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Kevin Sido has been a trial lawyer and transactional counsel for design/construction professionals, condominium directors and officers, lawyers, real estate professionals and school officials for over four decades. His practice has also included insurance coverage analysis and policy drafting as well as broad aspects of a civil trial practice. Mr. Sido applies his extensive experience as a trial lawyer to the counseling and transactional needs of his clients.

In addition, Mr. Sido has a significant background in alternative dispute resolution. He is a mediator and former arbitrator for the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. He has served many years on the Panel of Construction Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association. He serves on the panel of neutrals of ADR Systems of America, LLC.

Mr. Sido has authored amicus curiae briefs on behalf of architect and engineer organizations including AIA Illinois, SEAOI, ISPE, ACEC Illinois and IPLSA in appeals concerning the economic loss doctrine, qualifications based selection laws, construction statutes and other matters. These include Thompson v. Gordon, 241 Ill. 2d 428, 948 N.E.2d 39 (2011) (an engineer's scope of duty is a question of law as set by contract, not a factual question for an opposing expert to opine); Christopher B. Burke Engineering Ltd. v. Heritage Bank, Ill. Sup. Ct. 2015 IL 118955 ( a plat of subdivision qualifies as an "improvement" under Mechanic's Lien Act even if subdivision is never completed).

Professional Background

Mr. Sido joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in May 1975. Following 12 years of service on the firm’s Executive Committee, Mr. Sido headed for more than 20 years a litigation section in the Chicago office.

Mr. Sido holds affiliate memberships with the American Institute of Architects-Illinois Council. He was a recipient of their President's Honor Award in March 2005. Mr. Sido is also an associate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois.

In the Fall of 2005, Mr. Sido completed intensive training in mediation from the faculty of Pepperdine University School of Law’s top-ranked Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, and is a Certified Mediator in the Cook County Court-Annexed Major Case Civil Mediation Program. In 2009 he became a member of the Mediator Panel of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (including its Forum on the Construction Industry and the Section on Dispute Resolution)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys
  • Society of Trial Lawyers
  • International Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings
  • Illinois Association of Condominium, Townhouse & Homeowners Association

Honors & Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America®" in the area of Construction Law, (2016–2017).
  • Recognized by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in the categories of Construction Law and ADR Law: Commercial Real Estate, Environmental & Construction, and a "Top 10" Lawyer in the area of ADR (2016)
  • Profiled in the Real Estate, Construction & Environmental Edition of Leading Lawyers Network Magazine, published in January 2008
  • Recognized as a "Super Lawyer" by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine (2005–Present)

Representative Matters

Presentations

Mr. Sido has frequently made presentations and lectures on litigation practice and construction law. He has been a lecturer and participant in professional meetings under the auspices of the American Institute of Architects, Illinois Society of Professional Engineers and American Consulting Engineers Council, as well as the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. His recent presentations include:

  • "Amicus Curiae Efforts Resulting in Two "Friendly" Decisions for Structural Engineers," Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, September 6, 2016.

  • "Ethics for Engineers: Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana," webinar, Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, Springfield, Illinois, May 2016.
  • "Indiana Statutes and Rules for Professional Engineers," webinar, Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, Springfield, Illinois, May 2016.
  • "Ethics for Engineers: Indiana and Illinois," webinar, Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, Springfield, Illinois, April 2016.
  • "Ethics for Structural Engineers," Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, February 23, 2016.
  • "You've Been Sued! Now What? What Engineers Need to Know to Design Their Defense," Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, Springfield, Illinois, October 2015.
  • "You've Been Sued! Now What? What Engineers Need to Know to Design Their Defense," Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, Lisle, Illinois, July 2015.

  • "Statutes and Standards: Overview of Important Legal Principles," IL Professional Land Surveyors Association, Peoria, Illinois, February 2015.

  • "Ethics for Surveyors: Illinois and Beyond!," IL Professional Land Surveyors Association, Peoria, Illinois, February 2015.

  • "Ethics for Structural Engineers in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin," Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, July 2014.

  • "Ethics for Engineers Practicing in Illinois, Indiana & Wisconsin," at the 2014 Annual Convention of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers in Bloomington, Illinois, July 2014.

  • "Professional Engineering Practice Act and Rules for Indiana PE's," Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, May 2014.
  • "Professional Engineering Ethics:  The Rules of Professional Conduct for Indiana PE's," Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, April 2014.
  • "Managing the Cost of Conflict: Mediation, Arbitration or Litigation" and "You've Been Sued - Now What? What Engineers Need to Know to Structure Their Defense," National Council of Structural Engineers Associations' Winter Leadership Forum, March 2014.
  • "Tips for Effective Construction Administration for Engineers," Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, webinar, December 2013. 
  • "How to Make Arbitration More Meaningful and Effective," panelist, 52nd Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys co-sponsored by Victor O. Schinnerer Co. and CNA Insurance, Austin, Texas, May 8 - 10, 2013.
  • “Written Engineering Contracts with Municipalities: What the Illinois Supreme Court Said,” Illinois Society of Professional Engineers’ First Friday Seminar, January, 2013.
  •  "Tips for Effective Construction Administration for Engineers," Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, December, 2013.
  • "Complying with Illinois Rules and Regulations on the Practice of Structural Engineering" and "Meeting Standards of Professional Conduct," Legal Issues for Illinois Structural Engineers Seminar, HalfMoon Education Inc., Wheaton, Illinois, November 2012.
  • “Engineering Ethics,” Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, Structural Engineering Boot Camp, Lisle, Illinois, October 2012.
  • "Ethics Rules and Practices for Illinois Structural Engineers," Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, October 2012.
  • “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,” webinar, October 2012.
  • “Ethics Rules and Practices for Illinois PEs,” North Suburban Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers meeting, September 2012.
  • "The Power of 1: PEs as Independent Contractors—Legal Issues" and “Engineering Ethics—The Power of Good vs. Evil," Illinois Society of Professional Engineers Annual Convention, July 2012.
  • “Ethics Rules for Indiana Professional Engineers,” Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, live webinar, April 2012.
  • “Professional Engineering Laws for Indiana Professional Engineers,” Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, live webinar, April 2012.
  • “Taking Advantage of Diversity Initiatives,” American Institute of Architects—Northeast Illinois Chapter, Downers Grove, Illinois, January 2012.
  • ”Ownership Transition: Passing the Torch Without Getting Burned,” Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, live webinar, January 2012.
  • "Old Timers vs. Newbies: Collaboration-Based Solutions for Ownership Transition," American Institute of Architects—Illinois Chapter’s 2011 Annual Meeting, Lisle, Illinois, November 2011.
  • “Express Indemnity Exposures Facing Engineers in Illinois,” Risk Management Committee of the American Council of Engineering Companies—Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, September 2011.
  • “Experiences of 35 Years of Construction Law,” Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings, Chicago, Illinois, August 2010.
  • “Why Construction Mediation Works,” Chicago Bar Association ADR Committee, Chicago, Illinois, April 2010.
  • “Current Legal Issues for PEs,” Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, Springfield, Illinois, October 2009.
  • “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, April 2009.
  • “Current Legal Issues for Illinois Structural Engineers,” Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, March 2009.
  • “Current Legal Developments for Illinois Structural Engineers,” Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, March 2009.
  • “Current Legal Issues for Architects and Engineers,” Hinshaw and Euclid Insurance Agencies Annual Risk Management Review, Hanover Park, Illinois, November 2008.
  • “Current Legal Topics Impacting Engineers,” Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, Springfield, Illinois, July 2008.
  • “Ethical Challenges in Litigation,” Lorman Education Services seminar “Legal Ethics in Illinois,” Itasca, Illinois, April 2008.
  • “Tips for Effective Construction Administration,” Half Moon Seminars’ “Practicing Architecture in Illinois” seminar, Wheaton, Illinois, January 2008.
  • “Current Legal Issues for Architects and Engineers,” Euclid Insurance and Hinshaw seminar, Oak Brook, Illinois, October 2006.
  • “Participating in Mediation/Arbitration,” “The Architect as Witness” and “Law of Architectural Malpractice,” Half Moon Seminars' “Legal Issues for Illinois Architects, Wheaton, Illinois, May 2006.
  • “Building Defect Litigation,” International Association of Defense Counsel, La Quinta, California, February 2006.
  • “New AIA Design Build Documents: Additional Differences of Note,” Lorman Education Services’ AIA Contracts seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, November 2005.
  • “Key Provisions for the Public Owner,” Lorman Education Services’ AIA Contracts seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, November 2005.
  • “Particular Provisions of Note of All AIA Documents: A Panel Discussion,” Lorman Education Services’ AIA Contracts seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, November 2005.

Publications

Mr. Sido is the editor of “Architect and Engineer Liability, Claims Against Design Professionals,” third edition, published by Aspen in 2006. He regularly writes for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), including authorship of chapters with revisions and supplements on pleading, contribution and indemnity, and condominium litigation. 

Mr. Sido has also written chapters for a number of books on civil practice and construction law, including:

Mr. Sido has also written numerous articles on litigation and construction topics in AIA Illinois News, Engineering Times and Professional Engineer, as well as in other publications. He contributes to the “Management Practices” column of Consulting-Specifying Engineer, and has written articles on school law and also real estate broker liability and litigation. His articles include:

  • "Forgot to Sign on the Dotted Line?: The Law of Unsigned Contracts in Illinois," co-author, DCBA Brief, July 2013.
  • "Why Should Engineers Care About 'Spoliation of Evidence'?," ISPE Illinois Engineer This Week, May 2013.
  • "Design Better Solutions to Project Disputes," PE Magazine, December 2012. 
  • "Mediation Can Help Lawyers, Clients Resolve Condominium Disputes," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, October 2012.
  • “For the Client: The Pros and Cons of Waiving Subrogation,” PE Magazine, October 2012.
  • “Ownership Transition: Passing the Torch without Getting Burned,” co-author, STRUCTURE magazine, July 2012.
  • “Resolving Condominium Disputes by Mediation: What Property Managers Need to Know,” Hinshaw publication, February 2011.
  • “What Owners Need to Know About QBS,” PE Magazine, June 2006.
  • Avoiding the Courtroom Through Mediation and Arbitration,” Management Practices column, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, December 2005.
  • "Litigation Involving Students With Handicaps", with P.R. King, Trial, Volume 25, No. 8, August 1989.
  • "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, 1988.

Community/Civic Activities

  • Mr. Sido has had extensive community involvement, including service as a little league baseball manager and an Indian Guides Chief. He is a member of the Caxton Club of Chicago.

Education

J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, 1975

B.A., with high honors, University of Illinois, 1972

  • Fellow, Phi Beta Kappa

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