People: Jerome F. Buch, Partner

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Jerome F. Buch

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5927
Fax: (312) 460-7927
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Mr. Buch is a partner in the Construction Practice Group.  Mr. Buch has substantial experience in all manner of construction and real estate disputes at the federal, state, and appellate court levels including commercial mortgage and mechanics lien foreclosure litigation; breach of warranty and defective work claims, delay and acceleration claims, title disputes, payment and performance bond liability, insurance coverage issues, and public sector construction contracts and claims.  Representative cases he has handled include Block 37, Chicago, Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure; Soldier Field and U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois; Venetian Casino & Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada; Two Prudential Plaza Building, Chicago, Illinois; the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, Indiana; the Eastern Illinois University Power Plant Conversion Project, Charleston, Illinois; and other large commercial and residential developments.

Mr. Buch also has substantial experience in other commercial contract disputes, fraud and fraudulent transfer claims, class action litigation, trade secrets, and breach of fiduciary duty claims.

Mr. Buch is a partner in the Construction Practice Group.  Mr. Buch has substantial experience in all manner of construction and real estate disputes at the federal, state, and appellate court levels including commercial mortgage and mechanics lien foreclosure litigation; breach of warranty and defective work claims, delay and acceleration claims, title disputes, payment and performance bond liability, insurance coverage issues, and public sector construction contracts and claims.  Representative cases he has handled include Block 37, Chicago, Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure; Soldier Field and U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois; Venetian Casino & Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada; Two Prudential Plaza Building, Chicago, Illinois; the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, Indiana; the Eastern Illinois University Power Plant Conversion Project, Charleston, Illinois; and other large commercial and residential developments.

Mr. Buch also has substantial experience in other commercial contract disputes, fraud and fraudulent transfer claims, class action litigation, trade secrets, and breach of fiduciary duty claims.

Education

  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law (1982)
  • B.S., Loyola University, Chicago (1979)

Admissions

  • Illinois

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Central, Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Forum on the Construction Industry)
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Leading Lawyer Network (Construction Law, 2004-2005, 2008-2009)

Representative Engagements

  • I.C.S. Illinois, Inc., v. Waste Management of Illinois, 931 N.E. 2d 318 (1st Dist. 2010) (affirming trial court’s dismissal of MBEs’ claim against contractor and subcontractors alleging fraudulent violations of city minority business enterprise requirements for lack of standing)
  • Bank of America, N.A. v. Freed, et al., 2012 IL App. (1st) 110749, 983 N.E.2d 509 (1st Dist. 2012) (affirming judgment against guarantors based on carve out provision of guaranty)
  • Bank of America, N.A. v. Freed, et al., 2012 IL App. (1st) 113178, 971 N.E.2d 1087 (1st Dist. 2012) (affirming trial court's order holding judgment debtors in contempt and appointing receiver)
  • Bank of America, N.A., et al. v. 108 N. State Retail LLC, et al., 401 Ill. App 3d 158, 928 N.E. 2d 42 (1st Dist. 2010) (affirming trial court’s order appointing a receiver at request of mortgagee on Block 37, Chicago, Illinois)
  • Affordable Housing Preservation Foundation v. Wiiams, 375 Ill. App. 3d 305; 872 N.E.2d 562 (1st Dist. 2007) (affirming mandatory injunction against corporate interloper).
  • Bernard C. Chaitman & Associates, Inc., v. Botaba Realty Company, Ltd., and Transcontinental Properties, Inc., No. 03-3242 (unpublished) Appellate Court of Illinois, First District (dismissing appeal of money judgment in favor of developer in contract claim of excavation contractor for extras)
  • Don Garrison v. Carroll International Corp., No. 2-02-86, Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District (December 31, 2002) (unpublished) (affirming favorable judgment for developer against breach of contract claim of excavation contractor).
  • The Essex Real Estate Group, Ltd., et al., v. RiverWorks, LLC, 2002 U.S. Dist. Lexis 14564; (N.D. Ill., Aug. 2, 2002) (dismissing multiple count complaint by mortgage broker).
  • KSW Mechanical Contractors, Inc. v. Eco-Care Corporation, 686 N.Y.S. 2d 868 (App.Div. 1999) (reversing trial court’s denial of motion for summary judgment and entering summary judgment on claim that unsigned bid response was enforceable contract).
  • Board of Directors of Bloomfield Club Recreation Association v. Hoffman Group, Inc., 86 Ill.2d 419, 712 N.E.2d 330 (1999) (affirming dismissal of claim for breach of implied warranty of habitability).
  • Dirks v. Pioneer Financial Services, Inc., 1997 U.S. Dist. Lexis 14374, 1992 WL 587702 (N.D. Ill., Sept. 18, 1997) (dismissing finder’s fee claim for forum non conveniens).
  • Prudential Plaza Associates v. Turner Construction Company, No. 90L17732, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, National Jury Verdict Review & Analysis, Vol. 10, Issue 9, September, 1995 (July 25, 1995)($8.3 million defense verdict on counterclaim of general contractor against owner for breach of contract and fraud).
  • Obermaier v. Obermaier, 128 Ill. App. 3d 602, 470 N.E. 2d 1047 (1st Dist. 1984) (affirming $1.6 million judgment for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty).

Presentations

  • Guest Lecturer, Northwestern University, McCormick School of Engineering (Feb. 2010)
  • Lecturer, Electrical Contractors’ Association (May 14, 2008)
  • Author and Speaker, “Construction Payment Remedies in Illinois,” National Business Institute (June 10, 2003)
  • “City of Chicago New Initiatives on Building Facade Ordinance,” Seyfarth Shaw Breakfast Briefing (February 3, 2000)

Community Involvement

  • Trustee, Lisle Township, Lise, IL (2015 to present)
  • Precinct Committeeman, Lisle
    Township No. 68, Naperville, IL (2003 to 2014)
  • ACE Mentor Program
    Board Member (August 2007 to present)
  • Saints Peter & Paul Parish, Naperville, IL
    (President, Parish Administration Board 2008-present)

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