Dan Brennan

Daniel S. Brennan
Partner

Direct 312.445.8782
Cell 312.504.3113
Fax 312.281.9010
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Education

Georgetown University Law Center

  • J.D., 1990, cum laude

University of Notre Dame

  • B.A., 1986, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Northern District of Illinois

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry; Current Governing Committee Member; Former Member of Steering Committee of Division 12 (Owners & Lenders)
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys

Daniel S. Brennan

Practice Emphasis

Mr. Brennan, founding partner of Laurie & Brennan, LLP, concentrates his practice on advising owners, designers and contractors on risk management in the construction process; prosecuting and defending construction claims including professional negligence, cost overrun, and delay claims; negotiating and drafting construction and design contracts for architects, engineers and owners; and advising clients with respect to design and construction of accessible facilities under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act. 

Published Cases

  • Board of Managers of the Courtyards at the Woodlands Condo Assoc. v. IKO Chicago, Inc., 697 N.E.2d 727 (Ill. 1998)
  • IHP Industrial, Inc. v. PermAlert ESP, 178 F.R.D. 483 (S.D. Miss. 1997); 947 F. Supp. 257 (S.D. Miss. 1996)

Awards and Honors

Mr. Brennan is consistently ranked among the top lawyers in construction law. His awards and honors include:

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, which in 2007 said he is an "all-around first-rate construction lawyer" and in 2008 described him as "wonderful;"
  • He is recommended in the PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2009;
  • Listing in The International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers;
  • Listing as an Illinois Super Lawyer;
  • Expert Guides named him as a top lawyer in construction law in the USA in Best of the Best 2012.

Personal

Dan is a runner—he runs marathons, and he runs hither and yon following the extracurricular exploits of his four children.

 

Publications

  • Editor and author, The Construction Contracts Book: How to Find Common Ground in Negotiating the 2007 Industry Form Contract Documents, 2nd Ed., American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry (2007)
  • "Additional Insured Endorsements: Covering the Risks on Construction Projects," Retail Law Strategist, Vol. 5, Issue 5 (May 2005)
  • "The ADA in Stadium-Style Theaters: The Evolution of Comparable Lines of Sight," Retail Law Strategist, Vol. 5, Issue 1 (January 2005)
  • Editor and author, The Construction Contracts Book: How to Find Common Ground in Negotiating Design and Construction Contract Clauses, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry (2004)
  • "Eyes Wide Open" [Understanding and Documenting the Owner-Architect Relationship], American School &University (November 2004)
  • "Tools to Manage the Risks of Construction Delays," Retail Law Strategist, Vol. 3, Issue 10 (October 2003)
  • "Construction Defect Claims Against Manufacturers and Suppliers," Construction Lawyer, Vol. 23, No. 2 (Spring 2003)
  • "Cost Reimbursement Construction Contracts: Defining What is Reimbursable," Retail Law Strategist, Vol. 2, Issue 11 (December 2002)
  • "Managing Change Orders in Construction," Retail Law Strategist, Vol. 2, Issue 3 (March 2002)
  • "Termination for Convenience: A Vital Construction Contracting Tool," Retail Law Strategist, Vol. 1, Issue 9 (November 2001)
  • "The New A201: Opportunity Knocks," Consulting Specifying Engineer, Vol. 25, No. 1 (January 1999)
  • "Practitioner’s Note on Board of Manager's v. IKO Manufacturing," Federal Publications’ Construction Contractor, Vol. 22, No. 21 (October 19, 1998)
  • Significant Issues for Building Managers in the New Revised 1997 American Institute of Architects Agreements, Building Owners and Manager Association (1997/98)
  • "Broad Form Vendor Endorsements," IDC Journal (1995)
  • Editor, Retail Law Strategist

Presentations and Seminars

  • Program Co-Chair, “The Insurance Program,” ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Chicago, IL (September 22, 2011)
  • Co-Presenter, Pros and Cons of Cost-Plus vs. Fixed Price Contracts and the Impact of the Current Economy on Construction Projects," Lorman Seminars (August 23, 2011)
  • Panelist “Mitigating the Erosion of Professional Liability Insurance Limits,”  International Risk Management Institute (IRMI), 30th IRMI Construction Risk Conference, Orlando, Florida (November 17, 2010)
  • Panelist “Winning Strategies for Reviving the Troubled Project in a Downward Economy," ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Fall Program, Miami Beach, Florida (September 2, 2010)
  • Co-Presenter, Pros and Cons of Cost-Plus vs. Fixed Price Contracts and the Impact of the Current Economy on Construction Projects," Lorman Seminars (April 16, 2010)
  • Panelist, "Challenges and Opportunities in the Development and Construction of Medical Facilities," Healthcare '09 Conference sponsored by the Illinois Real Estate Journal, Des Plaines, Illinois (March 26, 2009)
  • "The Unique Challenges of Rebuilding after a Natural Disaster," Midwestern Higher Education Compact, St. Louis, Missouri (March 2009)
  • Co-presenter, "Pros and Cons of Cost-Plus vs. Fixed Price Contracts and the Impact of the Current Economy on Construction Projects," Lorman Seminars (March 20, 2009)
  • "The Economic Loss Rule in Florida," The University of Miami Law School, LL.M. Program in Real Property Development, Guest Lecture (March 4, 2005)
  • "Design/Build: Why and Why Not," International Council of Shopping Centers, US Law Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona (October 22, 1999)
  • "Practical and Advanced Illinois Construction Law," Federal Publications, Chicago, Illinois (1995, 1996, 1998, 1999)
  • "Construction Law Primer for Real Estate Lawyers" (Roundtable), International Council of Shopping Centers Annual Law Program, Nashville, Tennessee (October 30, 1998)
  • "Speeches Risk Assessment, Allocation and Insurance on Construction Projects," International Council of Shopping Centers US Law Conference, Hollywood, Florida (October 29, 2004)
  • "Concepts, Practices and Considerations for Modifying Standard Construction Contracts," ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Annual Program, Scottsdale, Arizona (May 6, 2004)
  • "You Want Me to Fix What? Dealing with the Life Safety Code," Illinois Health Care Association, Annual Convention and Trade Show, Peoria, Illinois (September 15, 2003)
  • "The Last Link in the Chain: Claims Against Manufacturers and Suppliers," ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Fall Program, Minneapolis, Minnesota (October 3, 2002)
  • "Healthy Construction Projects: Achieving Goals of Time, Quality and Budget," 36th Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition for the American Society of Healthcare Engineering of the American Hospital Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (June 23, 1999)
  • "Legal Issues in the Use of Computers in Design and Construction," A/E/C Systems, Anaheim, California (June 1996)
  • "Significant Legal Issues Relating to Design-Build," AIA of Northern Illinois (June 1996)
  • "Legal Issues in the Use of Computer in Design and Construction," A/E/C Systems, Chicago, Illinois (Fall 1995)

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