Shorge Sato

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Engaged Counsel
Shorge Sato
Engaged Counsel

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Real Estate, Construction Litigation; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 2002

Education: New York University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2016

Engaged Counsel

600 N Kingsbury St
Unit 910
Chicago, IL 60654 Visit website


Attorney Shorge Sato is the founder and owner of Shoken Legal, Ltd., in Chicago, Illinois. A top-ranked trial lawyer with more than 19 years of total legal experience, Mr. Sato provides exceptional counsel and support to a diverse range of clients throughout the greater Chicagoland area who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·       Business litigation

·       Commercial real estate

·       Construction litigation

·       State, local and municipal government law

·       Appeals

·       Airbnb and condo law

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Sato has gained a reputation as a leader in constitutional, corporate and real estate law. Along with maintaining a successful litigation practice, he routinely advises his clients on prelitigation analysis and uses negotiations to help his clients resolve their conflicts and reach favorable agreements without the need for expensive and time-consuming court battles. 

Mr. Sato offers highly engaged counsel and affordable pretrial litigation services, and he has extensive experience handling appeals. Whether inside or outside of the courtroom, he maintains an unwavering focus on protecting his clients' rights and interests at all turns while helping them achieve the positive results they seek as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Sato has earned consistent recognition from his peers as being among the top 2.5% of lawyers in his region. He has also received dozens of testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients. 

A 1998 graduate of Northwestern University with degrees in economics and political science, Mr. Sato attended New York University School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2002.

Practice areas

Business Litigation, Real Estate: Business, Construction Litigation: Business, State, Local & Municipal, Appellate, Civil Rights

Focus areas

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

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

First Admitted: 2002, 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
Representative Clients:
  • Airbnb hosts in Chicago (Various)
  • $10 million Property Restoration company. Handled disputes between business partners in state and federal court and in private mediation and arbitration, 2019
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
Educational Background:
  • Northwestern University, B.A., Major: Economics & Political Science, Honors: Four-year Member of National Champion Debate Team (1994-1998; NDT Qualifier 1998)
  • 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
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Tenant sued Landlord for illegal fines and illegal collection activity.  The settlement resulted in release of fines and Landlord paid an additional $12,500, 2018
Industry Groups:
  • Business Owners; Real Estate; Construction; Condominium Associations; Property Owners; Real Estate I

Office location for Shorge Sato

600 N Kingsbury St
Unit 910
Chicago, IL 60654

Phone: 773-206-7630


5 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2016

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