Shorge Sato

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Chicago, IL

Shoken Legal, Ltd.
 | 600 N Kingsbury St, Unit 910
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312-818-4146
Fax: 312-265-2995
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2016
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Real Estate: Business (30%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (20%),
  • State, Local & Municipal (20%),
  • Appellate (10%),
  • Civil Rights (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Shorge Sato is the founder and owner of Engaged Counsel f/k/a Shoken Legal P.C., in Chicago, Illinois. A top-rated, award-winning trial lawyer over 20 years of litigation and advocacy experience, Mr. Sato provides unmatched representation and support to clients throughout the greater Chicagoland region who have legal needs involving any of the following:

    *    Business Disputes  

    *    Airbnb litigation

    *      Real estate litigation

    *      Construction litigation

    *      Condo Association litigation

    After honing his legal skills for more than 15 years at various prominent law firms in Chicago, Mr. Sato established his own practice in order to provide a higher level of personalized service to his clients and maintain a greater focus on his niche legal area: representing property owners against fraudulent contractors, overbearing municipalities and corrupt condo associations.  In addition, Mr. Sato is a leader in the growing field of short-term rental (Airbnb, VRBO, etc.) advocacy, education and representation.  

    Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Sato has successfully handled numerous appeals and arbitrations in addition to many trials in state and federal courts. In 2019, he handled a dispute between business partners, obtaining a $10 million settlement during mediation and arbitration.

    Drawing upon his extensive legal knowledge and experience, Mr. Sato has published several articles and sections in various trade journals and reference texts on a host of legal subjects, and he has conducted lectures and continuing legal education seminars throughout the nation on a variety of legal topics.

    A 1998 graduate of Northwestern University, where he was a member of the National Champion Debate Team, Mr. Sato obtained his Juris Doctor in 2002 from the New York University School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the NYU Environmental Law Journal. He is admitted to practice before all Illinois state courts as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

    Mr. Sato is a member of the Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association, among his other professional affiliations.

    Practice Areas
    • 10%Business Litigation
    • 30%Real Estate: Business
    • 20%Construction Litigation: Business
    • 20%State, Local & Municipal
    • 10%Appellate
    • 10%Civil Rights
    Focus Areas

    Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Condominiums & Cooperatives, Landlord/Tenant, Mortgage & Refinance, Construction Defects, State, Local & Municipal Litigation, Appeals


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

    Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2016

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    About Shorge Sato

    Admitted: 2002, Illinois

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    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Illinois
    • Member, Trial Bar, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2016
    • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
    • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Author, Why Commercial Landlords Should Stop Worrying And Learn To Love Arbitration," Illinois Bar Journal, Mar. 2011
    • Section Contributor, Unreasonably Small Capital, Report of the Bankruptcy Examiner for Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., 2010 (also a contributing editor to the commercial real estate valuation section)
    • Author, What is the Jurisdictional Significance of Extra-Territoriality? Three
    • Irreconcilable Federal Court Decisions, Bloomberg Law Reports – Federal Practice (Featured Article), vol 3, no. 37, 2009
    • Section Author, Pattern of Racketeering, Jenner & Block – RICO: A Guide To Civil Litigation In Federal Court, 2009/2011
    • Co-Author, Post-Trial Motions In Federal Criminal Practice, IICLE Federal Practice, 2008
    • Co-Author (with Steven G.M. Stein), Advanced Analysis of Contract-Risk Shifting Provisions: Is Indemnity Still Relevant? The Construction Lawyer, vol. 27, no. 4 (Fall 2007) [Also presented at and published as part of the Fall 2006 ABA Forum on the Construction Industry]
    • Author, Sustainable Development and the Selfish Gene: A Rational Paradigm for Achieving Intergenerational Equity, 11 NYU Envtl. L. J. 503, 2003
    • Author, A Little Bit Disabled: Infertility and the Americans with Disabilities Act, 5 NYU J. LEG. & PUB. POL. 189, 2001
    • Editor-in-Chief, NYU Environmental Law Journal, New York University School of Law, 2002


    • Tenant sued Landlord for illegal fines and illegal collection activity.  Settlement resulted in release of fines and Landlord paid an additional $12,500. , 2018

    Representative Clients:

    • Airbnb hosts in Chicago (Various)
    • $10 million Property Restoration company.  Handled dispute between business partners in state and federal court and in private mediation and arbitration, 2019


    • Argued for reversal of Illinois Appellate Court decision, that reversed dismissal of construction defect complaint filed by condominium association against townhome developer 15 years after completion of construction. , Illinois Supreme Court - Oral Argument - Henderson Square, Home Builders Association Of Greater Chicagoland; @Properties, 2015, Illinois Supreme Court - Oral Argument - Henderson Square, Home Builders Association Of Greater Chicagoland; @Properties, 2015

    Educational Background:

    • Northwestern University, B.A., Major: Economics & Political Science, Honors: Four-year Member of National Champion Debate Team (1994-1998; NDT Qualifier 1998)

    Industry Groups

    • Business Owners; Real Estate; Construction;Condominium Associations; Property Owners; Real Estate In
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    Office Location for Shorge Sato

    600 N Kingsbury St
    Unit 910
    Chicago, IL 60654

    Phone: 312-818-4146

    Fax: 312-265-2995

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    Last Updated: 4/19/2021

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