Craig G. Penrose

Senior Counsel

Direct: 312.234.0305

Cell: 312.758.0943

Fax: 312.281.9010


Seattle University School of Law
J.D., 1996

Northwestern University
M.M., 1987

University of Toronto
B.M., 1985

Mr. Penrose focuses his practice in the areas of complex commercial business disputes and construction litigation. In the commercial context, he has successfully represented numerous entities and individuals in various complex business disputes and has appeared in the federal courts of appeal on numerous occasions. Most recently, Mr. Penrose was a Senior Attorney with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation acting as a Receiver of failed financial institutions. He handled investigations into the causes of the failures and was responsible for bringing actions against directors, officers, accountants, and attorneys to recoup losses suffered by the failed financial institutions. He has also represented public and private entities concerning a wide range of employment related litigation, including numerous wage and hour cases on behalf of employers. Mr. Penrose has also represented public municipalities and public officials in a wide range of constitutional litigation.

His construction litigation practice includes representing owners, developers, design professionals, contractors and subcontractors in conventional litigation as well as alternative dispute resolution. He has also represented many of these same construction entities as policyholders in disputes with various insurance carriers over policy benefits.

Mr. Penrose is an accomplished litigator with substantial trial and appellate experience in commercial litigation and business disputes.

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Allied Property & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Metro North Condominium Assoc., 850 F.3d 844 (7th Cir. 2017)
  • Pakovich v. Broadspire Services, Inc., 535 F.3d 601 (7th Cir. 2008)
  • Hardrick v. City of Bolingbrook, 522 F.2d 758 (7th Cir. 2008)
  • Walsh v. Heilmann, 472 F.3d 504 (7th Cir. 2006)
  • Sonii v. General Electric, 359 F.3d 448 (7th Cir. 2004)
  • Central States Pension Fund v. Bomar National Inc., 253 F.3d 1011 (7th Cir. 2001)
  • DePasquale Steel Erectors, Inc. v. Gemini Insurance Company, 249 F. Supp.3d 899 (N.D. Ill. 2017)
  • Perma-Pipe, Inc. v. Liberty Surplus Insurance Company, 38 F. Supp. 3d 890 (N.D. Ill. 2014)
  • Adolf Jewelers, Inc. v. Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co., 614 F. Supp. 2d 648 (E.D. Va. 2008)
  • Krischel v. Hennessy, 533 F. Supp. 2d 790 (N.D. Ill. 2008)
  • Mikolajczyk v. Broadspire Services, In., 499 F. Supp. 2d 958 (N.D. Ohio 2007)
  • Fleming v. Kemper National Services, Inc., 320 F. Supp. 2d 951 (N.D. Ca. 2004)
  • In Re Affiliated Foods, Inc., 249 B.R. 770 (Bankr. W.D. Mo. 2000)

Construction Law Corner

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  • The Hidden Case Killer: The Notice Provisions in the Uniform Commercial Code. Let the Buyer Beware! (Winter 2013)
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