The construction industry emerged from challenging times and skylines are changing again. Construction industry success depends on innovation and a dedication to productivity and careful attention must be paid to risks, old and new. More than ever, contractors, owners and design professionals need counsel who understand their challenges. At Much, we know our clients’ businesses and we understand the risks they can face. We care deeply about our clients, and we admire their dedication to design and construction. A successful project matters a great deal to our clients and the communities they serve – and we share our clients’ passion for building.
Much is known for our depth in construction law. Our knowledge and experience have made us a “go to” firm for many local, regional and national construction and real estate professionals and other firms involved in the complex construction process. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies and ENR-listed contractors and design professionals, as well as middle-market industry players. Whatever their size, our clients obtain the depth of knowledge of a construction law boutique coupled with the range and resources of a full-service firm. In fact, we are one of the few regional law firms with experienced construction law attorneys who also have substantial, hands-on training in the architectural, engineering, and contracting professions. Our success is built upon the effectiveness of lawyers who truly understand the construction industry, who do not charge the hourly rates of "Big Law" and who believe deeply in developing long-term relationships with clients.
What Sets Us Apart
Our construction law attorneys are experienced in transactions and legal disputes involving the myriad building systems, structures, types, project delivery methods, and materials. We are engaged in a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, institutional, heavy civil, infrastructure, power, data, energy, marine, commercial, residential, industrial, health care, government and schools. We are equally comfortable relating to the workers and superintendents in the field, project managers and C-suite executives. As a result, we offer a compelling blend of legal knowledge, practical industry experience and an ability to "speak the language" of the construction industry.
Emerging Trends & Technology
Our lawyers pride themselves on staying up to date on legal issues associated with emerging trends and innovations. We provide counseling and are thought leaders on topics such as modular construction, 3D printing, building information modeling, integrated project delivery, technology risk and the development of new technologies to make the design and construction process more productive.
Industry Leadership & Recognition
We further demonstrate our commitment to clients and their needs through our leadership roles in legal and construction industry organizations. Our attorneys are members of the American College of Construction Lawyers, Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys (and its senior leadership), the American Bar Association's Forum on the Construction Industry (and its steering committee for the Design Division), the Chicago Bar Association (and its Construction Law & Mechanics Lien subcommittee) and the Illinois State Bar Association's Section on Construction Law. We have also served on the committees that drafted comprehensive revisions to the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act. We serve on government and school boards and committees. We are also regular panelists and presenters at seminars and conferences, guest lecturers at law and business schools, and are frequent contributors to legal and construction industry journals and blogs. Additionally, one of our lawyers has served as general counsel for a large construction industry trade organization.
Our attorneys are recognized by industry and legal peers for their knowledge of construction law and their skill as litigators in both state and federal courts. Our lawyers are listed in Chambers, Leading Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and Who’s Who, and have received the highest peer rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
Areas of Focus
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