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Illinois Construction Lien Law: Who Can Have a Lien?


Illinois mechanics lien law provides that many parties connected with a construction project have lien rights. Section 21 of the Act provides in part that “every mechanic, worker or other person who shall furnish any materials, apparatus, machinery or fixtures, or furnish or perform services or labor for the contractor, or shall furnish any material to be employed in the process of construction as a means for assisting in the erection of the building or improvement” shall have a right to a mechanics lien.



Douglas C. Giese

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
Timothy R. Rabel

Timothy R. Rabel

Querrey & Harrow, Ltd.

Timothy Rabel

  • Partner in the Chicago office of Querrey & Harrow, Ltd.
  • Practice centers on construction law, including litigation and contract negotiation and drafting
  • Prosecutes and defends mechanics lien claims
  • Speaks frequently on mechanics liens
  • Regular contributor to the Construction Law Quarterly
  • J.D. degree, John Marshall Law School, B. A. degree, the University of Illinois
  • Chicago Bar Association; editor-in-chief, John Marshall Law Review
Bruce H. Schoumacher

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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