Stein Ray LLP partner, Steven G.M. Stein is the Editor-in-Chief of the nation's leading treatise on Construction Law, Stein, Construction Law. First published in 1986 and supplemented annually, this four-volume treatise is cited authoritatively by the courts. Mr. Stein is also the Editor-in-Chief of the American Institute of Architect’s Legal Citator and of the Construction Law Digest. Mr. Stein taught construction law for 28 years at the Chicago Kent College of law. He repeatedly tries multi-million dollar cases in arbitration and before courts and juries.
Since 2003, Mr. Stein was ranked first among leading individuals practicing construction law by Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers and in the Top 5% of Lawyers in Illinois according to the Leading Lawyers Network. The 2006 Chambers, a leader in lawyer evaluation, nominated Mr. Stein as one of the six best construction lawyers in the United States.
In 2009, Mr. Stein was one of only five construction lawyers recognized nationally by Legal 500 and identified by clients as "the best construction lawyer in the country". Since 2002, Stein Ray has been identified by Legal 500 as one of the top tier firms in the United States for construction law.
For many years, Who's Who of Business Lawyers publications has recognized Mr. Stein as one of the top ten construction lawyers in the world. Since 2005, Mr. Stein has been selected by his peers to be included in Best Lawyers in America. Illinois Super Lawyers has recognized Mr. Stein as one of its top 100 vote recipients for many years.
In 2009-2010, Mr. Stein served as President of the American College of Construction Lawyers, the only restricted membership organization of construction lawyers in the United States.
In 2014, Mr. Stein was elected as a Founding Fellow and Officer of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers. He will become President in 2020.
Partner Stephen E. Ray has practiced construction law for 35 years. Mr. Ray specializes in handling complex construction and design disputes throughout the country and internationally. Mr. Ray has served for many years as an Associate Director of the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago Kent Construction Law Institute. He also speaks at meetings frequently on construction related topics and is the author of "Documenting and Preventing Construction Claims", a part of the Construction Law Treatise. Mr. Ray is ranked among leading individuals practicing construction law by Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers, as one of the Top 5% of Lawyers in Illinois according to the Leading Lawyers Network, and as an Illinois Super Lawyer. The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers includes the praise of Mr. Ray by clients: "The lawyer I would want on my side for any type of construction dispute".