Eric A. Berg

Of Counsel || Chicago

Eric chairs Ogletree Deakins’ Construction Practice Group Steering Committee. He focuses his practice on both litigation and transactional construction law. Eric has represented developers, international corporations, contractors, subcontractors, construction managers and designers on diverse projects, from Freedom Tower in New York to Willis Tower in Chicago, from dredging the Mississippi River to building casinos in Las Vegas, from Silicon Valley tech hubs to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

Eric has more than twenty-five years’ experience investigating, negotiating, and litigating disability access claims under federal, state, and local laws—including Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the federal Fair Housing Amendments Act, and the Chicago Building Code—and, most recently, claims involving a hotel in California, a restaurant in Chicago, and multifamily housing developments in Oklahoma.

Prior to joining Ogletree, Eric was Deputy General Counsel at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, in Oak Brook, Illinois, and General Counsel for its Massachusetts subsidiaries NASDI, LLC, and Yankee Environmental Services, LLC. While at Great Lakes, Eric provided counsel on multiple corporate topics including contract drafting, extras claims, payment disputes, mechanics liens, labor and employment matters, compliance issues, personal injury and workers compensation, public contracts, real estate transactions, insurance and risk management, and surety and bond questions.

At Northwestern University School of Law, Eric was class commencement speaker and a semifinalist in the Miner Moot Court Competition. As an undergraduate at Yale, Eric founded a national-champion improvisational comedy group.

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As a litigator, Eric has represented owners, contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, and lenders in trials, arbitrations, and mediations. Specific lawsuits include the following:

Eric also has extensive experience in other areas of commercial litigation.

Eric’s transactional work includes drafting and negotiating contracts for the design, construction, rehabilitation and construction management of hotels, hospitals, office buildings, apartment buildings, private residences, retail stores, and warehouses. Transactions of particular note include the following:

In addition, Eric is well versed in all facets of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Housing Act (FHA). For numerous clients, Eric has provided counsel on interpretation of and compliance with the ADA, the FHA, and other federal, state, and local accessibility and civil rights statutes.


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Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association (Forum on the Construction Industry, Immediate Past Chair of the Project Performance Division) (Division Five)
  • Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys (SOICA)
  • Member, Non-binding Arbitration Panel of the Mechanics Lien and Mortgage Foreclosure Section of the Circuit Court of Cook County (Illinois)
  • Member, Mies van der Rohe Society, Illinois Institute of Technology


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