Tina focuses her practice on all aspects of construction law, representing a wide variety of clients including owners, developers, architects, engineers, general contractors and subcontractors, in connection with both public and private projects. As part of her practice, Tina drafts and negotiates construction contracts and joint venture agreements. She also handles disputes related to mechanics liens, construction defect claims, acceleration and delay claims, contract claims and insurance coverage issues. Tina has also authored a number of construction-related publications.

DID YOU KNOW: If I did not get into law school, going to culinary school was my backup plan.

  • Education:

    • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 2001
    • Lawyer’s Assistant Program Honors Certificate, Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois, 1992
    • B.A., Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 1991
  • Professional Memberships & Associations:

    • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    • The Construction Forum and Construction and Insurance Litigation Committees of The American Bar Association
    • Federal Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • Federation of Women Contractors
    • The Mechanics Lien and Insurance Committees of the Chicago Bar Association
    • Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys (SOICA) – Board of Directors
  • Seminars & Presentations:

    • “Common Mistakes in Mechanics Lien Practice and How to Avoid Them,” Chicago Bar Association, December 2020
    • “Construction Industry COVID-19 Return-to-Work Issues,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, July 2020
    • “Laws for Illinois Architects,” Halfmoon Education, May 2020
    • “Construction Contracts From Start to Finish,“ Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, January 2020
    • “Construction Contract Law From Start to Finish,” National Business Institute Webcast, December 2019
      • “Overview of Construction Contract Law,” National Business Institute, December 2019
      • “Ethical Considerations,“ National Business Institute, December 2019
    • “Construction Law: What Do You Do When…,” National Business Institute, October 2017
    • “Construction Insurance Bootcamp,” National Business Institute, February 2017
    • “Drafting and Negotiating Construction Contracts,” The National Business Institute, June 2016
    • “Green Building: Managing Your Legal Risks,” ChicaGO Green Conference, September 2014
    • “Green Building: Managing Your Legal Risks,” Illinois Institute of Technology, 2011-2014
    • “Intellectual Property – Contract Protection,” The National Association of Professional Women, February 2013
    • “Green Building Contract Protection,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients and Willis Insurance, 2012
    • “Green Building 101,” Illinois Institute of Technology and Kellogg Business School, Northwestern University, 2009-2010
    • “Whose Shoes Are You Wearing? Equitable Subrogation and Its Effect On the Tri-Partite Relationship,” The American Bar Association, 2010
    • “Green Building and LEED certification,” Presented in-house to Attorneys, 2009
    • “Mechanics Lien Law in Illinois,” Presented in-house to Clients, 2009
    • “Construction Law for Project Managers,” Presented in-house to Clients, 2007
  • Articles & Publications:

    • “Reference to Personal Property Damage Sufficient to Trigger Insurer’s Duty to Defend Defective Work,“ Bryce Downey & Lenkov Construction & Commercial Blog, January 2020
    • “Court Finds Home Owners Have No Claim Against Subcontractors,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Construction & Commercial Blog, January 2019
    • “Illinois Mechanics Lien Claim Refresher – The Who What When Where and How,” The Chicagoland AGC blog/website, 2018
    • “Contractor’s Default Insurance Vs. Performance Bonds,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Construction & Commercial Blog, January 2017
    • “Illinois Supreme Court Affirms Unconstitutionality Of Jury-Limiting Statute,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Construction & Commercial Blog, October 2016
    • “Developers Beware: Marketing & Sales Material Must Contain Accurate Statements Under The Chicago Municipal Code,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Construction & Commercial Blog, November 2015
    • Published opinion: Henderson Square Condominium Association v. LAB Townhomes, 2015 IL App 118139, November 2015
    • Published opinion: Henderson Square Condominium Association v. LAB Townhomes, 2014 IL App (1st) 130764, 1st Dist., 2014
    • Co-authored chapter and subsequent updates on licensing requirements for construction professionals published in the Illinois Construction Manual, West Illinois Practice Series, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007
    • “Claims Against General Contractors,” Construction Dispute Litigation 2013 Edition, Illinois Institute for Continued Legal Education, 2013
    • Co-authored chapter on construction law published in the Aspen Construction Law Update, 2010
    • Co-authored quarterly newsletter containing articles on mechanics lien law, delay damages, revisions to AIA contract documents, Illinois Prompt Payment Act, and the Illinois Landmark Ordinance, 2008-2010
    • Published opinion: Solai & Cameron, Inc. v. Plainfield Community Consolidated School Dist. No. 202, 871 N.E.2d 944, 3d Dist., 2007

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