – a list of young Jewish movers and shakers in Chicago.

Daniel J. Brenner, Partner

Dan and his fellow honorees earned this distinction by making a difference through their professional work, giving back in their free time, and making meaningful contributions to the Jewish community and beyond.  To view Dan’s full profile from the “36 Under 36” list, please click here:

Laurie & Brennan congratulates Dan on this well-deserved honor!



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