Chicago Construction Law Attorney

An Experienced Construction and Mechanics Lien Attorney in Chicago

Construction projects involve a myriad of legal issues. However, with an in-depth understanding of construction law, I am able to aid clients in every step of the process – from helping them negotiate an initial contract to representing them in litigation, if necessary.

My Chicago law firm works with general contractors and subcontractors, owners, developers, title companies and lenders involved in all kinds of construction-related cases, including:

  • Contract negotiation and disputes
  • Mechanics lien preparation
  • Mechanics lien foreclosures
  • Bond claims
  • Change orders
  • Damage to adjacent property due to excavation or negligence
  • Construction accidents
  • Errors in design
  • Defective construction
  • Breach of express and implied warranties
  • Insolvent contractors, subcontractors and suppliers

Preparing or Attacking Mechanics Liens in Illinois

I work with contractors and subcontractors to perfect their mechanics lien claims. The Illinois Mechanics Lien Acts provides a number of traps for inexperienced lawyers and unwary contractors.

Mechanics liens can be very powerful tools, but they also require technical legal skill to implement effectively. If a 90-day notice or a notice of lien is not prepared or served properly, the contractor risks losing all rights to the lien.

I often work with owners, lenders and title companies to attack defective mechanics liens and to take advantage of contractor mistakes.

For smaller and less complicated mechanics liens, I offer flat rates. I also work with contractors to prevent technical errors in their liens.

Waiting too long to consult an attorney can mean unnecessary delays and expensive mistakes. The sooner clients involve me in their cases, the more costly problems I can help them avoid.

A History of Success

My Cook County law firm has a record of effectively resolving mechanic’s lien claims and related issues. My experience includes successfully defending a lender against a $9 million claim for a mechanic’s lien, delay damages and breach of contract brought by a contractor on a condominium construction project near Soldier Field.

Another of my clients was the owner of a $3-4 million commercial real estate project who had $300,000 of liens against the property. I successfully settled all the small liens for under four figures and defeated the primary lien through litigation.

Contact Me

To talk to an experienced Chicago construction law lawyer, contact Michael W. Kelly, Attorney at Law, by filling out the online contact form or by calling 312-662-1716.

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