Mark C. Friedlander

Mark Friedlander

Mark Friedlander has been at the forefront of construction and design law for more than thirty years. Mark takes a practical and direct approach to resolving legal issues and problems for clients that include virtually all types of participants in the construction industry. His clients laud him for his efficient and cost-effective work, knowing he has the experience and knowledge needed to achieve their objectives by focusing on the critical issues in negotiations or disputes.

Over the last 20 years, Mark has focused a significant portion of his practice on alternative project delivery methods, particularly design-build and related turnkey-type structures like integrated project delivery. He is widely recognized as one of the country's leading pioneers in innovative project delivery structures and is an accomplished and prolific speaker and writer on various construction law topics.

His experience also includes defending real estate brokers, accountants, attorneys, and insurance brokers in professional malpractice actions. He established an important precedent in the federal courts regarding the recovery of attorney's fees in frivolous claims and is a leading national commentator on the viability of tort claims for professional malpractice that seek recovery of solely economic losses.

Mark developed and copyrighted the contract documents for a unique business plan under which architects and engineers can lead their own design-build teams. Architects and engineers at firms of all sizes have used Mark's business structure and contract documents with success. He was a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Graduate School of Architecture for more than 30 years and is widely recognized as one of the country's leading experts on the law of architecture and engineering.




  • J.D. Harvard Law School 1981
  • B.A. with honors University of Michigan 1978

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, American Arbitration Association
    • Construction Arbitration Advisory Panel
    • Large Complex Case Panel
  • Member, American Bar Association, Forum Committee on Construction Law
  • Member, American College of Construction Lawyers
  • Member, American Consulting Engineers Council
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association, Forum Committee on Construction Law
  • Former chair, Design Build Institute of America, Professional Practices & Contracts Committee
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering
    • Committee on Outsourcing of Design and Construction-Related Management Services for Federal Facilities
    • Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems
  • Member, Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys
  • Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association
  • Mediator, JAMS/Endispute
  • Adjunct professor, School of Architecture of the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Lecturer, Georgia Tech College of Architecture
  • Lecturer, Northwestern University, Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Lecturer, University of Wisconsin, College of Engineering
  • Lecturer, Illinois Institute of Technology, Armour College of Engineering


  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2007 – 2009, 2012 – 2014, 2016 – 2024
    • Lawyer of the Year, Construction Law, Chicago, 2017
  • Chambers USA, Construction, Illinois, 2006 – 2023
  • Law Bulletin Media,
    • Leading Lawyer, ADR Law: Commercial Litigation, 2016 – 2020
    • Leading Lawyer, ADR Law: Commercial Real Estate, Environmental & Construction, 2013 – 2020
    • Leading Lawyer, Construction Law, 2006 – 2020
    • Leading Lawyer, Professional Malpractice Defense Law: Including Legal/Technical/Financial, 2007 – 2020
    • #1 in Construction Law, 2012 – 2015
    • Top 10 Construction Lawyers, 2011 – 2012, 2015
    • Top 100 Real Estate-Related Lawyers, 2011 – 2012, 2015
    • Top 250 Business Lawyers, 2015
  • Super Lawyers, Illinois, 2007 – 2009, 2011 – 2020, 2022 - 2023
  • Lawyer Monthly, Lawyer of the Year, Construction, 2018
  • Who’s Who Legal, Construction, 2007 – 2008, 2010 – 2015
  • Legal 500, Real Estate and Construction, 2011