As a litigator with an emphasis on complex commercial matters in the construction industry, Eric Sparks routinely assists clients in the resolution of their disputes through client counseling and ultimately trials, binding arbitration proceedings or private mediation.

Eric's practice often involves:

  • construction project disputes over mechanic’s liens
  • bond claims
  • project scheduling issues (acceleration or delay)
  • construction defects
  • design defects
  • contractual scope (change orders)

His clients range across the construction industry, including general contractors, owners, developers, trade contractors, design professionals and lenders.

Eric is an active member of the American Bar Association. For years, he has served as an editor for the newsletter of its Construction Litigation Committee, and has previously served as co-chair of the Subcommittee on Mediation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution. In addition, Eric has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation by Illinois Super Lawyers.

Credentials

Education

  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., Raymond Scholar
  • Northwestern University, Ph.D., Philosophy
  • Northwestern University, M.A., Philosophy
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S., summa cum laude, psychology and philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa, University Honors (Bronze Tablet)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Federal Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Tax Court

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    – Editor, Construction Litigation Committee newsletter
    – Co-Chair, Litigation Section, Construction Committee’s Subcommittee on Mediation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Chicago Bar Association, Subcommittee on Construction Law and Mechanics Liens
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Rotary Club of Oak Park-River Forest

Key Cases or Transactions

  • Won a multimillion-dollar arbitration victory for a pharmaceutical company. The arbitration, conducted in New York City, concerned a license and development agreement for a drug to be administered to feedlot cattle using a microsphere and time-release technology. The arbitration involved substantial technical expert testimony concerning pharmaceutical bioequivalence and drug formulation issues, and whether all commercially reasonable steps to obtain FDA approval were taken.
  • Represented subcontractor in perfecting and prosecuting its multi-million dollar mechanics lien claim on a high-rise construction project in Chicago.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in defense against a mechanics lien.
  • Represented owner in dispute involving construction defects and breach of warranty claim.
  • Represented subcontractor in dispute involving an alleged joint venture for high-rise construction project.
  • Represented national contractor in dispute involving alleged construction defect of municipal water plant.
  • Represented subcontractor in breach of contract claim on high-rise construction project for acceleration damages.
  • Represented purchaser/homeowner in dispute involving a developer/vendor’s fraudulent sale of property.
  • Represented former beneficiaries of a trust in action against an institutional trustee for breach of trust.

Presentations

  • Don't Lien on Me: A Practical Guide to Mechanics Liens, Gould & Ratner Seminar, July 2010
  • Mechanics Liens, Guest Lecturer, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Construction Law Course, April 19, 2017