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Aleen R.




Crystal Lake, IL


Areas of Practice

  • Construction
  • Commercial
  • Corporate & Business


  • John Marshall Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1993
  • University of Illinois, B.S. in Mathematics, 1989


  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Practice Description

Aleen R. Tiffany focuses her practice in complex civil litigation and corporate construction 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 and Surety Bond claims and litigation

An experienced trial attorney, she has successfully litigated and overseen a wide variety of matters nationwide. Her experience includes all aspects of the commercial construction industry, with a primary focus on commercial contracts, bodily injury defense, construction defect, and risk management and transfer. 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 a Fortune 500 company.

Ms. Tiffany is also a trained and approved arbitrator in the 19th and 22nd Judicial Circuit Mandatory Court-annexed Arbitration programs.

She was formerly the principal of Aleen R. Tiffany, PC. That firm merged into HeplerBroom in 2016.

Bar/Professional Associations

  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
    • President (2013-2014)
    • Executive Committee (2009-2014)
    • Legislative Committee (2011-2012)
    • Chair, Basic Skills Courses (2006-2007)
    • Trial Academy (2004-2005, 2008-2009)
    • Chair, Fall Seminar (2004-2005)

Awards, Honors & Distinctions

  • Illinois Leading Lawyer (2016-2018)
    • Profiled in Leading Lawyers Magazine-Real Estate Edition: “McHenry County Construction Lawyer Devotes Curiosity, Enthusiasm to Clients” (2017)
  • Illinois Super Lawyer (2008, 2016-2018)
  • Past Member
    • American Subcontractors Association
    • Associated General Contractors of America
    • Chicago Bar Association
    • Mechanic Liens Subcommittee
    • National Association of Women in Construction
    • Northern Illinois Building Contractors Association 

Published Legal Writing

“Illinois Enacts Anti-Indemnity Legislation in Snow and Ice Removal Contracts,” National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators, NSPII News (Fall 2016). (Co-author)

Legal Lectures & Presentations

  • “General Liability Insurance Coverage, Tenders, and Risk Transfer 201,” Fortune 500 company litigation attorneys (Philadelphia PA, 2017)
  • “Construction Liability: Risk Transfer, GL, and Contracts, Multi-State,” Risk Managers, Safety, Contracts, and Procurement teams for national utility construction client (2017)
  • “General Liability Insurance Coverage, Tenders, and Risk Transfer 101,” Fortune 500 company litigation attorneys (Philadelphia PA, 2016)
  • “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 IL, 2014)
  • “Top 10 Construction Contract & GL Insurance Issues Every Illinois Lawyer Should Know,” Joint IDC-Texas Association of Defense Counsel Winter Seminar (Crested Butte CO, 2014)

For a complete listing of Legal Lectures & Presentations, click here.

Representative/Recent Case Results

Ms. Tiffany has successfully litigated hundreds of construction and construction-related matters as lead trial counsel over the years, including:

  • “Defense of electrical subcontractor in a multi-party $90M property damage claim resulting from alleged electrical and design allegations (currently pending/pro hac vice admission, Northern Indiana)
  • “Successful defense and resolution of an $18M water-intrusion claim, alleged to have resulted from plumbing work/failure (resolved 2016 for $650,000)
  • “Successful defense and resolution of a fire loss claim in Northern California on behalf of nationally based electrical utility contractor (pro hac vice admission, 2015)
  • “Successful defense of an electrical subcontractor in a respondeat superior/agency claim involving business-altering issues, including whether scope of work was implicated through company-issued cell phones and “on call” system involving union employees (Will County, 2013 – Not Guilty)
  • “Numerous other successful defense results and jury trial verdicts over 23 years in construction, automobile, and premises liability matters, involving varying injury and damages ranging from minor to catastrophic/death claims.