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Robert Shipley

Robert Shipley

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  • Construction Law, Business Law, Real Estate Law ...
  • Illinois
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Robert A. Shipley is the founding partner of Shipley Law Group, Ltd. For decades he has maintained long-standing client relationships while engaged in an active litigation and trial practice, along with general business counseling.

Mr. Shipley focuses his practice in civil litigation involving complex commercial, construction, construction defect, insurance, professional liability and tort litigation and general business counseling, as well as Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. An experienced trial attorney, he has in excess of 100 cases to verdict and has successfully argued cases in the Illinois Appellate Court.

Mr. Shipley has been awarded the AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale Hubbell Law Directory and has been included in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™ since 2010.

Mr. Shipley is a certified mediator and panel arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.

Robert A. Shipley has handled cases throughout the State of Illinois.

Northern Illinois University
J.D. (1978) | Law
Activities: Member, Student Government
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University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
B.A. (1975) | History
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University of Illinois - Chicago
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Professional Experience
Attorney / Managing Partner
Shipley Law Group Ltd.
Articles & Publications
Commercial General Liability Insurance in the Age of Covid-19
Illinois State Bar Association Insurance Newsletter
Contracts:The Basics
Building Entrepreneur Magazine
Speaking Engagements
Commercial General Liability Insurance, ISBA Insurance Section Council Seminar, Chicago
ADR and Joint Venture Agreements, Construction Industry Conference, Chicago, Illinois
Private Engagement Counseling, Construction Industry Conference
Certified Mediator and Panel Arbitrator
American Arbitration Association
AV Preeminent
Martindale-Hubbel Lawyers Service
Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence
Construction Lawyers Society of America
Invitation-only, selective and limited membership international association of the world’s best construction lawyers.
Professional Associations
Illinois State Bar
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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7th Circuit
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United States District Court Northern District of Illinois
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  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Areas
    Construction Law
    Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Insurance Claims
    Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
    Insurance Defense
    Legal Malpractice
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. I live in a 31 floor high rise building in river north Chicago owned by a management company.
A: The lease would have to be reviewed to determine what rights you may have as a tenant give the circumstances you describe. If the work has interfered with your ability to live in your unit without disruption there may be a basis to claim constructive eviction and terminate the lease on that basis. Typically constructive eviction is a successful option only when the tenancy has been completely disruptive. I recognize from your description the construction noise is significant, but only during the day, so this disruption may not be enough. I would encourage you to speak to the landlord and determine if they are agreeable to a temporary modification. If other tenants are in the similar situation, which I assume, then collective action may be more successful.
Q. Can I terminate a contract with a General Contractor who appears to be inflating costs and being unethical?
A: The contract must be reviewed to determine provisions regarding scope of work, time to complete, payment schedule and termination provisions. If work is not being performed correctly or perhaps to code, you will need to have another contractor(s) in the appropriate discipline, inspect your property and provide their assessment as to the necessary scope of work, cost and whether any of that work represents correction of the original contractor's work. Based on your comments, I would recommend you consult with an attorney to review the details.
Q. I am starting a in home music lesson business and I wonder if I can hire all the teachers as independent contractors
A: Based on your brief description the teachers would be considered independent contractors because it would be their decision as to whether they wanted to work or not. They have the flexibility to work as much or as little as they may want through your site.
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Shipley Law Group Ltd.
120 North LaSalle Street
Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60602
Toll-Free: (888) 493-8574
Telephone: (312) 527-4545
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Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
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