Monday, December 04, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Lean Construction allows companies to thrive in all economic conditions. By applying lean construction principles, executives can improve safety, and achieve greater customer satisfaction with higher productivity at reduced costs. The Lean Construction for Executives presentation is designed as a way for executives to share their customized lean journey with... Read More
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    Now more than ever, it is important for women to power past internal and external disruptions and focus on developing the skills essential to being exceptional leaders.  This workshop will foster an open dialogue on the disruptions that professionals face at the workplace and beyond on a day-to-day basis.  Attendees... Read More
    Speaker(s)
    Brooke Vuckovic

    Brooke Vuckovic is a coach and educator focused on helping executives define their purpose and presence as leaders—stretching them to become more focused, non-reactive and clear on who they are, where they’re going, why they lead, and what the circumstances they face demand of them. She received her M.A. and...

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      Monday, December 04, 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

      The deployment of predictive coding technology to reduce the enormous time and cost of culling large volumes of data from review has largely been underutilized in construction matters. This panel will take a deep dive into specific implementation strategies businesses lawyers can use to address the unique review challenges faced... Read More
      Speaker(s)
      Elise Greenspan
      Vice President, Assistant General Counsel Litigation
      AECOM

      Elise Greenspan is Corporate Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, Litigation at AECOM, a global architecture, engineering, and program and construction management firm. In her 27 years with AECOM she served many roles including General Counsel of DMJM+HARRIS, Inc., one of AECOM’s legacy operating companies. Elise has more than 25 years...

      Larry Dany
      Partner
      Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

      Larry assists clients in resolving a wide variety of complex construction matters across the country. As part of the Eversheds Sutherland (US) Construction Industry Practice Group, he represents construction managers, general contractors, industrial contractors, specialty contractors and their surety companies in disputes related to complex construction projects, including breach...

      Michele Laine
      Associate General Counsel
      MasTec, Inc.

      Michele is Associate General Counsel for MasTec, Inc., a leading international contractor that focuses on construction in the electric power, oil & gas, communications, civil works, and renewable energy sectors. As Associate General Counsel, Michele oversees all aspects of the company’s legal matters including litigation and transactional matters. ...

      Nathaniel Huber-Fliflet
      Director
      Navigant Consulting, Inc.

      Nathaniel is a Director in Navigant's Disputes and Investigations practice specializing in electronic discovery services and complex data analytics. Based in Washington, D.C., he has 12 years of experience consulting with law firms and corporations in a variety of industries including financial services, telecom, automotive, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and...

        Interpreting fiduciary duty for licensed design professionals confuse courts, design professionals, and the construction bar.  However, a fully coherent solution exists but will change the entire construction industry.  A new view on a design professional’s implied duties radically change issues related to limiting liability by contract, the use of standard... Read More
        Speaker(s)
        David Stutzman, AIA
        Founder
        Conspectus, Inc.

        Dave is the founder of Conspectus, the construction industry’s premier independent specifications consulting firm. He has been writing specifications since 1978 and as an independent specifier for more than 25 years. Dave focuses on developing methods to improve construction documentation and communications among the owner, design, and construction teams. Currently...

        Greg Field, CRIS
        Senior VP
        Willis Towers Watson

        Greg is a Managing Partner and practice leader at Willis Towers Watson for the Chicago construction and surety practice. He has been associated with Willis Towers Watson, and predecessor organizations since 1987 serving in numerous capacities, from client advocacy to senior management responsibilities. For over 30 years, Greg has focused...

        Katherine Jones, Esp.
        Shareholder
        Fisher Kanaris, P.C.

        Katherine Jones is a shareholder in the law firm of Fisher Kanaris, P.C. in Chicago, Illinois. Katherine concentrates her nationwide litigation practice in construction litigation, products liability, professional liability and premises liability. Katie devotes a significant amount of her practice to representing owners, developers, general contractors, construction managers,...

        Ujjval Vyas, PHD, JD
        Principal
        Alberti Group

        Ujjval K. Vyas, Ph.D., J.D. is an independent business consultant and scholar, and principal of Alberti Group. Alberti Group provides strategic business consulting services to the AEC industry. With a unique approach grounded in a multi-disciplinary knowledge base, the company has conducted a wide variety of engagements including...


          Monday, December 04, 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

          One of the hallmarks of arbitration is the convergence of intellect and creativity in crafting workable solutions to the most complex issues. The Preliminary Hearing is typically the first engagement between the parties and the arbitrator, and the most critical to ensure a successful arbitral proceeding. Leading arbitrators and practitioners... Read More
          Speaker(s)
          Albert Bates, Jr.
          Partner
          Pepper Hamilton LLP

          Albert Bates, Jr. is a Partner in the Construction Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, focusing on the resolution of large U.S. and international construction claims. He has significant experience with megaprojects, EPC projects and alternative project delivery systems, particularly in power generation, infrastructure and heavy industrial process facilities. Mr....

          Dr. Patricia D. Galloway
          President & CEO
          Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.

          Dr. Patricia Galloway is President/CEO of Pegasus-Global. She is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, holds a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration and a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine. She serves as Chair and panel member of several arbitral panels including AAA's Mega Project, Commercial, Energy,...

          John E. Bulman
          Partner
          Pierce Atwood LLP

          John E. Bulman has more than 25 years of experience in arbitration and trial matters across the country. He frequently sits as an arbitrator or mediator in large complex cases. John is repeatedly ranked by industry publications as among the top construction and alternative dispute resolution practitioners; recently...

          Karen P. Layng
          Chief Strategic Officer and General Counsel
          Scheck Industries

          Karen Layng, the Chief Strategic Officer and General Counsel of Scheck Industries, a national industrial piping and mechanical contractor, focuses on strategic growth, financial reporting, risk management and project development. She serves as Secretary to the Board and advises on governance, regulatory compliance and manages all outside law firms...

          Michael Powell
          Vice President
          American Arbitration Association

          Michael R. Powell is Vice President of the American Arbitration Association's Los Angeles office. He is responsible for expanding the use of construction, real estate and environmental dispute resolution services in eleven Western states. He interacts with AAA's clients who file construction, real estate and environmental cases and those...

            International arbitration clauses are frequently referred to as ""midnight clauses"" which are negotiated at the last minute after all the commercial terms are agreed or not negotiated at all and simply cut and pasted from a prior agreement. However, the language in those clauses can have real and far-reaching consequences... Read More
            Speaker(s)
            Chris Monohan
            Deputy General Counsel International
            Parsons Corporation

            Generalist corporate as well as real estate, construction and development lawyer. I spent the first 10 years of my career working as a Civil/Structural Engineer and Construction Manager. After completing law school I worked as a Litigation Attorney focusing on environmental and construction matters. I subsequently spent 10 years as...

            Ericson Kimbel
            Reed Smith

            ...

            Jose Astigarraga
            Partner
            Reed Smith

            Described as “‘a brilliant strategist who always has absolute command of the subject matter and is always prepared,’…” and cited for his “‘extraordinary critical thinking skills, strategic planning, extensive international relationships and depth of experience,’ which ‘put him on a level all by himself,’” José Astigarraga is an experienced advocate...

            Michael Kolloway
            Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
            Parsons Corporation

            Michael Kolloway is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Parsons Corporation, a global engineering firm with 15,000 employees. Mike manages Parsons' legal team in the Americas and oversees Claims/Litigation. Prior to joining Parsons, Mike was the Assistant General Counsel for Operations and Risk Management at AECOM....

            Tarek Abdalla
            JD; Partner
            Reed Smith LLP

            Tarek Abdalla has spent his career assisting parties on complex construction projects. Tarek has represented contractors, owners, developers, equipment suppliers, engineers, and architects as project counsel in both public and private projects. He has considerable experience with matters involving diverse projects such as municipal infrastructure, roads, bridges, process plants,...

              A panel of In-House Counsel and Outside Counsel will explore the changing needs of In-House Counsel when dealing with litigation and how to best meet and exceed those needs. Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to: Gain advantages and reasons for early and consistent reporting and case analysis, including... Read More
              Speaker(s)
              Bryan Kelley
              Vice President
              Howard S. Wright

              Bryan Kelley is a Vice President at Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company. He is a member of Balfour's national legal team and oversees matters for the Pacific Northwest market segment. Prior to joining Balfour Beatty, Bryan was an equity partner at the construction law firm of...

              Christopher Wright
              Attorney
              Carney Badley Spellman

              Chris Wright is a partner with the law firm of Carney Badley Spellman in Seattle. His practice focuses on solving construction/commercial disputes for his clients. Chris' top priority is to ease the burden of litigation by making his clients' problems his own and providing early assessment and case strategies to...

              Gregory Dukellis
              General Counsel
              Shimmick Construction Company

              Gregory Dukellis is the General Counsel, Southwest for Shimmick Construction Company, Inc. Prior to joining Shimmick in 2016, Greg was a senior partner with a national construction law firm, litigating some of California's largest claims on behalf of contractors. Ranked by Chambers USA as a leading attorney in...

              R. Miles Stanislaw
              Attorney
              Law Offices of R. Miles Stanislaw

              Miles Stanislaw is widely recognized as one of the premier construction trial attorneys in the U.S. His practice is devoted almost exclusively to the representation of general contractors. Miles has specialized in high states, "we gotta win this," bet your business kinds of cases. Miles has won more than 31...

              Robert Majerus
              General Counsel/Vice President
              Hensel Phelps Construction Co

              Robert (Bob) P. Majerus is a graduate of Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and has a Law Degree from the University of Notre Dame. He joined Hensel Phelps in 2006 and serves as Vice President and General Counsel. Bob has overall responsibility for contractual and legal matters...

                Expert presentations using new technology are frequently utilized in construction litigation, particularly claims for defective construction and delays. With the growth of Building Information Modeling ("BIM") and use of 4D scheduling software, these presentations can now be based on contemporaneous documents: the BIM and the contemporaneous construction schedules -- as... Read More
                Speaker(s)
                Benjamin Crosby
                CM-BIM, CCM, LEED AP BD+C, CM-LEAN // Director of BIM/Virtual Design and Construction
                The Yates Companies

                Benjamin Crosby, CM-BIM, CCM, LEED AP BD+C, CM-LEAN, is the Director of BIM & Virtual Design and Construction for the Yates Companies, an ENR Top 40 contractor with construction operations throughout the United States as well as internationally. Mr. Crosby has been responsible for the implementation of...

                Charles Choyce
                MRICS, PSP, CM-LEAN, PMP, CFCC // Managing Director
                Berkeley Research Group LLC

                Charles V. Choyce, Jr., MRICS, PSP, PMP, CM-LEAN CFCC, is a Managing Director with the Berkeley Research Group ("BRG") has over 16 years experience specializing in project scheduling, project controls and expert analysis of delay and impact claims on major projects. He has testified as an expert witness...

                Douglas Patin
                Partner
                Bradley Arant Boult Cummings

                Doug Patin is a partner with the national law firm of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in their Washington, DC office. Mr. Patin has an extensive construction contracts trial practice representing some of the largest contractors and subcontractors in the country, obtaining successful results in a variety of federal, state...


                  Monday, December 04, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

                  • Room: Knowledge Exchange
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                    Session Number: WR1
                  A traditional event at the Construction SuperConference, the welcome reception is sure to be an entertaining evening with delicious food and drinks, exciting networking opportunities, and lively discussions. ...
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                    Tuesday, December 05, 8:15 AM - 9:30 AM

                    Economist Todd Buchholz “lights up economics with a wickedly sparkling wit,” says the Associated Press. The former White House senior economic advisor, Tiger hedge fund managing director and best-selling author has jousted with such personalities as James Carville and Ben Stein. His lively and informative speaking engagements have earned him a... Read More
                    Speaker(s)
                    Todd Buchholz
                    Former White House Director of Economic Policy and CNBC Regular

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                      Tuesday, December 05, 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

                      Cyberattacks are on the rise in every business sector. Any construction company with access to the internet is at risk of a cyberattack and resulting data breach. Construction companies are storing increasing amounts of sensitive information and, in addition, data sharing between participants in a construction project has increased in... Read More
                      Speaker(s)
                      Brian Rice
                      Assistant General Counsel & Chief Litigation Counsel
                      RailWorks Corporation

                      Brian is Assistant General Counsel and Chief Litigation Counsel for RailWorks Corporation. RailWorks' subsidiaries perform construction work in the track and transit industries across the US and Canada. Brian is responsible for overseeing all claims, excluding workers' compensation, and litigation for all of RailWorks' subsidiaries. These claims include general construction...

                      Jeffrey Weber
                      Managing Director, IT Consulting
                      Protiviti, Inc.

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                      Jeremiah Welch
                      Partner
                      Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C.

                      Jeremiah Welch focuses his practice on corporate risk transfer and insurance recovery. He advises corporate counsel, risk managers and insurance brokers on risk transfer program design and ways to improve existing programs including corporate insurance procurement and contractual risk transfer through indemnity, insurance and other means. Jeremiah...

                      Jordan McQuown, CISSP, CPEN, GCFA, GCIH
                      CIO
                      LogicForce Consulting

                      Jordan McQuown is the CIO at LOGICFORCE. His mission at LOGICFORCE is to set the technology roadmap across the organization. He also leads the efforts of the Information Security business unit which provides proactive and reactive information security services to law firms and their clients. He specializes in information technology,...

                      K. Stefan Chin, Esq., R.A., NCARB
                      Senior Counsel
                      Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

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                        Loss of Productivity claims are often difficult to assess and quantify using objective rules and metrics. To address this challenge, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) convened a committee to develop non-mandatory, recommended standards for identifying and evaluating such claims. The panel will discuss the advantages, pitfalls and challenges... Read More
                        Speaker(s)
                        David W. Halligan
                        Associate Director
                        Navigant Consulting, Inc.

                        Dr. Halligan has 30 years of experience in construction management and the analysis loss of productivity schedule delay, cost overruns, project controls and disputes resolution on wide variety of projects. He has worked on nearly 100 national and international projects, and he is an active member of the ASCE...

                        James G. Zack, Jr.
                        Senior Advisor
                        Navigant Construction Forum

                        Jim Zack is the Senior Advisor of Navigant's Construction Forum„¢. The Forum strives to be the construction industry's premier resource for thought leadership and best practices on avoidance and resolution of construction project disputes globally. Jim is a recognized and well published expert in mitigation,...

                        Kenneth C. Gibbs
                        Esq.
                        JAMS

                        Mr. Gibbs is one of the leading neutrals in the United States and worldwide with expertise in mediating and arbitrating construction and engineering disputes. He has successfully mediated more than 2,500 cases and has arbitrated over 200 cases in 24 states involving collectively billions of dollars in claims, including...

                        Lee Ellen Bell
                        Claims Manager
                        CB&I

                        Ms. Bell is a construction claims manager with over 30 years of professional experience in the construction industry, including project management, claims management, forensic and litigation consulting, scheduling, cost engineering, forecasting cost auditing, and estimating. She serves as in-house lead for claims and formal dispute resolution and as an...

                        William Ibbs
                        Professor
                        University of California, Berkeley / The Ibbs Consulting Group

                        Dr. Ibbs is a professor of the Construction Management program, Department of Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley. He chairs the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) committee establishing standards for identifying and measuring productivity loss. He has conducted numerous research studies investigating the impact...

                          This panel will highlight the differences in international construction arbitration versus traditional court litigation, and present critical tools necessary to win. Topic 1: Constituting the Right Panel - Methods for constituting the panel in large construction arbitrations - Cultural considerations when choosing arbitrators (common law vs. civil law) -Determining how much... Read More
                          Speaker(s)
                          Alvin Lindsay
                          Partner
                          Hogan Lovells US LLP

                          Al Lindsay knows how to make the complex understandable and put his client's best case forward. Whether the dispute relates to a multi-billion-dollar power-plant construction project, a nationwide product-liability class action, the crash of an airliner in South America, or even a presidential election, Al relies on his more than...

                          Charles Harris
                          Vice President and Principal Counsel
                          Bechtel Corporation

                          Charles E. Harris, Jr., Vice President and Principal Counsel, Litigation and Claims, Bechtel Corporation, is responsible for managing Bechtel's construction litigation and arbitration, for preparing, presenting, and negotiating claims, and for advising project teams and executive leadership on claims and claims avoidance. Chuck has over 20 years experience in...

                          Daniel Gonzalez
                          Partner, Global Head, International Arbitration practice
                          Hogan Lovells US LLP

                          Whether down the road or across continents, Daniel Gonzalez focuses on clients' most complex disputes, providing innovative solutions that support the bottom line. As Global Head of Hogan Lovells' International Arbitration practice, Dan dedicates his full-time practice to international commercial litigation and arbitration, representing clients' interests in the United States,...

                          Mark Cheskin
                          Partner, Co-head, Global Construction Group
                          Hogan Lovells US LLP

                          Civil lawsuits and arbitrations with potentially significant financial exposure, or other important business outcomes, call for a litigator with both trial and business savvy. With his strategic and rigorous approach to the toughest cases, Mark Cheskin has successfully taken dozens of significant cases to jury verdict, final judgment, or final...

                          Peter Pollock
                          Assistant General Counsel and Head
                          Siemens Corporation

                          Chip has been in-house counsel with Siemens since 2001 providing guidance in the areas of contract negotiation, project implementation, compliance, litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution. Presently, Chip is the Head of Legal in the United States for the Power & Gas Division. Chip also manages the legal team...

                            Cases involving tens, if not hundreds, of individual change orders that need to be decided can certainly cause you to relive a project. What is the best approach as the advocate and the arbitrator in dealing with that situation? What can the advocates give to the arbitrator to make his... Read More
                            Speaker(s)
                            Adrian Bastianelli
                            Esq.
                            Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

                            Adrian L. Bastianelli, III is a partner at Peckar & Abramson. His practice focuses on construction claims and litigation, with an emphasis on government construction contracts. He represents all sectors of the construction industry, including general contractors, subcontractors, owners, design professionals and sureties. Mr. Bastianelli also has an active alternative...

                            Karen P. Layng
                            Chief Strategic Officer and General Counsel
                            Scheck Industries

                            Karen Layng, the Chief Strategic Officer and General Counsel of Scheck Industries, a national industrial piping and mechanical contractor, focuses on strategic growth, financial reporting, risk management and project development. She serves as Secretary to the Board and advises on governance, regulatory compliance and manages all outside law firms...

                            Michael Marra
                            American Arbitration Association

                            Michael A. Marra, is Vice President for the Construction Division and has served with the American Arbitration Association (AAA) since 2001. In that role, he interacts with the AAA's clients who file construction cases and the panelists who serve as arbitrators and mediators in those cases in the Northeast....

                            Neal Eiseman
                            Esq.
                            Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP

                            For more than three decades, commercial litigator Neal Eiseman has provided legal counsel to a wide variety of corporate clients in the construction and real estate industries. Representing real estate developers, lenders, owners, construction managers, contractors, sureties, manufacturers and design professionals, he advises clients in both the transactional and litigation...

                            Wendy Venoit
                            Esq.
                            Hinckley Allen

                            Wendy Venoit is a partner in the Construction Practice Group of Hinckley Allen. Her practice focuses on the litigation and arbitration of domestic and international construction disputes, including litigation in state and federal forums, and mediation and arbitration before the AAA, JAMS, LCIA, ICDR and ICC. She primarily represents EPC...


                              Tuesday, December 05, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

                              • Room: Knowledge Exchange
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                                Session Number: KE1
                              CSC Knowledge Exchange will host several giveaways this year during the show that you don’t want to miss. Be sure to stop by during the designated hours to see everything the Knowledge Exchange has to offer! ...

                                Tuesday, December 05, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

                                As the construction industry becomes more and more digitally connected, the risks of a data breach and its potential costs also goes up. A construction company presents an attractive target not only to elements looking for financial or employee information, but also for persons with a more malicious intent of... Read More
                                Speaker(s)
                                Amit Garg
                                Director
                                Berkeley Research Group, LLC

                                Amit Garg, Director at BRG, is a cybersecurity leader with over 16 years of broad information security experience and has advised large military and federal civilian organizations, including Fortune 500 clients in the banking, insurance, financial services, healthcare, life sciences, consumer products, and retail verticals. He has extensive experience working...

                                Evan Foster
                                Co-Chair of Cybersecurity Practice Group
                                Saul Ewing LLP

                                Evan Foster is a partner at the law firm Saul Ewing LLP, and a co-chair of the firm’s Cyber Security practice group. He advises vendors and buyers on legal issues involving technology, data privacy and cybersecurity. His practice includes providing advice on technology transactions, systems acquisition and intellectual property development....

                                Garry Boehlert
                                Partner
                                Saul Ewing LLP

                                Garry Boehlert, Partner and Co-Chair of Saul Ewing's Construction Practice Group, focuses his practice on resolving claims and disputes arising from significant infrastructure projects. He regularly assists owners, contractors, sureties, specialty subcontractors and engineering/design firms with the drafting, review and negotiation of contracts and the evaluation, negotiation and litigation...

                                Michael Kolloway
                                Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
                                Parsons Corporation

                                Michael Kolloway is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Parsons Corporation, a global engineering firm with 15,000 employees. Mike manages Parsons' legal team in the Americas and oversees Claims/Litigation. Prior to joining Parsons, Mike was the Assistant General Counsel for Operations and Risk Management at AECOM....

                                  Three attorneys who have decades of experience as neutrals will team with a nationally renowned expert to explain what they've learned from being neutrals about how to be better advocates. Some advice will be practical (how to best handle exhibits) and some will be more theoretical (why fighting with your... Read More
                                  Speaker(s)
                                  Charlie Lewis
                                  Partner
                                  Duane Morris

                                  Charles B. Lewis concentrates his practice in the area of construction law and litigation and is a member of Duane Morris' national Construction Practice Group and the head of the Chicago office Construction Practice Group. Mr. Lewis represents general contractors, construction managers, owners, architects and engineers, design builders, subcontractors, and...

                                  Kenneth C. Gibbs
                                  Esq.
                                  JAMS

                                  Mr. Gibbs is one of the leading neutrals in the United States and worldwide with expertise in mediating and arbitrating construction and engineering disputes. He has successfully mediated more than 2,500 cases and has arbitrated over 200 cases in 24 states involving collectively billions of dollars in claims, including...

                                  Pat McGeehin
                                  Senior Managing Director
                                  FTI Consulting

                                  Patrick McGeehin is a Senior Managing Director in FTI Consulting's Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment, and is the Leader of the North American Construction Solutions practice. He is based in the Rockville, MD, New York City and Miami offices. He consults on construction, government contract, and litigation support matters, and...

                                  Rick Lowe
                                  Partner
                                  Duane Morris

                                  Richard H. Lowe concentrates his practice in construction and commercial litigation and construction law. He handles complex construction litigation, arbitration and mediation matters, sometimes where several hundred million dollars are at stake, for owners, contractors, design-builders, design professionals, sureties, subcontractors and suppliers, and has drafted and negotiated construction contracts exceeding...

                                    Design and construction contracts set the foundation for project success or failure. Case law, technology and insurance have all changed. Are you keeping up contractually or putting your company at greater risk? If you have waited 10 years or more, you are behind the curve. ConsensusDocs, a coalition of 40... Read More
                                    Speaker(s)
                                    Brian Perlberg
                                    Executive Director and Sr. Counsel
                                    ConsensusDocs & AGC

                                    Brian Perlberg is Executive Director & Senior Counsel for ConsensusDocs, a coalition of 40 leading construction organizations dedicated to drafting best practice construction contracts. Mr. Perlberg is the lead staff person responsible for the content of ConsensusDocs standard contracts. Mr. Perlberg serves on the ABA Forum on the...

                                    Robert Majerus
                                    General Counsel/Vice President
                                    Hensel Phelps Construction Co

                                    Robert (Bob) P. Majerus is a graduate of Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and has a Law Degree from the University of Notre Dame. He joined Hensel Phelps in 2006 and serves as Vice President and General Counsel. Bob has overall responsibility for contractual and legal matters...

                                    Ron Ciotti
                                    Partner
                                    Hinkley Allen

                                    Ron's practice is focused on all aspects of the construction industry. He has substantial experience representing general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, and owners/developers in construction-related matters. Ron has broad experience in drafting and negotiating contract documents for all types of project delivery including, integrated project delivery, collaborative delivery, design...

                                      It is a rare breed of lawyer who can start as an associate in a law firm and eventually become the CEO of his one-time client. We may watch this rare phenomenon but rarely do we understand what distinguishes this individual from his colleagues. Moreover, going from outside counsel, to... Read More
                                      Speaker(s)
                                      Bruce Ficken
                                      Chair of the Construction Law Group
                                      Cozen O'Connor

                                      Bruce W. Ficken chairs the firm’s Construction Law group and is a recognized authority in representing clients in construction and commercial litigation, as well as managing risk in construction projects. As lead counsel he has successfully conducted more than 60 major trials in the United States and in international arbitrations....

                                      George Pierson
                                      President and CEO
                                      Kleinfelder

                                      "I’m proud to be joining a firm with Kleinfelder’s long reputation of contributing to clients’ success, and I look forward to building on that legacy. Kleinfelder is at an inflection point in its development and with its broad platform, excellent reputation of client service and strong technical talent, it is...

                                      Tad Decker
                                      Vice Chairman
                                      Cozen O'Connor

                                      Thomas A. "Tad" Decker is the firm's vice chairman. Most recently, Tad served as chief executive officer of Cozen O'Connor from 2007 to 2012. He concentrates his practice in general corporate law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, alternative dispute resolution and government strategies. He brings more...


                                        Tuesday, December 05, 12:45 PM - 2:15 PM

                                        Many of the major contractors in the United States, both building and civil, are owned by foreign companies. The legal systems, cultures and experiences in which these foreign companies operate in their home country and elsewhere around the world are often very different from those of their U.S. subsidiaries. The... Read More
                                        Speaker(s)
                                        Francois Rohmer
                                        Risk and Contracts Management Director
                                        Bouygues Bactiment International

                                        ...

                                        Georg vonBronk
                                        General Counsel
                                        Hochteif AG

                                        ...

                                        Ricardo Cuesta
                                        General Counsel
                                        Dragados

                                        ...

                                        Steven Charney
                                        Chairman
                                        Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

                                        ...

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                                          Tuesday, December 05, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

                                          As more and more companies are expanding their scope of work beyond the borders of the United States and more overseas companies operate in the United States, many construction industry legal professionals are now forced to grapple with settling disputes in international forums, including the AAA, the ICC, ICDR, and... Read More
                                          Speaker(s)
                                          Greg Chertoff, Esq.
                                          Partner and Co-Managing Partner, NY Office
                                          Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

                                          Gregory H. Chertoff is the co-managing partner of Peckar & Abramson's New York office and specializes in construction law, regularly counseling general contractors, construction managers, engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contractors and owners on contract negotiations, risk management and disputes. Mr. Chertoff's practice emphasizes resolving complex construction disputes through negotiation,...

                                          Jeff Fuchs
                                          President
                                          Delta Consulting Group

                                          Jeff Fuchs, co-founder of Delta Consulting Group, has contracting and consulting expertise based on over 30 years of experience in the engineering and construction industries. His expertise includes project management and project oversight; analysis and resolution of contract disputes, including delay analyses, damage calculations, and productivity impacts; forensic engineering...

                                          Steve Seeger
                                          Partner
                                          Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

                                          Stephen M. Seeger is a litigation partner specializing in construction and government contracts law. He has successfully tried dozens of complex cases in the state and federal courts of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, as well as arbitral panels, administrative boards and boards of contract appeals. With that...

                                            What is the best method of resolving disputes and developing other winning strategies on mega-projects, including design-build and P3 programs?  Our experienced panel, all of whom have worked together in some capacity, will share their know-how, life lessons, vast program experiences and winning ways in successfully delivering mega-projects on time... Read More
                                            Speaker(s)
                                            Daniel McGuckin
                                            Vice President & Construction Executive
                                            Turner-PCL, a JV

                                            Dan joined Turner Construction Company in 1982. Dan recently completed his role as Operations Manager for Turner's San Diego office. In this position, Dan was responsible for all employee connectivity and performance, safety excellence, and greater participation in the construction industry. Dan directed the $470 million Terminal...

                                            Doreen Zankowski
                                            Partner, Co-Practice Group Leader
                                            Duane Morris LLP

                                            Doreen is a partner in the Duane Morris LLP Construction and Contracts Group, which is an internationally recognized construction law practice. Doreen works on major infrastructure projects throughout the world. For 25 years, Zankowski has counseled national and international corporate clients in complex litigation, construction and...

                                            Frank Baltz
                                            General Counsel
                                            Clark Construction

                                            Frank leads Clark's legal department. In this role, he is responsible for analyzing and negotiating contracts for new projects, and providing legal advice to project teams throughout the construction and closeout process. Frank is also a Principal with Edgemoor Infrastructure and Real Estate. ...

                                            Peter Tunnicliffe
                                            EVP, President CDM Smith International
                                            CDM Smith

                                            Peter Tunnicliffe, PE, BCEE, DBIA is the Executive VP and President of CDM Smith International. Peter works with clients to develop design/build and other alternative delivery projects around the world. Peter has his BS in civil engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and his JD from Brooklyn...

                                            Roger Johnson
                                            Deputy Executive Director
                                            Los Angeles World Airports

                                            Roger A. Johnson is the Program Executive for the new Los Angeles World Airports engineering, design, environmental, procurement and construction programs. During his15 year career with LAWA, Roger has been responsible for the recent $8.5 billion modernization of LAX, which includes the new Tom Bradley International Terminal and other...

                                              Production-based scopes of work in construction involve the repetitive creation of a product or completion of an activity.  Examples of production-based work include off-site pipe fabrication, module fabrication, pipeline installation and solar farm module installation.  Because of the repetitious nature of this work, contractors completing the work tend to target... Read More
                                              Speaker(s)
                                              Laura B. Arrigo, CCP, PSP
                                              Project Executive
                                              The Rhodes Group

                                              Laura Arrigo is a Project Executive with The Rhodes Group. She plays an integral role in directing and managing the analysis and quantification of construction claims on complex projects. Her expertise includes Critical Path Method schedule delay and disruption analysis, the quantification and analysis of delay and loss of productivity...

                                              Michael Birmingham, CCP, PSP
                                              Executive Director
                                              The Rhodes Group

                                              Michael Birmingham is an Executive Director and Expert Witness with The Rhodes Group, an international construction consulting firm with offices in Pittsburgh, PA and Houston, TX. Michael specializes in Critical Path Method schedule delay and disruption analysis, the quantification and analysis of delay and loss of productivity related damages,...

                                              Todd R. Metz, Esq.
                                              Founding Partner
                                              Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino

                                              Todd Metz is a founding partner of Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino, LLP, with offices in Tysons Corner, Virginia and San Francisco, California. Todd Metz's practice focuses on the consultation, preparation and dispute resolution of claims arising out of domestic and international construction projects. His experience includes representation of...

                                                The program will focus on dealing with adequacy of expert reports, in limine motions, establishing and debunking expert qualifications under Daubert and other evidential standards. Distinctions on admissibility between litigation and arbitration venues will also be discussed. Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to: Understand what must the expert... Read More
                                                Speaker(s)
                                                Georlen Spangler
                                                Kung and Brown

                                                Ms. Spangler is a construction law litigator with the Las Vegas firm of Kung and Brown. She is a member of the ABA Section of Litigation, Construction Litigation Committee. Her practice involves representation of parties involved in construction litigation, arbitration and mediation matters....

                                                James Landgraf
                                                Dilworth Paxson, LLP

                                                Mr. Landgraf is Of Counsel with the Philadelphia and New Jersey firm of Dilworth Paxson, LLP, where his practice concentration is on construction and commercial litigation and construction transactional representations of owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in institutional, commercial and residential construction issues. He is a Certified Civil trial...

                                                Richard Scotti
                                                Judge
                                                Eighth Judicial District Court, Nevada

                                                Judge Richard Scotti was elected in November 2014 to serve a six-year term as District Court Judge, Department 2. He presides over both Civil and Criminal cases. Judge Scotti has a passion for serving the legal community with fairness, courtesy, and careful deliberation. He graduated with Honors...

                                                Toshikazu Dezaki
                                                Navigant Consulting

                                                Mr. Dezaki is the Director within Navigant's Global Construction Practice. He provides expert testimony and consultation services over a broad spectrum of industries, including construction, where he addresses damage claims, termination, false claims, and settlement and negotiations...


                                                  Tuesday, December 05, 3:45 PM - 4:15 PM

                                                  • Room: Knowledge Exchange
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                                                    Session Number: KE2
                                                  CSC Knowledge Exchange will host several giveaways this year during the show that you don’t want to miss. Be sure to stop by during the designated hours to see everything the Knowledge Exchange has to offer! ...

                                                    Tuesday, December 05, 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

                                                    Disputes are inevitable, and resolving disputes is expensive, inevitably. The national median time from filing to trial of civil cases in federal district courts was 27.2 months 2015. In 2015, only 56% of cases in arbitration were resolved prior to award, thus, more arbitrations proceeded to hearing than trials in... Read More
                                                    Speaker(s)
                                                    David McPherson
                                                    Senior Partner
                                                    Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald

                                                    David McPherson has for over 19 years focused his practice exclusively on complex construction disputes and litigation. He has a broad range of experience in representing clients on virtually every type of major construction project and provides legal representation to some of the world's largest contractors and engineering firms as...

                                                    James Donahue
                                                    Vice President and Chief Counsel Litigation
                                                    HDR, Inc.

                                                    Education Villanova University School of Law Doctor of Law (J.D.) 1994 Bucknell University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) 1990 Field Of Study Economics and Political Science Experience General Counsel ARCADIS U.S. Jul 2015 – Apr 2016 Greater Denver Area Chief Counsel, Litigation and...

                                                    Kathleen Olden Barnes
                                                    Senior Partner
                                                    Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP

                                                    Kathy Barnes's practice focuses on domestic and international construction contracting and federal government contracts. Kathy counsels and advises contractors, design engineering firms, construction managers and owners in all phases of industrial, power, civil, transportation and commercial construction in the United States and overseas. For more than 20 years, Kathy has...

                                                    Larry Kalban
                                                    Senior Vice President, Insurance & Risk, Americas & Europe
                                                    WorleyParsons, LTD

                                                    ...

                                                    Timothy Langen
                                                    Vice President and Chief Counsel
                                                    AMEC Foster Wheeler

                                                    Education St. John's University Law School J.D. 1982 Colgate University Bachelor of Arts 1979 Philosophy Oxford University 1978 Experience Senior Vice President - Legal, Litigation Amec Foster Wheeler, LTD Clinton, NJ Manage litigation and arbitration on a...

                                                      One of the most heavily touted advantages of design-build and greenfield P3 projects is the extent to which the design builder/developer assumes many of the design and construction risk typically assumed by the project owner. This can create tremendous opportunities for savings and creativity, but also tremendous risk for the... Read More
                                                      Speaker(s)
                                                      Jaqson Jasper
                                                      Sr Division Counsel
                                                      Granite Construction, Inc.

                                                      Mr. Jaspers is Senior Division Counsel for Granite Construction, responsible for numerous major design build and P3 transportation projects throughout the United States. Mr. Jaspers was a civil engineer and worked in the construction industry prior to attending law school. Before moving in-house, he was a private practice construction attorney...

                                                      Jason Adkisson
                                                      Chief Counsel to CH2M's National Governments Client Sector
                                                      CH2M

                                                      Mr. Adkisson received his civil engineering degree at Purdue University prior to law school. Prior to joining CH2M as an in-house counsel, he worked in private practice with a national award winning construction law practice. While at CH2M,Mr. Adkisson has been involved in a number of high profile...

                                                      Neal Sweeney
                                                      Partner
                                                      Jones Walker LLC

                                                      Neal Sweeney is a partner on the firm's Construction practice team, based in the Atlanta office. He has been serving the construction industry for 30 years, focusing exclusively on construction law and government contracts with extensive experience on major infrastructure and P3 projects, such as, transit, airports, highways, wastewater treatment,...

                                                        Earlier this year, the AIA released its decennial updates to its 2007 standard form construction contracts. Included in those updates are many expected changes and some unanticipated modifications. The panel will examine and analyze the new documents in detail, including the changes to the termination, architect fee and means and... Read More
                                                        Speaker(s)
                                                        Bryan DiLucente
                                                        CPA/CFF, CGMA, Managing Director
                                                        LitCon Group, LLC

                                                        Bryan F. DiLucente is a Managing Director of LitCon Group, LLC and serves as a leader of the firm's commercial litigation practice. Bryan's experience includes construction matters involving the construction of interstate highways, power plants, governmental facilities, prefabricated structures, tunnels/sewers, subway systems and LEED certified buildings. Bryan has...

                                                        Danny Hicks
                                                        VP of Operations
                                                        AmecFoster Wheeler

                                                        ...

                                                        Michael Dingman
                                                        Partner
                                                        Reed Smith LLP

                                                        Michael is Co-Chair of the firm's Construction & Engineering Team and is a member of the firm's Real Estate Litigation team. His practice focuses on representation of all entities in the construction and real estate industries including Owner/Developers, General Contractors and Subcontractors. Mike has substantial experience in the preparation and...

                                                        Rhonda Caviedes
                                                        Assistant General Counsel and Managing Attorney
                                                        CBI

                                                        Rhonda Caviedes is the Assistant General Counsel and Managing Attorney for CB&I's power end market within its Engineering & Construction Operating Group. With over 25 years of experience in the construction industry as a mechanical engineer and attorney, Rhonda counsels and advises senior executive management, business development, and...

                                                          This will be a round table discussion of ethical issues facing in-house counsel for large construction contractors and engineering companies. The panel will focus on challenges associated with (1) ethical issues that arise in developing proposals for new contracts, (2) ethical components of corporate compliance, (3) requests from senior management... Read More
                                                          Speaker(s)
                                                          Ben Subin
                                                          Partner
                                                          Holland & Knight LLP

                                                          Ben W. Subin is a partner in Holland & Knight's Orlando and Miami offices. He is the Practice Group Leader of the firm's Florida Construction Industry Group and serves as a member of the firm's Directors Committee. Mr. Subin's practice focuses on domestic and international construction contracting and federal...

                                                          Jennifer Shafer
                                                          Senior Attorney, Legal & Risk Management
                                                          Black & Veatch Companies

                                                          Jennifer Shafer joined Black & Veatch’s Legal, Risk Management & Government Affairs team in 2011, and is currently the Director of Dispute Resolution, overseeing litigation and claims for the company worldwide. Prior to joining Black & Veatch, Ms. Shafer was a partner at a boutique litigation firm, focusing on...

                                                          Joseph Portela
                                                          General Counsel & Senior Vice President
                                                          Dragados USA, Inc.

                                                          Joseph Portela currently serves as General Counsel for Dragados USA, Inc. In his career, he has had responsibility for management of corporate Legal Departments, negotiating contracts for company projects, resolving disputes, finalizing trade contracts, analyzing and settling claims, and counseling executive/senior management and project staff. In addition,...

                                                          Michael Di Paolo
                                                          Senior Vice President/General Counsel
                                                          Skanska USA Civil, Inc.

                                                          Mr. Di Paolo is Senior Vice-President and General Counsel for Skanska USA Civil Inc. where he manages all legal matters for the company and is a member of the senior leadership team. Prior to Skanska, Mr. Di Paolo was a partner in the construction industry practice group of Holland...

                                                          Stephen Gray

                                                          Stephen M. Gray has been with Zachry for over twelve years and serves as Zachry's Associate General Counsel. In that capacity, he manages all company litigation, insured and uninsured claims, and supports the company's oil and gas operations....

                                                          Stephen Shapiro
                                                          Partner, Practice Group Leader for the Construction Industry Practice Group
                                                          Holland & Knight LLP

                                                          Stephen B. Shapiro is a partner in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., and New York offices and focuses on domestic and international construction, public contracts, commercial litigation and public-private partnerships. Building on his experience representing contractors as well as public and private owners, Mr. Shapiro has developed in-depth knowledge of...


                                                            Tuesday, December 05, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

                                                            • Room: Surrender Nighclub
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                                                              Session Number: CR1
                                                            Construction SuperConference invites exhibitors and attendees to an exclusive networking and entertaining experience on Tuesday evening at Surrender, the lavishly-appointed dance club & lounge with poolside seating in the Encore hotel. Mingle with industry leaders and peers at this festive celebration. No agenda, no presentations—just a casual evening of conversations,... Read More
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                                                              Wednesday, December 06, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

                                                              • Room: Knowledge Exchange
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                                                                Session Number: KE3
                                                              CSC Knowledge Exchange will host several giveaways this year during the show that you don’t want to miss. Be sure to stop by during the designated hours to see everything the Knowledge Exchange has to offer! ...

                                                                Wednesday, December 06, 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

                                                                Finding insurance coverage for your mixed construction claims and defect litigation can be challenging and fraught with many hurdles. In today's construction cases, most cases are resolved with insurance money. However, the standard operating procedure in many cases begins with a denial of coverage letter or refusal to defend based on... Read More
                                                                Speaker(s)
                                                                Craig Ramsayer
                                                                Attorney
                                                                Procopio, Cory et al.

                                                                Craig A. Ramseyer counsels clients on general business litigation, as well as construction law and litigation. Craig's practice specializes in partnership disputes, alter ego liability and contractual disputes. He also has extensive experience in handling disputes arising in both public and private works of improvement, including contractual disputes, bid protests,...

                                                                Matthew Argue
                                                                Attorney/Mediator
                                                                AMCC

                                                                Matthew W. Argue has over 25 years of experience in complex construction disputes, mediation and arbitration. Based in San Diego, he is a full-time neutral focusing on construction, insurance and real estate mediation and arbitration throughout Southern California. Mr. Argue has successfully mediated over 400 construction...

                                                                Nathan Owens
                                                                Attorney
                                                                Newmeyer and Dillion LLP

                                                                Nathan Owens is the Managing Partner for Newmeyer & Dillion's Las Vegas office. With more than 10 years in the construction industry, and as a former contractor himself, Nathan understands the complex issues builders and developers face in all aspects of development and construction. He uses this firsthand knowledge to...

                                                                  This panel discussion will address the beneficial use of psychological principles to enhance the likelihood of success in diverse negotiation settings. This veteran team will describe how their approaches, including their own bias, have evolved over time and how it impacts not only case evaluations but also the manner that... Read More
                                                                  Speaker(s)
                                                                  Dara Hendrix
                                                                  Senior Director
                                                                  FTI Consulting

                                                                  Ms. Hendrix is a Senior Director at FTI Consulting and is based in Los Angeles. She is a member of the Construction Solutions practice in the Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment. Ms. Hendrix is a construction industry expert with over 30 years of experience and skill. Ms. Hendrix has successfully...

                                                                  Jean Sternlight
                                                                  Professor, Director of Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution
                                                                  University of Nevada Las Vegas

                                                                  Professor Sternlight is the Michael and Sonja Saltman Professor of Law at the UNLV Boyd School of Law, where she also directs the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution. Professor Sternlight started her academic career at Florida State University School of Law, where she received tenure, and then moved to the...

                                                                  Marylin Klinger
                                                                  Chair, Commercial Division
                                                                  Sedgwick

                                                                  Ms. Klinger serves as the firm wide chair of Sedgwick's Commercial Division. Located in the Los Angeles office, she is the chair emeritus of Sedgwick's Construction Practices Group and is involved in all aspects of construction law on a state and national level. Ms. Klinger represents the full spectrum of...

                                                                  Melinda Gentile
                                                                  Partner
                                                                  Peckar and Abramson

                                                                  Ms. Gentile has developed expertise in all aspects of construction law and construction dispute resolution, and has demonstrated success in preparing and handling construction matters ranging from government procurement and bid protests to contract disputes, and from construction liens to defect, impact, bond and insurance claims. Ms. Gentile's construction law...

                                                                  Roy Fazio
                                                                  Vice President and Director of US Operations
                                                                  MWH Constructors

                                                                  Mr. Fazio is the U.S. Operations Director for MWH Constructors based in Broomfield, Colorado. He currently manages a national water portfolio of $500 million annually that focuses on alternative project construction. Mr. Fazio has over 24 years of experience in the construction industry, first as an engineer and...

                                                                  Tamara Lindsay
                                                                  U.S. Commercial & Contracts Director
                                                                  MWH Contractors

                                                                  Tamara serves as the US Commercial and Contracts Director for MWHC. In this role, Tamara oversees a team of contract specialists dedicated by District to ensuring that every project in MWHC’s $1B/year profile is governed by fair and complete contractual agreements. Tamara is one of the primary negotiators...

                                                                    A detailed discussion of the civil and criminal regulatory posture of the Trump Administration, how its policies and initiatives may differ from its predecessors, and how local and state civil and criminal regulators may react to/compensate for any perceived lessening regulatory vigor. Upon completion of this session, participants will be able... Read More
                                                                    Speaker(s)
                                                                    Daniel Alonso
                                                                    Managing Director/General Counsel
                                                                    Exiger

                                                                    Managing Director and General Counsel for Exiger Former Chief of the Criminal Division, United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York Former State and Federal Prosecutor and Ethics Officer...

                                                                    Daniel Castleman
                                                                    Senior Managing Director
                                                                    FTI Consulting Global

                                                                    Lead Senior Managing Director of FTI's Global Risk and Litigation Consulting Group Former Chief Assistant District Attorney, Manhattan DA's Office Former Chief of Investigations, Manhattan DA's Office...

                                                                    Kelly Donovan
                                                                    Managing Director
                                                                    KPMG LLP

                                                                    Managing Director of Risk Consulting, KPMG Former Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice, New York state attorney General's Office First Deputy Inspector General, New York State Inspector General's Office...

                                                                    Thomas Curran
                                                                    Partner
                                                                    Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

                                                                    Tom Curran is a highly experienced trial attorney and counselor. His practice primarily focuses on a broad range of legal matters, including white-collar criminal defense, internal integrity reviews, risk assessment and management, regulatory compliance, and general business advice and litigation. He has many years of experience assisting corporations, entities, and...

                                                                      Like any human relationship, good business relationships require work. This session will address how to establish and, more importantly, maintain positive working relationships with inside counsel, outside counsel, and consultants. The panel of industry insiders will describe best practices for establishing a positive relationship with the initial engagement, then move... Read More
                                                                      Speaker(s)
                                                                      Arjun Agarwal
                                                                      Counsel, Int'l Litigation and Major Capital Projects
                                                                      Chevron USA, Inc.

                                                                      Arjun Agarwal provides planning, negotiation, execution and other construction-related legal services in support of Chevron's $100 billion+ portfolio of major capital projects around the world. Prior to joining Chevron, Arjun was a construction attorney with Farella Braun + Martel LLP in San Francisco, California....

                                                                      Bennett Lee
                                                                      Attorney
                                                                      Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino, LLP

                                                                      Bennett Lee is a founding member of Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino, and manages the firm's San Francisco office. He represents general contractors and design engineering firms on a wide variety of issues arising from industrial, transportation and commercial construction projects. Bennett is a recognized expert in federal government contracting...

                                                                      Ed Diggs
                                                                      Senior Counsel and Manager of Claims, OG&C
                                                                      Bechtel

                                                                      Mr. Diggs is Senior Counsel and Manager of Claims, Bechtel Corporation – Oil, Gas & Chemical, and is responsible for managing all construction claims worldwide for Bechtel's OG&C global business unit. Prior to joining Bechtel, Mr. Diggs was a partner in the law firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates...

                                                                      Joshua Ritti
                                                                      Senior Managing Engineer
                                                                      Exponent

                                                                      Mr. Ritti is the Director of Exponent's Construction Consulting practice. He advises construction clients on a range of topics including risk management, project governance, project controls, change management, project scheduling, contract review and assessments, process improvement, change order negotiations, dispute avoidance and the development or defense of construction claims. His...

                                                                      Paul Varela
                                                                      Attorney
                                                                      Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino, LLP

                                                                      Paul Varela is the founder of Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino, LLP, a national construction law firm with offices in Tysons Corner, Virginia and San Francisco, California. Paul is an authority on complex construction contract dispute resolution and represents clients in the construction industry domestically and internationally. He is a...


                                                                        Wednesday, December 06, 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

                                                                        • Room: Knowledge Exchange
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                                                                          Session Number: KE4
                                                                        CSC Knowledge Exchange will host several giveaways this year during the show that you don’t want to miss. Be sure to stop by during the designated hours to see everything the Knowledge Exchange has to offer! ...

                                                                          Wednesday, December 06, 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

                                                                          The multiple parties, diffuse responsibilities, and numerous cost inputs associated with construction projects can create a ripe environment for fraud.  In this time of increased focus on government spending, internal efforts to detect and minimize the risk of fraud are more important than ever.  Our panelists will identify common fraud... Read More
                                                                          Speaker(s)
                                                                          Anthony H. Anikeeff
                                                                          Partner
                                                                          Williams Mullen

                                                                          Tony Anikeeff is co-chair of the firm's government contracts practice. His practice encompasses counseling, investigations, litigation, trial and appellate work, and training. He also is part of the firm's white collar team handling civil False Claims Act and related matters. ...

                                                                          Emily Crandall Harlan
                                                                          Partner
                                                                          Nixon Peabody LLP

                                                                          Emily Crandall Harlan is a member of the Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice group. She counsels companies and individuals regarding how to avoid or minimize disputes with the government, and regarding how to comply with various regulatory regimes. Her practice involves working with clients on various matters involving...

                                                                          Jeanne Barnum
                                                                          Partner
                                                                          Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis

                                                                          Ms. Barnum, co-chair of her Firm's Construction Industry Practice Group and co-chair of the American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Construction Litigation Committee, is a trial lawyer with more than 30 years of experience representing developers, business owners, landlords, lenders, and municipalities in a wide variety of business, commercial, premises and...

                                                                          Thomas Curran
                                                                          Partner
                                                                          Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

                                                                          Tom Curran is a highly experienced trial attorney and counselor. His practice primarily focuses on a broad range of legal matters, including white-collar criminal defense, internal integrity reviews, risk assessment and management, regulatory compliance, and general business advice and litigation. He has many years of experience assisting corporations, entities, and...

                                                                            Concurrent Delay is an essential concept in forensic schedule analysis, and an issue encountered in ongoing projects quite frequently. Although different definitions of concurrency are fairly similar, there is a wide disparity in how the definition is applied and how days of concurrent delay are measured. Owners and contractors live... Read More
                                                                            Speaker(s)
                                                                            Andrew Ness
                                                                            Partner
                                                                            Jones Day

                                                                            Andrew Ness is a construction lawyer with 38 years experience in construction project issues, on behalf of owners and contractors, and mainly involving troubled projects and disputes, in roughly 30 U.S. states and numerous foreign venues. He has written and spoken extensively on construction delay issues, and on concurrent...

                                                                            John Livengood
                                                                            Managing Director, AIA, Esq., FAACE
                                                                            Navigant Consulting

                                                                            John Livengood is a Managing Director of Navigant Consulting, Inc.'s Global Construction Practice and is an experienced claims expert with more than 40 years of construction related experience. He is a registered architect and an attorney experienced in construction litigation, project management, design analysis, and document preparation. John...

                                                                            Max Williams
                                                                            Contracts Director
                                                                            Williams Consulting

                                                                            Max recently concluded his long and distinguished career at Dow Chemical Co., during which he held a number of contract management positions at major Dow petrochemical and other major facilities being constructed all over the world. Since 2010, he has been the Contracts Director responsible for all aspects of...

                                                                            Melissa Holland
                                                                            Director, Capital Infrastructural Project Delivery
                                                                            British Columbia Hydro

                                                                            Melissa Holland is currently directing approximately $600 M in capital projects for BC Hydro, and directed over $1.0 B last year. She has managed this level of capital projects for several years and worked extensively to shepherd these projects through the complicated regulatory requirements, and environmental and community approvals needed,...

                                                                              This program evaluates various risk allocation models for subsurface conditions and identifies effective methods for owners and contractors to manage those risks.  We will analyze the effects of disproportionate risk allocation and look at case studies from actual projects where subsurface conditions triggered large disputes.  It is important to understand... Read More
                                                                              Speaker(s)
                                                                              Dan Brown
                                                                              President and Senior Principal Engineer
                                                                              Dan Brown and Associates

                                                                              Dr. Dan Brown, P.E. has a distinguished career of practice, research, and instruction in the field of deep foundations. Dr. Brown is a graduate of Georgia Tech (1977) and the University of Texas (PhD, 1985). He is particularly known for his expertise in design of deep foundations for lateral...

                                                                              Dave Owen
                                                                              Partner
                                                                              RR Donnelly

                                                                              David Owen serves as Bradley's Construction Practice Group leader and co-chair of the Energy team. David is a registered professional engineer and practices exclusively in the construction, energy and government contracts areas. He uses his engineering expertise extensively in his complex construction cases. David represents contractors, subcontractors, engineers and owners...

                                                                              Jim Archibald
                                                                              Partner
                                                                              Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

                                                                              Jim Archibald graduated Summa Cum Laude from Emory University in 1990, with a B.A. in History. He graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1993, where he was a Dillard Fellow and served on the Virginia Law Review. After law school,...

                                                                              Tim Fisk
                                                                              Project Manager
                                                                              NRG Energy

                                                                              Mr. Fisk has 35 years of experience in the utility infrastructure business, including conceptual design, permitting, implementation and commissioning. Domestic and international projects have ranged from small (2 MW) inside the fence combined heat and power (CHP) cogeneration facilities through large multi-unit combined cycle units with up to 2,800...

                                                                              Wilson Nash
                                                                              Associate General Counsel
                                                                              Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC

                                                                              Wilson Nash is the associate general counsel for Brasfield & Gorrie, L.L.C. In his role as in-house counsel for a national commercial contractor, Mr. Nash reviews and negotiates prime contracts, subcontracts, and purchase orders on a daily basis. He provides project specific counsel and support to various operating...

                                                                                The cost to determine schedule delays in claims can shock the conscious, even more so when paid experts on each side come up with vastly different answers for the same delayed project. Is there a better path that we can agree upon? This panel will address the problem from the... Read More
                                                                                Speaker(s)
                                                                                Alex Wehner
                                                                                General Counsel
                                                                                Massman Construction Company

                                                                                Mr. Wehner is General Counsel of Massman Construction Co., a heavy civil marine general contractor specializing in building bridges, floodwalls and locks and dams. He has over 25 years’ experience in the E&C industry in senior legal and operational positions. Mr. Wehner previously served as General Counsel for...

                                                                                David Hecker
                                                                                General Counsel and Chair of the AGC Taskforce on Schedule Delays
                                                                                Kiewit

                                                                                ...

                                                                                Robert D'Onofrio
                                                                                Vice President
                                                                                Capital Project Management, Inc.

                                                                                ...

                                                                                Tom Giordano
                                                                                SVP and General Counsel
                                                                                Lendlease

                                                                                Tom Giordano is a Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Lendlease Americas’ construction practice. Tom received his JD from Fordham University School of Law and BA from Fordham College. Tom is a frequent lecturer on matters of design and construction law and dispute resolution. Tom serves...


                                                                                  Wednesday, December 06, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

                                                                                  The millennial generation consists of 80 million people, larger than any other generation. By 2025 millenials will make up 75% of the global workforce. This generation has never lived in a time when the United States was not at war; they know how to collaborate to solve problems under fluid... Read More
                                                                                  Speaker(s)
                                                                                  Ryan Abbott
                                                                                  Senior Vice President
                                                                                  Sundt Construction, Inc.

                                                                                  As Senior Vice President and Southwest District Manager of Sundt Construction, Inc, in addition to providing direction and oversight, Ryan is responsible for the overall performance of Building projects within the Company’s Southwest District. As a leader member in AGC of America, he has served as Chair of the Construction...

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                                                                                    Wednesday, December 06, 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

                                                                                    From voir dire through closing, attendees will learn what works and what does not work to establish liability and damages against design professionals with a jury. Through proper jury selection, effective use of technology and presentation of construction documents, emails, and photographs; and, selection and introduction of experts and their... Read More
                                                                                    Speaker(s)
                                                                                    James T. O'Brien, CPA CFF
                                                                                    Partner
                                                                                    Baker Tilly

                                                                                    Provides a variety of forensic and financial consulting and accounting related services to attorneys, insurance companies, governmental agencies and public and private corporations since 1990. He specializes in providing financial consulting analyses related to matters in dispute and performing investigative services that are generally related to reconstructing financial activity related...

                                                                                    Michael Cooperberg
                                                                                    President
                                                                                    Cooperberg Legal Media, Inc.

                                                                                    Mr. Cooperberg has been providing expert litigation support and trial consulting services since 2001 when he helped launch Esquire Deposition Services’ litigation support sister company, Esquire Litigation Solutions. He has been helping legal teams and their clients achieve outstanding results in many types of venues all around the country ever...

                                                                                    Ronald Williams
                                                                                    Partner/Attorney
                                                                                    Fox Rothschild LLP

                                                                                    Ron serves as the Litigation Department administrative partner in the Exton office and as co-chair of the firm's Construction Law Group. He focuses his practice on construction litigation and negotiating contracts. He handles construction litigation in multiple states in state and federal courts, as well as in mediation and...

                                                                                    William T. Payne
                                                                                    Vice President
                                                                                    O&S Associates, Inc.

                                                                                    Bill Payne is a Principal of O&S and serves as the firm’s Vice President. He is an experienced structural engineer and project manager with over 20 of experience in designing and managing restoration projects for buildings and parking structures. Bill has managed over 300 restoration projects and is a specialist...

                                                                                      The formative ideal in constituting the courts hearing government contract claims was to provide the informal, expeditions, and inexpensive resolution of disputes.  Mindful of the ever-increasing need to realize this organizing purpose, the panel will consider several means by which the Boards of Contract Appeals ("BCA") and Court of Federal... Read More
                                                                                      Speaker(s)
                                                                                      Christopher Brasco
                                                                                      Senior Partner
                                                                                      Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP

                                                                                      Chris Brasco's experience includes all facets of the construction process from contract formation through the disputes process. His legal credentials are complemented by hands-on experience that includes the job site administration of a U.S. Corps of Engineer housing project in Germany, which was rescued from imminent default and successfully managed...

                                                                                      David Hecker
                                                                                      Group General Counsel - Infrastructure
                                                                                      Kiewit Corp.

                                                                                      David Hecker is Group General Counsel-Infrastructure with Kiewit Corporation. Founded in 1884, Kiewit is one of North America's largest and most respected construction and engineering organizations. The employee-owned organization operates in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia. Kiewit offers construction and engineering services in transportation; oil,...

                                                                                      Hon. Carol Park-Conroy (Ret.)
                                                                                      Mediator and Arbitrator
                                                                                      JAMS

                                                                                      Hon. Carol Park-Conroy (Ret.) has over 35 years of experience as a litigator, judge, and neutral in government contracts and commercial cases. While serving as a trial judge on the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) for 22 years, she presided over a broad range of construction and commercial...

                                                                                      James G. Zack, Jr.
                                                                                      Senior Advisor
                                                                                      Navigant Construction Forum

                                                                                      Jim Zack is the Senior Advisor of Navigant's Construction Forum„¢. The Forum strives to be the construction industry's premier resource for thought leadership and best practices on avoidance and resolution of construction project disputes globally. Jim is a recognized and well published expert in mitigation,...

                                                                                      Seth Firmender
                                                                                      Assistant General Counsel
                                                                                      The Lane Construction Corporation

                                                                                      Seth Firmender is Assistant General Counsel at The Lane Construction Corporation and engages in a general practice in the following areas: Project Level Claims, M&A, Corporate Transactions, Litigation Management, Surety and Fidelity, Insurance, Safety, Environmental, Labor Relations, Real Estate and Crisis Management. He is a graduate of Georgetown University...

                                                                                      Vivian Katsantonis
                                                                                      Senior Partner
                                                                                      Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP

                                                                                      Vivian Katsantonis's practice focuses on complex construction and commercial litigation matters. She has been recognized for her effectiveness and exceptional accomplishments in litigation and trial work by the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society comprised of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers....

                                                                                        Today's 24-hour news cycle, complicated by social media and "fake news," have increased scrutiny and added pressure on the construction industry. Government investigations, workplace accidents, cyber breaches, dissatisfied customers and employee complaints become fodder for both traditional news outlets and those less concerned with the facts. Your reputation is one... Read More
                                                                                        Speaker(s)
                                                                                        Brenda Radmacher
                                                                                        Partner
                                                                                        Gordon & Rees, Scully Mansukhani

                                                                                        Brenda Radmacher specializes in construction, real estate, and employment litigation, regularly counseling general contractors, construction managers, design professionals, contractors, and owners on contract negotiations, risk management and disputes. Ms. Radmacher’s practice emphasizes resolving complex construction disputes through negotiation, mediation, and, when necessary, arbitration and litigation, on projects in California, nationwide,...

                                                                                        Danette Beck
                                                                                        CPCU, ARM, CRIS
                                                                                        Marsh USA Inc.

                                                                                        Danette joined Marsh in August 2010 and is now the West Zone Construction Practice Leader, located in the Los Angeles, CA office. In this role, she is responsible for developing, managing and delivering construction risk management services to contractors, architects, engineers, project owners and developers throughout the Western Coast. Danette...

                                                                                        Eden Gillott Bowe
                                                                                        President
                                                                                        Gillott Communications

                                                                                        Eden is President of Gillott Communications, a damage control expert and former business professor who resolves issues both in and outside the media's glare -- from workplace crises, celebrity scandals and corporate fraud to criminal and civil litigation. She is co-author of A Lawyer's Guide to Crisis PR (Second Edition)...

                                                                                        Joe Poliafico
                                                                                        Director of Risk Management and Insurance
                                                                                        Flatiron Construction

                                                                                        As the Director of Risk Management and Insurance for Flatiron Construction, Joe specializes in risk management for the construction and engineering industry. With almost 25 years of experience, Joe has a record of accomplishment in assisting organizations in the profitable implementation of organizational risk and safety programs. He has extensive...

                                                                                          A project contractor often faces claims from subcontractors and sub-consultants for which the owner may be ultimately liable. If the contractor does not pass these claims through to the owner, then it may have to absorb the risk of loss in the event the claims are ultimately found to be... Read More
                                                                                          Speaker(s)
                                                                                          Barry Jensen
                                                                                          Corporate Counsel
                                                                                          Walbrdige

                                                                                          Barry Jensen is Corporate Counsel with Walbridge. Walbridge is a construction company performing about $1.6 billion in commercial and industrial construction work per year. Prior to joining Walbridge, Mr. Jensen was engaged in large/complex construction contracts and construction contract litigation for 27 years, primarily in California and Michigan....

                                                                                          Eric Nelson
                                                                                          Partner
                                                                                          Smith Currie & Hancock

                                                                                          Eric is partner at Smith Currie and practices in the area of construction dispute resolution and government contracts...

                                                                                          Zack Rippeon
                                                                                          Partner
                                                                                          Smith Currie & Hancock

                                                                                          Zack is partner at Smith Currie and practices in the area of construction dispute resolution and government contracts...


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