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Daniel S. Brennan

  • Partner
  • Laurie & Brennan LLP
  • Two North Riverside - Suite 1750
  • Chicago, Illinois 60606


  • Undergraduate: B.A. University of Notre Dame 1986
  • Law School: J.D. Georgetown University Law Center 1990


Practice Areas

Mr. Brennan, founding partner of Laurie & Brennan, LLP, concentrates his practice on advising owners, designers and contractors on risk management in the construction process; prosecuting and defending construction claims including professional negligence, cost overrun, and delay claims; negotiating and drafting construction and design contracts for architects, engineers and owners; and advising clients with respect to design and construction of accessible facilities under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act.


Mr. Brennan has represented clients in connection with projects or disputes in states throughout the country including Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Professional Activities

  • American College of Construction Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on Construction Law
    • Former Governing Committee Member
    • Former Member of Steering Committee of Division 12 (Owners & Lenders)
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys
  • Lambda Alpha Land Economics Society

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

  • Contributing Author, The Effective Use of Forensic Experts, American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law (2019)
  • “The Internet of Things in Construction:  Opportunity, Risk and Insurance Considerations”  Journal of the American College of Construction Lawyers, Vol. 13, Issue No. 2 (Summer 2019)
  • “Judicial Approaches to Concurrent Delay,” Construction Lawyer, Vol. 39, No. 1 (Winter 2019)
  • Contributing  Author, The 2017 A201 Deskbook, American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law (2017)
  • Editor and Contributing Author, The Construction Contracts Book: How to Find Common Ground in Negotiating the 2007 Industry Form Contract Documents, 2nd Ed., American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry (2007)
  • Editor and Contributing Author, The Construction Contracts Book: How to Find Common Ground in Negotiating Design and Construction Contract Clauses, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry (2004)
  • “Additional Insured Endorsements: Covering the Risks on Construction Projects,” Retail Law Strategist, Vol. 5, Issue 5 (May 2005)
  • “The ADA in Stadium-Style Theaters: The Evolution of Comparable Lines of Sight,” Retail Law Strategist, Vol. 5, Issue 1 (January 2005)
  • “Eyes Wide Open” Understanding and Documenting the Owner-Architect Relationship, American School & University (November 2004)
  • “Tools to Manage the Risks of Construction Delays,” Retail Law Strategist, Vol. 3, Issue 10 (October 2003)
  • “Construction Defect Claims Against Manufacturers and Suppliers,” Construction Lawyer, Vol. 23, No. 2 (Spring 2003)
  • “Cost Reimbursement Construction Contracts: Defining What is Reimbursable,” Retail Law Strategist, Vol. 2, Issue 11 (December 2002)
  • “Managing Change Orders in Construction,” Retail Law Strategist, Vol. 2, Issue 3 (March 2002)
  • “Termination for Convenience: A Vital Construction Contracting Tool,” Retail Law Strategist, Vol. 1, Issue 9 (November 2001)
  • “The New A201: Opportunity Knocks,” Consulting Specifying Engineer, Vol. 25, No. 1 (January 1999)
  • “Practitioner’s Note on Board of Manager’s v. IKO Manufacturing,” Federal Publications’ Construction Contractor, Vol. 22, No. 21 (October 19, 1998)
  • Significant Issues for Building Managers in the New Revised 1997 American Institute of Architects Agreements, Building Owners and Manager Association (1997/98)
  • “Broad Form Vendor Endorsements,” IDC Journal (1995)
  • Editor, Retail Law Strategist

Construction Law Corner

  • Indemnity and Non-Payment Claims on Construction Projects: You May Have Longer than You Think (Winter 2015)
  • Joint Employer Liability: Sexual Harassment Claim Ensnares General Contractor (Winter 2014)
  • The Construction Industry and Immigration Reform (Fall 2013)
  • False Claims Liability: The Long Arm of the Law (Winter 2013)
  • AIA Releases Sustainable Projects Contract Documents (Summer 2012)
  • Chicago Infrastructure Trust: Stimulus for the Building Industry (Summer 2012)
  • Illinois Appellate Court Restates Standard for Contractor’s Recovery for Extra Work (Summer 2012)
  • It Ain’t Easy Being Green (Winter 2011)

Court Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

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