Monday, December 10, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

*Please note this requires a separate registration of $400 early bird and $500 late registration. BIM Project Execution Planning is a full-day, facilitator-led course designed as a mix of lecture, facilitated discussion and activities. Use cases provide examples to help you understand session concepts. Course books will be given to all... Read More
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    Monday, December 10, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Sally Helgesen
    Author, Speaker and Leadership Consultant

    Sally Helgesen is a best-selling author, speaker and leadership coach, cited in Forbes as the world’s premier expert on women’s leadership. For the last thirty years, her mission has been to help women leaders around the world recognize, articulate and act on their greatest strengths. She also works with senior...

      Monday, December 10, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

      Prefabricated and modular construction are growing rapidly in use, and offer serious advances. They also create serious potential legal gaps. You will need to revise your traditional construction contracts and structure your agreements differently to address these issues. How your contract is interpreted and potential claims handled, may totally change... Read More
      Ron Peppe, II
      Vice President, Legal Services and Human Resources, and Secretary
      Canam Steel Corporation

      Ron is the VP for Legal and Human Resources for Canam Steel Corporation, and oversees legal, human resources and risk management issues for the company. Canam is the US subsidiary of Canam Group Inc., which is the largest steel fabricator in North America. Canam Group specializes in designing...

      Ronald Ciotti
      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, including all aspects of construction law, contractual disputes, lien work, bond claims, construction and design defect claims, bid disputes, litigation, and dispute resolution. ...

      Scott Gurney
      Frost Brown Todd LLC

      Scott is a construction attorney, mediator and arbitrator. He is a Member of the law firm Frost Brown Todd LLC, practicing in the firm’s Construction Law Group. Scott represents and advises contractors and other construction-industry clients on a wide-range of legal issues from contract negotiation and risk management...

        Risk mitigation on construction projects should never be an afterthought. Properly planned and proactively addressed risk can be diminished to a point where going in the parties not only understand their roles and the overall project objectives, but also feel comfortable enough that they bear appropriate risk and are protected... Read More
        Lisa Glahn
        Foley & Lardner LLP

        Lisa Glahn is a partner and construction attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. Her practice focuses on claims counselling, dispute resolution, contracting, real estate, and project development. She advises a range of public and private clients on strategic deal structuring, contract formation, complex litigation and claims resolution. She has successfully...

        Lisa Mingoia
        Corporate Counsel
        Skanska USA Building Inc.

        Lisa Mingoia, Corporate Counsel for Skanska USA Building, oversees all legal matters for seven states on the East Coast with a focus on construction, corporate and transactional law, and litigation. Additionally, she has subject matter expertise in Prevailing Wage, Program Management and insurance matters. Lisa is an In-House...

        Ted Fire
        Vice President - Construction & Development
        The Kraft Group

        Ted Fire joined The Kraft Group in 2000 to manage the design and construction for the new $325 million Gillette Stadium Project. He has subsequently been involved in all of The Kraft Group's construction and real estate development efforts, including the $400 million Patriot Place mixed-use development adjacent to the...

          Recent decisions, statutes and regulations have prohibited the use of mandatory arbitration provisions in contracts beyond those for consumers and employees. However, SCOTUS’ recent decision in Kindred Nursing Centers v. Clark, holds that any rule singling out arbitration clauses for special treatment is hostile to the Federal Arbitration Act and... Read More
          Jeanne Barnum
          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 on the Roster of Arbitrators and of Mediators for the American Arbitration Association and serves as an arbitrator for the Federal District Court for the District of...

          Karen P. Layng
          M.A.I.T. Co

          Ms. Layng is the President and Founder of M.A.I.T. Co., a national strategic consulting firm. M.A.I.T. Co. consults on best practices in enterprise risk management, general liability, workers compensation and conducts ethical leadership compliance reviews. Before forming M.A.I.T. Co., Karen served as Chief Strategy...

          Marc A. Young
          Cokinos Young

          Mr. Young is a Founding Principal of Cokinos Young and is at the helm of the firm’s Austin, Texas office. He heads the firm’s Tort Litigation Section and handles a wide variety of claims ranging from product liability, construction defects, premises liability, commercial disputes and professional liability. He is Board...

          Richard P. Flake
          Arbitrator and Professor

          Mr. Flake is a mediator and arbitrator of construction, commercial and employment disputes. He was formerly a Principal in the Houston office of Cokinos & Young for 25 years, and was also the former general counsel of SpawGlass Construction, Inc. Mr. Flake received a B.A. from the University of...

            Monday, December 10, 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

            P3s involve a host of project participants and relationships, some in traditional roles, others in non-traditional roles, some “related” to each other, and some in contractual privity with some but not all such participants.  The interests of those participants may significantly vary in focus, and in temporal perspectives and objectives. ... Read More
            Brendan O'Rourke
            Vice President, Enterprise Risk Management
            Tetra Tech


            Carlos Hernandez
            Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
            Fluor Corporation

            Carlos M. Hernandez is the executive vice president, chief legal officer for Fluor Corporation and serves as the company's corporate secretary. He joined Fluor in 2007. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Hernandez served as general counsel for ArcelorMittal Americas, a major steel producer which is part of the ArcelorMittal steel...

            David Hatem
            Partner, Chair, Professional Practices Group
            Donovan Hatam LLP

            David J. Hatem is a partner in the Boston-based law firm Donovan Hatem LLP. Nationally recognized for his expertise in representing engineers, architects and construction management professionals, David leads the firm’s Professional Practices Group which serves design professionals. David has been practicing law for approximately 40 years and has served...

            Eric Green
            Resolutions, LLC

            Professor Green is one of the pioneers of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the United States and around the world. He is co-founder of two prominent ADR/Mediation firms, Endispute (now part of JAMS) and Resolutions, LLC in Boston. Professor Green graduated from Harvard Law School in 1972 and was awarded...

            J. William Ernstrom
            Vice President for Major Strategic Projects
            The Walsh Group

            Mr. Ernstrom is the vice president for major and strategic projects for The Walsh Group, one of the largest domestic contraction services companies in the US. Marsh is a diversified contractor with building and heavy civil projects throughout the US and Canada. Mr. Ernstrom is one of the corporate leaders...

            Robert Rogers
            Head of Construction Professional Liability
            Lexington Insurance Company

            Bob Rogers is the Head of Architects & Engineers Professional Liability for AIG/Lexington Insurance Company. He is responsible for creating and leading strategies to maintain profitability and drive growth across Lexington's portfolio. In addition to his internal leadership responsibilities, Bob enjoys spending time with AIG's design clients and brokers both...

            Steven J. Comen
            Of Counsel, Litigation Department
            Goodwin Procter LLC

            Steven Comen has represented clients in complex business disputes in state and federal courts, arbitration proceedings and before administrative agencies throughout the United States and abroad. Mr. Comen has also focused on the different advocacy expertise required for effective representation of clients to maximize the opportunities in mediations and other...

              Many construction litigators and clients have had to deal with labor-relations and other issues on a project or case, yet many have little understanding of the issues associated therewith.  This panel discussion will identify and discuss some of the more courrent issues that a project or client can experience in... Read More
              David Welch
              President & CEO
              Welch and Rushe, Inc.

              David Welch is President and CEO of Welch and Rushe, Inc., one of the largest mechanical subcontractors in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. As the second generation owner of W&R, David came up through the trades as a Steamfitter. He later obtained his business degree from the University...

              John Alden
              Attorney-at-law & Partner
              Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

              John Alden concentrates his practice in the areas of labor and employment law. Mr. Alden has litigated and arbitrated a wide variety of disputes throughout the United States and currently represents management in all areas of labor and employment law. In addition to litigation in state and federal courts,...

              Lawrence Prosen
              Partner & Attorney-at-law
              Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

              Larry Prosen is a member of Kilpatrick Townsend's Engineering & Infrastructure Construction Litigation Team and heads up the Firm's Government Contracts Practice. Holding a BS in Architecture and a Fellow of the Construction Lawyer's Society of America, Larry brings a unique perspective on all aspects of Construction Litigation Matters. He...

              Rod Eisenhauer
              Vice-President & General Counsel
              Performance Contracting Group, Inc.

              Rod L. Eisenhauer serves as Vice President and General Counsel for Performance Contracting Group, Inc., a multi-faceted international specialty subcontractor which, according to ENR Magazine, is currently the largest wall and ceiling contractor, and the 10th largest specialty contractor in the United States. As Vice President and General Counsel,...

                Clear communications are key to successful project completion.  Learn how Dispute Boards can enhance and support your project team by facilitating discussions among project participants to reduce conflict and to minimize adverse impacts on complex projects. Unlike mediation, arbitration, and litigation, Dispute Boards offer the project team members a safe... Read More
                Deborah Mastin
                Law Office of Deborah Mastin

                After a 35 year career as an Assistant County Attorney involved with large public infrastructure projects, Ms. Mastin now is an arbitrator, mediator and dispute board member in the United States and internationally for complex and multi-party commercial disputes arising from the procurement, development, engineering design, construction, and commercial...

                Lida Rodriguez-Taseff
                Duane Morris

                Lida Rodriguez-Taseff is a commercial trial lawyer, practicing in the firm's Miami office. Selected Best Lawyer in 2004 by the Miami New Times and described by the publication as "smart, scrappy and resolute," Ms. Rodriguez-Taseff has extensive experience as lead and co-lead counsel handling state and federal jury...

                William Franczek
                Vandeventer Black LLP

                William E. Franczek, Esq. currently is a Partner at Vandeventer Black LLP. 1982-present; Construction Engineer, Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation, 1973-82. Experience Nine years of experience (from 1973-82) in heavy construction, working on three nuclear power plant construction sites. Duties included interpretation of construction plans and specifications, supervision of trades and...

                  This session provides counsel with practical insights from seasoned arbitrators and experts on the ways arbitrators consider and evaluate expert testimony. Issues to be explored include: the influence of expert testimony on arbitrator decision-making; how arbitrators resolve competing schedule analyses or methodologies; the ways in which experts influence the evaluation... Read More
                  Albert Bates, Jr.
                  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....

                  John E. Bulman
                  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...

                  Matthew Krafft
                  Sr. Managing Director
                  FTI Consulting

                  Matthew Krafft is a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting and is based in Rockville, Maryland. Mr. Krafft concentrates his practice in dispute, compliance and investigatory-related services. He has provided consulting services and expert testimony related to construction and government contract claims, contract terminations, Qui Tam (false claim)...

                  Michael Powell
                  Vice President
                  American Arbitration Association

                  Michael Powell heads up the AAA® Los Angeles Regional Office, focusing on the AAA's Construction Division. In that role, he interacts with the AAA's clients who file construction, real estate and environmental cases and the panelists who serve as arbitrators and mediators in those cases. His district includes Alaska,...

                  Dr.  Patricia Galloway
                  International Arbitrator
                  Galloway Arbitration, Inc.

                  Dr. Patricia D. Galloway is an international arbitrator with over 40 years of experience specializing in energy and construction matters. She is a Fellow in both the College of Commercial Arbitrators and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. ...

                    Monday, December 10, 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

                    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.  Sponsored by: Jones Walker and The Rhodes Group...
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                      Tuesday, December 11, 7:45 AM - 8:15 AM

                      • Room: Knowledge Exchange Exhibit Hall
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                        Session Number: KE1
                      Prior to our Welcome and Opening Keynote, we will host a coffee service in the Knowledge Exchange. Be sure to stop by during the designated hours to see everything the Knowledge Exchange has to offer! ...

                        Tuesday, December 11, 8:15 AM - 9:30 AM

                        Entrepreneur-turned-publisher, columnist, author, television commentator, private investor and board director, Rich Karlgaard has a unique vantage point on the trends driving the business and investment climates. His insights help audiences see the global marketplace with new eyes. Karlgaard is the publisher of Forbes magazine, where he writes a biweekly column... Read More
                        RIch Karlgaard
                        Columnist and Publisher, Forbes; Author, The Soft Edge; Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations

                        Entrepreneur-turned-publisher, columnist, author, television commentator, private investor and board director, Rich Karlgaard has a unique vantage point on the trends driving the business and investment climates. His insights help audiences see the global marketplace with new eyes. Karlgaard is the publisher of Forbes magazine, where he writes a biweekly column...

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

                          Profound changes are already taking place in many aspects of the construction industry, which traditionally has been slow to adopt new technologies. Construction projects are increasingly incorporating systems of digital sensors, intelligent machines, mobile devices, drones, and new software applications that are  integrated with a central platform of Building Information... Read More
                          Alvin Lindsay
                          Hogan Lovells US LLP

                          Alvin F. Lindsay is a partner in the Miami office of Hogan Lovells. With deep industry knowledge of the construction, energy, and infrastructure industries, Al acts as a trusted advisor to his clients throughout the litigation or arbitration life cycle of large-scale construction projects. These matters have included: serving as...

                          Carlos Hernandez
                          Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
                          Fluor Corporation

                          Carlos M. Hernandez is the executive vice president, chief legal officer for Fluor Corporation and serves as the company's corporate secretary. He joined Fluor in 2007. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Hernandez served as general counsel for ArcelorMittal Americas, a major steel producer which is part of the ArcelorMittal steel...

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

                          Dan is the Global Head of Hogan Lovells' international arbitration practice and past Board member of the firm. Dan dedicates his full-time practice to international commercial litigation and arbitration, representing clients' interests in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. With a focus on construction and infrastructure, as well as...

                          Mark Cheskin
                          Hogan Lovells US LLP

                          Mark R. Cheskin is a partner in the International Arbitration group at Hogan Lovells resident in the Miami office. Mark is Co-leader of the Firm's Global Construction & Engineering practice. In his almost 30 years of trial practice, Mark successfully has taken dozens of significant cases to final arbitral award,...

                          Michele Laine
                          Associate General Counsel
                          Mas Tec

                          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. ...

                            This session provides insight from a panel with construction professionals across the industry discussing a variety of risks construction stakeholders are facing in the industry and providing concrete suggestions for addressing those risk through the contract process. Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to: Develop a better understanding of... Read More
                            Brian Rice
                            Vice President, Assistant General Counsel & Chief Litigation Counsel
                            RailWorks Corporation

                            Brian is Vice President, 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 has primary responsibility within the legal department for RailWorks’ form contracts, risk management, and insurance. Brian...

                            Greg Podolak
                            Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C.

                            Greg Podolak is the Managing Partner of SDV Southeast, having practiced his entire career at SDV as a policyholder coverage lawyer. He has over a decade of extensive experience in strategizing risk transfer, and handles all manner of concerns for his clients, from assisting with coverage placement and contract drafting,...

                            Henry Bangert
                            Beltzer Bangert & Gunnell LLP

                            Henry Bangert is a Founding Partner of Beltzer Bangert & Gunnell LLP, a boutique construction law firm based in Denver, Colorado. Henry has been in the construction industry his entire life, growing up as the fourth generation in a heavy civil construction business in the Midwest and Mountain West....

                            Jonathan Hausner
                            Counsel, Land Law and Construction Groups
                            Robinson & Cole LLP

                            Jonathan Hausner has spent his entire legal career focused on construction law, and he is a member of the firm's Construction Group. Mr. Hausner handles all aspects of construction project transactions, dispute resolution and litigation. He represents all parties involved in construction, including public and private property owners, general contractors,...

                            Robert D'Onofrio
                            Capital Project Management, Inc.

                            Rob D’Onofrio is a principal at Capital Project Management, Inc. where he specializes in construction claims evaluation and resolution. Prior to joining CPMI, he spent five years on-site at the World Trade Center construction project in New York, where his responsibilities included review of schedule delay and disruption claims on...

                              The construction industry is in the midst of a rapidly changing environment for the allocation of risk, while at the same time delivery methods are evolving.  Risk allocation in one context may make little sense in another, but it is increasingly clear that contract terms from one method are creeping... Read More
                              Paul Monte
                              Peckar & Abramson

                              Paul Monte is Co-Managing Partner of Peckar & Abramson’s New York City office. Paul has 30 years of experience in construction, public contract and infrastructure law. He has extensive trial, arbitration and appeals experience, successfully prosecuting and defending complex multi-million dollar disputes. He also has significant transactional and project support...

                              Ronald Helmuth
                              Peckar & Abramson

                              Ronald Helmuth is a Partner in Peckar & Abramson’s Los Angeles office. With over 20 years of experience as a construction law attorney, Mr. Helmuth focuses his practice on litigation and alternative dispute resolution of complex construction claims. His clients include owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, designers, public agencies, and sureties—many...

                                This program will delve deep into several, project-specific mega-projects, including airport, vertical construction, and heavy/highway projects that were on the path of smoldering problems and then with careful negotiations, and teamwork, avoided the disaster and potential to turn to ashes.  The panel will discuss specific lessons learned on domestic and... Read More
                                Doreen Zankowski
                                Duane Morris LLP

                                Doreen Zankowski practices in the area of litigation. For 25 years, Ms. Zankowski has counseled both national and international corporate clients in complex litigation, construction and corporate matters, as well as on other issues related to technology, contracting, engineering and the environment. She advises on corporate, employment and labor matters...

                                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. Frank is...

                                Peter Tunnicliffe
                                CDM Constructors, Inc.

                                Peter Tunnicliffe is coming off of his 10 year prior assignment as President of CDM Smith International, and is renewing his Presidency of CDM Constructors, Inc., the CDM construction and design/build company. Peter is responsible for CDM construction and engineering projects throughout the world. Peter has his BS...

                                Roger Johnson
                                Deputy Director
                                Los Angeles World Airports

                                Roger A. Johnson is the Deputy Director and Program Executive of the Los Angeles World Airports. During his 16 year career with LAWA, he is and has been responsible for more than $20 billion in improvements, including new terminals, people movers, and overall master planning and implementation for one...

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

                                  • Room: Knowledge Exchange Expo Hall
                                  • Register Now

                                    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 11, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

                                    This panel of in-house legal counsel will discuss the big problems that threaten the continuing existence of even the largest contractors. In today's environment where billion-dollar projects are increasingly common and owners are asking contractors to take on greater risks, what can lawyers do to identify and mitigate "bet the company"... Read More
                                    Ben Subin
                                    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...

                                    David M. Schwab
                                    Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
                                    Zachry Group


                                    George Papaionaou
                                    Vice President and General Counsel
                                    Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems America, Inc.

                                    George Papaioanou is Vice President & General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc. (“MHPS”) with responsibility for all legal aspects within MHPS. Mr. Papaioanou earned a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of...

                                    Jennifer Shafer
                                    Director of Dispute Resolution
                                    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 Shapiro
                                    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...

                                      This is the fourth and final program of Advocacy in Construction Litigation. The panel, representing, perhaps, one hundred years of active trial experience, will discuss the biggest challenge facing every trial attorney: How do I get my adversary’s witness to admit the contentions of my client? The panel will examine the nature of... Read More
                                      Adrian Bastianelli
                                      Peckar & Abramson

                                      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...

                                      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....

                                      Jim Wulfsberg
                                      Burke Williams & Sorenson, LLP

                                      James Wulfsberg is a Fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers, and has been recognized by Legal 500, Who's Who in Construction Law and Super Lawyers. He has represented clients in all aspects of the construction industry and has tried numerous complex cases to verdict and award in litigation...

                                      Ray DeLuca
                                      Vice Chair
                                      Cozen O'Connor

                                      Raymond DeLuca, Vice Chair of the Construction Practice Group at Cozen O’Connor, has more than 20 years of experience representing owners, contractors, and design professionals in all phases of the construction and dispute resolution process with emphasis on infrastructure projects. He has litigated construction claims across the United States...

                                        Partnering and Dispute Resolution Boards (DRBs) are recognized worldwide for their effectiveness in the "real time" avoidance and resolution of disputes on major construction projects. Embraced by government agencies, private owners, and multi-lateral banks, Partnering and DRBs ensure project success through significant decreases in costs and time overruns. Hear about... Read More
                                        Bob Burleson
                                        Florida Transportation Builders Association

                                        Bob Burleson, is a native of Johnson City, Tennessee, and grew up in the construction industry, which he has never left. Following graduation with a B.S. in Building Construction from Virginia Tech in 1970, Bob worked for his wife's family construction company, Wiley N. Jackson Co., a major road builder...

                                        Elizabeth Tippin
                                        Esq. FCIA, LEED AP
                                        Elizabeth A. Tippin Law + Dispute Resolution

                                        Elizabeth Tippin balances providing dispute resolution services with the position of outside general counsel for architecture/engineering firms. Having extensive experience in construction contracts, project delivery methods, risk management, and insurance issues, she has also served as a member of several Dispute Resolution Boards, and as an arbitrator and mediator for...

                                        Kurt Dettman
                                        Esq, President
                                        Constructive Dispute Resolution

                                        Kurt Dettman draws upon his legal and public management experience to facilitate dispute resolution, focusing on open communication and consensus building among contractors, owners, attorneys and consultants. Kurt's current consulting practice focuses on the use of all forms of dispute resolution in the construction industry, including dispute resolution systems design,...

                                        Roger Peters
                                        Esq. FAIC

                                        Roger Peters is an experienced mediator, arbitrator and dispute board member for construction and construction defect disputes. This includes more than forty years of resolving disputes on projects throughout the United States, the Caribbean and the Pacific Rim. As a result of his reputation in dispute resolution, in...

                                          Errors and missteps in the early stages of a job can have long lasting impacts on progress and completion. Learn to identify common problems, analyze root causes and implement  proven solutions to ensure project success and ultimately avoid costly project implosions. Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to: Identify... Read More
                                          Andy Howard
                                          Alston & Bird

                                          Andy Howard is a litigation partner who represents clients across a wide range of industries, including construction, health care, aerospace, energy and technology. Andy's practice involves representing construction industry professionals and federal, state and local government contractors. In his construction practice, Andy primarily represents contractors, developers and design professionals involved...

                                          David Pattillo
                                          Founder & President
                                          David Pattillo & Associates

                                          Mr. Pattillo has over thirty years of experience in construction and project management, risk management and dispute resolution. He provides a wide range of services to public and private owners, contractors and engineers, design firms, and sureties. His experience includes the analysis of schedule delays and cost overruns on more...

                                          John Wanalista
                                          Caithness Energy

                                          John Wanalista provide technical and project management support to the company's operating assets, including supporting plant outage and capital improvement efforts. One of his main responsibilities is maintaining the company's relationships with EPC Firms, Engineering Firms, Equipment Suppliers and Construction Consulting firms. He also supports development of new projects (wind,...

                                          Phil Roy
                                          Senior Vice President
                                          David Pattillo & Associates

                                          Phil Roy is a Senior Vice President for David Pattillo & Associates, Inc. in Duluth Georgia. He has over twenty-five years in commercial construction and related industries holding senior level executive positions in many industry sectors. His early years' experience includes analysis of scheduling delays and conflicts, contract management,...

                                          Tuba Malinowski
                                          Managing Director

                                          Tuba Malinowski joined Stockbridge in 2010, and is the Senior Portfolio Manager of the Smart Markets Fund, the firm's open-end core fund. Ms. Malinowski also serves as Head of Portfolio Strategy where she assists in shaping investment strategy and portfolio composition for the firm's core and value business lines. Ms....

                                            Tuesday, December 11, 12:45 PM - 2:15 PM

                                            The Age of Contracting as a simple Lump Sum, Design-Bid-Build sequence began eroding decades ago, and the evolution to new delivery methods has accelerated significantly in recent years – CM, Pure CM, D/B, DBF, DBFOM, P3, IPD – the acronyms go on. This begs the question – What will the... Read More
                                            Michael Cherry
                                            Vice President of Engineering and Estimating
                                            Skanska USA Civil West


                                            Robert Barbera
                                            Vice President and General Manager
                                            Design Management Group, Turner Construction


                                            Steven Charney
                                            Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

                                            Steven M. Charney is the Chairman of the firm and is regarded as one of the foremost construction lawyers in the United States of America. Mr. Charney’s practice includes ongoing representation of contractors that are among the top ten as reported by Engineering News Record. Mr. Charney’s background couples extensive...

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                                              Tuesday, December 11, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

                                              In recent years, Latin America has become a hot-spot for the construction industry.  With this boom, the construction law market in that region has become more sophisticated from both the legal and technical standpoints.  With that in mind, this session will explore recent trends in the construction industry in Latin... Read More
                                              Chad Chron
                                              Assistant General Counsel

                                              Currently serves as Assistant General Counsel for MasTec, Inc., a leading infrastructure construction company, specializing in the engineering, building, installation, maintenance and upgrade of energy, utility and communications infrastructure platforms. Mr. Cron currently manages construction litigation and transactional matters for MasTec, Inc. and its subsidiaries. ...

                                              Fernando Planchart
                                              Head of Legal

                                              Mr. Planchart is a senior executive with over 15 years of corporate, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, project financings and litigation experience. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Planchart worked as in-house senior counsel at AEI Services LLC, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, financing and development (including construction matters) of...

                                              Israel Almodovar
                                              Navigant Consulting

                                              Israel Almodovar is a Director in the Global Construction Practice at Navigant. Israel has 20 years' experience in the construction industry and specializes in providing advisory and litigation consulting services on domestic and international construction projects. In addition, he has prepared and defended claims, as well as provided expert...

                                              Salvador Fonseca
                                              Baker & McKenzie

                                              Salvador Fonseca has more than 22 years of experience representing corporate and individual clients in complex international and domestic arbitration and litigation. Mr. Fonseca coordinates the Dispute Resolution practice of the Firm in Mexico City. Mr. Fonseca has ample experience in international and local commercial arbitration and in civil,...

                                              Todd Metz
                                              Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino

                                              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 contractors, owners, and design professionals before domestic and international arbitration tribunals, dispute adjudication boards, disputes review boards, and local and federal courts. Representative projects...

                                                Litigating or resolving disputes on an ongoing project comes with its own unique challenges. Managing relationships, delays resulting from litigation, and discovery that is being created in real time are realities that may influence strategies on a project in litigation. In this session, attendees will learn the risks and challenges... Read More
                                                Mark Keating
                                                Assistant General Counsel
                                                Kiewit Corporation

                                                Mark P. Keating is Assistant General Counsel for the Kiewit Corporation in Omaha, Nebraska. He is a member of the Nebraska Bar, Missouri Bar, and the American Bar Association and its Forum on the Construction Industry. ...

                                                Matthew Gerrish
                                                Corporate Counsel
                                                Keller Foundations, LLC

                                                Matt Gerrish is Corporate Counsel of Keller Foundations, LLC. He also serves as General Counsel of Keller Canada and HJ Foundation, a Keller Company. Before working with Keller, Matt was in private practice where he focused on construction litigation. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School...

                                                Michael Hourihan
                                                Vice President
                                                Structure Tone Organization

                                                Michael Hourihan is a Vice President in Structure Tone Organization's ("STO") Chief Ethics and Compliance Counsel's Office, with cross-departmental assistance provided to the General Counsel's Office. His is an effective, results oriented manager and creative problem solver, with a legal, accounting, finance, project management and real estate development background. ...

                                                Scott Fitzsimmons
                                                Senior Partner
                                                Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP

                                                Scott focuses his practice on government contracts and construction. He has represented contractors in numerous trials and hearings before state and federal tribunals, including federal Courts and the U.S. Boards of Contract Appeals. Scott's experience includes high-stake matters with values exceeding $100 Million. Scott has also represented contractors in high-value...

                                                Toshikazu Dezaki

                                                Toshikazu (Toshi) Dezaki is a Director in the Global Construction Practice of Navigant Consulting, Inc. Toshi has 20 years of national and international consulting experience in construction and government contracting related issues, specifically in the area of quantum and damages. He has worked with owners (public and private),...

                                                  The common law world is currently in the midst of an evolution in the treatment of liquidated damages. After 100 years, the United Kingdom Supreme Court has reformulated the test for determining when liquidated damages provisions will be determined to be unenforceable. Similarly, the Australian courts in 2012 reformulated their... Read More
                                                  John Margie
                                                  Glaholt LLP

                                                  John is a partner at Glaholt LLP, a nationally recognized leader in construction litigation, and served as the firm's managing partner for nine and-a-half years. Since his call to the Bar in 1995, John has practiced exclusively in construction law and surety bond law, including complex international construction disputes,...

                                                  Joshua Strub
                                                  Corporate Counsel & Director of Contracts
                                                  PNR RAILWORKS INC.

                                                  Joshua Strub joined PNR RailWorks in 2017 and is responsible for all legal matters for PNR RailWorks and PNR RailWorks Quebec. Josh has a unique combination of both legal and engineering experience and educational background having graduated from the University of Western Ontario dual-degree program, earning a J.D. as well...

                                                  Patrick Gaas
                                                  Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

                                                  Patrick Gaas is a Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. Patrick has over 25 years' experience and is regularly engaged by owners, contractors and design professionals to handle some of the largest and most challenging commercial and industrial disputes and transactions in the USA and internationally. His practice focuses...

                                                    Owners, builders, and design professionals are utilizing collaboration and better communication pathways as a more efficient and holistic risk management strategy. Specific tactics include increased use of design-assist and selecting teams employing lean techniques and tools.  Learn why these owners with large and sophisticated construction programs decide to take a... Read More
                                                    Brian Perlberg
                                                    Executive Director and Senior Counsel
                                                    ConsensusDocs and AGC

                                                    Brian Perlberg serves as Senior Counsel for AGC of America, where is AGC's in-house attorney for all construction law and contract matters. He also serve as the Executive Director & Senior Counsel for ConsensusDocs, a coalition of 40 leading construction organizations. Mr. Perlberg is on the ABA Forum on...

                                                    Mike Staun
                                                    Associate Director of Construction
                                                    Proctor and Gamble

                                                    Mike Staun is Procter & Gamble’s Engineering AD for Global Capital Management. He is responsible for ensuring the Company’s $3.5 billion annual capital budget is spent wisely and effectively. Mike knows that for P&G to win versus competition they need greater value from their capital investments. That’s why he’s championing...

                                                    Ricardo Aparicio
                                                    Global Operations Properties
                                                    General Electric Global

                                                    Ricardo is accountable for the development and implementation of the property solutions strategy across a consolidated Americas region, including Canada, the United States and Latin America. Responsible for strategic real estate planning and transactional excellence in the Americas, driving operational excellence in property/space management, construction, and real estate transactions throughout...

                                                      Tuesday, December 11, 3:45 PM - 4:15 PM

                                                      • Room: Knowledge Exchange Expo Hall
                                                      • Register Now

                                                        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! ...

                                                        Tuesday, December 11, 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

                                                        The hype surrounding the administration’s infrastructure program has been ongoing since the presidential campaigns. In preparation for the estimated $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investments, many firms have invested in expansion and are prepared to engage in this historic construction program.  But, where are the projects? The infrastructure program released in February... Read More
                                                        Bob Regola
                                                        Regola Consulting

                                                        Former Pennsylvania State Senator Bob Regola is the President and CEO of Regola Consulting, LLC. Mr. Regola served on the Appropriations, Banking and Insurance, Law and Justice, and Communications and Technology committees, among others, while a member of the Pennsylvania Senate from 2005-08. He is a professional surveyor...

                                                        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 and infrastructure matters involving the construction of interstate highways, power plants, governmental facilities, prefabricated structures, tunnels/sewers, subway systems and LEED certified buildings. Bryan has...

                                                        Chip Hicks
                                                        Senior Counsel
                                                        Orano USA LLC

                                                        Chip Hicks is the Senior Attorney for Orano USA LLC, which is the North American subsidiary of French nuclear energy technology giant Orano. Chip focuses his practice on nuclear construction and technology projects, as well as managing outside counsel in contractual negotiations and litigation. Prior to joining Orano,...

                                                        Eric Kimbel
                                                        JD, MPIA; Partner
                                                        Reed Smith

                                                        Ericson P. Kimbel is a partner in Reed Smith's Pittsburgh office focusing on energy-related and infrastructure construction matters, including nuclear energy construction, federal government contracting and project counseling, pipelines, and industrial facilities. Eric's experience includes handling of contracts and litigation related to nuclear facility construction, pipeline and oil and...

                                                        Lauren Wylie
                                                        JD; General Counsel
                                                        CB&I Project Services Group

                                                        Lauren Wylie is General Counsel for CB&I AREVA MOX Services, LLC. Lauren's practice focuses on federal regulatory law for such matters as government and public procurements, business practices, construction and supply chain operations, trade practices, litigation management, and risk assessment. She is an experienced negotiator, mediator, litigator and lecturer. Before...

                                                          Although the AAA and JAMS rules that govern the majority of construction arbitrations in the US have not materially changed over the years, in the last decade or so the parties and/or the arbitrators appointed under those rules are increasingly adopting procedures from international arbitration. The most prominent are pre-filed... Read More
                                                          Chad Theriot
                                                          Jones Walker LLP

                                                          Chad V. Theriot is a partner in the firm's Atlanta office and co-chair of its Construction practice team. Mr. Theriot focuses his practice on major public and commercial construction and infrastructure projects representing both domestic and international clients across a broad spectrum of construction, contracting, and procurement activities. He represents...

                                                          Neal Sweeney
                                                          Jones Walker LLP

                                                          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,...

                                                          Roger Peters
                                                          Esq. FAIC

                                                          Roger Peters is an experienced mediator, arbitrator and dispute board member for construction and construction defect disputes. This includes more than forty years of resolving disputes on projects throughout the United States, the Caribbean and the Pacific Rim. As a result of his reputation in dispute resolution, in...

                                                          Steve Huyghe
                                                          Founder and Chairman
                                                          Founder and Chairman

                                                          Mr. Huyghe is the Founder and Chairman of CORE International Consulting, LLC, based in Atlanta, Georgia, with Regional Directors located in Asia Pacific, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom. Mr. Huyghe is an internationally recognized expert and testifier with extensive experience in project advisory services, general contracting, construction management and...

                                                            Extreme weather events, cyber-attacks, political instability and inevitable obsolescence are but a few of the disrupting factors that increasingly impact infrastructure, legacy projects, and development and construction generally across the globe. “’Resilience’ - the capacity to withstand and recover from disruption” is becoming a critical focus of the governmental, industrial,... Read More
                                                            Janet Oh B.C.L./LL.B
                                                            Senior Vice-President


                                                            Jenny Wheatley Fletcher

                                                            Jenny Fletcher's legal practice involves construction industry issues exclusively. She has served as lead counsel and successfully resolved complex construction disputes throughout the country and internationally, representing construction managers, developers, general contractors, owners municipalities and specialty contractors. Jenny is the Immediate Past President of the American College of Construction Lawyers...

                                                            Larry Dany
                                                            Eversheds Sutherland

                                                            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...

                                                            Tom Tether
                                                            Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Secretary

                                                            Thomas Tether, as Chief Legal Officer, oversees all legal and compliance services throughout the Americas. Mr. Tether has been with the Lendlease companies since 2002 where he has led the legal function across the Lendlease business units in the region. He brings 20+ years of experience and legal...

                                                              The right of a contractor to “pass-through” the claims of a subcontractor to an owner is recognized almost universally both in federal and state courts. In resolving construction claims, these procedures promote judicial economy and help to avoid inconsistent results. However, drafting and then operating pursuant to these pass-through agreements... Read More
                                                              Joshua Leavitt
                                                              Much Shelist Construction Law

                                                              Josh advises his clients on a broad range of construction law matters, including disputes, contracts, and counseling on industry risk. Chair of the Much Shelist Construction Law practice, he has more than 30 years of construction law experience and is an elected Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers. Josh...

                                                              Ken Levin
                                                              Senior Counsel
                                                              WSP USA

                                                              Kenneth I. Levin is Senior Counsel at WSP USA, a global engineering firm, formerly known as Parsons Brinckerhoff. He is special counsel to the design joint venture for the New York MTA’s $11 billion East Side Access Project, which will connect the Long Island Railroad for the first time...

                                                              Randolph Ruff
                                                              Shareholder/ Practice Group Leader
                                                              Ogletree,Deakins,Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

                                                              Randolph Ruff has been representing general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and other participants in the construction industry since 1986. As the chair of Ogletree Deakins’ construction practice group, that U.S. News and World Report has ranked as a Tier-1 practice group, Mr. Ruff prosecutes and defends claims arising out of public...

                                                              Ray DeLuca
                                                              Vice Chair
                                                              Cozen O'Connor

                                                              Raymond DeLuca, Vice Chair of the Construction Practice Group at Cozen O’Connor, has more than 20 years of experience representing owners, contractors, and design professionals in all phases of the construction and dispute resolution process with emphasis on infrastructure projects. He has litigated construction claims across the United States...

                                                                The moderator will lead a discussion of in-house counsel and experienced trial counsel in the best practices for responding to and addressing major defective workmanship claims that arise either before or after completion of large, complex construction projects. Topics covered include: (1) formulating a response to the Owner; (2) identifying... Read More
                                                                Christopher Wright
                                                                Carney Badley Spellman

                                                                Chris Wright is a partner with the law firm of Carney Badley Spellman in Seattle. His practice focuses on solving construction disputes. Chris' top priority is providing early assessment and case strategies to help best manage his clients' risk and achieve their goals, a priority that is critical in dealing...

                                                                J. Patrick Brown
                                                                Corporate General Counsel
                                                                Barnard Construction Company Inc

                                                                Pat Brown joined Barnard Construction Company, Inc. in 2004 and serves as Corporate General Counsel. He has been working in the construction industry representing contractors and subcontractors for 30 years. Pat provides legal counsel tempered with a business sense to allow the Barnard Companies to make sound business decisions, ranging...

                                                                James Moye, Jr.
                                                                General Counsel
                                                                Coastal Construction Group

                                                                James Moye graduated from the engineering program at Vanderbilt University and obtained his Juris Doctorate and a Masters in Construction Management from the University of Florida. James serves as General Counsel at Coastal Construction Group, the largest Florida general contractor, based in Miami, Florida. Coastal has built tens of thousands...

                                                                Miles Stanislaw
                                                                Law Offices of R. Miles Stanislaw

                                                                Miles Stanislaw is widely recognized as one of the premier construction trial attorneys in the United States. His practice is devoted almost exclusively to the representation of general contractors. Miles has specialized in high stakes, “we gotta win this,” bet your business kinds of cases. ...

                                                                Robert Majerus
                                                                VP/General Counsel
                                                                Hensel Phelps Construction Co.

                                                                Bob 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 contracts, risk management and legal matters...

                                                                  Tuesday, December 11, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

                                                                  Construction SuperConference invites exhibitors and attendees to an exclusive networking and entertaining experience on Tuesday evening at Jardin in the Encore hotel. Mingle with industry leaders and peers at this festive celebration. No agenda, no presentations—just a casual evening of conversations, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Sponsored by Peckar & Abramson...
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                                                                    Wednesday, December 12, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

                                                                    • Room: Knowledge Exchange Expo Hall
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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 12, 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

                                                                      Businesses of all types have been searching for the Rosetta Stone that unlocks the secret to advancing women, but only one conclusion is clear – there is no Rosetta Stone.  Instead, experts suggest that businesses focus on the culture of their organization, recognizing that each individual must work through a... Read More
                                                                      Amanda Amadon
                                                                      Navigant Consulting, Inc.

                                                                      Amanda Jo Amadon is a director with Navigant’s global Construction practice. She specializes in risk management, claims avoidance, and dispute resolution on complex construction projects located domestically and internationally. For more than 15 years, clients have called upon Amanda to provide expert advice when faced with challenges on construction projects such...

                                                                      Kelly Heuer
                                                                      Managing Director
                                                                      Navigant Consulting, Inc.

                                                                      Kelly Heuer is a Managing Director with Navigant’s Global Construction Practice in New York. Ms. Heuer has provided professional consulting services to contractors, owners, developers and their counsel on a wide variety of construction projects for more than 25 years. Her experience has been focused in analyzing project schedule delays...

                                                                      Steven Charney
                                                                      Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

                                                                      Steven M. Charney is the Chairman of the firm and is regarded as one of the foremost construction lawyers in the United States of America. Mr. Charney’s practice includes ongoing representation of contractors that are among the top ten as reported by Engineering News Record. Mr. Charney’s background couples extensive...

                                                                        International arbitration is used to adjudicate large construction projects all over the world under different legal backgrounds and cultures. The testimony of experts is typically vital to a determination of the complex construction dispute. However, the development, treatment and presentation of expert evidence can be very different from the practice... Read More
                                                                        Eric Kimbel
                                                                        JD, MPIA; Partner
                                                                        Reed Smith

                                                                        Ericson P. Kimbel is a partner in Reed Smith's Pittsburgh office focusing on energy-related and infrastructure construction matters, including nuclear energy construction, federal government contracting and project counseling, pipelines, and industrial facilities. Eric's experience includes handling of contracts and litigation related to nuclear facility construction, pipeline and oil and...

                                                                        Jeffrey Fuchs
                                                                        Delta Consulting Group

                                                                        Jeff Fuchs, co-founder of Delta Consulting Group, has contracting and consulting expertise based on over 35 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 and...

                                                                        Jose Astigarraga
                                                                        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...

                                                                        Tarek Abdalla
                                                                        Reed Smith

                                                                        Tarek is an international partner in Reed Smith's global Energy and Natural Resources group. Over the last 16 years at the firm, Tarek has accumulated major project experience in the energy industry. He has represented contractors, owners, developers, equipment suppliers, engineers, and architects in both public and private projects, including...

                                                                          Construction projects and disputes are both fact intensive and document intensive.  Effective information management can be critical not only to the success of the project, but also the success of the litigants in construction arbitration and dispute resolution. This panel will discuss strategies for effective information management during the project... Read More
                                                                          Christopher Whitney
                                                                          Pierce Atwood LLP

                                                                          Chris Whitney is a Partner in the Firm's construction and practice groups, working out of its Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island offices. Chris has extensive experience as an arbitrator and as a mediator in all manner of complex commercial and construction disputes. He has presented frequently on...

                                                                          L. Tyrone "Ty" Holt
                                                                          Managing Principal
                                                                          The Holt Group

                                                                          Ty Holt is the founder and Managing Principal of THE HOLT GROUP LLC, Attorneys & Counselors at Law, and WESTERN NEUTRAL SERVICES, LLC, a commercial mediation and arbitration service. He is a nationally recognized commercial and construction lawyer, arbitrator and mediator. He has successfully tried a number of...

                                                                          Michael Marra
                                                                          Vice President Construction Division
                                                                          American Arbitration Association

                                                                          Michael A. Marra, is Vice President for the Construction Division and has served with the American Arbitration Association (AAA) for more than seventeen years. Mr. Marra was appointed District Vice President of the AAA Philadelphia Office in September 2001. He is currently responsible for expanding the use of AAA...

                                                                          Todd Bressler
                                                                          General Counsel, West Region
                                                                          Suffolk Construction

                                                                          Todd Bressler is the General Counsel – West Region for Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. and in this position, provides legal counsel to Suffolk's West Region's operational and corporate teams. Todd's responsibilities include the evaluation of proposed delivery methods and procurement procedures to assist the operational teams in connection with potential...

                                                                          Wendy Venoit Esq.
                                                                          Hinckley Allen

                                                                          Wendy Venoit is a partner in the Construction Practice Group of Hinckley Allen. Her practice focuses exclusively 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...

                                                                            Mediation, Arbitration (AAA, JAMS, ICC) Federal and State Courts -- so many venues to resolve disputes, but what are the preferences of in-house counsel to dispute resolution and why?  This session will discuss the pros and cons to all forms of dispute resolution, including the strategic, financial and personnel considerations... Read More
                                                                            Dale Spencer
                                                                            Director of Construction
                                                                            Sabey Corporation, Inc.

                                                                            Mr. Spencer is a veteran of over 40 years in the construction industry. His career began in the construction trades where he transitioned in his early years to superintending construction projects and to working for a large general commercial contractor for fifteen years before moving to senior level management. He...

                                                                            Ira Schulman
                                                                            Pepper Hamilton LLP

                                                                            Ira M. Schulman is a partner in the Construction Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the New York office. Mr. Schulman has more than 35 years of experience in all aspects of construction law with an emphasis on all forms of dispute resolution and contract negotiation. Primarily...

                                                                            Laura Abrahamson
                                                                            Senior Vice President, Assistant General Counsel-Global Head of Litigation

                                                                            Laura C. Abrahamson, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Global Head of Litigation at AECOM, has a wealth of experience in complex international litigation and arbitration matters, including ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC and LCIA arbitrations. Before joining AECOM in January of 2016, Ms. Abrahamson was in-house counsel for Occidental Petroleum...

                                                                            Marion T. Hack
                                                                            Pepper Hamilton LLP

                                                                            Marion T. Hack is a partner in the Construction Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Los Angeles office. Ms. Hack has 20 years of experience practicing in construction and commercial litigation. She is a first chair trial lawyer specializing in multimillion dollar claim disputes involving high profile,...

                                                                            Tomas Kuehn
                                                                            Vice President and Senior Associate General Counsel
                                                                            BrightView Landscapes LLC

                                                                            Tomas A. Kuehn, Esq. is a Vice President and Sr. Associate General Counsel at BrightView Landscapes LLC, which is headquartered in Calabasas, California and Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. Mr. Kuehn started at what was then known as ValleyCrest Companies in 2010. In 2015, ValleyCrest and Pennsylvania based The Brickman Group...

                                                                              Federal contract delay claims present special challenges that prime contractors and subcontractors must address if they hope to succeed.  Passing through subcontractor claims involve the federal severin doctrine, and become complicated by waiver issues with each progress payment and common change order release language. The negotiation of liquidation or joint... Read More
                                                                              Charles Mitchell
                                                                              General Counsel
                                                                              The Kirlin Group

                                                                              Charles F. Mitchell is the General Counsel and Secretary of The Kirlin Group (, where he is responsible for managing all of the company's legal affairs, including corporate governance, compliance, contract management and dispute resolution. Prior to joining Kirlin in 1993, Chip was with Dunnells, Duvall, Bennett & Porter,...

                                                                              Christian (Chris) Jahrling
                                                                              Vice President and General Manager
                                                                              Turner Federal Services

                                                                              Chris Jahrling is the Vice President and General Manager of Turner Federal Services and his division focuses exclusively on projects for the federal government and federal agencies. Chris' extensive experience in the federal market combined with his leadership abilities create an environment where trust and collaboration between the project team...

                                                                              Douglas Patin
                                                                              Bradley Arant Boult Cummings

                                                                              Doug Patin has an extensive government contracts practice. While this work has involved the entire spectrum of traditional government contract disputes, he has developed extensive experience in various aspects of government contract law including: federal fraud and False Claims Act issues, bid protests, mediation, and contract dispute litigation with the...

                                                                              Michael Branca
                                                                              Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

                                                                              Mr. Branca is a Co-Managing Partner of Peckar & Abramson's Washington DC office and Co-Chair of the firm's Power Facilities & Industrial group practice. He focuses his practice on construction and government contract law. Mr. Branca routinely represents general and prime contractors, construction managers, and other members of the construction...

                                                                                Wednesday, December 12, 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

                                                                                • Room: Knowledge Exchange Expo Hall
                                                                                • Register Now

                                                                                  Session Number: KE5
                                                                                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 12, 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

                                                                                  In 2017, the AIA updated its A201 general conditions form; the previous update was in 2007. This presentation will review the 2017 version of the A201 form and identify important updates from the 2007 version, and identify sections that will effect dispute resolution proceedings. In particular, this session will review... Read More
                                                                                  Daniel Rosenberg
                                                                                  Esq.; Senior Vice President & General Counsel
                                                                                  James McHugh Construction Co.

                                                                                  Dan heads James McHugh Construction Co.'s legal team. He is an officer of the company and a member of its management committee. His responsibilities range from negotiating contracts to overseeing legal disputes to assisting the company in setting and implementing various policies and training. Dan works with...

                                                                                  John Sebastian
                                                                                  Esq.; Senior Partner and Managing Partner of Chicago Office
                                                                                  Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, L.L.P.

                                                                                  John Sebastian joined Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald in 2013 as the managing partner of the firm's new Chicago office. He focuses his practice primarily in the areas of surety bond, construction and commercial litigation. With an undergraduate degree in Construction Engineering Technology, and a wealth of practice experience in-house...

                                                                                  Ryan Phillips
                                                                                  Executive Vice President
                                                                                  The Vertex Companies, Inc.

                                                                                  Mr. Ryan Phillips is Executive Vice President of the Litigation Support group for The Vertex Companies, Inc., a global forensic & litigation consulting, design engineering, environmental, and construction company. Mr. Phillips earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering (Mechanical Specialty) from the Colorado School of Mines and is working...

                                                                                  Shelly Burke
                                                                                  Senior Associate Counsel
                                                                                  Sterling Bay

                                                                                  Shelly Burke is associate counsel for Sterling Bay and specializes in commercial real estate and general corporate law. Shelly also sits on the boards of the Women’s Board of the Urban League and Goodman Scenemaker Board. She spends time volunteering with and mentoring underprivileged youth within the Chicago community. She is...

                                                                                  William McConnell
                                                                                  PE, JD, MSCE, CDT; Chief Executive Officer and Testifying Expert
                                                                                  The Vertex Companies, Inc.

                                                                                  Bill McConnell is a co-founder and CEO of The Vertex Companies, Inc. Bill has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver, a Master of Science degree from Columbia University, and he is working towards his...

                                                                                    This session will focus on first to identify the major recurrent construction problem such us lack of coordination, control, loss of productivity and how does affect the construction schedule, and risk management. After problems identification, I will propose a system using a hardware a software solution with a Bluetooth mesh... Read More
                                                                                    Andres Alva
                                                                                    PSP, PE
                                                                                    Berkeley Research Group

                                                                                    Andres Alva, PE, PSP, has over eighteen years of experience in the construction industry. He is bilingual in Spanish and English. He has worked with owners, contractors, construction managers, program managers, and other professionals on major construction projects in the United States and South America. He specializes in analyzing construction...

                                                                                      The panel will focus on techniques for identifying and managing a construction company's corruption risk, and remediation when potential issues are identified. Specific topics will include: Current global, federal, and selected state and local corruption and fraud enforcement trends, with a focus on the FCPA and UK Bribery Act on the... Read More
                                                                                      Bob Ashcroft
                                                                                      In-House Counsel
                                                                                      Structure Tone Organization

                                                                                      Mr. Ashcroft is the Structure Tone Organization's General Counsel for European operations. Among other things, Mr. Ashcroft is responsible for company-wide compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and works with Mr. Fields in respect to the implementation of Structure Tone's Ethics and Compliance programmed in the U.K....

                                                                                      Brian Fields
                                                                                      Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
                                                                                      Structure Tone Organization

                                                                                      Brian J. Fields is the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer (CECO) for the Structure Tone Organization, a preeminent full-service construction services provider in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Asia. Mr. Fields is responsible for overseeing the company's Regulatory Compliance Department, managing the day-to-day operations of Structure Tone's Ethics...

                                                                                      John Carney
                                                                                      Baker & Hostetler LLP

                                                                                      John J. Carney is a litigation partner and Co-leader of BakerHostetler's White Collar, Investigations and Securities Enforcement and Litigation Team. Mr. Carney focuses on the defense of complex accounting and securities matters and currently serves as a Securities and Exchange Commission receiver over an international investment advisory firm. Mr. Carney...

                                                                                      Patrick Campbell
                                                                                      Baker & Hostetler LLP

                                                                                      Patrick T. Campbell is a litigation partner and member of BakerHostetler's White Collar, Investigations, and Securities Enforcement and Litigation Team. Mr. Campbell focuses his litigation practice on white collar and corporate criminal and regulatory matters, as well as commercial litigation. Among various other representations, Mr. Campbell counsels international construction and...

                                                                                      Shelly Mady
                                                                                      Managing Director
                                                                                      Ankura Consulting Group

                                                                                      Shelly Mady is a Managing Director at Ankura, based in New York. Shelly has over eight years of experience in the application of data analytics related to FCPA Act investigations, internal corporate investigation support, regulatory enforcement response, revenue restatement exercises, data remediation, and compliance monitoring across a wide variety of...

                                                                                        The global construction industry involves huge and complex projects in far-flung locales. This complexity, coupled with varied cultural and business norms of the project locations, and significant public sector involvement in particular jurisdictions, leave this industry highly susceptible to allegations of bribery and corruption. Both U.S. prosecutors and their... Read More
                                                                                        Garry Boehlert
                                                                                        Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr

                                                                                        Garry Boehlert, Partner at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr'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...

                                                                                        Justin Danilewitz
                                                                                        Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr

                                                                                        Justin C. Danilewitz is a former federal prosecutor who spent five years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuting a variety of federal crimes in the District of New Jersey before joining Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr as a Partner in the White Collar and Government Litigation Practice. Justin represents...

                                                                                        Michael Kolloway

                                                                                        Michael R. Kolloway is Senior Vice President and 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...

                                                                                        Sunu Pillai
                                                                                        Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr

                                                                                        Sunu Pillai is an attorney with the Construction and Cybersecurity practice groups at Saul Ewing LLP. Sunu assists clients in the construction and energy industries throughout the project life-cycle, from contract drafting to dispute resolution. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked for 13 years on a broad cross-section of...

                                                                                          Wednesday, December 12, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

                                                                                          Presented by AGC...
                                                                                          Kenneth Simonson
                                                                                          Chief Economist
                                                                                          Associated General Contractors of America

                                                                                          Ken Simonson has been chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, the leading trade association for the construction industry, since 2001. He provides insight into the economy and what it implies for construction and related industries through frequent media interviews, presentations and the Data DIGest, his weekly one-page...

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                                                                                            Wednesday, December 12, 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

                                                                                            This session will present a discussion of recent trends in Public Owner's tactics in defending valid claims made by contractors. More and more frequently, contractors must respond to artificial efforts by Public Owners to preempt the initiation of dispute resolution procedures and/or litigation by contractors.  Recently, contractors have seen an... Read More
                                                                                            James McMahon
                                                                                            Assistant General Counsel
                                                                                            China Construction - CCA Civil

                                                                                            James M. McMahon is the Assistant General Counsel for China Construction-CCA Civil. Prior to joining CCA, Jim was an Associate and Partner with Lewis & McKenna for 15 years....

                                                                                            John DiBiasi
                                                                                            Lewis, DiBiasi, Zaita & Higgins, LLP

                                                                                            JOHN P. DIBIASI attended New Jersey Institute of Technology (B.S.C.E, 1999) and Widener University School of Law (J.D. 2003). He is admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas. John is the managing partner for our Texas office. Prior to becoming an attorney, John's involvement...

                                                                                            Kyle Duke
                                                                                            Senior Risk Control Specialist
                                                                                            Willis Towers Watson

                                                                                            Kyle is the Senior Risk Control Consultant for the ROCIP, OCIP, CCIP, Wrap-up, and direct client Willis Construction Practice. This unit is currently working with local and regional offices throughout the country on more than 150 active programs. In his role Kyle is responsible for support, guidance, collaboration with...

                                                                                            Luke Nolan
                                                                                            Senior Vice President - Construction
                                                                                            Willis Towers Watson

                                                                                            Luke is a Maryland native and a Client Advocate in our Dallas office. He has more than 32 years of construction insurance experience. He designs and placed insurance and surety programs for clients primarily in the area of construction, financial institution, and pension funds. In his current role, Luke is responsible...

                                                                                            Nicholas Zaita
                                                                                            Lewis, DiBiasi, Zaita & Higgins, LLP

                                                                                            NICHOLAS J. ZAITA attended the University of Tampa (B.S., Sports Management, 2003, cum laude), the University of Florida (M.S., Sports Management, 2005), and New York Law School (J.D. 2008). He is a member of the State bars of New York and New Jersey, in addition to the Federal District...

                                                                                              Most insurance contracts require the downstream parties to name the upstream parties as additional insureds. How that requirement and others are stated in the insurance specifications can make a big difference in who actually ends up paying for common construction losses. This presentation will take some common construction losses and... Read More
                                                                                              Ellen Chapelle
                                                                                              J.D., Partner
                                                                                              Gould & Ratner LLP

                                                                                              Currently a partner at Gould & Ratner, LLP, Chicago, Illinois, and has been practicing construction law for over 20 years. Complete Bio will be provided with materials. ...

                                                                                              Joel Gregoire
                                                                                              CPCU, CRIS, Senior Vice President, Unit Manager, Real Estate & Construction Practice
                                                                                              Lockton Companies, LLC


                                                                                              Michael Lubben
                                                                                              MBA, CPCU, CRM, AIC, Director, Risk Management
                                                                                              CCI Industries, Inc.

                                                                                              Mike Lubben is the Director of Global Risk Management for Henry Crown and Company in Chicago. Henry Crown and Company is a large multi-national conglomerate of real estate, manufacturing and hospitality. Mike has over 30 years of experience in Risk Management with the majority of time leading Risk Management...

                                                                                                Words don't always fully project the magnitude of a claim or defense. Construction trial attorneys need to be able to grab and keep the jury's attention. This can be accomplished using effective demonstrative evidence. This program will review the need for and use of complex, but effective, demonstrative evidence, how... Read More
                                                                                                Christopher Nutter
                                                                                                Navigant Consulting

                                                                                                A Director with Navigant Consulting's Global Construction Practice; providing technical analysis and testimony on numerous construction claims including defective construction and architectural standard of care involving numerous issues including building envelopes. Registered architect....

                                                                                                Daniel Kruger
                                                                                                Senior Managing Consultant
                                                                                                Engineering Systems Inc. (ESi)

                                                                                                Dr. Kruger is a Senior Managing Consultant at Engineering Systems Inc. (ESi) and Manager of Iowa Operations. He has over 20 years of experience in computer-generated 3D animations and other graphics for engineering and scientific illustration. He has supervised litigation projects, as well as a wide range of...

                                                                                                Honorable Elizabeth Gonzalez
                                                                                                District Judge, Department XI
                                                                                                Eighth Judicial District Court

                                                                                                Elizabeth Gonzalez handles business, civil and criminal cases. She was appointed to the district court in July 2004. Prior to taking the bench she practiced predominantly in complex civil litigation that included business, mass tort, and construction defect litigation. From 1986 to 1998 she was employed with the...

                                                                                                James Landgraf
                                                                                                Dilworth Paxson LLP

                                                                                                Of Counsel with Dilworth Paxson LLP, Chair of the Construction Practice Group; primary practice area in construction contracting, construction litigation and commercial and business litigation; former CoChair of ABA Section of Litigation, Construction Litigation Committee; current Co-Chair of ABA Section of Litigation, Real Estate Litigation Committee; former Co-Chair of State...

                                                                                                Patrick Greene
                                                                                                Peckar and Abramson

                                                                                                Partner with Peckar and Abramson with primary practice area in federal procurement and construction claims and construction litigation; former Co-Chair of ABA Section of Litigation, Construction law Committee; frequent speaker with ABA Section of Litigation and Forum on the Construction Industry and State of New Jersey Bar Association...

                                                                                                Shelly Ewald
                                                                                                Watt Tieder

                                                                                                Partner with Watt Tieder practicing in complex construction, government contracts and surety litigation. Additional information; a Fellow with the American College of Construction Lawyers and current member of the Board of Governors; Adjunct Professor with George Mason University School of Law...

                                                                                                  Even the most sophisticated contractors wrestle with recurring and intractable problems that, despite the best efforts of the industry, never seem to go away. This authoritative panel will discuss what they regard as The Deadly Sins of Contracting, including: (1) not getting paid for large change orders; (2) subcontractor bankruptcies;... Read More
                                                                                                  Bennett Lee
                                                                                                  Founding Partner
                                                                                                  Varela, Lee, Metz and 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 on infrastructure, power, commercial and public works construction projects throughout the world. Bennett is...

                                                                                                  David Hecker
                                                                                                  Group General Counsel
                                                                                                  Kiewit Corporation

                                                                                                  David Hecker is Group General Counsel of Kiewit Corporation. David joined the Kiewit Legal Department in September 2003 in the position of Assistant General Counsel working with several of Kiewit's key operating Districts. In 2009, David assumed the position of Group General Counsel over Kiewit's Infrastructure Group supervising...

                                                                                                  Patrick Blake
                                                                                                  Vice President
                                                                                                  Clark Construction Group, LLC

                                                                                                  Patrick Blake is the Vice President for Legal with Clark Construction Group, LLC, one of the largest general contractors in the United States. He is based out of the company's headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland. In his role at Clark, Patrick advises senior management and operations staff regarding risks...

                                                                                                  Paul Varela
                                                                                                  Founding Partner
                                                                                                  Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino, LLP

                                                                                                  Paul Varela is a founding member 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. ...

                                                                                                  Seth Firmender
                                                                                                  General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
                                                                                                  The Lane Construction Group

                                                                                                  Seth Firmender is General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer of The Lane Construction Group. Seth has more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry. As General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, he oversees Lane's legal and compliance functions. Prior to joining Lane, Seth practiced construction law nationally and...

                                                                                                  SheriAnn Murphy
                                                                                                  Vice President & General Counsel
                                                                                                  Swinerton Builders


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