Clifford J. Shapiro

USA: Illinois

Barnes & Thornburg LLP
One North Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833

Tel: 312-214-4836
Fax: 312-759-5646


Clifford J. Shapiro is a partner in the Chicago office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP and chair of the Construction Law Practice Group. He concentrates his practice in construction law and litigation, insurance coverage litigation on behalf of policyholders and other complex commercial litigation.

Mr. Shapiro represents private and public owners, contractors and subcontractors in a variety of construction related matters. Mr. Shapiro and his team handle disputed claims (including construction and/or design defect, delay and/or acceleration, and indoor air quality/mold claims) in mediation, arbitration and litigation proceedings. He has worked on cases involving airport runway expansion, oil refinery improvements, office buildings, high rise residential buildings, retail structures, university housing, parking structures, warehouses, residential conversion projects and multi-building condominium developments. Mr. Shapiro and his team also negotiate and draft construction contracts and other construction project documents. In addition, Mr. Shapiro negotiates and litigates insurance coverage claims on behalf of construction industry and other policyholder clients.

Mr. Shapiro speaks regularly throughout the United States about construction litigation and insurance coverage issues, he is the author of many articles and chapters in books that address construction and related insurance issues, and his articles have been cited and quoted in several state supreme court decisions. He is an active member of the ABA’s Forum on the Construction Industry, the ABA’s Construction Litigation Committee, the ABA’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, and the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys (where he is an officer and a member of the Steering Committee).

Even simple construction projects can involve complex legal issues or claims. Property owners, real estate developers, contractors and others involved with construction projects often need sophisticated legal counsel who know construction. Comprised of attorneys from our offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Indiana, Los Angeles, Michigan, Minneapolis, Ohio, and Washington, D.C, the Construction Law Practice Group at Barnes & Thornburg LLP provides legal support for clients that are embarking on, or have issues related to virtually any kind of real estate development or construction project.
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“Barnes & Thornburg LLP practice head Clifford Shapiro is a widely respected construction lawyer with a strong practice in construction insurance work. Sources describe him as a very impressive and creative attorney. “
Chambers & Partners, 2016