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Robert J. Harris

Bob Harris, the Firm's co-founder, focuses on a wide variety of complex construction and commercial litigation matters for public and private companies and prominent individuals. For more than 25 years, Bob has successfully tried and resolved cases throughout the United States in both state and federal courts and in arbitration proceedings. Bob has handled a wide variety of construction disputes for owners, developers, architects, engineers and general contractors, as well as commercial disputes ranging from breach of contract, to real estate disputes, to franchise litigation, to intellectual property, and executive employment lawsuits. Bob also has been appointed to the Roster of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association. Recently, Bob has served as an arbitrator on panels hearing a complex, multi-million dollar dispute involving an international mineral company's filter equipment and on another panel deciding delay and other claims in connection with a large hotel/condominium project.

Bob has achieved notable recognition within the legal community including being distinguished as one of the Best Lawyers in America™ and the Top 5% of Lawyers in Illinois according to the Leading Lawyers Network (2006-present), being named an Illinois Super Lawyer (2005-present), and being inducted into the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys. Bob and the Firm have been active in the legal community as members of pro bono organizations providing legal services, and Bob has served as a board member of the Chicago Child Care Society (2005-present).

Bob is also an Adjunct Professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and has been a frequent lecturer at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

Bob received his Juris Doctor degree in 1985 from Yale Law School and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College in 1982, where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Bob 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, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Representative Matters/Cases

  • Kleinschmidt Inc., v. County of Cook
  • Cir. Ct. Cook Cty 1997, successfully prosecuted eminent domain proceeding which was affirmed by the Illinois Appellate Court
  • Technology Solutions Co. v. Northwest Airlines Inc.
  • N.D. Ill 1996, $2,000,000 jury verdict in favor of plaintiff client on breach of contract claim
  • AIMCO Greens LLC v. MBK Construction Ltd, et al., No. CV 2005-010652
  • Sup. Ct., Maricopa Cty 2005, successful mediation of construction dispute
  • CCIP/2 Village Brooke, LLC v. Deerfield Construction Company, Inc. et al.
  • Hamilton County, Ohio, construction defect dispute settled in favor of client during jury selection
  • Gordon Burns & Associates v. Seaside Development
  • Cir. Ct. Fla., employer/employee and breach of contract dispute settled on favorable terms
  • Taco Bell Corp. v. TIG Insurance Co.
  • Cir. Ct. Cook Cty 2007, $15,000,000 directed verdict in jury action in favor of client, including attorneys' fees
  • Julian, Toft and Downey v. Beitler Development Co.
  • Cir. Ct. Cook Cty 2005, multi-million dollar jury verdict in favor of plaintiff client against developer
  • Pizza Hut, Inc. v. Lundy Enterprises, et al, No. 11-cv-00011-N
  • N.D Tex 2011, current representation of plaintiff in contract, fraud and franchise dispute

Publications and Speeches

  • In addition to his role as Adjunct Professor of Law, Bob has spoken extensively on legal issues related to the construction industry including at industry organizations on a local and national level.
  • The Construction Lawyer, Limitation of Liability Clauses: Allocating Risky Business (October, 1996)
  • Wolters Kluwer, State-by-State Guide to Architect, Engineer and Contractor Licensing (Illinois) (2d Ed. 2013)
  • HCC Specialty, Bulletproof: Limitation of Liability in Design Professional Contracts (2000)