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Christopher L. McCloskey

Chris McCloskey is chair of Bricker & Eckler's Public Sector industry group and is a partner in the Construction Law group. He focuses his practice on construction-related contracting and disputes, as well as general business and litigation. He is experienced in researching and drafting motions for construction lawsuits, reviewing construction contracts, construction claims, change orders, purchase orders, project analysis, mechanic's liens, bid strategy and project coordination. Chris is a former staff attorney to Judge Nodine Miller of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, where he drafted legal opinions and managed the court’s civil docket. In addition, he worked as a district engineer for Economy Forms Company, designing steel systems to form concrete structures.

"As a partner in our construction group and our public sector industry group leader, Chris has a deep knowledge of the law and our clients’ needs. He is forward-thinking and proactive in both his practice and in his leadership role."

Jack Rosati, construction law group chair

Professional & Community Activities

  • Class of 2012, The Tunnell Leadership Development Program

Presentations & Published Works

  • Speaker, “Real Property Issues for Schools,” BASA School Facilities Conference, March 2016
  • Speaker, “Bidding, Purchasing and Contracting,” Ohio Municipal League Newly Elected Counsel Seminar, February 2016
  • Speaker, “Specific Claims – Lien & Bond Claims and Errors & Omissions,” Top Gun Construction Claims Seminar, November 2015
  • Speaker, “Evaluating and Documenting the Bid Review Process, Bidder Protests and Litigation,” Selecting Project Delivery Models and Bidding for Public Construction Contracts in Ohio, May 2015
  • Speaker, "School Construction Issues and Claims," BASA School Facilities and Safety Conference, March 2015
  • Speaker, "Third Party Claims – Mechanic's Liens; and Owner Claims: Addressing Defective Work," Top Gun Construction Claims Seminar, November 2014
  • Speaker, "Payment and Performance Surety Bonds in Construction Projects: Perspectives of Owners, Contractors and Sureties," Strafford Publications Webinar, August 2014
  • Speaker, "Evaluating and Documenting the Bid Review Process, Bidder Protests and Litigation," Selecting Project Delivery Models and Bidding for Public Construction Contracts in Ohio, May 2014
  • Speaker, “Financing and Bonding Issues for Contractors,” Builder’s Exchange of Central Ohio, annually in November
  • Speaker, “Ethics/Professional Responsibility,” Capital University, annually in April
  • Speaker, “Contracting 101,” Builder’s Exchange of Central Ohio, annually in January
  • Author, "Lien on Me," Columbus Bar Association Bar Briefs

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Admitted, State of Ohio, 2000
  • Admitted, State of Florida, 2002
  • Admitted, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2002
  • Member, Columbus Bar Association
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Florida Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Construction Law), 2018–2019
  • Recognized, ChambersUSA, Construction with a Band 4 ranking, 2015–2016

Education

  • Capital University (J.D.) 2000; Staff member and executive research editor, Capital University Law Review; Member, Order of the Curia
  • The Ohio State University (B.S. in Civil Engineering), 1996
Hitting the slopes
Hitting the slopes

A former member of the Ohio State University Ski & Snowboard Team, Chris enjoys hitting the slopes of Ohio and beyond. He counts his experience skiing Vail, Colorado, as one of his all-time favorites.