Howard A. Metz

Howard Metz counsels and represents school districts, community colleges, park districts and municipalities with respect to real estate, commercial transactions, construction law and land use and zoning matters. He has resolved construction cases involving issues such as disputed architectural fees, construction defects, bidding disputes and construction delays. Howard also has litigated issues involving zoning laws and municipal control over school property.

Recent Publications

  • Co-author, "School Construction from Start to Finish: A Project Checklist," School Business Affairs Magazine, ASBO (May 2018)
  • Contributing author, "Organization, Finance, and Property," ILLINOIS SCHOOL LAW, IICLE (2017)
  • "Look Before You Leap: Evaluating Your Joint Purchasing Options," UPDATE Magazine, IASBO (2016)
  • Contributing author, “School Property and Environmental Issues,” ILLINOIS SCHOOL LAW, IICLE (2010 and 2012)

Recent Presentations

  • Interactive Purchasing Workshop, Illinois Association of School Business Officials Annual Conference, Peoria, Illinois (April 2017)
  • Top School Construction Problems and Solutions, 2016 Joint Annual Conference - Carousel of Panels, Chicago, Illinois (November 2016)
  • Solutions to Top Bidding and Construction Problems, Association of School Business Officials International 2015 Annual Meeting and Expo, Grapevine, TX (October 2015)
  • Bidding Part I: Legal Requirements and Basic Concepts, Construction Law Workshop, HalfMoon Education, Inc., Wheaton, IL (March 2015)
  • Bidding Part II: Common Bidding Problems and Solutions, Construction Law Workshop, HalfMoon Education, Inc., Wheaton, IL (March 2015)
  • Advertising and Sponsorships: What the Law Dictates, 2014 IASBO Annual Convention, Schaumburg, IL (May 2014)
  • Essential Components of an Effective Bid and Boiler Plate, 2014 IASBO Annual Convention, Schaumburg, IL (May 2014)
  • Benefits of Shared Services and Cooperative Bidding, 2014 IASBO Annual Convention, Schaumburg, IL (May 2014)
  • Advertising and Sponsorships: How Far Does the Law Allow Schools to Go?  2013 Illinois Association of School Business Officials 62nd Annual Convention, Schaumburg, IL (May 2013)
  • Buyer Beware: Avoiding Bidding Pitfalls, 2013 Illinois Association of School Business Officials 62nd Annual Convention, Schaumburg, IL (May 2013)
  • Anatomy Of A Defect: What It Is And The Rules That Apply, National Business Institute, Oak Brook, IL (April 2013)
  • Buyer Beware: Legal Aspects of Purchasing, IASBO Purchasing Committee, Downers Grove, IL (October 2012)
  • Purchasing and Bidding, 2012 IASBO Annual Convention, Peoria, IL (May 2012)
  • Legal Aspects of Bidding, 2011 IASBO Annual Convention (May 2011)
  • School District Purchasing and Contracting, 2010 IASBO Annual Convention (May 2010)
  • Preparing a Technology RFP and Contract Bidding Issues, Wheaton, IL (May 2010)
  • Bidding and Contract, 2008 IASB/IASA/IASBO Joint Annual Conference, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago, IL (November 2008)
  • Subcontracting, IASBO 2008 Sub-contracting Seminar, St. Charles, IL (February 2008)
  • Preparing the Best Technology RFP and Negotiating the Contract, Technology and Financial Issues for the 21st Century Seminar, Tinley Park, IL (September 2007)
  • Bidding from the Basics to Advanced Problems and Solutions, Facility Purchasing Seminar, IASBO (March 2006)

Howard A. Metz

Education

  • J.D., IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1993
  • B.S., Political Science, University of Iowa, 1989

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Illinois

Howard A. Metz

Howard A. Metz

Partner, Chicago Office
ph: 312.332.7760
fax:312.332.7768
hmetz@robbins-schwartz.com

Howard Metz counsels and represents school districts, community colleges, park districts and municipalities with respect to real estate, commercial transactions, construction law and land use and zoning matters. He has resolved construction cases involving issues such as disputed architectural fees, construction defects, bidding disputes and construction delays. Howard also has litigated issues involving zoning laws and municipal control over school property.

Recent Publications

  • Co-author, "School Construction from Start to Finish: A Project Checklist," School Business Affairs Magazine, ASBO (May 2018)
  • Contributing author, "Organization, Finance, and Property," ILLINOIS SCHOOL LAW, IICLE (2017)
  • "Look Before You Leap: Evaluating Your Joint Purchasing Options," UPDATE Magazine, IASBO (2016)
  • Contributing author, “School Property and Environmental Issues,” ILLINOIS SCHOOL LAW, IICLE (2010 and 2012)

Recent Presentations

  • Interactive Purchasing Workshop, Illinois Association of School Business Officials Annual Conference, Peoria, Illinois (April 2017)
  • Top School Construction Problems and Solutions, 2016 Joint Annual Conference - Carousel of Panels, Chicago, Illinois (November 2016)
  • Solutions to Top Bidding and Construction Problems, Association of School Business Officials International 2015 Annual Meeting and Expo, Grapevine, TX (October 2015)
  • Bidding Part I: Legal Requirements and Basic Concepts, Construction Law Workshop, HalfMoon Education, Inc., Wheaton, IL (March 2015)
  • Bidding Part II: Common Bidding Problems and Solutions, Construction Law Workshop, HalfMoon Education, Inc., Wheaton, IL (March 2015)
  • Advertising and Sponsorships: What the Law Dictates, 2014 IASBO Annual Convention, Schaumburg, IL (May 2014)
  • Essential Components of an Effective Bid and Boiler Plate, 2014 IASBO Annual Convention, Schaumburg, IL (May 2014)
  • Benefits of Shared Services and Cooperative Bidding, 2014 IASBO Annual Convention, Schaumburg, IL (May 2014)
  • Advertising and Sponsorships: How Far Does the Law Allow Schools to Go?  2013 Illinois Association of School Business Officials 62nd Annual Convention, Schaumburg, IL (May 2013)
  • Buyer Beware: Avoiding Bidding Pitfalls, 2013 Illinois Association of School Business Officials 62nd Annual Convention, Schaumburg, IL (May 2013)
  • Anatomy Of A Defect: What It Is And The Rules That Apply, National Business Institute, Oak Brook, IL (April 2013)
  • Buyer Beware: Legal Aspects of Purchasing, IASBO Purchasing Committee, Downers Grove, IL (October 2012)
  • Purchasing and Bidding, 2012 IASBO Annual Convention, Peoria, IL (May 2012)
  • Legal Aspects of Bidding, 2011 IASBO Annual Convention (May 2011)
  • School District Purchasing and Contracting, 2010 IASBO Annual Convention (May 2010)
  • Preparing a Technology RFP and Contract Bidding Issues, Wheaton, IL (May 2010)
  • Bidding and Contract, 2008 IASB/IASA/IASBO Joint Annual Conference, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago, IL (November 2008)
  • Subcontracting, IASBO 2008 Sub-contracting Seminar, St. Charles, IL (February 2008)
  • Preparing the Best Technology RFP and Negotiating the Contract, Technology and Financial Issues for the 21st Century Seminar, Tinley Park, IL (September 2007)
  • Bidding from the Basics to Advanced Problems and Solutions, Facility Purchasing Seminar, IASBO (March 2006)

Education

  • J.D., IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1993
  • B.S., Political Science, University of Iowa, 1989

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Illinois

Practice Areas