Margery Newman

Margery Newman
Bryce, Downey & Lenkov
Chicago, IL

Practice Areas

  • Construction Law

Margery Newman concentrates her practice in construction law including complex construction litigation in both the private and public sectors, and related business litigation. Margery's clients are primarily owners, general contractors, specialty trade contractors and disadvantaged business enterprises. She places particular emphasis in client counseling on the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts, mechanics' lien claims and foreclosure actions, construction defects and DBE certification and compliance.


  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


  • J.D., John Marshall Law School (Law Review, with High Distinction), Chicago, IL, 1983
  • M.A., Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL, 1973
  • B.A., Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY, 1969


  • Chicago Bar Association Subcommittee on Mechanics Liens - Past Chairperson
  • Federation ofWomen Contractors - Past Corporate Counsel and Executive Director
  • Socio-Economic Committee of the Public Contract Law Section of the American Bar Association - Past Chairperson

Professional Memberships & Associations

  • American Bar Association, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
  • Association of Subcontractors & Affiliates (ASA Chicago) - Board Member
  • Association of Subcontractors & Affiliates (ASA Chicago), Government Relations Committee - Past Chairperson
  • Association of Subcontractors & Affiliates (ASA Chicago), Professional Council
  • Chicago Bar Association, Real Property, Construction Issues, Mechanics' Liens and Real Estate Litigation Committees JohnMarshallLawSchool,ConstructionLaw-AdjunctProfessor
  • Illinois State Bar Association Construction Law Committee - Past Chair
  • Illinois State Bar Association Real Estate Law Section Council - Past Chair
  • Lake County Contractors Association (LCCA), Board of Governors
  • Lake County Contractors Association (LCCA), Government Affairs and Education Committees
  • National Association of Women in Construction, O'Hare Suburban Chapter - Past Director
  • Society Of Illinois Construction Lawyers - Steering Committee Member
  • Underground Contractor Association, Education Committee
  • Women Construction Owners and Executives Chicago Caucus and Women Construction Owners and Executives National Association - Board Member

Seminars and Presentations

  • Guest Speaker for Construction Super-Conference on Subcontractor's Rights and Affirmative Action Programs
  • Frequent speaker at Construction Trade Associations with emphasis on Construction Law
  • 4th Biennial Construction Law Institute, University of Kentucky College of Law on Problem Clauses in Construction Contracts
  • American Bar Association Forum Committee On The Construction Industry on Minority and Women Joint Ventures with Majority Contractors
  • Builders Association of Greater Chicago on Section 5 Sworn Statements and Pre-Lien Considerations
  • 11th Annual National Minority & Women Business/Equal Employment Opportunity/Contract Compliance Conference

Articles and Publications

  • "Negotiating Subcontracts," Construction Law: Transactional Considerations, IICLE Publication
  • "Construction Contracts," Illinois Construction Law Manual: West Publications
  • "Forms We Advocate When Representing The Subcontractor," Construction Business Formbook, Aspen Publishing, 2004
  •  "Mechanics Lien Forms," 2002/04
  • "Minority/Women's/Disadvantaged Businesses," 1999
  • "Affirmative Action And The Construction industry," 1996
  • "Impermissible Reverse Discrimination v. Allowable Affirmative Action, The Supreme Court Upholds Racial Classifications," 1981
  • "Liens And Other Security Interests Money, Money, Money - Who Gets The Money?"
  • "The Minority Business Enterprise/Joint Venture - Reality v. Fiction"
  • "Affirmative Action Issues Important For The Construction Industry"
  • "Affirmative Action Programs And Bid Protests - When Is An Apparent Low Bidder At Risk?


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