Samuel B. Cavnar

Sam Cavnar focuses his practice in the area of construction law. Sam advises clients through design and construction contract negotiation, procurement and bidding requirements, and disputes involving performance and payment. Sam is actively involved in the prosecution and defense of contract, bond, lien, and warranty claims involving defaults, delays, extras, liquidated damages, and design and construction defects.

Sam is also actively involved in the firm’s commercial transaction and real estate development practice groups, where he counsels and represents clients in all aspects of public procurement requirements, bid package preparation, real estate and land use, tort immunity and risk management.

Awards

  • Named Illinois “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine (2012-17)

Recent Publications

Recent Presentations

  • Public Procurement for Construction Projects, ICCCFO Conference, Oglesby, IL (April 2018)
  • Public Procurement for Construction Projects, Cotter Consulting, Chicago, IL (January 2018)
  • Competitive Bidding and Contract Administration, IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference, Chicago, IL (January 2018)
  • Top School Construction Problems and Solutions, 2016 Joint Annual Conference - Carousel of Panels, Chicago, Illinois (November 2016)
  • Contracts 101: Forms and Good Practices, Illinois Association of School Business Officials' Best Practices for Sustainable Schools, NIU Naperville (February 2016)
  • Critical Decisions: Selecting the Project Team, Construction Law Workshop, HalfMoon Education, Inc., Wheaton, IL (March 2015)
  • Best Practices for Completing and Closing Out Your Project , Construction Law Workshop, HalfMoon Education, Inc., Wheaton, IL (March 2015)
  • Basic Contract and Project Issues,  IASBO's Design & Construction 101: Building a Foundation for Success Seminar, Downers Grove, IL (December 3, 2014)
  • Reviewing Bidding Documents, Construction Contract Workshop, HalfMoon Education, Inc., Wheaton, IL (November 2014)
  • Understanding Issues in Contract Administration, Construction Contract Workshop, HalfMoon Education, Inc.,Wheaton, IL (November 2014)
  • Change Orders and Public Owners, Change Orders in Illinois, Chicago, IL (May 2014)
  • Legal Aspects of Construction, 2011 IASBO Annual Convention (May 2011)
  • Navigating Your Construction Projects and Public Bidding, Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials' Midwest Facility Masters Conference, Wisconsin Dells, WI (November 2010)
  • The Incorrigible Contractor, Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials' Midwest Facility Masters Conference, Wyndham Milwaukee Airport Hotel & Convention Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (October 2008)
  • Construction Delivery Systems, Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials' Midwest Facility Masters Conference, Wyndham Milwaukee Airport Hotel & Convention Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (October 2008)

Samuel B. Cavnar

Education

  • J.D., Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, MI, 2004; Managing Editor, The Wayne Law Review (2003-04)
  • B.A., Accounting, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2001

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • State Bar of Michigan

Organizations

  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Chicago Bar Association

Samuel B. Cavnar

Samuel B. Cavnar

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

Sam Cavnar focuses his practice in the area of construction law. Sam advises clients through design and construction contract negotiation, procurement and bidding requirements, and disputes involving performance and payment. Sam is actively involved in the prosecution and defense of contract, bond, lien, and warranty claims involving defaults, delays, extras, liquidated damages, and design and construction defects.

Sam is also actively involved in the firm’s commercial transaction and real estate development practice groups, where he counsels and represents clients in all aspects of public procurement requirements, bid package preparation, real estate and land use, tort immunity and risk management.

Awards

  • Named Illinois “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine (2012-17)

Recent Publications

Recent Presentations

  • Public Procurement for Construction Projects, ICCCFO Conference, Oglesby, IL (April 2018)
  • Public Procurement for Construction Projects, Cotter Consulting, Chicago, IL (January 2018)
  • Competitive Bidding and Contract Administration, IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference, Chicago, IL (January 2018)
  • Top School Construction Problems and Solutions, 2016 Joint Annual Conference - Carousel of Panels, Chicago, Illinois (November 2016)
  • Contracts 101: Forms and Good Practices, Illinois Association of School Business Officials' Best Practices for Sustainable Schools, NIU Naperville (February 2016)
  • Critical Decisions: Selecting the Project Team, Construction Law Workshop, HalfMoon Education, Inc., Wheaton, IL (March 2015)
  • Best Practices for Completing and Closing Out Your Project , Construction Law Workshop, HalfMoon Education, Inc., Wheaton, IL (March 2015)
  • Basic Contract and Project Issues,  IASBO's Design & Construction 101: Building a Foundation for Success Seminar, Downers Grove, IL (December 3, 2014)
  • Reviewing Bidding Documents, Construction Contract Workshop, HalfMoon Education, Inc., Wheaton, IL (November 2014)
  • Understanding Issues in Contract Administration, Construction Contract Workshop, HalfMoon Education, Inc.,Wheaton, IL (November 2014)
  • Change Orders and Public Owners, Change Orders in Illinois, Chicago, IL (May 2014)
  • Legal Aspects of Construction, 2011 IASBO Annual Convention (May 2011)
  • Navigating Your Construction Projects and Public Bidding, Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials' Midwest Facility Masters Conference, Wisconsin Dells, WI (November 2010)
  • The Incorrigible Contractor, Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials' Midwest Facility Masters Conference, Wyndham Milwaukee Airport Hotel & Convention Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (October 2008)
  • Construction Delivery Systems, Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials' Midwest Facility Masters Conference, Wyndham Milwaukee Airport Hotel & Convention Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (October 2008)

Education

  • J.D., Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, MI, 2004; Managing Editor, The Wayne Law Review (2003-04)
  • B.A., Accounting, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2001

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • State Bar of Michigan

Organizations

  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Chicago Bar Association

Practice Areas