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Justin L. Weisberg

Partner
+1.312.807.4253
Fax +1.312.827.8000

Justin Weisberg is a partner focusing on construction law and commercial litigation. Mr. Weisberg represents private, public, local and international clients in a variety of construction-related transactions and litigation matters. Mr. Weisberg has a background in professional engineering, giving him added insight and understanding into his client’s cases.

His experience has included contract negotiation, counseling, litigation and dispute resolution relating to numerous projects including office, commercial and residential buildings; nuclear and coal fired power plants; manufacturing facilities, laboratories, water distribution systems, waste water treatment facilities, schools, libraries, stadiums, exposition centers, governmental facilities, roads, bridges, transit stations, refineries and single family residences.

His prior work as a registered professional engineer in both Illinois and Florida allows him to utilize in his law practice his previous engineering experience. During his engineering career Mr. Weisberg was involved in the design and evaluation of various structures including transit structures, fixed and movable bridges and offshore naval facilities.

Professional Background

As a professional engineer and veteran construction lawyer, Mr. Weisberg engages in multiple aspects of his profession.  In 2015, he testified in front of the Illinois House Judiciary Committee in support of a bill that would allow bonds to be submitted over Mechanics Lien Claims.  Following successful passage out the House Judiciary Committee, he developed and negotiated amended language to the proposed bill with organizations that opposed the bill.  The bill has now become law and is codified as 770 ILCS 60/38.1.

In 2013, Mr. Weisberg drafted a proposed bill to amend the Condominium Property Act to make provisions in condominium declarations which tied the hands of condominium boards and prevented them from protecting the rights of Associations as against public policy.  Mr. Weisberg then testified in support of the bill and negotiated the final amendments to the bill with various organizations.  The bill passed and subsequently became law.

Mr. Weisberg is a delegate of the Engineers Joint Contract Document Committee (EJDC) and chaired its Task Force that published the first form Public Private Partnership agreement in the United States in 2013. He served  as the vice chair of the EJCDC  for the 2011-2012 committee year and chair for the 2012-2013 committee year. He is a member of the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys and a member of the ISBA Construction Law Counsel. He was named an honorary fellow at the Center for Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria, in 2002. In addition, Mr. Weisberg is a member of the American Bar Association’s Construction Forum, Insurance Coverage Committee and Surety Committee and the Chicago Bar Association’s Mechanics Lien Committee.

Mr. Weisberg was named a 2011 Illinois Leading Lawyer in construction law by the Leading Lawyer Network. He also received this distinction in 2006. In 2006 Mr. Weisberg was also named an Illinois Super Lawyer by Law and Politics magazine for construction litigation. He is a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review AV Rated attorney. Before that, he was a registered professional engineer in both Illinois and Florida. During his engineering career, Mr. Weisberg was involved in the design and evaluation of various structures including transit structures, fixed and movable bridges, and offshore naval facilities.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Weisberg was a partner in the Chicago office of a U.S. law firm.

Achievements

  • Named honorary fellow at the Center for Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria, 2002
  • Named Illinois Leading Lawyer in construction law by the Leading Lawyer Network, 2011, 2006
  • Named an Illinois Super Lawyer by Law and Politics magazine for construction litigation, 2006
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review AV Rated attorney

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Delegate of the Engineers Joint Contract Document Committee (EJCDC)
    • Chair, 2012-2013
    • Vice chair, 2011-2012
  • Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys
  • ISBA Construction Law Counsel
  • American Bar Association Construction Forum, Insurance Coverage Committee, and Surety Committee
  • Chicago Bar Association Mechanics Lien Committee

Speaking Engagements

In 2013-2014, Mr. Weisberg gave seminars on drafting Public Private Partnership (P3) Agreements at a number of national conferences, including the American Counsel of Engineering Companies Fall Meeting and The American Society of Civil Engineers Construction Summit. In addition, Mr. Weisberg co-developed, co-moderated and presented at a P3 Course for the Illinois State Bar Association. He also gave a number of webinars on this subject to organizations including the ABA Construction Forum, The National Society of Professional Engineers, The American Society of Civil Engineers and Stafford. Additional presentations include:
  • “From Opening To Close - A Construction Trial and the Technology To Win Your Case” A Mock Trial Presented by the ISBA, October 23, 2015 - Mr. Weisberg presented the Cross Examination of the Plaintiff’s Witnesses
  • “The New Consensus and American Institute of Architects Documents,” Illinois State Bar Association Law Ed’s Construction Law – What’s New in 2010, November 2010
  • “Perfecting Mechanics Liens and Bonds Claims on Public Projects,” Illinois State Bar Association Law Ed’s Mechanics Liens and Construction Claims, April 2010
  • “Construction Contracts,” Construction Expo, March 5-6, 2008
  • “Preparing for Claims During the Contract Negotiation Stage of the Project,” Lorman Education Services, November 14, 2007
  • “The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issue in Illinois,” Lorman Education Services, April 12, 2007
  • “If it Doesn’t Fit, You Still Must Acquit (Legal Considerations for Engineers),” 4th Annual SEAOI Midwest Bridge Symposium, April 26, 2006
  • Solai & Cameron, Inc. v. Plainfield Community Consol. School Dist. No. 202, 374 Ill.App.3d 825 (3rd Dist. 2007).
  • Guarantee Co. of North America v. Moecherville Water District et al., 2007 WL 2225834 (N.D.Ill).
  • Comtel Technologies, Inc. v. Paul H. Schwendener, Inc. 2005 WL 43327 (N.D.Ill. 2005).
  • Cordeck Sales, Inc. v. Construction Systems, Inc. Ill. App. 1 Dist., 2008. (887 N.E.2d 474).