rshepley@zrfmlaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Business & Transactional
  • Civil Litigation
  • Construction
  • Local Government
  • Personal Injury
  • EDUCATION:

    University of Wisconsin, Madison (J.D., 1989)
    St. Norbert College (B.A., 1986)

    ADMISSIONS:

    Illinois, 1989
    Wisconsin, 1989
    U.S. District Court, N.D. of Illinois, 1989
    U.S. District Court, E.D. of Wisconsin, 1989
    7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1992
    U.S. Supreme Court, 1994

    FOLLOW:

    E. Regan Daniels Shepley

    E. Regan Daniels Shepley, a longtime resident of Crystal Lake, practices primarily in the areas of construction law and local government law, with considerable experience in civil litigation and corporate transactional work.

    Shepley is corporate counsel for the Elburn-based Illinois Constructors Corporation. She advises her business clients on organizational and general corporate matters, and regularly drafts and negotiates documents for commercial transactions in the manufacturing, construction, real estate, consulting, lending, and product licensing and distribution industries.

    She represents construction law clients – including owners, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers – in private sector and state and local government projects that call upon her experience in:

    • construction contracts and contract termination
    • construction lending and underwriting agreements
    • construction loan documentation
    • competitive bidding
    • minority contracting
    • construction project closeouts
    • liquidated damages and delay damages
    • performance and payment bond claims
    • surety takeovers
    • mechanics liens
    • indemnification
    • defective construction and design
    • personal injury

    In all of her construction law endeavors, Shepley focuses on getting projects completed, emphasizing practical solutions over litigation. The public and private projects Shepley has focused on include utility construction, public works projects, road and bridge construction, public parking garages and the corporate representation of tollways.

    Shepley’s municipal and local government law practice beyond the construction law field primarily involves:

    • insurance law and risk transfer
    • additional insured coverage
    • constitutional law matters

    In her insurance law practice, Shepley concentrates on insurance coverage litigation and arbitration; insurance program analysis for compliance with state and local contracting requirements; drafting and analysis of insurance specifications in contracts; manuscript endorsements; and reservation of rights, tender, demand and bad faith letters.

    Shepley’s representations in the banking industry include advising national and state banks on depository agreements, third-party brokerage and insurance agency arrangements, and a wide variety of compliance issues. She also has represented banking clients in litigation involving construction loan priority and fictitious payee schemes.

    In the field of complex litigation, Shepley has successfully represented public and private sector clients in matters involving distributorships, guarantees, insurance, development and land use, construction, property damage, employment, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and bad faith.

    Shepley was raised in Chicago and in northern Wisconsin before studying history and political science at St. Norbert College and earning her law degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She enjoys tennis, skiing and gardening.

    PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

    Shepley belongs to the Chicago-based Federation of Women Contractors, an organization that includes more than 100 members who are committed to the advancement of entrepreneurial women in the construction industry. Shepley is of counsel to a WBE-certified business, the Oak Brook-based law firm of Lebow, Malecki & Tasch.

    PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

    PRIOR EMPLOYMENT

    Before joining Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle in 1994, Shepley practiced for five years in the Chicago office of Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon.

    CIVIC AND CHARITABLE

    Shepley has served on the board of directors of such organizations as the McHenry County American Cancer Society and the Northwest Area Arts Council. She also has worked with the Raue Center for the Arts and the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce. In 2010 Shepley was appointed to the Development Advisory Committee of the McHenry-based Pioneer Center for Human Services; in 2011 she was named co-chair of the DAC’s subcommittee for the VOICE Sexual Assault Services program.

    PRO BONO

    Since 2007 Shepley has been a member of the McHenry County College board. In 2009 she served on the MCC Promise program, which has raised more than $4 million to guarantee district high school graduates with certain qualifications two years of community college education.