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Barry P. Kaltenbach

Senior Counsel




The John Marshall Law School, J.D.

Northern Illinois University, B.S.

Bar Admissions

Barry Kaltenbach is a seasoned commercial litigator who represents clients in construction disputes, insurance coverage and general commercial matters.

A rigorous advocate with more than a decade of courtroom experience, his in-depth knowledge of the construction industry allows him to provide valuable counsel to owners/developers, general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers and design professionals involved in private and public construction projects.

He has prosecuted and defended construction delay and defect claims for a diverse roster of private and public construction projects, including interstate highway rebuilds, residential high rises, warehouses and workshops, water purification facilities, and hospitals. He also has represented mechanics lien claimants in asserting, recording and foreclosing their claims, and has substantial experience representing construction owners and contractors during contract negotiations, review and revision.

Barry also advises and litigates on behalf of construction firms and other clients on a wide spectrum of insurance matters, including insurance recovery and coverage issues under general liability, umbrella and excess liability, employment practices liability, professional liability, property, and title insurance policies. These matters often include pursuing insurance agents and brokers for the improper or inadequate procurement of insurance. He also regularly represents clients as Peppers defense counsel.

From simple family-owned business disputes to complex international corporate matters, Barry regularly represents clients in general commercial matters, including breach of contract, bankruptcy, tort and fiduciary claims cases in state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate court levels. He also represents professionals in employment and employment-related disputes in both state and federal court, and before administrative bodies such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. These matters typically involve the defense and prosecution of temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions and non-compete contractual provisions.

Representative Matters


The John Marshall Law School, magna cum laude
The John Marshall Law Review, Editorial Board
Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

Professional Activities

Chicago Bar Association, Real Property Law Section, Construction Law and Mechanics Lien Subcommittee

American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry, Contract Documents Section; Insurance, Surety and Liens Division; Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section; Construction Litigation Committee; Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section


“Where are we Going to Fight?  Jurisdiction and Venue,” Primerus Business Law Institute, Webinar, December 2014.

“Navigating Through Client Liquidation or Bankruptcy,” Primerus Business Las Institute, Annual Symposium, New York, New York, May 2014

“You Want Me to Agree to What?!?  Negotiating Tough Construction Contracts,” Primerus Business Law Institute, Webinar, November 2013.

“Mechanics Lien and Payment Bond Claims,” Primerus Business Law Institute, Webinar, January 2011

“Real Estate Litigation Issues,” Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc., Webinar, May 2011

"An Owner’s Look at the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act: Old Rules and New Duties,” Joseph A. Freed & Associates LLC, May 2009

“Doing Business With Financially Troubled Companies,” Association of Corporate Counsel, Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado, October 2011

“Drafting and Enforcement of Alternate Dispute Resolution and Venue-Selection Provisions in a Global Environment,” Primerus Business Law Institute, Annual Symposium, Chicago, Illinois, June 2011


“United States Supreme Court Clarifies What it Means to be at Home,” Illinois State Bar Association, The Corporate Lawyer, E-Newsletter, February 2014.

“Fraudulent Transfer Claims in Bankruptcy Proceedings,” Primerus Business Law Institute, Annual Symposium, Chicago, Illinois, June 2012

“Stop, Look and Listen: How to Avoid Getting Hit by the Bankruptcy Train,” International Society of Primerus Law Firms, E-Newsletter, January/February 2012