D. R. EDWARDS
D. R. Edwards

D. R. Edwards, who is of counsel to the firm, is a 1974 magna cum laude graduate of West Virginia University, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She received a master's degree from West Virginia University in 1976 and her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in 1985. While at Northwestern, she received the Best Speaker Award and Lowden-Wigmore Prize in the Julius Minor Moot Court Competition. Upon graduation from Northwestern, D. R. joined Latham & Watkins, where she worked principally on commercial and construction litigation matters. In 1992, D. R. joined the City of Chicago’s Department of Law as Senior Supervising Attorney with responsibilities in the areas of construction disputes, government contract claims, and insurance coverage issues. In 1995, she became the City of Chicago's Deputy Purchasing Agent responsible for government contract issues. In 1997, she joined GoodSmith Gregg & Unruh, where her practice centers on municipal contracting, commercial litigation, government and commercial contract issues, and general business matters.

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    Municipal Contract Matters

     

    While with GGU, D. R. has counseled many clients, both private and governmental, on a wide variety of issues involving municipal contracts, including but not limited to:

     

    • Negotiation and drafting of contract terms and conditions

     

    • Responses to invitations for bids and requests for proposals

     

    • MBE/WBE/DBE requirements and participation

     

    • Compliance with municipal ordinances

     

    • Construction claims and disputes

     

    Prior to GGU, D. R. was supervising attorney with respect to the following, among other, municipal and commercial contract matters:

     

    • Actions involving constitutional and statutory challenges to "local business preference" used in municipal bidding

     

    • Drafting of the local hiring ordinance

     

    • Action concerning award of concession contract at O'Hare International Airport

     

    • Action concerning award of bus contract at O'Hare International Airport

     

    • Action concerning award of road construction contract

     

    • Action concerning certification of a company as a Minority Business Enterprise

     

    • Action concerning award of development contract

     

    • Numerous MBE/WBE/DBE matters

     

     

     General Municipal Matters

     

    D. R. was lead counsel with respect to the following, among other, municipal matters:

     

    • Action concerning construction of a traffic barrier on Howard Street

     

    • Action concerning the enforceability of tax on the rental of personal property

     

    • Administrative proceedings regarding the operation of bridges

     

    • Dispute regarding the responsibility to repair and maintain viaducts

     

     

     Commercial Matters

     

    D. R. was lead counsel for numerous commercial matters, including the following:

     

    • Drafting form purchase order agreements

     

    • Drafting and counseling regarding confidentiality agreements, consulting agreements, partnership agreements, and employment agreements

     

    • Counseling regarding corporate and partnership formation

     

    • Action revolving around partnership agreement to develop a chain of restaurants

     

    • Action revolving around agreement to develop a casino, usurpation of corporate opportunity, and misappropriation of corporate funds

     

    • Action revolving around misappropriation and misuse of corporate funds

     

    • Action involving breach of partnership agreement

     

    • Action involving claims for defective work performed by software designer

     

    • Action concerning alleged breach of asset purchase agreement involving the sale/purchase of a national chain of grocery stores

     

    • Action concerning alleged tortious interference with a real estate broker agreement

     

    • Arbitration concerning responsibility for environmental clean-up costs

     

    • Dispute regarding construction of improvements to high-rise apartment building

     

    • Actions involving claims that certain medical devices were defective

     

     

    Construction Matters

     

    At GGU, D. R. has been the lead attorney for various clients (including owners, general contractors, and subcontractors) with respect to the following, among other, construction matters:

     

    • Action involving responsibility for accident arising out of construction of transit system

     

    • Various actions concerning responsibility for property damage caused during construction projects

     

    • Drafting and counseling regarding construction contracts and subcontracts

     

    • Drafting and counseling regarding joint venture agreements for construction projects

     

    • Disputes regarding insurance coverage for construction-related injuries to real property

     

    • Disputes regarding delay and acceleration claims

     

    Prior to GGU, D. R. was the supervising attorney with respect to the following, among other, construction matters:

     

    • Dispute involving claims for delays, disruptions, faulty specifications, and extras in connection with the construction of the automated guideway transit system

     

    • Action concerning insurance coverage for damage to, and arising out of, the North Michigan Avenue Bridge accident

     

    • Action concerning architect/engineer's liability for design deficiencies in connection with the construction of the International Terminal at O'Hare International Airport

     

    • Action involving claims for delays and disruptions in connection with the construction of sewer system

     

    • Dispute concerning quality of work performed in connection with the rehabilitation of a bridge

     

    • Action involving contractor's claims for extras and delay damages and claims of conversion/theft against a contractor in connection with the construction of the Orange Line

     

    • Action involving claims of breach of contract, promissory estoppel, trespass, and reverse condemnation in connection with the construction of Roosevelt Road Bridge

     

    • Action involving claims of trespass and nuisance in connection with construction and operation of subway

     

    • Action concerning claims for extras in connection with construction at Midway Airport

     

    • Action concerning forged performance/payment bond

     

    • Numerous actions and disputes concerning construction extras, delays, and acceleration in connection with construction of "el" stops, libraries, subways, roads, and other public improvements

     

    • Numerous actions concerning public mechanics' liens

     

    • Claims involving contractor defaults, bond claims, and take-over agreements

     

    While with Latham & Watkins, D. R. had significant responsibilities in the following, among other, matters:

     

    • Arbitration and action involving claims for defective workmanship and delays in connection with the construction of a coal-fired electric power plant

     

    • Actions involving claims for insurance coverage for damage to, and arising out of, various construction projects

     

     

    Seminars

     

    D. R. has presented the following seminars:

     

    • Agreements to Procure Insurance, Illinois State Bar Association, 1994

     

    • Public Mechanics' Liens, Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers' Division, 1995

     

    • Contractor Defaults, Indiana NIGP, 1996

     

    • Drafting contracts governed by the Uniform Commercial Code, Indiana NIGP, 1997

     

    • Minority Contractors: Jobs and the Law, National Lien & Bond Claim Systems, 1997

     

     

D. R. Edwards

 

 

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F: 312 322-0056

 

dredwards@ggulaw.com

 

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Practice Areas

Government Contracts

MBE/WBE/DBE

Business Transactions

Commercial Disputes and Litigation

 

 

Education

Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1985

 

West Virginia University, M.A. in theatrical design, 1976

 

West Virginia University, B.F.A. in acting, directing, and oral interpretation, magna cum laude, 1974

 

 

 

Bar Admissions

Illinois

 

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (General Bar)

 

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)

 

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

 

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

 

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