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Aleen R.




Crystal Lake, IL


Areas of Practice

  • Commercial
  • Construction


  • University of Illinois, 1989, Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics
  • John Marshall Law School, 1993 Juris Doctor, cum laude


  • Illinois, 1993
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1993
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit

Practice Description

Ms. Tiffany focuses her practice on complex civil litigation matters, including:

  • Construction injury and defect Litigation
  • Construction Contract and Risk Transfer
  • Complex Civil and Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial general liability coverage and risk transfer focus
  • Mechanics’ Lien claims and litigation

Effective January 1, 2016, Ms. Tiffany became a partner of HeplerBroom when the practice of Aleen Tiffany, PC was merged into that firm, thereby enhancing her ability to represent her local, regional, and national clients.

An experienced trial attorney, Ms. Tiffany has successfully litigated and overseen a wide variety of matters throughout northern Illinois and numerous other states. Her experience includes all aspects of the commercial construction industry with a focus on commercial contracts, and risk management. She serves as outside general counsel for a large multi-state commercial construction company, and as National Coordinating and Oversight Counsel for general liability claims for subsidiaries of one of the Fortune 500. She is also a trained and approved arbitrator in the 19th and 22nd Judicial Circuit Mandatory Court-annexed Arbitration programs.

Professional Association Involvement

  • Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Awards and Distinctions

  • Illinois Super Lawyer (Construction Litigation) (2008, 2016-2017)
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer (Construction) (2016)
  • President, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (2013-2014)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Executive Committee (2009-2014)
  • IDC Legislative Committee (2011-2012)
  • Chair, IDC Basic Skills Courses (2006, 2007)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Trial Academy (2004, 2005, 2008-2009)
  • Chair, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Fall Seminar (2004, 2005)
  • Profiled in Leading Lawyers Magazine: Real Estate Edition (January 2017)
  • Past Member:
    • Associated General Contractors of America
    • American Subcontractors Association
    • Northern Illinois Building Contractors Association
    • National Association of Women in Construction
    • Chicago Bar Association Mechanic Liens Subcommittee

Legal Lectures and Publications

  • Co-author, “Illinois Enacts Anti-Indemnity Legislation in Snow and Ice Removal Contracts,” NSPII News (National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators, Fall 2016). (Read here.)
  • April 4, 2014, speaker, “Top 10 Construction Contract & GL Insurance Issues Every Illinois Lawyer Should Know for Effective Risk Management,” Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC) Spring Symposium, Chicago Illinois.
  • February 2014, speaker “Top 10 Construction Contract & GL Insurance Issues Every Illinois Lawyer Should Know,” Joint IDC-Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC) Winter seminar, Crested Butte, CO.
  • May and October 2013, ISBA seminar “Insurance, Surety Bonds, and Bankruptcy Issues for Construction Projects,” speaker on CGL (Bodily Injury) Insurance for Construction
  • July 2012, “Illinois Construction Liability – Risk Transfer and Contracts,” presented to Risk Managers and Contract team for large multi-state Contracting client
  • Educational series, March and April 2007, Assurance Agency, Construction Contracts, Risk Management, Risk Transfer, and trends in Illinois
  • “Professionalism in the Courtroom,” co-presenter with Justice Warren Wolfsen, November 2006, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Basic Skills course (15-hour required Continuing Legal Education for 1st year lawyers in Illinois), November 2006
  • “Construction Injury, risk transfer and avoidance, and coverage,” Assurance Agency Educational seminars (October 2004; November 2004; and January 2005)
  • “Underground Contracting: Illinois Legal Considerations,” Assurance Agency Educational seminars (February 2005)
  • “Construction Injury: Claims Theories & Defenses” and “Risk Transference and Coverage for Illinois Contractors”, Lorman Educational Seminars, December 16, 2004
  • “Standstill Agreements: Can a Counterclaim be Avoided,” author and speaker, September 19, 2003, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Fall 2003 seminar
  • “Construction Defects and Insurance Coverage in Illinois,” Lorman Education Services seminar, March 19, 2003
  • Co-Author, “Construction Litigation and Insurance Coverage: Liability Theories After the Structural Work Act Repeal – Section 414 of the Restatement and Illinois Pattern Jury Instructions”, presented to the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and The Chicago School of Insurance, November 2002