Raymond M. Krauze

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Raymond M. Krauze

Raymond Krauze is a partner in the firm’s Chicago office. He is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and focuses his practice in two main areas: construction disputes and complex commercial suits. In the construction area, Mr. Krauze has represented major contractors, subcontractors, engineers, 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 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 of 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 Activities and Achievements

Mr. Krauze is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Chicago Bar Association. In addition to his professional memberships, Mr. Krauze is also the former Chair of the Junior Board of the Chicago International Film Festival.


Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2003)
Boston University (B.A., 1995 with Latin honors)

Bar Admissions

State of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois


  • “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).

Representative Experience

Construction Related

  • Successfully obtained settlement multi-million dollar award 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.
  • Represented numerous condominium associations in construction defect cases.
  • Successfully defended both owners and developers in numerous mechanics lien suits.