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For over 30 years Steve has represented his clients in complex construction, business, and real estate litigation. The emphasis of his practice is in the areas of construction litigation and construction law—representing general contractors, subcontractors, owners, and design professionals, in construction disputes, both in court and in arbitration. His practice also emphasizes real estate litigation, including representing title insurance companies and their insureds, in real estate title disputes.

His recent work has included defending complex multi-million dollar lawsuits arising from failed commercial construction projects located in Charlotte, North Carolina, and in Kansas City, Missouri. He has litigated cases arising from both public and private construction projects, including such high-profile projects as Miller Park and the WE Energies Elm Road Power Plant. Steve has defended contractors in construction accident personal injury cases, and has represented both owners and engineers in design professional malpractice cases. Steve has represented contractors regarding objections and protests to competitive bids for public construction projects. He drafts and reviews construction contracts and subcontracts; and represents contractors, owners, and title insurers regarding construction lien and payment bond claims. He also represents client in insurance coverage disputes.

Mr. Slawinski is a board member and past chair of the Wisconsin State Bar Construction and Public Contract Section Board. He was named one of “Wisconsin’s Top Construction Attorneys” by the Wisconsin Law Journal/Daily Reporter. He is a frequent speaker at seminars for attorneys and construction industry professionals on construction law and on real estate law topics.

Location

  • 111 East Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1400
    Milwaukee, WI 53202

Languages

  • English

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, State Bar of Wisconsin

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Litigation Section and Forum on the Construction Industry) - Member
  • American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) - Member (former)
  • American Subcontractors Association (ASA) - Member (former)
  • Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) - Board of Directors (former)
  • Associated General Contractors (AGC) - Member
  • Milwaukee Justice Center - Volunteer Attorney
  • Specialty Contractors of Wisconsin (SCW) - Member (former)
  • State Bar Construction Lein Law Committee - Member
  • State Bar of Wisconsin (Litigation and Construction/Public Contracts Sections) - Past Board Member
  • Wisconsin State Bar Construction and Public Contract Law Section Board - Chair
  • Wisconsin State Bar Section Leaders Council - Member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Construction Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Construction Law, Milwaukee (2022)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Construction Law

Special Focus

  • COVID-19

Awards:

  • Named one of “Wisconsin’s Top Construction Attorneys” by The Wisconsin Law Journal/Daily Reporter, December 2006 issue
  • Named one of "Milwaukee's Leading Lawyers" in Construction/Development by M Magazine, 2012 and 2015 issue. Only 2-5% of the top ranked attorneys published by Avvo for each category, were recognized
  • Named 2022 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” for Construction Law
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®–Construction Law, 2014–2022
  • Selected for inclusion in 2009, 2010 and 2016-2020 Wisconsin Super Lawyers®, Law & Politics and Milwaukee Magazine (Construction Litigation)

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Articles/Presentations

  • Speaker, “Proving Up Construction Contract Delay Damages,” Wisconsin Bar Association, Annul Meeting and Conference, June 10, 2021
  • Author, “Dispute Resolution–Mediation and Arbitration in Today’s Construction World,” Merit Shop Contractor, July/August 2020
  • Author, “101: Wisconsin's Construction Lien Law,” State Bar of Wisconsin, Construction Blog, July 8, 2020
  • Speaker, “Construction Liens, What You Need to Know in the COVID-19 Economy”, Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin, May, 5, 2020
  • Speaker, “Wisconsin Law Update for Title Claims Counsel,” First American Title Insurance Co., May 9, 2019
  • Speaker, “Back to Basics: Wisconsin Property Law Rules for Title Claims Counsel,” First American Title Insurance Co., November 16, 2017
  • Speaker, “Wisconsin Insurance Law Update: Wisconsin Adopts Strict Four-Corners Rule,” First American Title Insurance Co., November 30, 2016
  • Author, “Seventh Circuit Holds That General Contractor’s Bid Negotiations with Subcontractors Preclude Promissory Estoppel,” State Bar of Wisconsin Website, Construction Blog, August 9, 2016
  • Author, “Seventh Circuit: Lender’s Title Policy Does Not Cover Liens Due to Insufficient Funding,” State Bar of Wisconsin Website, Construction Blog, August 8, 2016
  • Speaker, “Insurer’s Duty to Defend and the Tort of Bad Faith, Under Wisconsin Law,” First American Title Insurance Co., October 6, 2015
  • Quoted in, “Seventh Circuit Sets Title Insurance Precedent,” Commercial Observer, September 11, 2015
  • Speaker, “New Limits for Construction Lien Coverage Under the 7th Circuit’s Decision in BB-Syndication Services, Inc. v. First American Title Insurance Co.,” Wisconsin Land Title Association, May 13, 2015
  • Discussion panelist, “Legal Ethics Issues Relating to the Media and Dealing with the Media,” Hot Topics for In-House Counsel, O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C., October 10, 2013
  • Author, Wisconsin law chapter–State-By-State Guide to Architect, Engineer, and Contractor Licensing, 2d. Ed., 2013
  • Speaker, “The ‘Litigation Hold’–Avoiding Spoliation of Electronic Evidence,” O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C., March 28, 2012
  • Speaker, “Risk Management from an Attorney’s Perspective,” American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin, April 13, 2011
  • Speaker, “Subcontract Terms: A Virtual Minefield–Indemnification and Insurance,” American Subcontractors Association of Wisconsin, March 22, 2011
  • Speaker, “Wisconsin’s New Indoor Smoking Ban and the Construction Job Site,” Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin, June 2, 2010
  • Speaker, “Risk Management from an Attorney’s Perspective,” American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin, April 14, 2010
  • Speaker, “Risk Management from an Attorney’s Perspective,” American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin, December 4, 2008
  • Speaker, “Construction Lien Law,” Lorman Education Services, January 23, 2008
  • Speaker, “Consensus DOCS 750 Agreement Between Contractor and Subcontractor,” American Subcontractors Association of Wisconsin, November 27, 2007Author, “New Amendment Makes Important Changes to Lien Law,” Merit Shop Talk, October 2006 issue
  • Speaker, “Resolving Problems and Disputes on Construction Projects,” National Business Institute, September 14-15, 2006
  • Speaker, “Are You Prepared for Wisconsin’s New ‘Right to Repair’ Law?,” Metropolitan Builders Association, August 15, 2006
  • Speaker, “Wisconsin’s Newly Amended Construction Lien Law,” American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin, May 24, 2006
  • Speaker, “Using a Mechanics’ Lien to Get Your Money,” National Business Institute, May 22, 2006
  • Speaker, “Construction Contracting and Lien Enforcement in Wisconsin: Building a Foundation for Payment,” National Business Institute, February 24, 2006
  • Speaker, “Construction Lien Law in Wisconsin,” Lorman Education Services, January 25, 2006Speaker, “Averting Chaos on the Jobsite,” National Business Institute, January 20, 2006
  • Speaker, “5th Annual Construction Payment Remedies in Wisconsin,” National Business Institute, November 29, 2005
  • Speaker, “Your Rights and Remedies Under Wisconsin’s Construction Lien Law,” Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee, November 3, 2005
  • Speaker, “Mechanics’ Lien Law and Strategies in Wisconsin,” National Business Institute, May 17, 2005
  • Speaker, “The Nuts and Bolts of Wisconsin’s Construction Lien Law,” A.N. Ansay & Associates, Inc., March 1, 2005
  • Speaker, “Contracting in an Environment of Rising Construction Costs,” Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee, February 17, 2005
  • Speaker, “Construction Contract Strategies and Construction Lien Law,” A.N. Ansay & Associates, Inc., November 17, 2004
  • Speaker, “Construction Dispute Resolution: Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation,” The Builders Edge, May 14, 2004
  • Speaker, “The Nuts and Bolts of Wisconsin’s Construction Lien Law,” Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin, January 27, 1996
  • Speaker, “Public and Private Bonded Construction Projects,” Lorman Education Services, November 12, 2003
  • Speaker, “Construction Lien Law and Strategies in Wisconsin,” National Business Institute, January 31, 2002
  • Speaker, “Construction Lien Law & Strategies in Wisconsin,” National Business Institute, June 30, 1999
  • Speaker, “How to Solve Your Disputes–Pros and Cons,” O’Neil, Cannon & Hollman, S.C., April 27, 1999
  • Speaker, “Construction Payment Remedies in Wisconsin,” National Business Institute, November 20, 1998Speaker, “Mechanics’ Lien Law and Strategies in Wisconsin,” National Business Institute, October 31, 1997
  • Speaker, “Recent Developments in Wisconsin Construction Lien Law,” Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin, March 15, 1995
  • Speaker, “Wisconsin Construction Lien Law: A Refresher Course,” O’Neil, Cannon & Hollman, S.C., December 1, 1994
  • Author, “Contractors Can Be Liable For Excavating Or Grading Contaminated Soil,” The Western Builder, February 18, 1993Speaker, “Construction Liens and Construction Bonds Under Wisconsin Law,” The Cambridge Institute, November 15, 1991

Community Service

  • Board Member, Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin
  • Board Member and Past Chair, Wisconsin State Bar Construction and Public Contract Law Section Board
  • Wisconsin State Bar Section Leaders CouncilState Bar Construction Lien Committee
  • Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin Legislative Committee
  • American Counsel of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin Government Affairs Committee
  • Volunteer Attorney–Milwaukee Justice Center
  • American Subcontractors Association of Wisconsin Government Relations Committee (former)
  • Metropolitan Builders Association Construction Arbitration Board (former)

Steve Assists Clients With

  • Construction Litigation and Arbitration
  • Commercial and Business Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Construction Lien Law
  • Construction Bond Claims
  • Insurance Coverage Disputes
  • Title Insurance Coverage Disputes
  • Commercial Creditors’ Rights

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