Peter J. Bedard specializes in the trial and arbitration of complex construction disputes, including construction delay, breach of contract, defects and omissions, fraud and negligence claims. Mr. Bedard represents owners, general contractors, construction managers and EPC firms, both nationally and internationally, on issues arising from the design and construction of energy, infrastructure, industrial and commercial projects. He has extensive experience before federal and state courts, the American Arbitration Association, the International Chamber of Commerce, Uncitral, as well as other alternative dispute resolution forums. 


Mr. Bedard has written on legal topics involving design professionals and contractors, including:

  • “Protecting Subcontractors’ Rights Under Illinois Public Construction Bond Act;” Illinois Bar Journal, October 2002
  • “A Moorman – Doctrine Exception for Design Professionals and Construction Managers?;” Illinois Bar Journal, August, 2001

Mr. Bedard is a frequent speaker for professional groups and continuing education services regarding various construction law topics.

Representative Engagements

  • Defending a top 5 EPCM firm against approximately $1 billion in owner’s claims in connection with a first-of-its-kind nickel and cobalt ore processing facility in Canada
  • Defending an owner of an African slurry pipeline against scope change and prolongation claims by contractor, and pursuit of a delay and environmental damages claim
  • Defense of a Madagascar power plant owner against delay and disruption claims, and prosecution of claims for defective work and delay, against a consortium of international contractors
  • Defense of an owner of a nickel and cobalt processing facility against prolongation and disruption claims and prosecution of delay claims against a Korean contractor
  • Defense of an international contractor against a $250 million gross negligence claim involving a Canadian oil sands processing facility
  • Defense of a developer against a $50 million lost profits claim involving construction of a luxury hotel in Armenia
  • Defense of a developer against a $60 million claim involving the conversion of a landmark Chicago high-rise into luxury condominiums
  • Defense and prosecution of $40 million in claims on behalf of the owner of a luxury ski resort in Colorado
  • Prosecution of $20 million defect claims on behalf of the general contractor involving the construction of high end condominiums in South Carolina
  • Prosecution of $15 million defect claims on behalf of the owner of an apartment complex in California

Authoritative Credentials

  • Leading Lawyers – Construction Law, Leading Lawyers magazine 
  • Legal 500 USA
  • Chambers USA

Professional, Business and Civic Affiliations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys
  • Past Chair, Chicago Bar Association, Mechanic’s Lien Committee


Mr. Bedard received a B.A. in 1991 from Villanova University and a J.D., cum laude, in 1993 from the University of Miami School of Law.