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Throughout my legal career, I have worked with my business clients to reach quick solutions to their legal problems.   I emphasize efficiency by keeping things simple.  Since I have a business background, I pride myself on being able to communicate with my clients not as a lawyer, but as a businessman.

I have been a trial attorney for most of my professional career, working primary in the area of construction and product liability law.  In addition, I have devoted much of my time to drafting and negotiating construction and commercial contracts.  I also have considerable experience prosecuting and defending mechanics lien claims.

In recent years, I have concentrated on advising construction, commercial and industrial firms about business legal matters.  I have continued to devote considerable amounts of my time to drafting and negotiating construction and commercial contracts.   I have expertise in contracts for international transactions, often working with foreign attorneys. 


Practice areas


  1. Construction: 45%
  2. Contracts: 35%
  3. Ethics: 10%
  4. Commercial Real Estate: 10%

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Contact info

Querrey & Harrow

175 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL, 60604


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197105/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
President's CommendationIllinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel2007
Recruiter of the YearChicago Building Congress2006
Who's Who in the LawMarquisN/A
Who's Who in the MidwestMarquisN/A
Who's Who in AmericaMarquisN/A
Leading Lawyers NetworkLaw Bulletin, ChicagoN/A
Illinois Super LawyerLaw & Politics and Chicago MagazineN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderQuerrey & Harrow, Ltd.1989 - Present
PartnerMcDermott, Will & Emery1971 - Present
Office of Special InvestigationsU.S. Air Force1967 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois State Bar AssociationSecretary, Special Committee on Construction Law2010 - Present
Society of Illinois Construction AttorneysPresident2010 - Present
Illinois Association of Defense Trial CounselMember, Insurance Law Committee1996 - Present
Chicago Building CongressSecretary1985 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember1971 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1971 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1966 - Present
Nebraska State Bar AssociationN/A1966 - Present
American College of Construction LawyersFellowN/A
Chicago Bar AssociationChair, Federal Civil Practice CommitteeN/A
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember, Council, Insurance Law SectionN/A
Illinois State Bar AssociationChair, Membership and Activites CommitteeN/A
Defense Research InstituteMemberN/A
The Lawyers Club of ChicagoMemberN/A
American Institute of ArchitectsProfessional AffiliateN/A
Western Society of EngineersAssociate MemberN/A
Illinois Bar Foundation,MemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Construction Law:Transactional ConsiderationsConstruction Insurance2010
Real Property Newsletter, Illinois State Bar AssociationBasic Insurance Coverage2010
Real Property Newsletter, Illinois State Bar AssociationConstruction Law: What's New in 20102010
Construction LawMechanic's Liens2009
Construction Law Handbook (2d ed.)Construction Management2009
Commercial Builder/Architect, Chicago EditionOCIP Use Expanding2008
Commercial Builder/ArchitectMechanics Liens: Remember Those Dates2007
UnknownWhat's This Thing Called Economic Loss2005
Construction Business HandbookChanges and Extras2004
Construction SpecifierPay-When-Paid Clause Defeats Engineer's Claim2002
UnknownBuying and Selling the Design :Practice2001
Consulting/Specifying EngineerConstruction Lien Laws: A Little-Used But Vauable Engineering Tool2001
Construction Law HandbookApplicability of the Uniform Commerical Code to Construction Contracts1999
Quality Assurance; A National CommitmentContracts Awards and Contract Administration1997
Successful Business Plans for ArchitectsCo-author1992
UnknownMandatory Automobile Insurance Law Effective January 1, 19901989
UnknownLimit Your Liability by Contract1988
Loyola University Consumer Law ReporterCo-author, A New Consumer Remedy: Product Recall1988
UnknownLiability for Computer Bid Mistakes1988
Engineers and the Law: An OverviewAuthor1986
UnknownRisk Management and Indemnification1986
K-NewsRepresenting the Design Professional1985
Chicago Bar RecordRelevancy Under the New Federal Rules and Illinois Law1976
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Chicago Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1966
University of ChicagoN/AMBA1963
Northwestern UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1961
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Hot Topics in the Construction WorldConstruction Law--What's New in 20102010
Construction Lien Law in IllinoisIntroduction2010
WebinarIllinois Construction Lien Law: Currents Issues and Review2009
CLE FestResidental Construction: Avoiding and Resolving Construction Disputes2009
What Every Construction Player Should Know About Construction InsuranceModerator and Speaker2008
Residential Construction Defect ClaimsModerator and Speaker2008
Mealey's Wrap Insurance ConferenceThe Nightmare Scnerio: Wrap Police Exhaustion2008
What to Do When Construction Projects Go BadModerator2007
Construction in the Urban EnvironmentModerator and Speaker2007
Construction Lien Law in IllinoisIntroduction and Overview2006
Basic Skills CourseExpert Witnesses; Consulting and Disclosed2006
Construction InsuranceArchitects and Engineers Professional Liability Insurance2004
AnnualAssociated Owner-Developers' Construction Contract Forms2004
Mid-Year MeetingMediation Essentials to Consider2002
MeetingContract Awards and Contract Administration1999
Annual ConventionQA Aspects of Contract Awards and Administration1997
Annual MeetingProfessional Liability1993
And It All Came Crashing DownIt's Not My Fault, It's Yours, The Design Professional1991
Mid-Year MeetingInsurability of RICO Claims1989
SeminarContract terms, design professional responsibility, dispute resolution1987
SeminarImpact of the Repeal of the McCarran-Ferguson Act1987
Update SessionThe New Commercial General Liability Forms1986
SeminarThe Management of Engineering Liabilities1986
MeetingThe Contract Shall...1984
MeetingEngineer's Liability1984
Loss Prevention SeminarPositioning Your Firm Against Outside Forces1982
Federal Rules of EvidenceRelevancy and Exclusion of Evidence1975