Construction

Construction


You design and build roads, homes, skyscrapers. You work with short deadlines and tight budgets. We understand. Our Construction and Design Practice Group represents owners, developers, general contractors, sub-contractors, architects, engineers, material suppliers and manufacturers, and title insurers in a wide variety of disputes and issues experienced in the construction industry. Our Construction and Design Law Group has both the knowledge and experience to construct efficient and effective cases before state and federal judges, juries, arbitrators and mediators.
 
Construction Claims: We defend and prosecute all types of claims on behalf of our construction industry clients including differing site conditions, warranties, changes, delay and acceleration claims, disruption and termination issues. We also represent clients on all types of payment and collection disputes in both the private and public sector, including claims under the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act, fixed-price and cost-plus contract disputes, and pay when/if paid issues.

Defective Specifications and Work: 
We represent architects and engineers charged with improper design specifications and defective work. Recently, we successfully defended a major design/builder charged with improperly designing and constructing the concrete floor and buried supports for a newspaper printing facility and an engineer in connection with a multi-million dollar property loss arising from the collapse of a floor designed and built more than 50 years ago.

Sick Building Cases/Indoor Air Quality/Building Material Claims: 
We have significant experience handling sick building cases ranging from toxic mold to improper asbestos abatement. Our attorneys have defended a primary EIFS manufacturer in the largest residential home case in the United States, an asbestos removal company charged with improper abatement from the Philadelphia Enquirer building, and a subcontractor charged with the improper installation of terrazzo floor leading to a multi-million dollar claim for removal and replacement.

Worker Injury Claims: 
The defense of personal injury claims is the hallmark of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP. We are frequently retained by self-insured construction companies and insurers to defend the most significant injury and death claims arising from allegedly unsafe construction site practices. We work closely with corporate risk management personnel, claims analysts and expert witnesses in the defense of these claims.

Bid Protests/Minority, Women’s, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Issues: 
Federal and state projects in Illinois have complicated subcontractor listing and MBE/WBE/DBE compliance requirements. Our attorneys can advise you on a wide assortment of bid protests and award disputes, as well as issues concerning the lowest responsive and responsible bidder.

Insurance and Surety Disputes: 
We can advise you in the selection of appropriate insurance coverages, including the use of OCIPs and CCIPs, development of strategies in connection with the tender of claims, understanding additional insured endorsements in light of the always evolving Illinois case law on the subject, and resolving coverage disputes. We can also provide counsel on the law of suretyship and fidelity, including the resolution of payment and performance bond claims.

Whistleblower/Fraud Claims: 
False Claims Act, qui tam and other whistleblower actions are frightening to contractors. Our attorneys can navigate you through allegations of violations of the False Claims Act and other federal and state civil laws, including defense of qui tam cases.

Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act (AWCPA): 
The passage of the AWCPA in 1990 has resulted in increased litigation involving the infringement of architectural works. We can advise design professionals, builders and homeowners concerning their rights and duties with respect to copyright infringement actions.


News

Chicago, June 23, 2016
Four Lateral Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces four lateral associates have joined the firm’s Chicago office.

Chicago, January 12, 2016
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names New Partners
Clyder and Haddox practice in Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Chicago office, while Henne practices in the firm’s Libertyville office.

Chicago, December 17, 2015
Lateral Associates, Law School Grads Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
The firm welcomes two lateral associates and two recent law school graduates to the firm’s Chicago office.

Chicago, Madison County, July 30, 2015
Associate General Counsel, Lateral Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces the arrival of a new partner and three lateral associates, including one to its Madison County, Ill. office.

Chicago, January 15, 2015
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names New Partners
Six associates were recently named partners, including one in St. Louis.

Chicago, October 21, 2014
Lateral Partner, Four Lateral Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
All five attorneys practice in Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP's Chicago office.

Chicago, January 13, 2014
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Names New Equity, Non-Equity Partners
Two were elected equity partners and two were elected non-equity partners.

Chicago, July 9, 2013
Seven Lateral Attorneys Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Four partners and three associates have recently joined the firm's Chicago office.


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Libertyville, April 24, 2013
Pardys, Goles Present at Seminar for Local Government Officials
Pardys and Goles will address FOIA and The Gift Ban during their presentation.

Libertyville, October 22, 2012
Goles Authors Landlord-Tenant Blog Post for Seminar Company Blog
Goles titled his post, "Preparing for a Lawsuit Starts the Day of the Tenant's Application."

Libertyville, August 24, 2012
Seminar Addresses Commercial and Residential Landlord-Tenant Law
Goles is a member of the firm’s Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy, Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes and Construction Litigation Practice Groups.

Chicago, August 18, 2011
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Quotes Kincaid on Inland Real Estate GC Brooks
Joseph P. Kincaid was quoted on his attorney-client relationship with Inland Real Estate Corp. General Counsel Beth Sprecher Brooks.

Chicago, Libertyville, January 27, 2011
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Welcomes Two Associates
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP has recently added two associates to the firm’s Chicago and Libertyville, Ill. offices.


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