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Jeffrey B. Charkow

Jeffrey Charkow's practice focuses on sophisticated commercial litigation. He has been responsible for the representation of Fortune 50 corporations, privately held companies and individuals in complex matters throughout the United States.

Jeff focuses on finding creative and cost effective solutions to a range of commercial disputes. He recently represented one of the world's largest restaurant chains in litigation arising out of one of its well-known advertising campaigns, recovering more than $20 million after trial and settlements. Jeff's construction law practice has involved representation of virtually all the players in the industry, litigating claims on behalf of design professionals, design-builders, general contractors, subcontractors, developers and owners relating to projects such as the Notre Dame Football Stadium, Deer Island Waste Water Treatment Center, the City of Chicago's Emergency Communication System, a large coal-fired power plant in Central Illinois, as well as hotel, apartment and condominium projects throughout the United States.

Jeff has achieved notable recognition within the legal community, including being AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell's highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability. He has been described by Legal 500 as having "outstanding knowledge." He is an active member of the American Bar Association, including the Construction Law Forum, Division 12 (Owners and Lenders) and the Chicago Bar Association.

Jeff graduated in 1993 from Washington University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Washington University of Law Quarterly and graduated Order of the Coif. After law school, Jeff spent two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Carol E. Jackson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Jeff received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988. He is admitted to practice in Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.



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  • Claims for Disruption/Loss of Productivity, Construction Litigation, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, with Jeffrey H. Winick and John Paul Lujan (2013)
  • Construction Accounting - A Guide for Attorneys and Other Professionals, author of Chapter entitled Revenue Recognition and Other Construction Accounting Issues, with William Gruenier (2010)
  • The Impact of Illinois Law on Common Owner/Architect Contract Issues, Construction Law in Illinois, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, with Steven G.M. Stein (2004, Supp. 2006)
  • What's Mine is Mine: Copyright Protection for the Design Professional, Practicing Law Institute, Real Estate Law and Practice Course Handbook Series, PLI Order No. N0-00BY, with Steven G.M. Stein (April, 2003)