Erin Luke is a member of Thompson Hine's top-ranked Construction practice group. She counsels clients on all aspects of project planning, development and execution.  Her experience includes representing owners, developers, and other construction professionals 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 managed and resolved a variety of project claims and disputes through mediation, arbitration, or litigation if necessary, and is a licensed attorney 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.


Recent Transactions

  • 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.

  • Selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Construction, Ohio, 2019
  • Selected as Next Generation Lawyer by The Legal 500, 2018 and 2019
  • 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 to 2019
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2016-present
  • YWCA of 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

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