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Raymond M. Krauze

Fax +1.312.827.8000

Mr. Krauze focuses his practice in two main areas: construction law and complex commercial litigation and disputes. In the construction area, 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.

In the complex commercial litigation area, Mr. Krauze has handled matters involving claims of breach of contract, fraud, business torts such as breach of fiduciary duty and tortious interference, as well claims involving violations of federal and state statutes. He has worked with a range of experts including civil engineers, real estate appraisers, and accountants. Mr. Krauze has extensive experience before federal and state courts as well as other alternative dispute resolution forums.

Professional Background

Mr. Krauze is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and Chicago Bar Association. Mr. Krauze is a member of the Illinois Chapter of the Construction Owners Association of America where he serves as co-chair on the Association’s Program Committee.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Construction Forum of the American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Junior Board of the Chicago International Film Festival, Former Chair
  • Chicago Chapter of the American Constitution Society

Speaking Engagements

  • “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

Construction Related

  • Won a multi-million 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.