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Holly C.




Crystal Lake, IL


Area of Practice


  • Northern Illinois University Law School, J.D., Cum Laude, 1996
  • Augustana College, Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, Cum Laude, 1993
  • Harper College, Nonprofit/Volunteer Management Leadership Certification, 2008


  • Illlinois
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Practice Description

Holly C. Whitlock-Glave focuses her practice on civil litigation matters, including:

  • Construction contract and risk transfer
  • Construction injury & construction defect litigation
  • Civil and commercial litigation
  • Commercial general liability coverage
  • Mechanics lien claims and litigation

Her primary focus is in the defense of complex, multi-party commercial construction litigation involving construction injury, construction defects, risk transfer, construction contract, risk management, general liability coverage issues, expert analysis and investigations, and settlement negotiations/alternative dispute resolution.

Ms. Whitlock-Glave handles daily issues encountered by general contractors/subcontractors, including personal injury claims, general liability insurance coverage/tenders, contract analysis, jobsite safety, OSHA requirements, underground and overhead utility work, electrical and mechanical systems and design, plumbing, and mechanics liens. She also serves as assistant outside general counsel for a multi-state commercial construction company and is part of the team that acts as national oversight counsel for general liability claims for numerous subsidiaries of Fortune 500 companies.

Bar/Professional Associations

  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC)
    • Board of Directors (2020-present)
    • Construction Law Committee (2013-present)
      • Chair (2017-present)
    • Events Committee (2013-2014)
  • Illinois Judges Association
    • Trained counsel for Bringing the Courtroom to the Classroom
  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
    • Joint Committee, ISBA/IDC for mock civil trial

Awards, Honors & Distinctions

  • Volunteer of the Year, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (2018)

Law School Honors/Involvement

  • Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity
    • Vice Justice

Published Legal Writing

  • “Construction and COVID-19: The New ‘Normal,’” HeplerBroom Blog
    (June 16, 2020). (This blog post can be read here.)
  • “The Technology Revolution in the Construction Industry: The Rise of Artificial Intelligence,” Monograph, IDC Quarterly, Vol. 29 No. 4 (2019). (This monograph can be read here.)
  • “Construction Law Monograph,”  IDC Quarterly, Vol. 28, No. 2 (2018). (Co-author with HeplerBroom attorney Sarah B. Jansen.) (This monograph can be read here.)
  • Construction Law Committee Editor, IDC Survey of Law (2016-present).
  • Construction Law Committee Editor, IDC Quarterly (2017-present).

Legal Lectures & Presentations

  • “Rise of the Machines: Artificial Intelligence in Construction,” Defense Research Institute and Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel seminar (Chicago 2020). (co-presenter)
  • “Outline of the General Rule & Restatement 414 Exception Regarding Contractor's Liability,” Construction Worker Injuries: Responding to the Risk, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (Chicago, 2018).