Eric J. Phillips

Education

B.A., Loyola University of Chicago
B.S., Loyola University of Chicago
J.D., DePaul University College of Law

Eric has over 23 years of experience resolving complex, high risk construction disputes totaling nearly $1 billion at issue. He has represented and advised several of the nation’s largest project owners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in connection with projects involving hospitals, OSHPD matters, airports, joint intermodal terminals, bridges, highways and power plants, among others. He has also represented many contractors, owners and suppliers on commercial and residential projects in the San Francisco Bay area. Eric has served as a lead or co-lead counsel on some of the nation’s largest construction disputes, including representing an international infrastructure developer in litigation on a public / private partnership project with nearly $700 million at risk. His experience with hospital construction disputes is unparalleled. In that regard, he has represented hospital owners that rank among the largest in the United States and the world.

Specific areas of his construction law expertise include: delay and acceleration; review and analysis of CPM (“critical path method”) schedules; force majeure; bid disputes; damages resulting from idle labor and equipment; changes in character of work; unbalanced bids; scope of work and change order disputes; lost productivity claims; differing site conditions; defective design and construction disputes; electrical and chemical engineering failures, HVAC design and construction defects; material failures; workplace and environmental hazards; geotechnical and soil engineering defects; structural and civil engineering design disputes; water intrusion and mold claims; all forms of construction-related damage calculations; civil / criminal penalties; state and federal false claims act; prompt payment act and lien claims; economic loss resulting from substandard human factors in the workplace; marine dredging; and a variety of designer, contractor and supplier negligence disputes, among others.

Eric is also at the forefront of research and applied work in the emerging field of litigation risk analysis. He brings innovative methods and analyses to his clients to help them evaluate the benefits and risks of settlement versus trial as a means of resolving their disputes and managing risk.