Todd Brand

Senior Associate Attorney

Todd Brand has practiced exclusively in design and construction law, representing clients in Chicago and nationally, since 2015. He uses his knowledge of design and construction law and contracts to assert and protect the rights of all stakeholders in the industry.

Todd has represented project owners, real estate developers, design professionals, general contractors and subcontractors, and other project stakeholders, on a wide variety of dispute resolution matters. He prevents – and when necessary, uses mediation, arbitration and litigation to resolve – claims involving architectural and engineering errors, construction defects, matters involving project schedule delay, mechanics lien recording, foreclosure and defense, termination of contract issues, fraud, design and construction insurance coverage matters, claims involving payment and performance bonds.

While Todd has successfully represented clients in litigation, mediation and arbitration, and is comfortable zealously advocating for clients in these forums, he also draws upon his extensive experience in risk management to advise his clients on claim prevention and dispute avoidance measures so his clients can focus on what is most important – delivering excellent new design and construction projects, preventing disputes, and achieving “win-win” outcomes.


EXPERIENCE

  • Laurie & Brennan LLP, Associate Attorney (2018 – 2021)

Todd practiced design and construction law at Laurie & Brennan LLP, a nationally recognized law firm dedicated exclusively to representing the construction industry in complex construction disputes throughout the United States, immediately before joining Baker Law Group LLC. At Laurie & Brennan LLP, Todd worked on complex design and construction projects, including renovation of several NFL stadiums, such as Lincoln Financial Field, Hard Rock Stadium and Chicago’s own Soldier Field. At Laurie & Brennan LLP, Todd deepened his construction litigation experience in a wide variety of matters, including claims involving property damage, construction project fraud, material failures, underground store tanks, interstate railways, and other design and construction project claims. An experienced litigator, Todd is comfortable in the courtroom, advocating for clients in arbitration, and seeking early cost-efficient dispute resolution in mediation.

Like Jeremy Baker, the highly-regarded principals of Laurie & Brennan LLP launched their law firm directly from Schiff Hardin LLP, where they were partners in its Construction Law Group. Numerous Laurie & Brennan LLP partners are, like Jeremy Baker, members of the esteemed Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys (SOICA). Jeremy feels particularly fortunate to count a Laurie & Brennan LLP alumni, Todd Brand, as a Baker Law Group LLC attorney.

  • Emalfarb, Swan & Bain, Associate Attorney (2015 – 2018)

After graduating law school in 2015, Todd began his career at another Chicago-based law firm which focuses on design and construction matters, Emalfarb, Swan & Bain. There, Todd handled design and construction claims for national and multinational companies throughout the United States and Canada. Todd’s practice included a heavy focus on mechanics lien law including the recording and assertion of mechanics lien claims, the foreclosure of mechanics lien claims, and defending property owners and real estate developers from mechanics lien claims. Todd recorded and prosecuted mechanics lien claims in the State of Illinois, and worked side-by-side with local counsel in over 40 other States on mechanics lien-related matters. Todd also gained litigation experience by prosecuting design and construction clients’ claims against federal and state agencies, including the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center, arising out of violations of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARS).

EDUCATION

  • Marquette University Law School – Milwaukee, Wisconsin (J.D., 2015)
  • Northeastern Illinois University – Chicago, Illinois (B.S., 2012)
  • Mediator – Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Small Claims Division (2014)

During his second year of law, Todd served as a mediator and resolved disputes on the docket of the Milwaukee County Court, Small Claims Division. Using both facilitative and evaluative mediation techniques, Todd helped identify underlying issues and facilitate settlements between the litigants.

CLERKSHIPS

Judicial Intern – Honorable Mary E. Triggiano, Chief Judge, First Judicial District of Wisconsin (2014)

In the summer before his third year at Marquette Law School, Todd assisted Chief Judge Mary E. Triggiano, with legal issues related to the trauma-informed care approach to juvenile delinquency, drug treatment programs, child protection and other various court proceedings. And Todd had the pleasure of attending adoption proceedings and family reunification ceremonies.

BAR ADMISSIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

Illinois, Member of Bar (2015)

Chicago Bar Association

PERSONAL

When he’s not spending time with his beautiful wife and adorable kids, Todd can be found on the golf course, scuba diving or behind the computer in his never-ending pursuit of fantasy football perfection.