A contractor or subcontractor may file a lawsuit to foreclose its mechanics lien. In both cases, all parties who may have an interest in the property should be named in the lawsuit, including the owner, mortgage lenders and other lienholders. The general contractor also may sue the owner for breach of contract, and the subcontractor may sue the general contractor for breach of contract. The subcontractor cannot sue the owner for breach of contract because the subcontract is not with the owner.
Douglas C. Giese
Markoff Law LLC
- Attorney in the Chicago office of Querrey & Harrow, Ltd.
- Practices emphasizes creditors’ rights and enforcement of debt
- Experienced trial attorney
- Prosecutes and defends mechanics lien claims
- Member, Board of Directors, Illinois Creditors Bar Association
- J.D. degree, Chicago-Kent College of Law; B.A. degree, Northern Illinois University
- American Bar Association; Chicago Bar Association; Illinois Creditors Bar Association
Thomas J. Wrabel, CPA
Barnes Wendling CPAs, Inc.
Thomas J. Wrabel, CPA, is a director in Barnes Wendling CPAs, Inc.’s accounting and assurance services department. He has over 20 years of experience advising businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Wrabel’s areas of expertise include auditing, external financial reporting, interim CFO services, asset-based loan due diligence, and mergers and acquisitions. His industry expertise includes manufacturing, distribution, construction, real estate, services, trucking, education, not-for-profit organizations and employee benefit plans. Mr. Wrabel serves many of his clients with mergers and acquisitions and financing. His relationships with his client CFOs and controllers are excellent. Mr. Wrabel can clearly relate to them since he has frequently served as an outsourced CFO for extended periods of time and understands the challenges facing them.
Bruce H. Schoumacher
Querrey & Harrow, Ltd.
- Partner in the Chicago office of Querrey & Harrow, Ltd.
- Practices emphasizes all aspects of construction law
- Conducts regular seminars on construction for lawyers and non-lawyers
- Authors of eights books and numerous articles on construction
- M.B.A. and J.D. degrees, University of Chicago; B.S. degree, Northwestern University
- Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers; past chair, Construction Law Section, Illinois State Bar Association; past president, Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys; secretary, Chicago Building Congress
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