Margery Newman

Income Member

Margery 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, MBE, WBE and DBE certification and compliance. 

DID YOU KNOW: I’m a Harley rider and have ridden my bike to Sturgis, South Dakota.

  • Education:

    • J.D., John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1983
    • M.A., Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois, 1973
    • B.A., Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York, 1969
  • Professional Memberships & Associations:

    • American Bar Association
    • Association of Subcontractors & Affiliates – ASA Chicago
    • Association of Subcontractors & Affiliates – ASA Chicago – Government Relations Committee
    • Association of Subcontractors & Affiliates – ASA Chicago – Professional Council
    • Chicago Bar Association, Real Property, Construction Issues, Mechanics’ Liens and Real Estate Litigation Committees
    • Great Lakes Construction Association
    • Great Lakes Construction Association – Government Affairs and Education Committees
    • Illinois State Bar Association Construction Law Section Council
    • Illinois State Bar Association Real Estate Law Section Council
    • John Marshall Law School, Construction Law – Adjunct Professor
    • National Association of Women in Construction – O’Hare Suburban Chapter
    • Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys (SOICA)
    • Women Construction Owners and Executives Chicago Caucus and Women Construction Owners and Executives National Association
  • Seminars & Presentations:

    • “Post COVID-19 Construction Contract Clauses,” Illinois State Bar Association, February 2021
    • “Implicit Bias & its Impact on Diversity,” ASA Chicago, January 2021
    • “Construction Industry COVID-19 Return-to-Work Issues,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, July 2020
    • “Construction Industry Liability Issues Arising Out of COVID-19,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, April 2020
    • “COVID-19 – What Employers Need to Know,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, April 2020
    • “Workplace Transparency Act (WTA) a/k/a Sexual Harassment is Against the Law: Public Act 101-0221,” ASA Chicago, January 2020
    • “Legislative Update,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Construction Open House, November 2019
    • “Construction Industry MBE, WBE & DBE Certifications,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, October 2019
    • 4th Biennial Construction Law Institute, University of Kentucky College of Law on Problem Clauses in Construction Contracts
    • 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
    • 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
    • Construction Super-Conference on Subcontractor’s Rights and Affirmative Action Programs
    • Construction Trade Associations
  • Articles & Publications

    • “Affirmative Action And The Construction Industry,” 1996
    • “Affirmative Action Issues Important For The Construction Industry”
    • “Affirmative Action Programs And Bid Protests–When Is An Apparent Low Bidder At Risk?”
    • “Construction Contracts,” Illinois Construction Law Manual, West Publications
    • “False Claims and Whistleblowers”
    • “Forms We Advocate When Representing The Subcontractor,” Construction Business Formbook, Aspen Publishing, 2004
    • “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?”
    • “Mechanics Lien Forms,” 2014
    • “The Minority Business Enterprise/Joint Venture–Reality v. Fiction”
    • “Minority/Women’s/Disadvantaged Businesses,” 1999
    • “Negotiating Subcontracts,” Construction Law: Transactional Considerations, IICLE Publication
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