Ridgely J. Jackson


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Loyola University Chicago School of Law
J.D., 2006

Northwestern University
B.S.G.S., summa cum laude

Ridgely J. Jackson concentrates her practice on construction disputes and drafting construction, design, and design-build contracts for owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, architects, and engineers.  She has drafted contracts for mixed use high-rise complexes, condominium hotels, shopping center projects, medical centers, entertainment venues, and charter schools.  Ms. Jackson also drafted construction and design contracts for housing and community projects in Sri Lanka and Africa.  In addition, she prosecutes and defends mechanics lien disputes.

Ms. Jackson has edited numerous publications and presentations, and served as Associate Editor of Under Construction, a newsletter published by the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry, from 2011 to 2014.  She also co-authored the chapter on alternative clauses to the AIA A107-2007 form of construction contract published by Aspen.  At Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Ms. Jackson was an adjunct faculty member for several years teaching Legal Writing to law students as well as attorneys admitted to practice in other countries.

Ms. Jackson also has focused on special education issues and shelter for the disadvantaged as part of her pro bono activities. Representing children and their families as a volunteer attorney at Equip for Equality, Ms. Jackson researched special education issues for Ounce of Prevention. She has represented children seeking special education services from their school districts. She also served on the board of directors for the Lawyers Committee for Better Housing.

  • Illinois Bar Association

Civic Organizations

  • Adjunct Faculty, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Legal Writing Instructor (2009-2017)
  • Member, Advisory Council, Special Education Clinic, Equip for Equality (2013-2015)
  • National Pro Bono Award, Former Firm (2012 and 2007)
  • Volunteer Attorney, Equip for Equality (2009-2015)
  • Chicago Pro Bono Award, Former Firm (2011)
  • Board of Directors and Volunteer Attorney, Lawyers Committee for Better Housing (2007-2012)
  • Illinois Legal Aid On-Line Pro Bono Attorney of the Month (January 2010)
  • CASA Court-Appointed Special Advocate for Children (Cook County, Illinois) (2009-2011)
  • Pro Bono Recognition Award, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois (2006)
  • Teacher, Law Related Education, Audy Juvenile Detention Center, Chicago, Illinois (2002)
  • Co-author, “Direct vs. Consequential Damages: Use the Road Sign Test to Tell the Difference,” Under Construction, Vol. 15, No. 2 (April 2013)
  • Author, “Message from the Associate Editor: Have We Lost You? We Are Here – Electronically!,” Under Construction, Vol. 15, No. 2 (April 2013)
  • Associate Editor, Under Construction, published by the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry (2011-2014)
  • Contributing Author, The Annotated Construction Law Glossary (ABA 2010)
  • Co-Author, Supplement to Alternative Clauses to Standard Construction Contracts (Aspen 2010)
  • Co-Author, “Owners’ Amending AIA A107 – 2007: Standard Form of Agreement between Owner and the Contractor for a Project of Limited Scope,” Chapter 8 in Alternative Clauses to Standard Construction Contracts (Aspen 2009)
  • Illinois