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James M. Dash

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Construction Litigation Attorney in Chicago, IL

Carlson Dash LLC
216 South Jefferson Street, Suite 504
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: 312-382-1600
Fax: 312-382-1619
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2022
Licensed in Illinois Since: 1989
Practice Areas: Construction Litigation: Business, Business Litigation, Real Estate: Business
Attorney Profile

Providing sound and knowledgeable counsel, James M. Dash is the managing attorney at Carlson Dash, located in Chicago, Illinois. He takes on cases involving real estate, including construction law, mechanic’s liens and title defense matters.

A dedicated and zealous advocate for his clients, Mr. Dash provides top-notch legal services to them with an unwavering commitment to their needs. He handles every case in the most efficient and cost-effective manner, both inside and outside the courtroom. His exceptional legal work has contributed to positive amendments to Illinois law in regard to mechanic’s liens and construction.

Mr. Dash has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University Chicago and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston Law Center. While in law school, Mr. Dash served as senior associate editor for the Houston Law Review. He is admitted to practice in the states of Texas, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Passionate about his community, Mr. Dash served as the past president of the Greater Libertyville Soccer Association’s board of directors. He currently is the vice president of the Libertyville Township Soccer Complex, Ltd.’s board of directors. Representing these associations with their legal matters, Mr. Dash has devoted a considerable amount of his time to both of them.

Actively affiliated with legal associations, Mr. Dash is a member of The Chicago Bar Association’s Real Property Law Committee and the Construction Law & Mechanic’s Lien Subcommittee, for which he also served as a past chair. He is a former member of the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Industry and Section on Litigation.

Mr. Dash is a member of the Title Counsel and Legislative Committees of the Illinois Land Title Association. He served as vice chair for the Wisconsin Bar Association’s Construction and Public Contract Law Section. Mr. Dash was on the Joint CBA-ISBA Committee, which drafted modifications to the Mechanics Lien Act. He served as editor for the second edition of Turner on Illinois Mechanics Liens, a noteworthy publication for construction workers.

In honor of the exceptional work he does, Mr. Dash is AV Preeminent peer-review rated,* the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been named to top construction law attorney lists by Best Lawyers and Chambers USA. Mr. Dash is included in the list of top Illinois lawyers in construction law by the Leading Lawyers Network.

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Practice Areas
Construction Litigation: Business, Business Litigation, Real Estate: Business

Selections

16 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2022

About James M. Dash

First Admitted: 1985, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://carlsondash.com/our-attorneys/chicago-attorneys-jame...

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Vice President of the Board of Directors of Libertyville Township Soccer Complex, Ltd.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Editor, second edition of Turner on Illinois Mechanics Liens,

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, American Bar Association Forum on Construction Industry and Section on Litigation
  • Past President of the Board of Directors of the Greater Libertyville Soccer Association
  • Member, Joint CBA-ISBA Committee 
  • Title Counsel and Legislative Committees of the Illinois Land Title Association
  • Illinois
  • Past Chair, Chicago Bar Association, Real Property Law Committee Mechanic’s Lien Subcommittee
  • Wisconsin
  • Texas
  • PowerHouse Smart, and Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin
  • Southside Builders Association
  • Rogers Park Builders Group
  • Vice Chair of the Board of the Wisconsin Bar Construction and Public Law Section, 2019-2020
  • Chicago Business Network
  • Illinois Land Title Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • President, Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys, 2018-2019
  • Chicago Bar Association

Honors/Awards

  • Illinois Super Lawyer, 2007-2019
  • Recognized by the Leading Lawyers Network as a top Illinois lawyer in the area of construction law, 2005-2019
  • AV rating with Martindale-Hubble
  • Rated among the top construction law attorneys by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers, 2014-2019
  • Chair, Construction Law Section Council, Illinois State Bar Association, 2017
  • Vice-President, Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys, 2017

Educational Background

  • Loyola University Chicago, B.A., 1982

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Also licensed in Wisconsin and Texas

Industry Groups

  • Construction
  • Mechanic's Liens
  • Real Estate Litigation
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Office Location for James M. Dash

216 South Jefferson Street
Suite 504
Chicago, IL 60661

Phone: 312-382-1600

Fax: 312-382-1619

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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