Geoffrey A. Bryce


Geoff is a founding member and former managing capital member of Bryce Downey & Lenkov LLC. Under Geoff’s leadership, the firm has grown from two attorneys to 36 attorneys in 19 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.

His transactional work includes the conceptual business framework for the transaction, closing strategy, terms and conditions, and negotiation of the final contract.

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.

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:

    • American Bar Association
    • American Institute of Architects
    • The Associated General Contractors of America – National Safety and Health Committee
    • Chicago Building Congress
    • Council on Litigation Management
    • Defense Research Institute
    • Executives’ Club of Chicago
    • ISBA Construction Law Section Council
    • Leading Lawyer – Commercial Litigation and Construction Law
    • Managing Partner Forum – Advisory Board
    • National Skate Patrol
    • Professional Liability Defense Federation
    • Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys (SOICA) – President
  • Seminars & Presentations:

    • “Construction Law Hot Topics: Coronavirus Disruptions and Claims,” National Business Institute, June 2020
    • “How Architects Can Reduce Legal Risks in a COVID-19 Environment,” Association of Licensed Architects, June 2020
    • “Construction Industry Liability Issues Arising Out of COVID-19,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, April 2020
    • “Diversity, Harassment and Substance Abuse,” National Subcontractors Alliance (NSA) Annual Conference, April 2019
    • “Diversity, Harassment and Substance Abuse,” Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys (SOICA), February 2019
    • “Insurance: Coverage for Construction Defects and Who Wants to be an Additional Insured?” Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s (IICLE) Construction Litigation Dispute Resolution, December 2018
    • “Wraps Done Right – Best Practices and Risk Management,” 3rd Annual Construction Defect, Claims & Litigation Strategies ExecuSummit, December 2018
    • “Practice Pointers for Illinois Architects,” ALA 2018 Midwest Architecture Conference, October 2018
    • “The Standard of Care for Design Professionals, and Architect Claim Reduction Strategies from Contract Negotiation to Contract Administration,” Professional Liability Defense Federation’s 9th Annual Meeting, October 2018
    • “Evaluating Additional Insured Coverage and Contractual Indemnity Issues,” CLM Training Session, October 2018
    • “Legal Aspects Of Contracting For Project Managers,” M.J. Electric, July 2018 and September 2018
    • “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
  • Articles & Publications:

    • “Federal Courts Carve out Their Own Rule for Construction Defect Coverage in Illinois Based on Their Own Assessment of What Triggers a Duty to Defend Under Commercial General Liability Policies,” Illinois State Bar Association Building Knowledge Construction Law Newsletter, October 2018
    • “Construction Dispute Litigation – 2018 Edition,” Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, March 2018
    • “Helping PMs Reduce The Impact Of Complex Legal Risk,” CFMA Building Profits Magazine, September/October 2014 Issue

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