Mr James Nowacki > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
United States
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James N. Nowacki is Of Counsel to the Litigation Practice Group in Kirkland’s Chicago office, engaged in a national practice of commercial litigation and construction law. He concentrates his practice in construction litigation for architects, engineers, contractors and owners for complex industrial, transportation, office building and manufacturing projects. Jim’s focus also includes professional liability defense of attorneys and others in professional practice. He tries jury, bench and arbitration cases involving complex construction disputes, technology and scientific issues.

Jim’s practice spans the federal and state courts across the country with work extending as well to Europe, Asia and the Middle East. A critical focus is claims management geared to keeping clients out of litigation through contract drafting assistance, advice and troubleshooting on project problems on a host of different client issues. Jim has been chosen by his peers as a top commercial litigator and construction law attorney nationally as well as in Illinois, and in 1994 he received the President’s Award from the American Institute of Architects.


Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys


Yale Law School, J.D.; Princeton University, A.B.

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United States > Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation)

At Kirkland & Ellis LLP, the construction practice acts in high-stakes and high-value disputes cases, while also providing services in contract negotiation and drafting, project oversight and pre-litigation counseling. Based in New York and Chicago, Jeffrey Willian has advised on several build and engineering cost defects and overruns. The rest of the team is mostly Chicago-based, where Hariklia Karis often acts in alleged breach of contract and ensuing settlement cases, while Elizabeth Hess specialises in professional liability cases involving architects, engineers and sub-contractors. Of counsel James Nowacki lists architects, contractors and owners among his clients for industrial, transportation, office building and manufacturing-based work.