Samuel B. Cavnar

Samuel Cavnar represents school districts, community colleges, municipalities, and various other public entities, along with private clients including owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, and various other commercial interests.  Sam is an experienced negotiator of commercial and construction-related contracts, and he regularly counsels clients in the areas of board governance, bidding, procurement, tort immunity and risk management.  Sam has been appointed Special Assistant State’s Attorney in several matters involving construction-related transactions and litigation.  Sam has successfully prosecuted and defended numerous lawsuits related to defaults, delays, extras, liquidated damages, design and construction defects, performance issues, non-payment and other similar commercial claims.

Awards

  • Illinois “Rising Star”, by Super Lawyers Magazine, in the area of Construction Litigation (2012-2017)

Recent Publications

Recent Presentations

  • Public Procurement for Construction Projects, ICCCFO Conference (April 2018)
  • Public Procurement for Construction Projects, Cotter Consulting (January 2018)
  • Competitive Bidding and Contract Administration, IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference (January 2018)
  • Legal Considerations Related to Renewable Energy, Sustainability for PK-12 Schools, IASB/IASA/Illinois ASBO 85th Joint Annual Conference (November 2017)
  • Best Practices for Bidding and Contracting, Illinois Council of School Attorneys, In-House Counsel Networking Meeting (October 2017)
  • Construction Contract Boilerplate Terms: Spotting the Top Dangers, National Business Institute (June 2017) 
  • Top School Construction Problems and Solutions, IASB/IASA/Illinois ASBO Joint Annual Conference - Carousel of Panels (November 2016) 
  • Construction Defects: Litigation Insurance Coverage Claims A-Z, National Business Institute (August 2016) 
  • Contracts 101: Forms and Best Practices for Sustainable Schools, Illinois ASBO (February 2016) 
  • Critical Decisions: Selecting the Project Team, Construction Law Workshop, HalfMoon Education, Inc. (March 2015)
  • Best Practices for Completing and Closing Out Your Project, Construction Law Workshop, HalfMoon Education, Inc. (March 2015)

Samuel B. Cavnar

Education

  • J.D., Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, MI; Managing Editor, The Wayne Law Review 
  • B.A., Accounting, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

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
  • Supreme Court of Michigan

Organizations

  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Association of School Business Officials

Samuel B. Cavnar

Samuel B. Cavnar

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

Samuel Cavnar represents school districts, community colleges, municipalities, and various other public entities, along with private clients including owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, and various other commercial interests.  Sam is an experienced negotiator of commercial and construction-related contracts, and he regularly counsels clients in the areas of board governance, bidding, procurement, tort immunity and risk management.  Sam has been appointed Special Assistant State’s Attorney in several matters involving construction-related transactions and litigation.  Sam has successfully prosecuted and defended numerous lawsuits related to defaults, delays, extras, liquidated damages, design and construction defects, performance issues, non-payment and other similar commercial claims.

Awards

  • Illinois “Rising Star”, by Super Lawyers Magazine, in the area of Construction Litigation (2012-2017)

Recent Publications

Recent Presentations

  • Public Procurement for Construction Projects, ICCCFO Conference (April 2018)
  • Public Procurement for Construction Projects, Cotter Consulting (January 2018)
  • Competitive Bidding and Contract Administration, IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference (January 2018)
  • Legal Considerations Related to Renewable Energy, Sustainability for PK-12 Schools, IASB/IASA/Illinois ASBO 85th Joint Annual Conference (November 2017)
  • Best Practices for Bidding and Contracting, Illinois Council of School Attorneys, In-House Counsel Networking Meeting (October 2017)
  • Construction Contract Boilerplate Terms: Spotting the Top Dangers, National Business Institute (June 2017) 
  • Top School Construction Problems and Solutions, IASB/IASA/Illinois ASBO Joint Annual Conference - Carousel of Panels (November 2016) 
  • Construction Defects: Litigation Insurance Coverage Claims A-Z, National Business Institute (August 2016) 
  • Contracts 101: Forms and Best Practices for Sustainable Schools, Illinois ASBO (February 2016) 
  • Critical Decisions: Selecting the Project Team, Construction Law Workshop, HalfMoon Education, Inc. (March 2015)
  • Best Practices for Completing and Closing Out Your Project, Construction Law Workshop, HalfMoon Education, Inc. (March 2015)

Education

  • J.D., Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, MI; Managing Editor, The Wayne Law Review 
  • B.A., Accounting, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

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
  • Supreme Court of Michigan

Organizations

  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Association of School Business Officials

Practice Areas