Kimberly A. Hurtado

KIMBERLY A. HURTADO, CM-BIM is the Managing Shareholder of Hurtado Zimmerman SC, Counselors at Law. She served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Roland B. Day, Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and founded Hurtado Zimmerman SC in 1998.

Ms. Hurtado focuses her practice exclusively in the areas of domestic and international preparation and negotiation of construction, real property development, business acquisition, and financing contracts, including negotiation of public bond issuance and other funding mechanisms for large infrastructure projects. She also actively resolves complex construction disputes, particularly structural design and construction defect claims, bond and lien foreclosure, scope and schedule change, insurance coverage and contract interpretation claims in state and federal courts through appeal, and via a wide range of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes. She has developed highly successful disadvantaged business enterprise programs for private, public and quasi public entities compliant with federal and state funding requirements, and provides best practices consultation for implementation of these programs.

Ms. Hurtado consults on a wide range of project development issues, including best practices in development financing, public/private partnerships, building information modeling (BIM) and electronic project management, integrated project delivery (IDP) and life cycle sustainability initiatives/LEED® certification issues. Ms. Hurtado acts as a partnering facilitator, mediator and private arbitrator, and is an author and frequent lecturer on construction and alternative dispute resolution law nationally and internationally.


3/95 Certification
Structural Engineering, The Center for Professional Advancement, East Brunswick, New Jersey

3/87 Juris Doctor
Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

5/83 Master of Arts
Communication - Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

5/81 Bachelor of Science
Theatre Arts - University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Wisconsin


  • International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers, Named
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers – Martindale-Hubbell, Named
  • American College of Construction Lawyers – Fellow, Member – BIM & Technology Committee
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry - Member, Board of Governors (1999-2003); Chair, Division #5, Contract Negotiation and Administration (1996-1999); Technology Committee – Member; (1999-present); Long Range Planning Committee (2003-05); Member (1988-present); Lecturer
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Construction and Public Contract Law Section - Chair (1997-98); Vice Chair (1996-97); Secretary (1994-95); Member (1987-present); Chair -Lien Law Subcommittee (1998-present); Lecturer
  • Associated General Contractors of America -Affiliate Member; Contract Documents Committee –Member (1990-present); Chair – Drafting Committee – ConsensusDOCs 200.2 Electronic Communications Protocol Addendum; Lecturer; Co-Chair of BIM Addendum v.2 Working Group
  • Metropolitan Builders Association -Greater Milwaukee Chapter -Affiliate Member
  • Marquette University Law School -Adjunct Lecturer -Construction, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Solo Practitioner Classes
  • Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture – Adjunct Lecturer – Legal Issues in Architectural Practice and Ethics of Construction Contracting Classes
  • Engineering News Record, Next Generation Leaders Series -Recognized for Construction Legal Services
  • Named - Wisconsin Super Lawyer’s List (2005-2008); Top 25 Women Super Lawyers (2006-08)
  • Member - British Society of Construction Law
  • Who’s Who in American Law; Who’s Who Among American Law Students - Named


Licensed State of Wisconsin – 1987

Admitted to Practice -United States District Court -Eastern District of Wisconsin;   United States District Court - Western District of Wisconsin; United States Court of Appeals -Seventh Circuit


  • International Construction Law Journal, "Contract Issues in the Use of ConstructionBuilding Information Modeling (BIM)," Vol. 25, Part 3, 262-71 (July, 2008).
  • ABA Construction Lawyer, "Developing Meaningful Contract Terms for Electronic Communications on Construction Projects," Vol. 29, No. 2, 5-14 (Spring, 2009)
  • Construct, “Construction Project Websites: Dealing with Technology Moving Faster Than the Law,” Vol. 13, No. 2, 20-23 (ABA Litigation Section Construction Litigation Committee, Winter 2004).
  • AGC Contract Document Deskbook, Chapter 10, “Standard Forms Of Agreement Between Design-Builder and Subcontractor - AGC 450, 455, 460 & 465,” Co-Author (Wiley Law Publications, 2003).
  • Partnering: A Practical Guide to Project Success - Co-Author, Editor (ABA Publications, 1999).
  • Design/Build Contracting Formbook, Chapter 12, “Dispute Resolution,” 355-380 (Wiley Law Publications, 1997).


American College of Construction Lawyers, “Custom Contract Modification of AIAand Consensus DOCs Electronic Communications Protocol and Building Information Modeling Addendas,” Jacksonville, FL (February 21, 2009).

State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Meeting, “Building Information Modeling: How Parametric Virtual Design is Changing the Construction Industry,” Madison, WI (May 8, 2009