Chad J. Shifrin


Direct: 312.445.8785

Cell: 847.691.0014

Fax: 312.281.9010


Chicago-Kent College of Law 
J.D., 2004, with High Honors
Order of the Coif
Executive Articles Editor, Chicago-Kent Law Review

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A., 2001

Chad Shifrin focuses his practice on complex construction and real estate disputes with particular emphasis in litigating disputes in courts across the country and in arbitration. He has extensive experience counseling owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, and designers on resolving project disputes, including design and construction defects, delay claims, cost overruns, mechanics liens, insurance coverage, payment and performance bonds, and ADA and other code and zoning violations.

Chad also regularly counsels clients in non-litigation matters, assisting in contract negotiation through project completion.

In 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, Chad was recognized as an “Emerging Lawyer” in Construction Law by Leading Lawyers, a distinction earned by fewer than two percent of Illinois lawyers who are under the age of 40.


Chad is married and has three children. His interests include golf, travel, and rooting for University of Illinois and Chicago sports teams.

Clerk Information

  • Judicial extern, The Honorable Ann Claire Williams, United States Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit (Spring 2004)
  • Judicial extern, The Honorable Martin C. Ashman, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Spring 2003)
  • Emerging Lawyer 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Chicago Building Congress Member
    • Merit Awards Committee Member
    • Future Leaders Committee Member
  • Case Note Editor for the American Bar Association’s Construction Litigation Committee
  • Defended multi-million dollar delay claim involving the $4 billion construction of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge just north of New York City for a specialty steel contractor. Our client entered into a successful settlement agreement.
  • Defended over $40 million claim where a University’s underground utility distribution system servicing numerous campus buildings was replaced in its entirety after less than one year of operation. After extensive fact and expert witness depositions and prevailing on case-altering pre-trial motions, our client entered into a successful settlement agreement shortly before trial.
  • Represented design-build steel subcontractor in multi-million dollar claims involving the design and construction of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA.  The matter resulted in a successful settlement of all claims.
  • Won arbitration representing a general contractor in its multi-million dollar claim against the design-builder involving the contract’s compensation structure and defending alleged delay and inefficiency claims for construction of a prototype wind tower and turbine. The arbitrator awarded our client all of its requested damages and its attorney’s fees and costs.
  • Represented the New Jersey Devils in multi-million dollar litigation involving the design and construction of the Prudential Center. The matter resulted in a successful settlement of all claims.
  • Represented the Philadelphia Eagles in arbitration involving multi-million dollar claims involving design and construction issues at Lincoln Financial Field. The matter resulted in a successful settlement of all claims.
  • Won summary judgment on all counts of dueling breach of contract claims on a lease dispute for a build-to-suit project. A developer sued our client, a corporate tenant, for over $6 million in lost profits and costs alleging that our client improperly terminated the project days before construction was to commence. Our client then brought suit for $2 million for reimbursement of its incurred project costs because the developer failed to meet its financing obligations under the lease. In granting summary judgment for our client on all claims, the trial court ruled that our client did not breach the contract, the developer did, and that our client was entitled to all of its incurred costs. The matter settled shortly after the summary judgment ruling.
  • Won jury trial representing a mechanical contractor in connection with a commercial building owner’s claim seeking over $300,000 in costs and lost profits as a result of alleged delayed and unfinished work. The jury entered a complete verdict in our client’s favor. After trial, the judge awarded our client all of its attorney’s fees. Won the appeal as the appellate court affirmed both the jury verdict and attorney’s fees award. Subhash Saluja v. Midwesco Services, Inc., No. 1-11-3750, 2013 WL 209307 (1st Dist. January 17, 2013).
  • Won arbitration representing a general contractor with claims against its mechanical subcontractor for defective work. The arbitrator awarded damages and attorneys’ fees to our client.
  • Represented hospital in multi-million dollar litigation against a prominent architectural firm and mechanical engineer involving design claims relating to the hospital’s HVAC system and curtain wall design.  The matter resulted in a successful settlement of all claims.
  • Advised electric power supplier regarding design/construction matters during construction of its $500M hydroelectric power station.
  • Represents manufacturer of pre-insulated piping systems in disputes across the United States.
  • Represents Nestlé USA in its design and construction issues for its facilities across the United States.

Pro Bono Representation

Served on the Leadership Council of the National Immigrant Justice Center and has undertaken a wide range of pro bono representations including:

  • Represented several immigrants seeking asylum including hearings before the Chicago Immigration Court for a family from Indonesia who had fled due to religious persecution and an individual who fled Columbia to escape persecution from the FARC
  • Represented numerous juveniles in criminal cases at the Cook County Juvenile Court
  • Represented hurricane Katrina victims seeking temporary shelter and assistance

Construction Law Corner

  • Illinois Appellate Court Extends Mechanics’ Lien Rights to Pre-Development Work — Even If Owner Claims to Have No Knowledge of the Work (Spring 2015)
  • Seventh Circuit Holds That Sureties May Rely on “Pay-If-Paid” Clauses To Not Pay Subcontractors’ Payment Bond Claims (Winter 2013)
  • Presenter, “Construction Law Update 2017,” Illinois CPA Society Construction Industry Virtual Conference (October 25, 2017).
  • Moderator, Chicago Building Congress on the Value of Corporate Culture (May 5, 2015).
  • Presenter, “Identifying and Avoiding Financially Distressed Contractors and Subcontractors,” AACE International (September 12, 2013)
  • 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, August 23, 2011, and September 19, 2012)
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