Margery Newman

Margery Newman
Deutsch, Levy & Engel
Chicago, IL

Practice Areas

  • Construction Law


  • 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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