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Suzanne Karbarz Rovner


Suzanne is a partner in the Real Estate Group. Her practice focuses on all aspects of construction law, including advising clients on effective strategies for project execution, drafting and negotiating contracts, and enforcing contractual rights and obligations. Suzanne represents owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, architects, and engineers in construction projects throughout the country.

She has represented clients in a wide range of development projects, including student housing, manufactured housing, hospitals and medical office space, storage facilities, senior living, state-of-the-art sports facilities, hotels, multi-family residential and condominiums, universities, and retail.

When disputes arise, Suzanne advocates on behalf of her clients to resolve the dispute through settlement negotiation, litigation, or alternative dispute resolution.

Suzanne also has experience handling government contract and federal procurement matters, including bid protests, claims, administrative appeals, and suspension and debarment.

In addition to her active legal practice, Suzanne is also a frequent writer and speaker on issues related to construction law. She also supports non-profit educational organizations and, as a first-generation American, focuses her pro bono practice on immigration matters. She serves on the board of directors of the Mary Crane Center, a 100-year old not-for-profit dedicated to the comprehensive early development of children and support to their families, and the Friends of Lincoln Park High School, a non-profit organization supporting public education in Chicago.

Suzanne earned her J.D., with honors, from George Washington University Law School and her B.A. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining LP, Suzanne was of counsel to the global law firm DLA Piper.

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Email Address

Phone Number

+1 312 476 7707

Additional Information

Education & Admissions

  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A.
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois


  • American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section
  • Construction Law Forum
  • Society of Illinois Construction Lawyers, an invitation only organization of attorneys dedicated to the practice of construction law in Illinois


  • Notable Women Lawyers, Crain’s Chicago Business, 2024
  • Martindale-Hubbell rates Suzanne “AV Preeminent,” the highest possible rating of her professional and ethical standards.


  • If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
    Paris! Living there for an extended period of time is a life goal of mine. Someday, it will happen!

  • What is one thing you learned during COVID/the past year?
    Yoga. In early COVID, on a whim I took a 30-day yoga challenge hoping I would make it through a month. Fast forward a couple years and I haven’t missed a day!



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