Shorge Sato

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Chicago, IL

Shoken Legal, Ltd.
 | 125 South Clark Street, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-547-1600
Fax: 312-265-2995
Selected to Rising Stars: 2016
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Real Estate: Business (50%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (10%),
  • Appellate (10%),
  • Civil Rights (10%),
  • State, Local & Municipal (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Shorge Sato is the principal of Shoken Legal, Ltd., in Chicago, Illinois. Devoting his practice primarily to commercial and real estate litigation, Mr. Sato assists a wide range of clients throughout the Chicago metro area and all across the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·        Crisis litigation in response to government subpoenas and civil actions

·        Commercial litigation involving class actions, government investigations, third-party litigation and personal injury lawsuits

·        Forensic litigation and client-driven investigations into possible acts of fraud, business torts, breaches of contract and more

·        Trial appellate litigation and dispositive motions

A 1998 graduate of Northwestern University, Mr. Sato attended New York University School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2002. While pursuing his legal degree, Mr. Sato served as editor-in-chief to the school’s environmental law journal, and he completed an externship with the New York State Attorney General’s Office as well as with the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York.

Along with practicing before all Illinois state courts, Mr. Sato is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. After receiving his license to practice, he worked for a prominent construction law firm in Chicago, where he gained invaluable experience in trial preparation and effective advocacy. He then served as co-counsel on the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy case, and following that, he served as a litigator for a real estate law firm.

Widely regarded as a leader in his field, Mr. Sato has written extensively and conducted numerous lectures across his region on a variety of topics involving construction disputes, post-trial motions, RICO and racketeering matters, and other subjects. He has also earned recognition as one of the top business litigation attorneys in the area.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (10%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Real Estate (50%): Condominiums & Cooperatives, Landlord/Tenant, Mortgage & Refinance

Construction Litigation (10%): Construction Defects

Appellate (10%): Appeals

Civil Rights (10%)

State, Local & Municipal (10%): State, Local & Municipal Litigation

Focus Areas

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


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Rising Stars: 2016

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About Shorge Sato

Admitted: 2002, Illinois

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • 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
  • Illinois

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Co-Author, Post-Trial Motions In Federal Criminal Practice, IICLE Federal Practice, 2008
  • Section Author, Pattern of Racketeering, Jenner & Block – RICO: A Guide To Civil Litigation In Federal Court, 2009/2011
  • 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, Why Commercial Landlords Should Stop Worrying And Learn To Love Arbitration," Illinois Bar Journal, Mar. 2011
  • Editor-in-Chief, NYU Environmental Law Journal, New York University School of Law, 2002
  • Author, A Little Bit Disabled: Infertility and the Americans with Disabilities Act, 5 NYU J. LEG. & PUB. POL. 189, 2001
  • Author, Sustainable Development and the Selfish Gene: A Rational Paradigm for Achieving Intergenerational Equity, 11 NYU Envtl. L. J. 503, 2003
  • Irreconcilable Federal Court Decisions, Bloomberg Law Reports – Federal Practice (Featured Article), vol 3, no. 37, 2009
  • Author, What is the Jurisdictional Significance of Extra-Territoriality? Three
  • 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)


  • 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)

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Office Location for Shorge Sato

125 South Clark Street
Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60603

Phone: 312-547-1600

Fax: 312-265-2995

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Last Updated: 9/4/2018

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