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 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Construction Litigation: Business (60%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Real Estate: Business (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    A managing member of Carlson Dash, LLC, James M. Dash focuses his practice on construction and other real estate-related litigation. Based in the firm's office in Chicago, Illinois, he provides representation to clients throughout the greater metropolitan area as well as in parts of Wisconsin. Admitted to practice before all Illinois, Wisconsin, and Texas state courts, Mr. Dash is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th and 7th Circuits.

    In his construction law practice, Mr. Dash has represented contractors, lenders and developers when disputes arise during the building of a project or after it has been completed. His experience has involved mechanic's liens and contract breaches, and he is often able to help his clients reach an accord on these matters through negotiations. His successful track record has resulted in a great deal of recognition from his fellow attorneys, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Dash has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America each year since 2014.

    Mr. Dash is frequently asked to deliver presentations on topics related to his practice to fellow attorneys as well as members of the construction industry. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Real Property Law Committee of The Chicago Bar Association and the Construction & Public Contract Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin. Active in his community as well, Mr. Dash has served on the board of directors of the Greater Libertyville Soccer Association. He was awarded his Juris Doctor by the University of Houston Law Center in 1985.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Construction Litigation: Business
    • 20%Business Litigation
    • 20%Real Estate: Business


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    Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020

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    About James Dash

    Admitted: 1989, Illinois

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


    • 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

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Also licensed in Wisconsin and Texas

    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

    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,

    Educational Background:

    • Loyola University Chicago, B.A., 1982

    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

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    Last Updated: 10/23/2019

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