Beware the “One Year” Warranty: Contractor Callback Periods v. Warranties of Quality Work

Contractor “callback periods” and “warranties of quality” are different concepts. The distinction between them is a little understood – yet very important – nuance in construction contracts.  Callback periods frequently do have a contractual expiration date, often one year after the completion of work. This limits the time when contractors must voluntarily come back to the site to fix defects. Warranties of quality Read More

Fixed Fee v. Cost-Plus GMP: Which is Best?

There are good reasons for real estate developers and project owners to prefer a “Fixed Fee” approach over a “Cost-Plus-Fee-up-to-Guaranteed-Maximum-Price (GMP)” approach to paying for construction work. But Cost-Plus GMP Contract Agreements have many virtues as well. Which is best? There is no one correct answer. Much depends on the project-specific goals. What does the developer or project owner most highly value? Read More

They Don’t Call It the “Critical Path” For Nothing: Delay-Related Claims For Extra Time and Money

Portions of this post first appeared in “Article 8, Time,” Chapter 8 in The 2017 A201 Deskbook, American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Construction Law (2017), co-author Jeremy S. Baker Benjamin Franklin famously quipped “lost time is never found again.” While building projects can be accelerated to recover lost time, this aphorism reveals a truth of the construction industry: proper time and schedule management can Read More

Jeremy Baker recognized as Illinois Super Lawyer again by Thomson Reuters

Jeremy has been named among the top 5% of lawyers in Illinois with his inclusion in Thomson Reuters’ 2023 list of Illinois Super Lawyers. Jeremy was recognized for his work in Construction Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, marking his fifth consecutive year as a Super Lawyer. He was honored by Thomson Reuters five times previously as an Illinois Rising Star - an attorney 40 years old or younger or who Read More

Jeremy Baker Featured on The Quit Getting Screwed Podcast

  It's time for another breakdown of lien laws in the U.S.! This week, Karalynn is taking a trip back to her home state of Illinois with Jeremy Baker, a clever and committed construction attorney in IL. From your Illinois lien timelines to when you are allowed to send notice for your liens, Jeremy has a lot of excellent insight into how Illinois contractors can ensure they are properly paid for their work. Jeremy Read More

Jeremy Baker Featured on The Law Entrepreneur Podcast

  Starting your own practice isn’t something they teach in law school. Join me as I sit down with legal professionals to hear firsthand accounts of just how they did it.     In this episode, Neil and Jeremy discuss: Lessons for moving into your own solo firm from a big law firm. Digging deep into the tools that you have.  Challenges of opening a new, solo firm.  Implementing processes in your law firm (even if you Read More

Jeremy Baker recognized as Illinois Super Lawyer again by Thomson Reuters

Jeremy has been named among the top 5% of lawyers in Illinois with his inclusion in Thomson Reuters’ 2022 list of Illinois Super Lawyers. Jeremy was recognized for his work in Construction Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, marking his fourth consecutive year as a Super Lawyer. He was honored by Thomson Reuters five times previously as an Illinois Rising Star - an attorney 40 years old or younger or who Read More

Guide to Frequently Encountered Construction Law Issues: Helpful Tools for Construction Lawyers

The construction lawyer regularly faces a wide variety of legal issues, some of which are not often seen in their law practice. Construction lawyers have long used checklists as a quick reference tool for drafting contracts, litigation, and providing advice to clients.  The ABA Forum on Construction Law  The ABA Forum on the Construction Industry has drawn on the expertise of its members to present a unique Read More

Jeremy Baker Featured on The Maximum Lawyer Podcast

In this episode, Jeremy chats with Jim and Tyson about the journey of leaving the big law firm and going solo. If you’ve been thinking about making a similar move, this episode talks about Jeremy's experience, journey, and advice. 4:40 things to do 7:30 tools and resources 10:01 substantive work 13:00 hiring 18:00 clientele 20:05 five years from now Jim’s Hack: Every dollar is not created equally - sit down and Read More

Jeremy Baker Presents “Construction Law 101: A Primer for Real Estate Litigation Attorneys”

Construction Law 101: A Primer for Real Estate Litigation Attorneys. In recognition of Construction Month for the Real Estate, Condemnation and Trust Committee, this Roundtable will provide a primer for real estate attorneys on considerations of and practice points on construction litigation. This presentation focuses on the importance of giving thoughtful consideration to the project delivery method, its insurance Read More