Jeffrey Aiken

Adjunct Professor

Aiken, Jeffrey

Biography

Over his 40+ year career as a practicing lawyer, Jeff has drafted and negotiated numerous construction contracts going back to the 1970's covering a broad array of projects from structural steel installation and blow-down heat exchangers for atomic power plants, a $2 million subcontract for an anaerobic waste water treatment facility, a rotary furnace subcontract for a new copper conversion plant, and a broad range of commercial, residential and industrial projects, including $1.9M boiler plant subcontract for $79M plant expansion and several other new plant and office facilities.

He served for years on the Board and as Chairperson of the Construction and Public Contract Law Section of the Wisconsin Bar Assoc. He authored numerous articles on construction law and related insurance coverage issues and was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for construction litigation in addition to being chosen as one of Wisconsin's Top 50 lawyers by Wisconsin Super Lawyers Magazine and one of the state's Top 10 Construction Lawyers by the Daily Reporter.

His construction claims experience has included defense of condominium developer in $8 million damage claim for multiple construction defects focusing on complex CGL coverage issues over sequential policy periods. He prosecuted an "extras" claims against the Army Corps of Engineers arising out of a Pope Air Force Base construction project on behalf of the general contractor's surety, resulting in $3.2 million settlement. He successfully represented an international engineering firm in defense and resolution of the Miller Park Baseball Stadium's retractable roof "extras" and design defect lawsuit, which involved over 2.9 million documents and was Wisconsin's largest construction dispute involving a structural facility (>$100 million), including professional E&O and CGL project policy coverage claims against primary and excess insurance carriers.

He taught the inaugural Construction Law course at the UW Law School in 2011 and later that year took over and restructured a similar course for construction management students in the Civil Engineering Department of the UW-Madison School of Engineering which he has taught continuously ever since.



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