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Wine, Jean G
Phone: +1 (312) 516-2068


Ms. Wine’s practice includes both litigation and arbitration of a wide variety of construction disputes, as well as assisting clients in drafting and negotiating contracts and assessing the risk profiles of potential projects. 

With respect to litigation and arbitration, Ms. Wine has experience in state and federal courts around the country, as well as in arbitration, handling disputes involving construction and design defects, construction delay and acceleration, breach of contract, mechanics’ liens, and construction site injury.  She has litigated claims on behalf of owners, general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, architects, and engineers, which claims have involved a wide variety projects, including hotels, high-rise condominium and apartment buildings, process facilities, railways, and roadways.   Ms. Wine also has substantial experience managing insurance coverage issues that arise out of her litigated matters and has had success obtaining coverage for her clients, often from third party carriers at no cost to the client. 

Ms. Wine’s transactional practice includes drafting and negotiating a wide range of agreements, including construction contracts, general conditions, design-build agreements, EPC agreements, professional services agreements, and joint venture agreements.  Ms. Wine assists her clients with risk management and frequently consults with them regarding the risk profiles associated with particular contracts, projects, and insurance arrangements.  Ms. Wine’s broad construction litigation and arbitration experience, coupled with her knowledge regarding applicability of insurance for construction-related claims, gives her a unique perspective when advising clients regarding their contracts and furthers her ability to draft and negotiate agreements that limit exposure in the event of a claim.

Representative Litigation and Arbitration Engagements

  • Represented glass curtain wall and window wall designer, supplier, and installer in arbitration against general contractor with claims exceeding $10 million arising out of lack of payment, alleged delays, acceleration, and alleged construction and design defects
  • Represented general contractor in arbitration with alleged damages in excess of $20 million arising out of alleged construction and design defects at a retirement community
  • Represented EPC contractor in arbitration arising out of alleged delays and defects at a sodium bicarbonate plant with claims exceeding $10 million
  • Represented engineer in federal court litigation arising out of catastrophic failure of monorail system with claims exceeding $5 million
  • Represented developer of high-rise condominium building in litigation involving claims in excess of $6 million due to alleged construction and design defects; obtained coverage from third party carrier, allowing for settlement at no cost to client
  • Represented general contractor and property owner in litigation involving design defect and delay claims in excess of $20 million arising out of luxury hotel and condominium development in Arizona
  • Represented architect in construction and design defect litigation involving luxury condominium building in Chicago with claims in excess of $5 million
  • Represented construction manager of roadway project in wrongful death action; obtained coverage from third party carrier, allowing for settlement at no cost to client
  • Represented construction manager in arbitration involving construction defect claims arising out of design and construction of a movie production studio in Chicago
  • Represented construction manager in construction site injury lawsuit involving extensive personal injuries arising out of a roof collapse and obtained favorable settlement at a fraction of both the plaintiff’s alleged damages and the contributions of other parties

Publications and Court Opinions of Note

The Illusions of Additional Insured Coverage, The Construction Lawyer, Spring 2014

Westfield Insurance Co. v. National Decorating Service, Inc., 863 F.3d 690 (7th Cir. 2017); 147 F. Supp. 3d 708 (N.D.Ill. 2015) 

  • Prevailed on appeal, secured coverage for developer client on third party insurance policy, and created new law in Illinois

Honors and Awards

  • Received Rising Star designation from Super Lawyers every year since 2014 (awarded to top 2.5% of lawyers age 40 or younger in each state)
  • Received Emerging Lawyer designation from Leading Lawyers every year since 2015 in areas of Construction Law and Commercial Litigation (awarded to top 2% of lawyers age 40 or younger)


Ms. Wine graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2005 with high honors and as a member of the Order of the Coif.  Throughout law school, Ms. Wine was an active member of the Moot Court Honor Society.  Ms. Wine received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, with a major in marketing and minor in Spanish.