Geoffrey A. Bryce

Managing Capital Member

Geoff Bryce is a founding member and managing member of Bryce Downey & Lenkov LLC. Under Geoff Bryce’s leadership, the firm has grown from 2 attorneys to 31 attorneys in 17 years.

Geoff concentrates his practice in commercial and construction litigation and business transactions. He typically represents developers, owners, facility management companies, architects, general contractors, subcontractors, engineers and material suppliers. His litigation practice includes, but is not limited to, product liability, insurance coverage, personal injury, property damage, real estate, mechanics liens, bankruptcy, landowner contractor disputes, annexation, condemnation, zoning, scope of work disputes, breach of contract, extra work compensation, restrictive covenant, construction defect, architectural/engineering malpractice, breach of surety agreement, employer defense and delay claims. He has successfully tried cases to conclusion in Illinois, California, Missouri, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisconsin.

He also defends manufacturers of products in toxic tort cases and other products liability cases.

Geoff has handled coverage disputes arising out of construction/development projects and many other coverage disputes, such as environmental, asbestos, silicosis and additional insured disputes. His transactional work includes the conceptual business framework for the transaction, the closing strategy, terms and conditions and negotiation of the final contract.

Geoff Bryce is the recipient of the 2015 Corporate Citizenship Award and the Illinois Commission on Diversity and Human Relations 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Honor.

DID YOU KNOW: I am a member of the National Skate Patrol and skate every Friday afternoon during skating season. I also enjoy hiking up mountains with my children.

  • Education:
    • J.D., John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1981
    • M.S., Taxation, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, 1976
    • B.A., Marketing and Systems Analysis, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, 1971
  • Professional Memberships & Associations:
    • The Associated General Contractors of America National Safety and Health Committee
    • Society of Illinois Construction Lawyers
    • Steering Committee- Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys
    • Professional Liability Defense Federation
    • Managing Partner Forum – Advisory Board
    • ISBA Construction Law Section Council
    • Leading Lawyer – Commercial Litigation and Construction Law
    • Executives’ Club of Chicago
    • Defense Research Institute
    • Council on Litigation Management
    • Chicago Building Congress
    • American Institute of Architects
    • American Bar Association
    • National Skate Patrol
  • Seminars & Presentations:
    • Forecast For 2018, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients and Willis Towers Watson, January 2018
    • The Latest on Risk Transfer in Construction Defect Matters, ExecuSummit, December 2017
    • Construction Law: What Do You Do When…, National Business Institute, October 2017
    • ISBA Construction Contracts, Illinois State Bar Association, April 2017
    • Construction Insurance Bootcamp, National Business Institute, February 2017
    • Extra-Contractual Liability, The Society for Protective Coatings, November 2016
    • Additional Insured Coverage, Practicing Law Institute, November 2016
    • Forecast For 2017, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients and Willis Towers Watson, November 2016
    • What Is Title Insurance?, National Business Institute, June 2016
    • Is Your Independent Contractor Actually An Employee?, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, December 2015
    • Forecast For 2016, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients and Willis Towers Watson, October 2015
    • Mechanics Lien In Illinois, National Business Institute, September 2015
    • Additional Insurance Coverage, Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys (SOICA), July 2015
    • Forecast For 2015, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients and Willis Towers Watson, November 2014
    • Targeted Tender, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, October 2014
    • Defense of Construction Design Claims: Liability Theories and Defenses, Contractual Limitations, Third Party Liability, Role of Building Codes, and Trial Tactics, Professional Liability Defense Federation’s Fifth Annual Meeting and CLE/CEU, September 2014
    • Change Order Directives, How Do Change Order Directives Affect Mechanics Lien Claims and Spearin Doctrine, Lorman Education Services’ Change Orders In Illinois Seminar, May 2014
    • Forecast For 2014, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients and Willis Towers Watson, December 2013
    • Claims Against Contractors, Subcontractors, and Manufacturers in Commercial Construction, IICLE’s Critical Issues in Construction Litigation Conference, October 2013
    • Litigation Claims Management, CICPAC Annual Conference, July 2013
    • Achieving Justice in Arbitration Program at 2012 ABA annual meeting – Presenter to the ABA at its national convention, July 2012
    • Construction Defect – The Roof Leaks! Who Pays?, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients and Willis Insurance, November 2012
    • Mechanics’ Lien Cases: Feast or Famine? LNB v. Cypress Creek, Weather-tite v. University of St. Francis, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients and Willis Insurance, June 2011
    • Bonding Over Committee Reports, Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys (SOICA), April 2011
    • Basic Construction Insurance Coverage, ISBA and Northern Illinois University, April 2011
    • Contractors’ Prompt Payment Act Committee Report, Chicago Bar Association and SOICA, March 2011
    • Basic Construction Insurance Coverage, ISBA Special Committee on Construction Seminar, November 2010
    • New Additional Insured Endorsement / New Title Insurance Endorsements, SOICA, August 2010
    • Construction Insurance & Indemnity, ISBA, April 2010
    • Recession Year 2: Business Problems & Legal Solutions, Bryce Downey & Lenkov LLC and Willis Insurance, April 2010
    • The Weather-Tite Case: Will It Really Weather the Test of Time?, SOICA and Chicago Building Congress, November 2009
    • Where’s the Work, Money and Profit? — Survive In Order To Thrive!, July 2009
    • Running Your Business In A Difficult Economy, Willis HRH, March 2009
    • Insurance the Moving Target: Developments in All Coverage, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, February 2008 and April 2008
    • Practicing Architecture in Illinois, National Business Institute, February 2008
    • Illinois Law of Construction Defects and Failures, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, December 2007
    • Condominium Law, Chicago Bar Association, September 2007
    • Design Law for Illinois Architects and Engineers, Halfmoon, LLC, April 2007
    • Legal Aspects of Contracting for Project Managers, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, March 2007
    • A Fresh Serving of Complexity Brought to you by Kotecki & Kiferbaum, Chicago Bar Association, March 2007
    • AIA Contracts, Lorman, January 2007
    • New Risks in Construction, Bryce Downey Clients and Thilman & Fillippini, January 2007
    • Illinois Land Law for Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors, Halfmoon, LLC, January 2007
    • Condominium Law, Chicago Bar Association, September 2007
    • Construction Law for Engineers and Architects, National Business Institute, September 2006
    • Taking Action When You Have A Defective Bid?, National Business Institute, February 2005
    • Developments in Insurance and Construction Law, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, September 2005
    • Illinois Boundary Law: Critical Issues and Solutions Every Practitioner Needs to Know, National Business Institute, April 2005
    • Construction Management, Bryce Downey Clients and Thilman & Filippini, June 2004
  • Articles & Publications:
    • “Helping PMs Reduce The Impact Of Complex Legal Risk,” CFMA Building Profits Magazine, September/October 2014 Issue
    • “I’m Covered By Insurance When The Roof Leaks – Right?,” Building Chicago Magazine, Fall/Winter 2012 Issue
    • “Construction Dispute Litigation – 2018 Edition,” Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, March 2018

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