Venable Launches Chicago Office and Adds Construction Law Group

Venable LLP is opening an office in Chicago with the addition of three Chicago-based partners and three associates who focus on construction law. Kenneth M. Roberts, Heidi Hennig Rowe and Mark C. Friedlander, partners, and three associates, reside in the new Chicago office.

These additions are accompanied by six construction law practitioners who have joined other Venable offices – three partners and two senior counsel in New York, and one partner in Washington, D.C.

“Our expansion into the Chicago market reflects our firm’s history of measured, strategic growth through the addition of talented attorneys and practices in markets that support client needs and in practice areas that strengthen the Venable platform,” said Stu Ingis, chairman of Venable. “This outstanding group is top-notch and is the right team we have been patiently looking for to open an office in Chicago.”

Roberts concentrates his practice in the field of construction law, project controls and procurement contracts, particularly on behalf of owners in the energy industry and on government infrastructure projects. He is consulted on a daily basis by procurement and risk management departments concerning every aspect of planned or ongoing construction projects and is currently working on three mega-infrastructure projects.

“Venable lawyers have experience in all stages of the life cycle of construction projects and work with the construction industry’s leading players on all types of matters,” said Roberts. “We look forward to integrating our team members and combining our skill sets with theirs to continue to service clients, not only in Chicago, New York, and DC, but nationally as well.”

Rowe, who has significant experience in contract drafting and the negotiation of design and construction contracts, handles more than a billion dollars in contracts on an annual basis for projects throughout the country.

Frankel focuses his practice on providing innovative front-end project structuring, transactional documentation, and contentious dispute resolution to the owner, architect, engineering and construction communities.

Friedlander has consistently been at the forefront of construction and design law. He is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading pioneers in innovative project delivery structures.