Stein Ray LLP Attorneys At Law
Lawyers for Technically Complex Projects

Krauze, Raymond M Print Page Print Page

Krauze, Raymond M
Phone: +1 (312) 516-2071

Mr. Krauze focuses his practice on construction law and complex construction disputes.  Mr. Krauze has represented major contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, material suppliers, and condominium associations in all aspects of complex construction litigation, including breach of contract, construction defects and omissions, fraud, express and implied warranties, and mechanics lien claims.  Mr. Krauze has significant experience regarding issues arising from the design and construction of commercial and multi-unit residential condominium properties.  In addition, Mr. Krauze counsels clients on all manner of construction-related contract drafting and negotiation. 

Key Professional Accomplishments

  • Won a multimillion dollar judgment against an insurance carrier on behalf of a mechanical contractor for costs it incurred in remediating water damage at a high-rise residential condominium building. 
  • Successfully obtained settlement award of more than $3 million dollars for trade contractor that was required to complete contract work of the specialty subcontract on the construction of a large academic research facility. 
  • Successfully represented fire protection contractor in dispute arising from defective piping that was furnished in connection with the construction of a student housing development.
  • Defended mechanical subcontractor in lawsuit involving construction of condominium high-rise development.
  • Defended excavation company in lawsuit brought in connection with development of residential property.
  • Defended engineering firm in construction defect case involving construction of multi-unit condominium property.
  • Successfully defended both owners and developers in numerous mechanics lien suits.
  • Successfully represented numerous condominium associations in construction defect cases.


Contributions to construction law literature made by Mr. Krauze include:

  • “Opening Communication Lines: Evolving Project Delivery Methods to Promote
  • Collaboration,” ABA The Construction Lawyer, Vol. 38, No. 2, Spring 2018
  • “Developer Insolvency Not Required for Direct Implied Warranty of Habitability Claims
  • Against Residential Builders,” Illinois State Bar Association Section on Construction Law
  • Newsletter, Vol. 7, No. 4, 4 April 2017
  • “Just Because It Says So, Doesn’t Make It So,” Illinois State Bar Association Section on Construction Law Newsletter, Vol. 3, No. 2, March 2013.
  • Co-author of “Environmental Litigation: From Pollution to Takings, the Endangered Species Act, and Environmental Justice,” IICLE on Environmental Law, 2011 Supplement. 
  • Co-author of “Antitrust Violations,” 40 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 241 (2003) - cited in various Amici Curiae briefs to the United States Supreme Court in F. Hoffmann-LaRoche, Ltd. v. Empagran, S.A., 124 S. Ct. 2359 (2004)(No. 03-724).

Mr. Krauze’s presentations include:

  • “Opportunities & Challenges for Construction Owners in 2018,” Construction Owners
  • Association of America’s Winter 2018 Workshop, February 2018 (Moderator)
  • “Daubert/Frye Motions in Construction Litigation: Navigating Standards for Expert
  • Witnesses in Design and Defect Claims,” Strafford webinar, December 2017 (Presenter)
  • “The Illinois Home Repair & Remodeling Act (“HRRA”) & Implied Contractual Provisions,”
  • ISBA Seminar, April 2017
  • “Reviewing Contracts for Design Services,” HalfMoon Education’s Illinois Engineering Law
  • Seminar, October 2013

Professional Activities and Achievements

  • American Bar Association,
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Chapter of the Construction Owners Association of America – Co-Chair of the Association’s Program Committee. 


Mr. Krauze received his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC in 2003.  Mr. Krauze served as a staff member of the American Criminal Law Review.  Mr. Krauze received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with Latin Honors from Boston University in Boston, MA in 1995.