Tad Baria focuses his practice on construction law. He represents clients in disputes and matters
related to design and construction defects, delayed and disrupted construction,
labor productivity, surety bond claims, and construction document and contract
interpretation and enforcement. Mr.
Baria is an experienced litigator, having represented clients with respect to
builders’ risk and trade damage claims, construction defects, product liability
actions, damaged and missing cargo, warranty claims, and property damage subrogation
claims. Mr. Baria has tried cases in
state and federal courts and successfully resolved disputes for clients through
Prior to practicing law, Tad worked for two general contractors as a
field engineer and superintendent in the San Francisco Bay Area. There, he had the opportunity to build
cast-in-place concrete high-rises and unique projects in an urban environment. Tad continued his construction career as a
project manager and superintendent after relocating to Chicago.
Key Professional Accomplishments
- Tried cases to verdict in the Southern District
of Illinois and in Iowa state court.
- Assisted in presentation of a products liability
trial in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
seeking approximately $2 million for a gas pipe product manufacturer.
- Assisted in the appeal to the United States
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals of an evidentiary ruling made during a $2
million products liability trial concerning the limitation of expert witness
- Assisted in securing the recovery of over $1
million in a products liability trial in the United States District Court for
the Middle District of Florida and in resisting the subsequent appeal made by
the defendant gas pipe manufacturer to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Successfully mediated claims against designer
and builder of agricultural structures that collapsed in a wind storm after
lengthy litigation in Iowa federal court.
- Assisted in the successful appeal to the
Minnesota Supreme Court concerning the interpretation of Minnesota’s statute of
repose for actions against builders and designers of improvements to real property.
- “Up the Creek with a Paddle,” DePaul Law Review
- “Assembling and Managing Property Damage Cause
Investigations,” Presentation, Cozen O’Connor-NEFCO, May 2016.
- “Illinois: Several Factors Determine
Construction Manager Liability for the Acts of a Trade Contractor,” Subrogation
& Recovery Law Blog, November 2013.
Professional, Business and Civic Affiliations
- American Bar Association
- iMentor, Chicago
Mr. Baria received his Juris Doctor, cum
laude, in 2011 from DePaul University College of Law where he served as an
Editor of Notes and Comments for the DePaul Law Review. Mr. Baria graduated from Purdue University in
1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in the field Civil Engineering with an
emphasis in construction.