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At the O’Leary Law Firm, John J. O’Leary has helped real estate developers, architects, contractors, subcontractors, and property managers throughout Chicagoland respond to market forces, capitalize on growing trends, and protect their real estate development and construction businesses for more than 20 years. He works with clients to address the complexity of the new challenges that arise in the current market as well as the perennial issues – construction and structural defects, construction delays, unanticipated site conditions, design changes, financing requirements and tenant build out provisions – which regularly arise in real estate developments and construction projects.

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Chicago Building Permits Increase in 2014.
The first 11 months of 2014 showed a 46 percent increase in new construction and renovation permits. This jump from $3.7 billion to $5.4 billion in value reflects what applicants told the city they would be spending for new construction and renovations. Chicago Sun Times http://bit.ly/149PcG9
12.31.2014 Read More
Contractor Allowed To Walk Away from Colorado Veterans Affairs (VA) Facility
A panel of judges at the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals in Washington, D.C. ruled on December 9, 2014 that Kiewit-Turner, a construction partnership, could walk away from an agreement to build a Colorado Veterans Affairs (VA) facility.
12.31.2014 Read More
Every Condo With Its Own Pool---Construction Litigation Waiting To Happen?
Some Luxury high-rises are now trying to beat the competition by offering a private outdoor swimming pool for every unit. http://t.co/wt1knAvFKg The Wall Street Journal article quotes one pool developer commenting on the design concerns as stating “You need to guarantee there is not a single drop of water coming through,” to the floors below.
1.6.2015 Read More
United States Supreme Court Upholds "forum selection clause" In Construction Contract.
In Atl. Marine Const. Co., Inc. v. U.S. Dist. Court for W. Dist. of Texas, 134 S. Ct. 568, 582, 187 L. Ed. 2d 487 (2013) The Supreme Court stated that "When parties agree to a forum-selection clause, they waive the right to challenge the preselected forum as inconvenient or less convenient for themselves or their witnesses, or for their pursuit of the litigation. A court accordingly must deem the private-interest factors to weigh entirely in favor of the preselected forum."
1. 7.2015  
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