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 mediation.

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 testimony.
  • 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 2009.
  • “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 laudein 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.