Professional Biography

Kevin Kolton Partner

  • Chicago

    D +1.312.263.2730

    F +1.312.263.6730


    131 South Dearborn Street, Suite 1700

    Chicago, IL 60603-5559




Kevin Kolton has practiced construction law for more than 30 years. He primarily represents owners involved in the construction, operation, and maintenance of utility-scale energy projects, focusing on clean energy. Over the last fifteen years, Kevin has assisted his clients in the drafting and negotiation of construction agreements relating to the design and construction of numerous wind farms, solar farms, and clean burning natural gas facilities. He also has drafted and negotiated the long-term operation and maintenance agreements associated with owning the clean energy and natural gas projects.

During the construction of the project, Kevin works with his clients on a daily and ongoing basis, as he provides counsel, advice, and legal services related to virtually every aspect of the construction project including the evaluation and negotiation of change orders. Kevin also helps his clients develop and analyze the metrics needed to monitor the project’s schedule and budget and distill the results into easy to read reports.

Kevin’s involvement in the project does not end after the construction is complete. He has developed a warranty claims process and procedure to helps his clients document warranty claims and assists his clients in understanding their warranty rights.

When disputes arise, Kevin efficiently and effectively resolves them through mediation, arbitration, and litigation. In addition to his clean energy work, Kevin has been involved in many of Chicago’s landmark projects including McCormick Place, the United Center, and the Thompson Center State of Illinois building.

An important element of Kevin’s career as an attorney has been his previous experience as an engineer. This training enables him to quickly and easily understand the technical aspects of an issue. His solutions-focused training also helps him identify common interests between the parties and helps to remove distractions and focus on resolutions.

Professional Recognition

  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as “America’s Leading Construction Lawyers," 2021
  • Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America
  • Named Illinois Leading Lawyer since 2008
  • Listed in Illinois Super Lawyers, 2017 - 2021
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 U.S., Construction Attorney, 2018 - 2019
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America: Construction Law; Litigation - Contruction, 2016 - 2022

*The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no certificate, award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.

Professional Leadership

  • Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys
  • Construction Lawyers Society of America, Fellow
  • Northwestern University, Department of Civil Engineering Graduate Program, Construction Law & Risk Management, Adjunct Professor, 2018

Related Employment

  • Schiff Hardin LLP, 1991 - 2019
  • Neal Gerber Eisenberg LLP, 1989 - 1991





Bar and Court Admissions

  • Illinois


  • South Texas College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1989
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S., Engineering, 1980