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Protecting Your Interests from Project Conception to Completion

Jeremy has practiced law in Chicago and nationally since 2002.  For over 13 years, he served clients at an Am Law 200 firm where he was a member of its national Construction Law Group.  A resident of the firm’s 175-plus attorney Chicago Office, Jeremy was elected partner in 2012.  Previously he was an attorney at an Am Law 100 firm.  

In 2001-2002, Jeremy served in the chambers of Hon. Morey L. Sear, Chief Judge Emeritus, U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans.  Jeremy served an Adjunct Professor of Law at The John Marshall Law School, where he taught an elective Construction Law course to JD and LLM students though the Center for Real Estate Law.  

An avid speaker and writer, Jeremy enjoys collaborating with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and AIA Chicago.  Since 2015, Jeremy has served as a liaison to the AIA Contract Documents Committee, which prepares the AIA’s widely-used contract forms.  He also speaks and writes for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), and the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Construction Law.

Speeches & presentations
  • “Understanding AIA Document A201-2017 General Conditions of the Construction Contract,” Berkley Design Professional Webinar (June 13, 2019)
  • “Arbitrator-Directed Arbitration:  A Proposal to Improve Arbitration,” Construction Law Newsletter, Volume 35, Number 5 (May 2019)
  • “Protecting the Design Professional with Insurance and Contract Provisions,” ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Chicago, IL (Feb 7, 2019)
  • “Design Professional Liability Exposure,” Construction Litigation Dispute Resolution, IICLE Seminar, UBS Tower, Chicago, IL (Dec. 12, 2018)
  • “AIA’s Digital Practice Documents: Managing the Risks of BIM and Digital Data,” AIA Chicago, Chicago, IL (Nov. 8, 2018)
  • “Professional Liability Law,” Managing Engineering Liability and Risk, Halfmoon Education, Lombard, IL (May 30, 2018; Oct. 25, 2018)
  • “The Prominent Role of the AIA’s BIM/Digital Practice Documents in the AIA 2017 Contract Document,” ACEC Webinar (Jul. 10, 2018)
  • “Understanding AIA Document A201-2017 General Conditions of Construction Contract,” Private Event for Architecture/Engineering/Construction firm (Jun. 14, 2018)
  • “Using AIA’s Digital Practice Documents to Manage the Risks of BIM and Digital Data,” ABA Forum on Construction Law – “Hot Topics” Webinar (May 16, 2018)
  • “Managing Legal Risks,” CSI Academy: Risk Management, Sofitel Hotel, Chicago, IL (Apr. 27, 2018)
  • “The New Role of the AIA’s BIM and Digital Practice Documents,” ACEC Annual Convention and Legislative Summit, Washington, D.C. (Apr. 17, 2018)
  • “Engineer-Led Design Build: Simple, Safe, & Profitable,” ACEC Webinar (Mar. 21, 2018)
  • “Chapter 1 – Responsibilities and Liabilities of Architects and Engineers for Construction Failures,” Construction Dispute Litigation 2018 Edition, IICLE (Mar. 2018)
  • “Chapter 19 – Nonbinding Alternatives to Court Litigation for Resolving Construction Disputes,” Construction Dispute Litigation 2018 Edition, IICLE (Mar. 2018)
  • “Chapter 20 – Arbitration,” Construction Dispute Litigation 2018 Edition, IICLE (Mar. 2018)
  • “How Guided Choice Mediation Achieves Earlier Construction Settlements,” Construction Law Letter, Vol. 34, no. 3 (Feb. 2018)
  • “Article 8, Time,” Chapter 8 in The 2017 A201 Deskbook, ABA Forum on Construction Law (2017)
  • Chapter 13 – “Alternative Dispute Resolution Terms in Construction Contracts,” Construction Law: Transactional Considerations 2017 Edition, IICLE (2017)
  • “Using AIA’s Digital Practice Documents to Manage the Risks of BIM and Digital Data,” ABA Forum on Construction Law, “Hot Topics” Webinar (Dec. 6, 2017)
  • “Engineer-Led Design Build: Simple, Safe & Profitable,” ACEC Fall Conference, Orlando, Fla. (Oct. 17, 2017)
  • “Designer-Led Design Build: Return of the Master Builder,” Lorman Education Services Webinar (Mar. 14, 2016)
  • “Designer-Led Design-Build: A Practical Business Plan,” Lorman Education Services Webinar (Feb. 26, 2016)
  • Chapter 18 – “United States Construction Contracts,” International Business Transactions, Kluwer Law and Taxation Publishers (2014)
  • “Understanding the General Conditions of a Construction Contract, AIA Document A201-2007,” AIA Webinar (May 9, 2014)
  • “Risks to Architects in Contractor-Led Design-Build,” Private Event for Chicago Architecture Firm (May 7, 2014)
  • “Negotiating Dispute Resolution Clauses,” Five Keys for Negotiating Business Contracts, IICLE Webinar (Mar. 21, 2014)
  • “Essential Concepts in Construction Contracts and Administration,” Lorman Education Services Webinar (Mar. 18, 2014)
  • “Legal Strategies for Controlling Project Costs: Managing the Risks of Mechanics Liens,” Private Event at Schiff Hardin LLP (Jun. 28, 2012)
  • “Essential Concepts in Construction Contracting,” Lorman Education Services Webinar (Apr. 11, 2012)
  • “Practical Considerations and Concerns in Basic Construction Contracting,” Lorman Education Services Webinar (Nov. 2, 2010)
  • Chapter 54 – “Ethics and Mediation: Managing Conflicts of Interest,” AAA Handbook on Mediation, 2nd Edition, Juris Publishing, Inc. (Jun. 2010)
  • “Is It Worth Pursuing Your Construction Claim?” Journal of Construction Accounting and Taxation, vol. 19, no. 4 (Jul. 2009)
  • Chapter 35 – “Considerations in Suing an Architect,” Construction Checklists – A Guide To Frequently Encountered Construction Issues, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry (2008)
  • “Pass-Through Claims in Construction Litigation,” International Law Office Newsletter (May 29, 2007)
Experience 
  • Schiff Hardin LLP, Partner, Construction Law Group (2006-2019)

Jeremy was honored to serve for over 13 years alongside the highest caliber construction attorneys in the world.  U.S. News rated the Schiff Hardin Construction Law Group the #1 Construction Litigation firm in America in 2011.  Chambers USA consistently recognizes it as a premier Construction Law practice in its annual rankings.  In 2019, the Construction Law Group earned a prestigious spot among Law360’s Construction Groups of the Year.   

  • Cozen O’Connor PC, Associate, Subrogation Group (2002-2006)

During the first 4 years of his practice, Jeremy successfully prosecuted dozens of construction defect and products liability claims as lead counsel in mediations and arbitrations, and in the state and federal courts of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, Minnesota and Iowa. He also investigated hundreds of property loss casualties involving boiler, machinery, equipment and materials failures, fires, explosions, structural collapses, gas and water leaks, natural disasters, and transportation/shipping related losses

Education & Teaching Appointments
  • Tulane University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2002)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A., Law, Honors, 1999)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Construction Law — The John Marshall Law School, Center for Real Estate Law, Chicago, Illinois (2016 – 2020)

Jeremy co-taught “Construction Law,” RE 612/JD 612, a two-credit elective course and study of the various aspects of construction law offered through JMLS’ Center for Real Estate Law, in the 2016, 2017, and 2018 fall semesters.

Clerkships
  • Judicial Extern — Honorable Morey L. Sear, Chief Judge Emeritus, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, New Orleans (2001-2002)

During his third year at Tulane Law School, Jeremy assisted the late (great) Judge Sear, a member of the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation (MDL), with the centralization of mass litigation involving air disasters, intellectual property, antitrust, products liability, securities, sales, and employment practices.  Jeremy also helped to dispose matters pending on Judge Sear’s general civil docket.

  • Law Clerk — Office of the Corporation Counsel, Washington D.C. (1999)
Awards
  • Super Lawyer, Construction Law (2019), Thompson Reuters’ Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Leading Lawyer, Construction Law (2019), Law Bulletin Publishing Company
  • Leading Lawyer, Construction Law (2018), Law Bulletin Publishing Company
  • Leading Lawyer, Construction Law (2017), Law Bulletin Publishing Company
  • Emerging Lawyer, Construction Law (2016), Law Bulletin Publishing Company
  • Rising Star, Construction Law (2016), Thompson Reuters’ Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Emerging Lawyer, Construction Law (2015), Law Bulletin Publishing Company
  • Rising Star, Construction Law (2015), Thompson Reuters’ Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Rising Star, Construction Law (2014), Thompson Reuters’ Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Rising Star, Construction Law (2013), Thompson Reuters’ Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Rising Star, Construction Law (2012), Thompson Reuters’ Illinois Super Lawyers
Bar Admissions & Memberships

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, Member of Bar (2002)
  • Minnesota, Member of Bar (2004, inactive status)
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Admitted pro hac vice in other jurisdictions

Memberships

  • ABA Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Liaison to AIA Contract Documents Committee (2015-Present) 
  • AIA Contract Documents – Train the Trainer Program (2013-Present)
  • Chicago Bar Association, Construction Law & Mechanics Lien Subcommittee