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Property Owners

Helping Property Owners Build and Maintain Facilities

Large companies, hospitals, universities, and similar institutional property owners spend huge sums developing and maintaining their facilities annually. Downtown Chicago’s commercial properties are engaged – virtually always – in design and construction projects, from amenity upgrades to tenant build-outs to capital improvements.  

The owner’s in-house counsel or real estate attorneys often guide these projects.  Yet, few property owners employ lawyers with deep design and construction knowledge. This can lead to poor contracting and procurement practices, and unpredictable outcomes. True design and construction attorneys can mitigate these risks. 

What Common Mistakes Do Owners Make in Construction Projects?

What Should Project Owners Know before Embarking on a Design and Construction Contract?

Can Owners Prevent Design and Construction Defects?

Corporate property owners – and their in-house law departments – can turn to us to backstop their projects, large and small. From giving occasional advice on discrete issues to negotiating project-specific contracts or guiding development of major projects, we can help fill in any design and construction knowledge gaps.

Can Contractors Charge More than Their Written Estimate or Promise to Owners?

Why Can Owners Be Forced to Pay Twice for the Same Construction Work?

How Can Owners Motivate Contractors to Complete Construction Projects?


Jeremy has served on teams that successfully:

  • Advised an owner to develop a $650 million project by providing daily counsel on issues from payments to surety bonds to TIF and M/WBE compliance; resolving nearly 80 mechanics liens; and handling the related mediations, arbitrations, and lawsuits.
  • Represented a consortium of property owners in federal court litigation on a billion-dollar project facing total claims in excess of $150 million involving delay, disruption, loss of efficiency, and substantial defects.
  • Defended a utility against $25 million delay, site conditions, and contractor fraud claims in a 3-week evidentiary AAA arbitration hearing.
  • Counseled a municipality on the procurement and structuring of a $60 million transportation infrastructure project that was developed with state and federal funds.

To learn about how corporate and other institutional property owners can navigate the design and construction process, contact Baker Law today.

Jeremy S. Baker has the knowledge and experience to help corporate and other institutional property owners navigate the design and construction process.

Jeremy S. Baker has the knowledge and experience to help corporate and other institutional property owners navigate the design and construction process.


While we focus almost exclusively on commercial projects, we also help families design and build high-end single family homes.  Homebuilding is much riskier than most people understand.

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