Heidi Hennig Rowe

Partner
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Heidi Hennig Rowe has significant experience in drafting and negotiating design and construction contracts, handling more than a billion dollars in contracts on an annual basis for projects throughout the country. In addition, Heidi regularly assists project owners with contract administration, contract enforcement, and claims management, helping project owners to resolve claims efficiently and expeditiously, before they become formal disputes.

Heidi focuses on finding effective business solutions to construction-related risks. She has represented project owners, contractors, and design professionals, and understands the various concerns and priorities of the parties around the negotiation table. Her approach is also informed by her experience as a construction litigator, having prosecuted and defended construction defect claims, complicated delay claims, and claims for non-payment, among other issues, in mediation, arbitration, and litigation.

Heidi also advises clients in construction-related bankruptcies. Her experience includes advising claimants of their lien rights in bankruptcy, helping lenders to rid collateral of lien claims, and implementing strategies for effectively managing numerous lien and trust fund claims within a single bankruptcy.

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Experience

Government Experience

  • Staff associate, U.S. House of Representatives, International Relations Committee, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific

Representative Matters

  • Serves as lead counsel for drafting and negotiating all major design and construction contracts for the development arm of an S&P 500 REIT
  • Serves as construction counsel to a prominent real estate developer and investor based in New York City for drafting and negotiating design and construction contracts for office towers, residential property, and industrial facilities throughout the U.S.
  • Successfully mediated a $40 million delay and lost productivity claim arising out of utility construction, the result of which was overall cost savings to the project
  • Successfully defended an architectural design firm in arbitration, resulting in a zero dollar verdict against the client
  • Successfully settled multiple condominium construction defect claims in the early stages of litigation
  • Drafted and advised a major convention center owner regarding best practices and procedures for public procurements

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Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. high honors Chicago Kent College of Law 2001
    • Order of the Coif
    • Executive notes and comments editor, Chicago-Kent Law Review
    • Judicial extern, Honorable Rebecca Pallmeyer, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • B.A. Political Science magna cum laude Valparaiso University 1997
    • Christ College Scholar, Humanities

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

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

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys
  • Member, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Board of Directors, 2014 - 2016
  • Member, Filipino American Bar Association of Chicago, Honorary Board of Advisors, 2017 - 2020
  • Fellow, Cook County Commission on Human Rights, Public Interest Law Initiative

Recognition
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  • Chambers USA, Construction, Illinois, 2020
  • Law Bulletin Media
    • Leading Lawyer, Construction Law, 2017 - 2021
    • Emerging Lawyer, Construction Law, 2015
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Illinois, 2009, 2011 - 2015
  • Legal 500, Construction, 2018 - 2019
  • Chicago Business Journal, Women of Influence honoree, 2020
  • Crain’s Chicago Business, Notable Women in Law, 2020