Erin Luke is a partner in the firm’s top-ranked Construction practice group. She counsels clients on all aspects of project planning, development and execution. Her experience includes representing owners, developers, contractors and design firms on large-scale domestic and international projects in a broad range of industry sectors including hotel and resort developments, convention centers and facilities, sports stadia and entertainment complexes, casino and gaming developments, energy and infrastructure projects, P3 and public construction, hospital and school developments, and other high profile community impact projects.
Erin provides a full-service approach to client service, offering front-end transactional advice as well as claims management and resolution assistance. Her experience includes project delivery and structuring advice, contract negotiating and drafting, insurance and risk management counseling, and general project management advice. She has also litigated, arbitrated, mediated and settled a variety of claims and disputes and is licensed in multiple jurisdictions to serve a broad range of client needs.
Erin works collaboratively with all parties to achieve the right framework for project success and expertly manages risks for her clients. Her dual transactions and disputes background provides a unique mix of insight and perspective to clients seeking to manage and mitigate project risks at the contracting phase and beyond.
- Counsel to neighborhood development corporation in development of new residential and mixed use construction projects totaling over $180 million, including drafting and negotiation of development agreements and ground leases.
- Counsel to regional sports complex public authority for development of $900+ million sports stadium complex in St. Louis, Missouri, including drafting and negotiation of construction management at-risk and design agreements, and counseling on project delivery issues, insurance and risk management structure, and public bidding requirements.
- Project counsel to global corporation for more than $300 million of corporate headquarters and office construction projects in Connecticut, Florida and elsewhere, including drafting and negotiation of architect, engineering, construction management at-risk, demolition and project management agreements, and related counseling on insurance and risk management issues.
- Construction counsel to local municipality in Northeast Ohio for major sewer and sanitation systems renovation and construction projects totaling over $1 billion, including drafting of construction management at-risk and design-build agreements, general terms and conditions, and technical specifications.
- Insurance counsel to design team for construction of $500 million dollar health education campus in Cleveland, Ohio, advising on insurance structure and layering for comprehensive errors and omissions coverage.
- Representation of public owner in construction and start-up of $200 million luxury hotel in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, including advice on management agreement compliance and preparation of miscellaneous consulting agreements.
- Representation of development manager on $100 million renovation of historic performance hall in Cincinnati, Ohio, including drafting and negotiation of design, construction management at-risk, and development agreements, and counseling on insurance and risk management issues.
- Representation of developer in construction of $60 million hotel and meeting space complex repurposed from industrial/manufacturing facilities in Rockford, Illinois, including drafting and negotiation of hotel management and franchise agreements, and related counseling on market risks and deal terms.
- Representation of developer in construction of over $30 million worth of mixed-use garage and retail developments in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, including drafting and negotiation of design-build, construction management at-risk, and architect agreements, and counseling on insurance and risk management issues.
- Representation of owner in engineering and construction of cogeneration plants and related facilities at vacation resorts in Hawaii totaling over $10 million, including drafting and negotiation of design-build agreements, scopes of work, and ancillary forms, such as lien waivers.
- Construction counsel for $5 million gas pipeline project in Cleveland, Ohio, including drafting and negotiation of development and design-build agreements, as well as ancillary easements.
- Construction counsel to electric cooperative for $3.5 million solar power upgrade project to install solar panel fields at numerous facilities throughout Ohio. Prepared and negotiated EPC agreement and provided advice on insurance, bonding, warranties, and procurement issues.
- Representation of public authority in $3 million renovation of library facilities in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, including advice on project structure and bidding requirements, preparation of requests for qualifications and requests for proposals, drafting and negotiation of construction management at-risk agreement, and related advice on construction and project management issues.
Other Transactional Experience
- Updating institutional form agreements with new and improved contract provisions based on current market trends and cost-effective risk sharing structures.
- Managed comprehensive form updates for industry-leading global hotel owner, with major redraft of more than 100 construction, design and other project-related agreements and forms, including: construction contracts (both GMP and lump sum structures), architecture and engineering agreements, design-build and procure-furnish-install agreements, project management and consulting agreements (LEED, hazardous materials, etc.), FF&E purchasing and logistics contracts, elevator and escalator repair, modernization and maintenance agreements, and project administration forms (RFP and bid response forms, lien waivers, change orders and amendment forms, pay applications, contract form instructions and project checklists).
- Drafting and negotiation of standard form agreements (AIA, DBIA, FDIC, etc.), including preparation of owner, contractor and designer-friendly supplements.
- Advising design and construction firms on state-by-state professional licensing compliance, including formation of corporate entities for multi-state practice and advice to international firms looking to establish operations in the U.S.
- Representing owners and contractors in drafting and negotiating project labor agreements.
- Counsel on complex P3 projects in the U.S. and internationally, including advice on project risks and contracting structures, and local counsel support on Ohio P3s.
Disputes and Claims Experience
- Substantial experience prosecuting and defending project claims, disputes and litigation, including delay and change order claims, project closeout and lien claims, design and construction defect claims (including related insurance claims litigation), asbestos and hazardous materials abatement claims,OSHA disputes, and surety and indemnity litigation.
- Negotiation of project closeout and lien claims for owner on major hotel renovation project in New Orleans, Louisiana.
- Representation of owner in litigation of design and engineering defects on assisted living facility project in Illinois.
- Representation of Indian tribes in litigation over construction and design defects in hotel and casino developments in California.
- Representation of major subcontractor in payment claim on residential high-rise project in New York.
- Representation of design-builder in design and construction defect claim on student recreational facility project in Texas, including management of insurance claims.
- Defend casino owner in lien litigation filed by construction manager and various subcontractors on casino and hotel project in St. Charles, Missouri.
- “Update: Ohio Appellate Court Affirms Injunction on Local Hire Law,” Thompson Hine Construction Update, December 2017
- Contributing author, "Construction Laws and Customs: Ohio Q&A," Practical Law (Thompson Reuters), November 2017
- “Local Hiring Programs – Recent Updates and Legislation,” ABA, Under Construction, Vol. 18 No. 2, December 2016
- “Court Grants Preliminary Injunction in Local Hire Lawsuit,” Thompson Hine Construction Update, August 2016
- “Local Hiring Requirements – Recent Updates,” Thompson Hine Business Law Update, Summer 2016
- “Forum-Selection Clauses in Construction Contracts – After Atlantic Marine,” Thompson Hine Construction Update, July 2016
- “New Law Bans Local Hiring Requirements on Ohio Public Projects,” Thompson Hine Construction Update, June 2016
- “Ohio Legislature Passes Ban on Local Hiring Requirements,” Thompson Hine Construction Update, May 2016
- “Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Liquidated Damages Against Public Construction Contractor,” Thompson Hine Construction Update, April 2016
- Construction Laws and Customs: Ohio, Practical Law Real Estate, February 2016 (co-author)
- Safety Plans and Policies – What to Do When Construction Projects Go Bad, Lorman Education Services, January 2009 & August 2007 (co-author)
- Advance Rulings: Taxpayers Can Obtain Binding Advice From State Taxing Authorities, Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives, Vols. 17–18, 2008 (co-author)
- "Is Munsey Trust Alive? Recent Cases Involving the Payment Bond Surety’s Subrogation Rights," 18th Annual Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, September 2007 (co-author)
- Do You Want to Upgrade to the Turbocharged Model? Will You Notice the Difference? - 2017 AIA Document Updates, New Exhibits and BIM Incorporation, May 11, 2017
- Best Practices for Exceeding Project Goals and Reducing Risk on Construction Projects, CLE Accredited Presentation, Cleveland, OH, October 20, 2016
- To Joint Venture, or Not to Joint Venture - Keys to a Successful Joint Venture Project, Oswald Construction Risk Insight Breakfast Series, Cincinnati, October 18, 2016
- To Joint Venture, or Not to Joint Venture – Keys to a Successful Joint Venture Project, Oswald Construction Risk Insight Breakfast Series, September 29, 2016
- Construction Hot Topics – Cutting Through: From Red Tape to Red Ribbon (“Preparing Cleveland for the Big Stage: A Panel Case Study of the Republican National Convention Enabling Projects,” Moderator), Thompson Hine LLP, June 7, 2016
- Construction Hot Topics – Legislative Updates (Local Hiring Goals, Project Labor Agreements), Thompson Hine LLP, June 9, 2015
- Project Delivery: What is a GMP and How Do I Use It?, ICSC 2015 Retail Development and Law Symposium, February 27, 2015
- Construction Management / Design-Build in Missouri, Lorman Education Services, March 25, 2014
- Contract Clauses & Damage Recovery; Documenting & Responding to Claims; and Affiliations Between Majority Owned and MBE/WBE/DBE, Missouri Regional Certification Committee – Back Office Development Program, October 16, 2013
- Selected as Next Generation Lawyer by The Legal 500, 2018
- NAWIC New Leader Award 2017 - North Central Region
- Five to Watch in Law, Crain's Cleveland Business, 2017
- NAWIC New Leader Award 2017 – Cleveland Chapter
- Selected for inclusion in Rising Stars by Ohio Super Lawyers® magazine, 2017 and 2018
- American Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2016-present
- YWCA Greater Cleveland Woman of Professional Excellence Award, 2016
- Thompson Hine Spotlight on Leaders, Class of 2015-2016
- Civic Leadership Institute, Cleveland Leadership Center, Class of 2015
- Certificate in International and Comparative Law, St. Louis University School of Law, 2008
- John M. Cave Award for Pre-Law Excellence, Westminster College, 2005
- Emerson Fellowship, Westminster College, 2004
- YWCA Greater Cleveland, Board of Directors, Governance Committee (2017-present)
- Construction Owner’s Association of America (COAA), Documents Committee (2016-present)
- ACE Advisory Council, NAWIC Representative (2016-2017)
- National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), Board of Directors (2016-2018), Golf Committee (2017)
- Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio, Associate Board, Co-Chair (2017-present) and Member (since 2015)
- SLU Alumni Club of Cleveland, Leadership Committee (2015-present)
- American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry (2006-present)
- Cleveland Council on World Affairs
- City Club
- Union Club
- Dick Goddard’s APL Telethon (September 2016)
- Redline Greenway Beautification (October 2016)
- RNC Host Committee, Hotel Greeter (July 2016)