erin-krejci

Erin E. Krejci

Partner

Direct: 312.445.8747

Cell: 773.726.7771

Fax: 312.281.9010

Education

Georgetown University Law Center
J.D., 2004

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

Erin concentrates her practice on complex construction and real estate disputes. She represents owners, developers, landlords, tenants, contractors, and subcontractors in mediation, arbitration, and litigation. Erin litigates claims involving construction contracts, construction defects, insurance coverage, delay claims, design errors and omissions, and mechanics liens. Erin also regularly counsels business clients in non-litigation matters and has significant appellate experience.

In 2016, Erin was recognized as an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers. Emerging Lawyers are those who are age 40 or under or have been practicing law for 10 years or less and have proven themselves professional, ethical and experienced at an early point in their legal career. The distinction of being an Emerging Lawyer has been earned by fewer than 2% of all lawyers licensed to practice in Illinois.

PERSONAL

Erin will always be disappointed that the lyrical genius of the 1985 Chicago Bears’ Super Bowl Shuffle was not recognized with a Grammy.

  • Emerging Lawyer 2016, 2017
  • Federation of Women Contractors
  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on Construction Law
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
    • Construction Law & Mechanics Lien Committee
  • Won summary judgment on all counts representing a tenant in dueling breach of contract claims on a build-to-suit project. The developer sued the tenant for over $6 million dollars in lost profits and costs alleging that the tenant improperly terminated the project shortly before construction was to commence. Our client then brought suit for $2 million dollars 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 the tenants termination of the project was proper and that our client was entitled to its incurred costs. The matter settled shortly after the summary judgment ruling.
  • Won jury verdict in favor of general contractor client Harold O. Schulz Company, Inc. and against defendant, Astor Street, LLC.  After hearing over five weeks of evidence, the jury found in favor of Schulz and awarded Schulz every dollar it requested in the amount of $971,858.33, exclusive of accruing interest, attorneys fees and costs.  The jury also rejected Astor Street’s claims in excess of $6 million.  Later secured a judgment entitling Schulz to collect its attorneys’ fees and costs from Astor Street after obtaining an order from the Court finding that Astor Street withheld payment due and owing to Schulz without just cause or right in violation of Section 17 of the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act.
  • Successfully challenged motion for good faith settlement finding on behalf of manufacturer of pre-insulated piping systems in order to avoid severe consequences of joint and several liability as the last remaining named defendant in a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

Construction Law Corner

  • Instant Communications Can Yield Instant Consequences, Fall, 2016
  • Illinois Supreme Court Reverses Third Circuit and Weighs in on the Lienability of Pre-Development Engineering Services, Fall, 2015
  • An Insurer’s Words Can Be Used Against Them In A Court Of Law: First-Party Property Policy Language Resurrects Seemingly Untimely Construction-Defect Coverage Claim, Winter, 2015
  • Modular Construction Project Survives Legal Challenge, Winter, 2014
  • Implied Warranty of Habitability Applies to Non-Vendor Builders “ Not Just In Illinois, Winter, 2011
  • Presenter, ABA Forum on Construction Law Fall 2016 Practicum:  Advocacy In Arbitration, Mock Cross Examination Session
  • Illinois
  • U.S.  District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit