Werner Sabo concentrates his practice in construction, copyright and real estate law. His clients include architects, owners, contractors, construction managers, engineers and consultants to the construction industry as well as other businesses. He created the first web site in Chicago for a law firm and has in-depth knowledge of computers.

Werner is also a licensed architect, having practiced architecture for a number of years prior to establishing his law practice in 1981. His architectural practice included work for large and small firms, as well as a large corporation. Projects ranged from large commercial structures, schools and offices to smaller buildings and interior work. He is a member of the AIA, ALA and CSI, has been an officer and director of the Chicago Chapter AIA, President of the Chicago Chapter, Construction Specifications Institute from 1995-1996 and has written several articles for the Chicago Chapter Chicago Architect (formerly the AIA Focus), the National CSI Construction Specifier and other publications. In 1997, the AIA elected him to the College Of Fellows. In 2005 he became a Fellow in the Association Of Licensed Architects.

Werner is also active on a variety of bar association committees and has lectured on construction law to a variety of professionals and students. As the attorney for a number of architects, engineers, owners and contractors, he has extensive expertise in AIA contracts. His book, Legal Guide To AIA Documents, published by Wolters Kluwer, is in its sixth edition. Mr. Sabo is also a construction arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association. He is IMI certified and admitted to the federal trial bar. He is also available as a mediator or arbitrator for private cases.

DID YOU KNOW: I have completed twelve marathons, including five in Chicago, as well as Paris, New York and Medoc.

  • Education:
    • J.D., Illinois Institute Of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1981
    • University of Illinois College Of Architecture, Chicago, Illinois, 1972
    • B.A., Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1968
  • Professional Memberships & Associations:
    • American Bar Association
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Chicago Bar Association
    • American Institute Of Architects, Fellow
    • Association Of Licensed Architects, Fellow
    • Architects Club Of Chicago
    • Illinois Council, AIA
    • Illinois Society Of Architects
    • Chicago Chapter AIA, Past Director And Vice President
    • Construction Specifications Institute, Chicago Chapter, Past President, Director, Chairman And Committee Member
    • North Central Region CSI, Past Chairman
    • American Arbitration Association, Panel Arbitrator And Mediator
    • Society Of Illinois Construction Attorneys, Founding Member
    • International Mediation Institute
  • Seminars & Presentations:
    • AIA Documents, Professional Responsibility Of Architects, Standard Of Care Required Of Architects, Duties Of Architects Under AIA Contracts, Responsibilities To Clients, University Of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, Indiana, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, Triton College, River Grove, Illinois
    • The Construction Process, Duties Of The Parties To Construction, Standards Of Care, Professional Ethics, Purdue University, Hammond, Indiana
    • AIA Documents, Standards Of Care, Duties to Clients, Construction Specifications Institute
    • AIA Documents, Standards Of Care By Architects, Duties To Clients, Responsibilities Of Architects Under AIA Contracts, American Institute Of Architects, Chicago, Northern Illinois, Central Illinois, Northeast Illinois Chapters
    • AIA Documents, Standards of Care By Architects, Duties To Clients, Responsibilities Of Architects Under AIA Contracts, Illinois Society Of Architects
    • Construction Arbitration, Chicago Bar Association
    • Construction Issues, National Business Institute
    • Copyrights In The Construction Industry, Society Of Illinois Construction Attorneys
    • AIA Contracts, Standards Of Care Of Design Professionals In the Construction Industry, Liability Of Engineers, Duties To Clients And Other Consultants, Structural Engineers Of Illinois
    • Duties Under The AIA Documents, Society Of Architectural Administrators
    • Construction Law Issues And Copyright, Association Of Licensed Architects
    • AIA Contracts, Professional Educational Systems, Inc.
    • BIM, Copyrights, Law Seminars International
    • AIA Documents, Legal Issues In Construction, Lorman Education Services
  • Articles & Publications:
    • “Construction Law: Transactional Considerations,” Illinois Institute Of Continuing Education, 2010, 2017
    • “A Legal Guide To AIA Documents,” 3rd Edition, 1991; 4th Edition, 1998; 5th Edition, 2008; 6th Edition, 2018
    • “The Architect’s Guide To Design-Build Services,” American Institute Of Architects, 2003
    • “Alternative Clauses To Standard Construction Contracts,” Disk Library, 1993
    • “A Legal Guide To AIA Documents,” AE Law News, 1989
    • “A Handbook Of Construction Claims,” 1989
    • Author/Publisher of “AE Law News,” 1984-1990
    • Chicago Architect Magazine Chicago Chapter – Several Articles
    • The Specifier- Several Articles
    • The Change Order- Several Articles

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