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   3Daniel S. BrennanChicago(312) 445-8782dbrennan@lauriebrennan.comdbrennan@lauriebrennan.comLaurie & Brennan LLPwww.lauriebrennan.comwww.lauriebrennan.combrennandaniels.jpgConstruction Law
Daniel S.
Laurie & Brennan LLP
400 W Madison St Ste 1750
Chicago IL 60606
Ph.(312) 445-8782 Fx.(312) 281-9010Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:
Construction Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Brennan, founding partner of Laurie & Brennan, LLP, concentrates his practice in advising owners, designers and contractors on risk management in the construction process; prosecuting and defending construction claims including professional negligence, personal injury, 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.

Mr. Brennan is named in the respected publication 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. In 2006 and 2008, he was named an Illinois Super Lawyer. Mr. Brennan is also listed in the International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers.

Notable Cases and Results:  
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)

Bar Admissions:  
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Year of Birth:  1965

Law School:  Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1990
Law School Honors/Involvement:  Cum laude

Undergraduate School:  University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1986
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  Cum laude

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
American Bar Association
  Forum on the Construction Industry
  Governing Committee
  Former member of Steering Committee of Division 12 (Owners & Lenders)
Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
Leading Lawyers, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2003-present
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2009
The International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers
Illinois Super Lawyers
Expert Guides' top lawyer in construction law in the USA in Best of the Best 2012

Published Legal Writing:  
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

Legal Lectures:  
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)

Speaker, "The Construction Contracts Program: Understanding and Negotiating the Clauses in the New Industry Form Document,? ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Regional Program, Indianapolis, IN (November 6, 2008)

"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)

"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)

Firm Description:  
Laurie & Brennan, LLP, a select team of highly skilled attorneys, provides the highest level of comprehensive legal representation in the construction industry. Founded by partners Ty Laurie and Dan Brennan, the Chicago-based construction law firm, offers large firm expertise at more affordable rates. Ty Laurie and Dan Brennan, who combined have almost 50 years of experience in construction law, founded Laurie & Brennan LLP in order to provide clients with a wide array of construction law experience and knowledge in a hands-on, small firm environment.

The firm’s attorneys provide comprehensive construction law representation to owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, and other construction industry professionals. Our projects have included Soldier Field in Chicago, the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Prudential Center in Newark, and One World Trade Center in New York City to name a few.

Dan runs marathons and runs hither and yon following the extracurricular exploits of his four children.

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