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Steven G.M. Stein

  • Senior Partner
  • Stein Ray LLP
  • Suite 1800
    222 West Adams Street
  • Chicago, Illinois 60606


  • Undergraduate: BA University of Wisconsin
  • Law School: University of Chicago

Professional Activities

  • Fellow, International Academy of Construction Lawyers (Program Chair 2014-2016; Vice President 2016-2018)
  • Lecturer at the University of Illinois School of Architecture, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and the University of Illinois Department of Structural Engineering.
  • Adjunct Professor, Construction Law, IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law, since 1982
  • Former Director, IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law Construction Law Institute
  • Member, American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • Team Faculty Member, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (Midwest), 1982-1984
  • Member, International Bar Association, ICP Committee
  • Member, The American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation – Committee on Construction Contracts
  • Member, The American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
  • Member, AGC (Documents Committee)


Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Architects,Associated General Contractors,Design Build Institute of America,International Bar Association

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

  • Editor in Chief, Construction Law, Matthew Bender & Company (1986, published annually)
  • Editor in Chief, AIA Legal Citator , Matthew Bender & Company (published annually)
  • Editor in Chief, Construction Law Digest , Lexis Publishing (monthly periodical)
  • Co-author, “Injured Workman: Loss Allocation Among Direct Participants in the Construction Process,”St. Louis University Law Review (1979)
  • Professional Liability Management for Design Firms (1987)
  • Illinois Construction Law and Mechanic’s Liens (1987)
  • Illinois Public and Private Bonding (1988)
  • Blueprint for the Liabilities of Design Professionals After Moorman,” Chicago Kent Law Review (1984)
  • New Directions in Architecture and Engineering Practices,” Legal Issues and Design Practice (McGraw-Hill, 1992); Contributor to Architecture Handbook
  • Design Professional Liability for Differing Site Conditions and the Risk-Sharing Philosophy,” The Construction Lawyer (2000).
  • Enforcing Letters of Intent and Handshake Agreements,” The Construction Lawyer (2000).
  • Advanced Analysis of Contract Risk-Shifting Provisions: Is Indemnity Still Relevant?” The Construction Lawyer (2007).
  • A Comparison of ConcensusDOCS to the AIA Form Construction Contract Agreement,” The Construction Lawyer (2009).
  • Speaker on design and construction topics on over 150 occasions from coast-to-coast


  • “Good Faith in the Negotiation, Performance and Enforcement of Construction Contracts,’ JAMS Global  Construction Solutions (2011)
  • “Bid protests in the United States,” Construction Law International (2014)
  • “The Illusions of Additional Insured Coverage”, The Construction Lawyer (2014)

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (1st, 2nd, 5th, 7th & 9th Cir.)
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • State of Illinois
  • State of Wisconsin

Community Activities

  • Member, Board of Directors, Chicago Building Congress, 1990-1993, President 1993-1995
  • Member, Board of Directors, (1991-1993); Co-Chairman, Legal Affairs Committee, 1986 to 1996, Builders’ Association of Chicago
  • Membership Board of Directors Construction Specifications Institute, 1985-1988
  • Treasurer, Design-Build Institute of America’s Great Lakes Chapter, 2001, 2002
  • President, Design-Build Institute of America’s Great Lakes Chapter, 2001, 2003
  • Charitable boards

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