Stephen E. Ray’s construction law practice has included providing consulting services, on a nationwide basis and internationally, to owners, general contractors, construction managers and EPC firms, litigating construction defect, construction delay, active interference and mechanics lien claims. Mr. Ray has also litigated and arbitrated general breach of contract and design contract claims involving refineries, power plants, pipelines, condominiums, office buildings and other commercial structures.
Mr. Ray is a member of the Design Build Institute of America, the Chicago Building Congress, the Construction Financial Management Association, the Builders Association of Greater Chicago and the American Consulting Engineers Council Legal Counsel Forum. Mr. Ray served for many years as an Associate Director of the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago Kent Construction Law Institute.
Prior to practicing law, Tad worked for two general contractors as a field engineer and superintendent in the San Francisco Bay Area. There, he had the opportunity to build cast-in-place concrete high-rises and unique projects in an urban environment. Tad continued his construction career as a project manager and superintendent after relocating to Chicago.
Mr. Ray specializes in handling complex construction and design disputes throughout the country and internationally. These matters have included:
Articles involving construction law issues which Mr. Ray has authored include:
He has addressed a variety of organizations concerning construction law and litigation issues, including Comprehensive Construction Defect Claims and Coverage Super Conference, Stein Ray’s Annual Symposium, the Builders Association of Greater Chicago, the Construction Law Institute, the Chicago Mortgage Attorneys Association, and the Construction Financial Management Association. Mr. Ray also has lectured before many organizations regarding how to avoid construction claims and how to document construction claims. Mr. Ray has made several presentations, including “Legal and Liability Considerations for Building Owners and Architects/Engineers” at the Facade Inspection Ordinance Seminar held by the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings, a presentation entitled “Avoiding Mold Claims” at Stein Ray’s Thirteenth Annual Symposium for Design professionals, and Case Study Seminars for various publicly traded Owners, general contractors, architectural and engineering firms and their professional liability insurers.
Mr. Ray received his Juris Doctor degree from Cornell University in 1981 and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University in 1978 where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.