Margery Newman

Income Member

Margery Newman concentrates her practice in construction law including complex construction litigation in both the private and public sectors, and related business litigation. Margery’s clients are primarily owners, general contractors, specialty trade contractors and disadvantaged business enterprises. She places particular emphasis in client counseling on the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts, mechanics’ lien claims and foreclosure actions, construction defects and DBE certification and compliance. 

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  • Education:
    • J.D., John Marshall Law School (Law Review, with High Distinction), Chicago, IL, 1983
    • M.A., Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL, 1973
    • B.A., Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY, 1969
  • Professional Memberships & Associations:
    • American Bar Association, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
    • Association of Subcontractors & Affiliates (ASA Chicago) – Board Member
    • Association of Subcontractors & Affiliates (ASA Chicago), Government Relations Committee – Past Chairperson
    • Association of Subcontractors & Affiliates (ASA Chicago), Professional Council
    • Chicago Bar Association, Real Property, Construction Issues, Mechanics’ Liens and Real Estate Litigation Committees
    • John Marshall Law School, Construction Law – Adjunct Professor
    • Illinois State Bar Association Construction Law Section Council– Past Chair
    • Illinois State Bar Association Real Estate Law Section Council – Past Chair
    • Great Lakes Construction Association (GLCA), Board of Governors
    • Great Lakes Construction Association (GLCA), Government Affairs and Education Committees
    • National Association of Women in Construction, O’Hare Suburban Chapter – Past Director
    • Society Of Illinois Construction Lawyers – Steering Committee Member
    • Women Construction Owners and Executives Chicago Caucus and Women Construction Owners and Executives National Association – Board Member
  • Seminars & Presentations:
    • Guest Speaker for Construction Super-Conference on Subcontractor’s Rights and Affirmative Action Programs
    • Frequent speaker at Construction Trade Associations with emphasis on Construction Law
    • 4th Biennial Construction Law Institute, University of Kentucky College of Law on Problem Clauses in Construction Contracts
    • American Bar Association Forum Committee on the Construction Industry on Minority and Women Joint Ventures with Majority Contractors
    • Builders Association of Greater Chicago on Section 5 Sworn Statements and Pre-Lien Considerations
    • 11th Annual National Minority & Women Business/Equal Employment Opportunity/Contract Compliance Conference
    • American Bar Association Forum Committee on the Construction Industry on Liquidating Agreements, Pass-Throughs and False Claims
  • Articles & Publications
    • “Negotiating Subcontracts,” Construction Law: Transactional Considerations, IICLE Publication
    • “Construction Contracts,” Illinois Construction Law Manual: West Publications
    • “Forms We Advocate When Representing The Subcontractor,” Construction Business Formbook, Aspen Publishing, 2004
    • “Mechanics Lien Forms,” 2014 ed.
    • “Minority/Women’s/Disadvantaged Businesses,” 1999
    • “Affirmative Action And The Construction Industry,” 1996
    • “Impermissible Reverse Discrimination v. Allowable Affirmative Action, The Supreme Court Upholds Racial Classifications,” 1981
    • “Liens And Other Security Interests Money, Money, Money -Who Gets The Money?”
    • “The Minority Business Enterprise/Joint Venture -Reality v. Fiction”
    • “Affirmative Action Issues Important For The Construction Industry”
    • “Affirmative Action Programs And Bid Protests-When Is An Apparent Low Bidder At Risk?”
    • “False Claims and Whistleblowers”

Chicago, Illinois 312-377-1501 | Schererville, Indiana 219-488-2590

Chicago, Illinois


Schererville, Indiana