Kenneth A. Cripe

20 South Clark Street
Suite 1000
Chicago IL 60603
(312) 658-1100

Kenneth A. Cripe is a partner at Conway & Mrowiec. He has represented general contractors, trade contractors, owners and architects in litigation, mediation and arbitration.  Ken’s background and experience provide him an understanding of construction industry challenges and the need to resolve complex disputes efficiently.  Before his employment at Conway & Mrowiec, Ken worked exclusively in the construction industry, including the position of President and General Counsel of CSM Mechanical, Inc.  Ken received his Bachelor of Science in Business from Illinois State University and his Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law.

Ken’s cases have included representation of a general contractor in defeating an electrical subcontractor’s delay claim on a school renovation project, successfully prosecuting a trade contractor’s payment bond claim for numerous extras on a condominium project and assistance in representation of an international EPC contractor on a suspended power plant project.

Ken was selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in the area of Construction Law.  Fewer than 5 percent of registered lawyers in Illinois are so recognized by the Leading Lawyers division of Law Bulletin's Publishing Company.  An editorial profile of Ken was featured in Leading Lawyers Magazine - Real Estate, Construction & Environmental Edition for 2018.  (To view the article, click here).

Ken is active in several legal and construction industry associations, including the Illinois State Bar Association (former ISBA Construction Law Section Council Member), Association of Subcontractors and Affiliates (ASA Chicago Government Relations, Co-Chair), the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Association (SMACNA of Greater Chicago) The American Bar Association (member of the Construction Forum) and the Chicago Bar Association (former investigator on the Judicial Evaluation Committee).

Ken has lectured numerous times on construction law issues and is the law columnist for, providing legal updates on significant construction industry matters and developments (to view Ken's ChicagolandConstruction articles, click here).  Other articles authored by Ken include: “Letters of Intent: Are They Binding Contracts or Just Agreements to Continue Negotiating?”  Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association (Fall 2013, SubStance publication); Under What Circumstances Will a Subcontractor Be Bound By Its Bid?" Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association (Winter 2014, SubStance publication); "Express Indemnity Clauses in Construction Contracts May Mean 10 Years of Potential Liability" Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association (Spring 2015, SubStance publication); "Adjacent Property Mechanics Liens" Illinois State Bar Association (March 2014, Vol. 4, No. 3, Newsletter of the ISBA Section on Construction Law); "Who is the Contractor?" Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association (Fall 2015, SubStance publication); "Pay-if-Paid" and "Pay-When-Paid" Subcontracts, Who Bears the Risk When the Owner Fails to pay? (June 2017, SubStance publication).

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