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Portrait of Kevin R. Sido, Esq.

Kevin R. Sido, Esq.

Illinois

Kevin R. Sido, Esq. is a skilled mediator and arbitrator in business and commercial disputes. Mr. Sido is an approved mediator for the Circuit Court of Cook County Court-Annexed Major Case Civil Mediation Program and a former arbitrator in that program. He has served many years on the Panel of Construction Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association (AAA).

For more than 40 years, Mr. Sido has practiced in litigation and as transactional counsel for design and construction professionals, condominium directors and officers, lawyers, and real estate professionals. He has practiced in all areas of construction law, involving construction defect, contractual issues, and construction accident matters. His practice has also included insurance coverage analysis and policy drafting as well as broad aspects of a civil trial practice including worker injury lawsuits. Mr. Sido draws upon his many decades of experience as a trial lawyer, coverage lawyer, and transactional attorney in his service as a mediator and arbitrator.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Condominium Board Dispute
  • Construction
  • Contract
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Product Liability

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  •  Legal career spanning more than 40 years, currently Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP; including 12 years of service on the firm’s executive committee and more than 20 years heading a litigation section in the firm’s Chicago office
  • Approved Mediator, Cook County Court-Annexed Major Case Civil Mediation Program
  •  Member of the Mediator Panel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  •  Completed intensive training in mediation from Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, 2005
  • Numerous arbitrations of construction disputes for AAA

Representative Cases

  • Construction defect claim not-in-suit involving all copper pipe risers in new 40 story condominium, defect found just months before initial closings on condo sales; mediation involved 11 parties plus insurers, with sessions held over several months, to fund immediate repair, then to divide responsibility; case resolved
  • Commission dispute between principal and sales agent; case resolved before suit filed
  • Condominium dispute between association and developer over construction defects and fees; case resolved while in suit
  • Construction disputes including worker injury, design malpractice, construction defect, payment disputes, construction insurance, mechanic’s liens and excavation statutes
  • Condominium disputes including developer turnover, unit owner problems, construction defect and insurance
  • Insurance disputes including professional liability and CGL overages
  •  Product liability disputes including industrial products and recreational products

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Selected by his peers for the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America
  • Selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in the categories of Construction Law and ADR Law: Commercial Real Estate, Environmental & Construction, and was profiled in the Real Estate, Construction & Environmental Edition of Leading Lawyers Network Magazine
  •  Since 2006, named annually to the Super Lawyer list in the area of Construction Litigation by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, and in 2005 he was included on the Super Lawyer list in Business Litigation
  •  Received the President’s Honor Award, American Institute of Architects-Illinois Council
  •  Affiliate Member, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Affiliate Member, Structural Engineers Association of Illinois
  • Illinois Association of Condominium, Townhouse & Homeowners Association
  •  American Bar Association, including its Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Committee on High-Rise Buildings
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Former Member, Appellate Lawyers Association
  • Society of Trial Lawyers
  •  International Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  •  Defense Research Institute

Presentations and Publications

  • Editor, Architect and Engineer Liability, Claims Against Design Professionals, third edition, published by Aspen
  •  Contributor, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, including authorship of chapters with revisions and supplements on pleading, contribution and indemnity and condominium litigation
  • “Illinois,” Design Build Deskbook, Fourth Edition, Kerry L. Kester, John R. Heisse, James S. Schenck, IV, editors, American Bar Association Forum on Construction
  •  “Illinois Law,” State-By-State Guide to Construction Contracts and Claims, M. Dodd & J. Findlay, editors, Aspen
  •  Editor, “Illinois Design-Build Laws,” The Design-Build Process: A Guide to Licensing and Procurement Requirements in the 50 States and Canada, J.R. Heisse II, American Bar Association Forum on Construction, third edition
  • “Design Better Solutions to Project Disputes,” PE Magazine
  • “Mediation Can Help Lawyers, Clients Resolve Condominium Disputes,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • “Workers’ Injuries,” Construction Law, S. Stein, editor, Matthew Bender
  •  “Illinois Law,” Admissibility of Expert Testimony, A State-by-State Compendium, Defense Research Institute
  •  “For the Client: The Pros and Cons of Waiving Subrogation,” PE Magazine
  •  Co-Author, “Ownership Transition: Passing the Torch without Getting Burned,” STRUCTURE magazine
  •  “Resolving Condominium Disputes by Mediation: What Property Managers Need to Know,” Hinshaw publication
  •  “How to Make Arbitration More Meaningful and Effective,” Panel Discussion at 52nd Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys, co-sponsored by Victor O. Schinnerer Co. and CNA Insurance, Austin, TX
  • “Waiver of Subrogation Issues,” NSPE News & Views
  • “What Owners Need to Know About QBS,” Professional Engineer
  •  “Avoiding the Courtroom Through Mediation and Arbitration,” Management Practices column, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
  •  “Litigation Involving Students With Handicaps,” with P.R. King, Trial, Volume 25, No. 8
  •  “Monetary Remedies Under the Education For All Handicapped Children Act: Toward a New Civil Rights Act?” with P.R. King, 23 ABA Tort & Insurance Law Journal, 711-743
  •  “Bases of Architects’ and Engineers’ Liability, an Overview,” “Architect and Engineer Liability,” R.F. Cushman and G.C. Hedemann, editors, second edition, Wiley; “Expert Consultants and Witnesses,” co-author with T.M. Crisham
  •  “Mediating Condominium Disputes,” Chicago Bar Association Real Property Condominium Law Subcommittee, CLE Presentation
  •  “Mediation Can Help Lawyers, Clients Resolve Condominium Disputes,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  •  “Effective Advocacy: The Neutral’s Perspective on What Is Persuasive in ADR,” Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) “Winning at ADR: Understanding Advocacy in Arbitration & Mediation,” live webinar
  •  “Ethics Rules for Indiana Professional Engineers,” Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, live webinar
  •  “Professional Engineering Laws for Indiana Professional Engineers,” Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, live webinar
  •  “Taking Advantage of Diversity Initiatives,” American Institute of Architects – Northeast Illinois Chapter, Downers Grove, Illinois
  •  ”Ownership Transition: Passing the Torch Without Getting Burned,” Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, live webinar
  •  “Old Timers vs. Newbies: Collaboration-Based Solutions for Ownership Transition,” American Institute of Architects – Illinois Chapter’s 2011 Annual Meeting, Lisle, Illinois
  •  “Express Indemnity Exposures Facing Engineers in Illinois,” Risk Management Committee of the American Council of Engineering Companies – Illinois, Chicago, Illinois
  •  “Experiences of 35 Years of Construction Law,” Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings, Chicago, Illinois
  • “Why Construction Mediation Works,” Chicago Bar Association ADR Committee, Chicago, Illinois
  • “Current Legal Issues for PEs,” Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, Springfield, Illinois
  •  “Meeting Standards of Professional Conduct,” and “Complying with Illinois Rules and Regulations on the Practice of Structural Engineering,” Half Moon Seminars’ Legal Issues for Illinois Structural Engineers seminar, Wheaton, Illinois
  •  “Current Legal Issues for Illinois Structural Engineers,” Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois
  •  “Current Legal Developments for Illinois Structural Engineers,” Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois
  • “Current Legal Issues for Architects and Engineers,” Hinshaw and Euclid Insurance Agencies Annual Risk Management Review, Hanover Park, Illinois
  •  “Current Legal Topics Impacting Engineers,” Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, Springfield, Illinois
  •  “Ethical Challenges in Litigation,” Lorman Education Services seminar “Legal Ethics in Illinois,” Itasca, Illinois
  •  “Tips for Effective Construction Administration,” Half Moon Seminars’ “Practicing Architecture in Illinois” seminar, Wheaton, Illinois
  • “Current Legal Issues for Architects and Engineers,” Euclid Insurance and Hinshaw seminar, Oak Brook, Illinois
  •  “Participating in Mediation/Arbitration,” “The Architect as Witness” and “Law of Architectural Malpractice,” Half Moon Seminar’s “Legal Issues for Illinois Architects, Wheaton, Illinois
  • “Building Defect Litigation,” International Association of Defense Counsel, LaQuinta, California
  •  “New AIA Design Build Documents: Additional Differences of Note,” Lorman Education Services’ AIA Contracts seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Education

  • J.D., University of Illinois College of Law
  • B.A., University of Illinois, high honors
    • Fellow, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • Illinois State Bar
  • Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the  Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Tax Court

I was quite pleased with the facilities of ADR Systems and the pre-session service.  Expect me back.

Robert Slobig, Esq.Senior Partner, Torshen, Slobig, Genden, Dragutinovich & Axel, Ltd.