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Portions of this post first appeared in “Article 8, Time,” Chapter 8 in The 2017 A201 Deskbook, American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Construction Law (2017), co-author Jeremy S. Baker Benjamin Franklin famously quipped “lost time is never found again.” While building projects can be accelerated to recover lost time, this aphorism reveals a truth of the construction industry: proper time and schedule management can mean the difference between success and failure on many design…
LET’S GO SOLO! Presentation In this episode, Steve Fretzin and I discuss: Having a centralized list of all your key relationships. Think about where you are and where you need to be. Having and creating a marketing and business plan for your company. Finding your differentiator and your infomercial. Getting results from networking and qualifying a contact with T.A.L.E.N.T. Key Takeaways: Create systems around you that will allow you to practice law. Look at your…
012 – Going Solo with Attorney Jeremy Baker   Are you thinking about taking the leap and opening your own firm? Attorney Jeremy Baker was in your shoes at one point, and he decided to take the leap. Now, he’s running a successful solo practice and joins us to talk about his experience and provide some insight on his journey. Learn more about Jeremy at www.buildchicagolaw.com, as well as his other venture, Operation Palmtree,…
On April 22nd, Jeremy taught a two hour Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Chicago course, entitled “AIA Document A201-2017: Understanding the General Conditions of the Construction Contract,” for CSI members who seek the Construction Documents Technology (CDT) certification. The CDT certification provides a comprehensive program of study for anyone seeking to enhance and demonstrate knowledge of writing, interpreting, enforcing and managing construction documents. ACCESS SLIDE DECK HERE
On April 14, 2021, Jeremy will present “Seeing the Big Picture: Best Practices for Contracting and Risk Management” in the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) and American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Construction Law. This presentation focuses on how you can protect your project with carefully crafted contract requirements and a better understanding of construction insurance. The link to Jeremy’s Slide Deck is below. ACCESS SLIDE DECK HERE
Some of the scariest risks I have helped clients address – in terms of potential claim value, meeting exacting performance requirements, and the inability to transfer risk by contract – relate to “accessibility standards,” like Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Housing Act (FHA).  Some of the largest dollar value claims I have defended – setting aside those arising from “mega projects” costing north of $500M to $1B-plus, which throw off enormous claims due…
Jeremy has been named among the top 5% of lawyers in Illinois with his inclusion in Thompson Reuters’ 2021 list of Illinois Super Lawyers. Jeremy was recognized for his work in Construction Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, marking his third consecutive year as a Super Lawyer. He was honored by Thompson Reuters five times previously as an Illinois Rising Star – an attorney 40 years old or younger or who has been practicing for 10…
Jeremy has been named a Leading Lawyer in Construction Law for 2021, marking his seventh consecutive year of recognition by Law Bulletin Media. This is the fifth year that Jeremy has been named a Leading Lawyer, which recognizes the top 5% of licensed attorneys in Illinois. Before that, he was recognized for two years as an Emerging Lawyer, identifying him among the less than 2% of lawyers in the state under 40 or have been…
This post is about “designing” the web of contracts for design and construction projects. That web is called a “project delivery method,” and there are many ways to engineer that web of contracts. The article is not about claims or disputes. Not overtly, at least. It does, however, have a decided “dispute resolution” overtone because good project delivery methods and contracts can minimize disputes. Good Project Design Can Minimize Design and Construction Disputes My suspicion?…