LET’S GO SOLO – on Be That Lawyer Podcast

https://fretzin.com/lets-go-solo-presentation/ In this episode, Steve Fretzin and I discuss: Having a centralized list of all your key relationships. Think about where you are and where you need to be. Having and creating a marketing and business plan for your company. Finding your differentiator and your infomercial. Getting results from networking and qualifying a contact with T.A.L.E.N.T. Key Takeaways: Create Read More

Going Solo with Attorney Jeremy Baker – Center Stage Podcast

012 – Going Solo with Attorney Jeremy Baker   Are you thinking about taking the leap and opening your own firm? Attorney Jeremy Baker was in your shoes at one point, and he decided to take the leap. Now, he’s running a successful solo practice and joins us to talk about his experience and provide some insight on his journey. Learn more about Jeremy at www.buildchicagolaw.com, as well as his other Read More

Seeing the Big Picture: Best Practices for Contracting and Risk Management

On April 14, 2021, Jeremy will present “Seeing the Big Picture: Best Practices for Contracting and Risk Management” in the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) and American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Construction Law. This presentation focuses on how you can protect your project with carefully crafted contract requirements and a better understanding of construction insurance. The link to Jeremy’s Read More

Strategies that Help Clients Comply with Accessibility Requirements

Some of the scariest risks I have helped clients address – in terms of potential claim value, meeting exacting performance requirements, and the inability to transfer risk by contract – relate to “accessibility standards,” like Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Housing Act (FHA).  Some of the largest dollar value claims I have defended – setting aside those arising from “mega projects” costing north of Read More

Jeremy Baker selected as Leading Lawyer for fifth consecutive year

Jeremy has been named a Leading Lawyer in Construction Law for 2021, marking his seventh consecutive year of recognition by Law Bulletin Media. This is the fifth year that Jeremy has been named a Leading Lawyer, which recognizes the top 5% of licensed attorneys in Illinois. Before that, he was recognized for two years as an Emerging Lawyer, identifying him among the less than 2% of lawyers in the state under 40 or 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’ 2021 list of Illinois Super Lawyers. Jeremy was recognized for his work in Construction Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, marking his third 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


This post is about “designing” the web of contracts for design and construction projects. That web is called a “project delivery method,” and there are many ways to engineer that web of contracts. The article is not about claims or disputes. Not overtly, at least. It does, however, have a decided “dispute resolution” overtone because good project delivery methods and contracts can minimize disputes. GOOD PROJECT Read More

Construction Contracts Primer: What Real Estate Attorneys Should Know

On December 10, 2020, Jeremy will present “Construction Contracts Primer: What Real Estate Attorneys Should Know” to The Chicago Bar Association’s Real Property Law Committee.  This presentation focuses on the importance of giving thoughtful consideration to the project delivery method, their insurance ramifications, and construction pricing issues, all before selecting the type of design or construction contract.  Read More

Why Illinois Courts Often Favor Arbitration Over Litigation

The choice between arbitration and court litigation in Illinois is complicated. Arbitration is no panacea. Some disputes are definitely better suited to litigation in a court of competent jurisdiction than arbitration. However, Illinois courts and law are no longer hostile to arbitration, and recognize its many advantages. Why Illinois Law and Illinois Courts Favor Arbitration. Our Supreme Court has characterized Read More

Arbitration vs. Court: What are the Advantages of Private Arbitration Over Public Court Litigation

Private arbitration has several advantages over litigation in a court of law. One is that arbitration takes place mostly in private. Unlike litigation, which is conducted in public and leaves behind publicly-available records, arbitration typically does not leave behind a public record of filings which could embarrass the parties involved in the dispute. Arbitrators Know Design and Construction Arbitration enables Read More