A Chicago attorney concentrating in construction law, Margery Newman's practice includes complex construction litigation in both the private and public sectors. Ms. Newman's clients include owners, general contractors, specialty trade contractors and disadvantaged business enterprises. Ms. Newman has a particular emphasis in construction defects litigation, counseling clients on the drafting and negotiating of construction contracts, mechanics' lien claims and foreclosure actions. Ms. Newman also counsels clients in the areas of DBE, WBE and MBE certification and compliance..
Ms. Newman has authored several publications related to construction law, including "Construction Contracts" in the Illinois Construction Law Manual, "Forms We Advocate When Representing the Subcontractor" in Construction Business Formbook, and numerous articles on topics ranging from liens and security interests to minority business enterprises and affirmative action.
Ms. Newman is also active in several construction industry associations, including the Society Of Illinois Construction Attorneys, the ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, the Association of Subcontractors and Affiliates (ASA Chicago - Board Member) and the Women Construction Owners and Executives Chicago Caucus, among others. Ms. Newman has also been an adjunct professor of Construction Law at John Marshall Law School and is a frequent speaker at seminars and construction trade associations with an emphasis on construction law. Margery was selected for inclusion in the 2010 Illinois Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top lawyers in the category of construction litigation and was included by Leading Lawyers Network as one of the top lawyers in Illinois, as chosen by her peers, in the field of construction law.
John Marshall Law School: J.D., with High Distinction, 1983
Member of the Law Review
United States District Court, N.D. Illinois
United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
Society Of Illinois Construction Attorneys
ABA – Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
Ill. St. Bar Association. – Real Estate Law Section Council; Construction Law Committee
Chicago Bar Association – Committees on Real Property, Construction Issues, Mechanic's Liens and Real Estate Litigation
Association of Subcontractors & Affiliates (ASA Chicago) - Board Member
Professional Council (ASA Chicago)
Lake County Contractors Association (Government Affairs and Education Committees)
Underground Contractors Association (Education Committee)
Women Construction Owners and Executives Chicago Caucus
Women Construction Owners and Executives, U.S.A. (National Public Relations Chairperson 1990-91)
National Association of Women in Construction, O'Hare Suburban Chapter (Past Director)
John Marshall law School, Adjunct Professor – Construction Law
Guest Speaker for Construction Super Conference on Subcontractors Rights and Affirmative Action Programs
4th Biennial Construction Law Institute, Univ. of Kentucky College of Law
ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
11th Annual Nat'l Minority & Women Business/Equal Employment/Contract Compliance Conference
Chicago Bar Association annual Mechanic's Lien Seminar