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Freeborn Partners Tina Bird, Philip Comella and Christopher Townsend Selected as Construction Lawyers Society of America Fellows

CHICAGO – Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that the firm’s Chicago Partners Tina M. Bird, Philip L. Comella and Christopher J. Townsend have been selected as Fellows of the Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA).

“We are very proud that Tina, Phil and Chris have been chosen as Fellows of the prestigious Construction Lawyers Society of America,” said Freeborn Co-Managing Partner William E. Russell. “Each has demonstrated outstanding knowledge and leadership serving our clients in Chicago and throughout the country on a broad range of real estate, construction, environmental and energy matters.”

The CLSA is an invitation-only, international honorary association of preeminent lawyers specializing in construction law and related fields. Attorneys are selected and invited into CLSA Fellowship based on evaluation for effectiveness and accomplishment in construction law, along with ethical reputation. CLSA Fellows membership is limited to 1,200 practicing attorneys from the United States and internationally. 

A member of Freeborn’s Real Estate and Construction Services practice groups, Ms. Bird focuses her nationwide practice on contract drafting and negotiation, arbitrations, civil trials, mediations, claim preparation, and mid-project analysis. She represents material suppliers, subcontractors, contractors, construction managers, design-builders, architects, owners, and sureties in every aspect of their business.

Mr. Comella is Co-Leader of Freeborn’s Environment and Energy Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. With a practice spanning both environmental and construction law, he brings a unique blend of skills to handle problems arising in both areas. He has represented a wide range of companies in both areas, including the waste disposal, treatment and recycling industry, general contractors, subcontractors, architects and engineers.  

Also a Co-Leader of the firm’s Environment and Energy Practice Group, Mr. Townsend has more than 20 years of experience representing a diverse mix of energy market participants, both individually and in coalitions. He advises large industrial, institutional and commercial energy users, municipalities and other governmental entities on energy-related legislative, regulatory and procurement issues; assists alternative electricity and natural gas suppliers in developing the structures for energy markets; represents energy project developers on complex and cutting-edge projects; and assists numerous other large-scale energy industry participants.