James J. Babowice


James Babowice has a varied litigation practice which emphasizes construction litigation, lien priority litigation, real estate litigation, mechanics liens, land use litigation, commercial litigation, and general business litigation. Jim also represents clients relative to zoning and land use issues before municipal bodies and has tried countless cases to conclusion over the past 30 years. Jim’s litigation experience includes handling disputes involving mortgage reformation, requests for injunctive relief, forgery, fraud, trespass, breach of contract, conventional and equitable subrogation, and easement issues such as easements by implication and prescriptive easements.

Jim’s recent work in the construction litigation area includes cases involving structural defects, design defects, constructions delays, and bid protests. Jim has published many articles on construction litigation and has developed a broad mechanics lien practice. He has tried numerous mechanics lien cases to conclusion, including cases involving issues of enhancement, priority, and perfection of the underlying lien claim.

Jim authored a chapter entitled “Construction Contracts with Public Entities,” which was published in the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s inaugural Construction Law Practice Handbook. He is a member of the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys, an invitation-only group limited to Illinois attorneys who contribute to the development and understanding of construction law. Jim is a member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Mechanics Lien Subcommittee and has been a speaker at various programs for the Chicago Bar Association, the Lake County Bar Association, and other organizations on mechanics lien and construction issues.

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