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Monday, December 16, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Being an effective leader is not about your title – it’s about your ability to influence outcomes and inspire others. Join New York Times best-selling author, Courtney Lynch as she shares leadership best practices that will allow you to thrive during times of challenge and change.  Focusing on how you... Read More
Speaker(s)
Courtney Lynch
New York Times Best-Selling Author
Spark and Leading from the Front

Courtney has found success by living her life as a leader. Notable achievements include her nine years of service as a Marine Corps officer, managing a top-notch sales team for Rational Software, earning her law degree at William & Mary, practicing at one of the nation’s leading law firms,...

Michael Serafino
Chief Compliance & Litigation Officer/Senior Vice President
Lendlease Americas Inc.

In 2010 Michael was recruited by and joined Lendlease -- one of the world's largest and leading property development, infrastructure and construction companies. Michael is based in New York City. Michael has primary responsibility for managing all claims, risk and litigation on behalf of various Lendlease entities throughout the Americas,...

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Monday, December 16, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Mediation and arbitration have become time honored methods for resolving disputes. However, the success of mediation and arbitration is driven by an understanding of how best to present your case. This program will be presented by three highly experienced attorneys in the Alternate Dispute Resolution arena. The panel will include Deborah... Read More
Speaker(s)
Deborah Mastin
Principal
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...

Stephen Hilger
attorney/partner
Hilger Hammond, PC

Steve Hilger is engaged in complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction law, has tried many cases in multiple state courts, and has appeared in several state courts of appeal, the Michigan Supreme Court, United States District Courts, United States District Courts of Appeal, the United States Supreme Court...

William Franczek
Partner
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...

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5
Do architects and engineers, as licensed learned design professionals, owe owners a fiduciary duty to owners and if so what obligations does this entail? An implied fiduciary duty has vast implications for licensed architects and engineers, design-builders, and contractors, and owners. This session will give a 360-degree view on fiduciary... Read More
Speaker(s)
Eric Singer
Partner
Ice Miller LLP

My practice concentrates in construction law, mechanics liens, litigation and dispute resolution. I negotiate design and construction agreements and litigate disputes concerning all aspects of construction, title insurance, injunctions and use of real estate, as well as other general commercial litigation. I counsel design and construction professionals, owners, lenders, title...

Fred Butters
Attorney at Law
Butters Law

In addition to 27 years of experience as a practicing Attorney, Frederick F. Butters spent nearly a decade practicing Architecture. That tenure as a design professional affords a unique perspective on, and broad insight into the day to day decision making, difficulties and realities that face today's design and...

John Sier
Principal
Kitch

John Sier heads the firm’s commercial litigation practice. With more than two decades of experience, Mr. Sier concentrates his practice on dispute avoidance and resolution of commercial, healthcare and construction contract issues. Mr. Sier is licensed to practice law in Michigan, Iowa, the U.S. District Courts of Eastern and Western...

Karen Erger
Sr. VP, Director of Practice Risk Management
Lockton Companies

In her role as Senior Vice President - Director of Practice Risk Management at Lockton, Karen provides risk management education and resources to Lockton's architecture, engineering, and construction clients. Drawing upon her background as a construction lawyer in private practice and a claim supervisor for a major professional liability insurance...

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5
Contractors are often called upon to meet or exceed goals that have been established for projects (public and private) for participation by disadvantaged business enterprises, minority-owned business enterprises, and women-owned business enterprises. Diverse teams bring new thinking, better solutions, and greater value. Attendees will leave with concrete ideas on how... Read More
Speaker(s)
Cheryl Walker
Of Counsel
Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP

Cheryl D. S. Walker is a lawyer with more than 25 years of experience and practices with Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, LLP. In her construction practice, Cheryl changes and/or preserves landscapes by working tirelessly with project owners, developers, construction managers, contractors and other purchasers and providers of design, engineering...

Corey Collins
Associate General Counsel
MasTec, Inc.

Corey B. Collins is associate general counsel at MasTec, Inc., a minority-controlled business enterprise with more than 22,000 employees. MasTec is a specialty infrastructure contractor with an international footprint based in Coral Gables, Florida. As associate general counsel, Corey negotiates complex construction contracts and manages litigation for MasTec...

Dana Smoot
General Counsel
Smoot Construction

Dana is responsible for leading corporate strategic and tactical legal initiatives. He provides senior management with effective advice on company strategies and their implementation, manages the legal function, and obtains and oversees the work of outside counsel. Furthermore, Dana is responsible for negotiating, writing, reviewing, summarizing, researching, and executing a...

Ramona Tumblin-Rucker
Director of Design/Build Construction Management
M Property Services, LLC

Ramona joined the M Property Services, LLC, a real estate development firm, in 2019 and oversees selection of contractors, and the construction and management of their projects. With 25+ years of experience in construction, engineering and project management, Ramona has a proven track record in successfully managing complex, multi-phase, multi-million...

Rodney Perry
Partner
Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP

Rod Perry is a litigator with over 20 years of experience in a broad range of commercial litigation, class actions, and employment litigation both locally and nationally in state and federal courts, before administrative agencies, and in arbitration forums. He has represented construction lenders, owners, contractors and developers in a...

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5

Monday, December 16, 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

This session will highlight the role of the arbitrator and what arbitrators expect (and don't expect) from counsel and witnesses during the arbitration process and at the evidentiary hearing. Leading arbitrators will describe how certain actions, decisions, or judgments can produce unwanted or unintentional results in written Orders and ultimately,... Read More
Speaker(s)
Albert Bates, Jr.
Partner
Pepper Hamilton LLP

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

Dr. Patricia Galloway
Arbitrator/Mediator
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 Chartered Arbitrator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators and a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. She...

John Bulman
Partner
Pierce Atwood LLP

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

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,...

Neal Eiseman
Managing Partner
Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP

Neal M. Eiseman is a partner in the New York City office of Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP. Best Lawyers selected Neal as the 2017 "Lawyer of the Year" in New York City for "Litigation-Construction Law" and for the last three consecutive years Super Lawyers has named Neal as one of...

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5
Construction Managers have long enjoyed the protection provided by the Spearin Doctrine to help insulate them from risks associated with design liability. However, through risk transfer provisions, owners can effectively shed design risk and chip away at the Construction Manager's Spearin protections. The transfer of these risks can occur in... Read More
Speaker(s)
Alicia Lopez
Design Director
Flatiron Construction

In her role at Flatiron, Alicia leads the Design Management Group and oversees the design process for the Alternative Delivery Projects across North America throughout the pursuit and post-award stages. Her depth of experience and extensive knowledge in multibillion Transportation DB and Public Private Partnerships (P3) projects from the bid...

Brian Smith
Special Infrastructure Counsel
Peckar & Abramson, PC

Brian Smith is Special Infrastructure Counsel in Peckar & Abramson's New York office, where he represents a wide range of clients in connection with construction and civil infrastructure projects. With over thirty years of experience in public construction transactions and related contracts, he provides clients with a wealth of expertise...

Greg Goett
Chief Legal Officer
JAG Companies, Inc.

Mr. Goett has spent close to 15 years of practice with a focus 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...

Levi Barrett
Senior Counsel
Peckar & Abramson, PC

Levi W. Barrett is Senior Counsel in Peckar & Abramson's New York office, where he focuses his practice on construction law. Levi counsels clients on all aspects of domestic and international construction projects, frequently working with general contractors and owners to assess and mitigate risk, and to evaluate and negotiate...

Mark Peterson
Managing Director
Aon Risk Solutions

Mark Peterson leads the Architecture, Engineering and Construction Professional Liability team. He is available to field questions from our clients related to complex project and professional liability issues faced by parties in the construction field and to provide feedback on their possible legal consequences. He is particularly adept at guiding...

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5
This session will feature an interactive panel discussion with those involved in the fabrication, modular assembly, QA/QC, logistics, installation, commissioning, operation, and maintenance of major infrastructure. The panel will examine the unique challenges faced by industrial owners and EPC contractors attempting to capitalize on this growing project delivery method, including... Read More
Speaker(s)
Chris Celano
President and Chief Executive Officer
IHI E&C International Corporation

Chris Celano serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for IHI E&C International Corporation in Houston, Texas. As President and Chief Executive Officer, he is responsible for establishing strategic direction, managing the company’s project portfolio and overseeing all aspects of operations for the company. Since joining IHI E&C, Mr. Celano...

Michael Dailey
Vice President and General Counsel
Air Liquide USA, LLC

Michael Dailey is Vice President and General Counsel for the engineering and construction division of Air Liquide USA, a supplier of industrial gas services to medical, chemical and electronic manufacturing industries. Michael is on Legal 500’s GC Powerlist US Teams and is noted for having “risen from sole counsel for...

Neil Gaudion
Senior Managing Director and Leader of Americas Construction Solutions
FTI Consulting, Inc.

Neil Gaudion is a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting and is based in Atlanta. Mr. Gaudion is the Leader of the Construction Solutions and Government Contracts practice in the Americas. His practice is concentrated on assisting owners, contractors and other construction professionals on implementing effective project controls and in...

Patrick Gaas
Partner
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...

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5

Monday, December 16, 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

  • Room: Knowledge Exchange Expo Hall
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    Session Number: R01
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 17, 7:45 AM - 8:15 AM

  • Room: Knowledge Exchange Expo 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!  Sponsored by: Smith, Currie & Hancock...
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Tuesday, December 17, 8:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Alec Ross is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London and the author of The Industries of the Future which has been translated into 24 languages and been a best-seller on 4 continents. His academic experience includes past service as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and as... Read More
Speaker(s)
Alec Ross
New York Times Best-Selling Author & Fmr. Senior Advisor for Innovation
Innovation State Department

Alec Ross is one of America’s leading experts on innovation. He has been an entrepreneur, served for four years as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State, and advised President Obama on the intersection of technology and geopolitics during his first presidential campaign. In his role with the...

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  • CEU Credits: 1/1.2

Tuesday, December 17, 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

In recent years, linear construction projects throughout the country have been stalled, suspended or terminated.  While owners and outfield service companies have felt the pinch, pipeline, rail, road and transmission and distribution contractors, subcontractors and suppliers are increasingly faced with the risk of nonpayment.  How do these trades mitigate the... Read More
Speaker(s)
James M. Kwartnik Jr.
Member
Cozen O'Connor

James focuses his practice on construction law. Prior to becoming an attorney, James worked for aconstruction management firm and a Northeast regional specialty subcontractor performing variousaccounting and management functions. Building on that experience, his practice focuses exclusivelyon the construction industry.James has counseled and represented construction managers, general contractors, designprofessionals, developers,...

Jeffrey R. Mullen
Associate
Cozen O'Connor

Jeffery R. Mullen focuses his practice on construction law. Before becoming an attorney, Jeff workedfor a regional contractor as a project manager, where he oversaw various residential, commercial, andpublic projects. Building upon that experience, Jeff’s practice is focused exclusively on theconstruction industry to assist clients in addressing the specific challenges...

Kenneth Levin
Senior Counsel
WSP USA

Kenneth I. Levin joined WSP USA, a global engineering and professional services organization, as Senior Counsel in 2017. Previously, he practiced law in the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton LLP. He joined Pepper in 1974 and was a partner for 33 years beginning in 1982. He practiced construction law, representing...

Nunzio Ruggeri
Executive Vice President and Corporate General Counsel
Allan Myers

Nunzio A. Ruggeri is an Executive Vice President and Corporate General Counsel for Allan Myers, the largest, self-performing heavy civil construction company and materials provider in the Mid-Atlantic. In his role as legal counsel since 2013, Mr. Ruggeri is responsible for advising on all legal and compliance matters involving...

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5
In-house legal departments of global construction, industrial, energy, and oil and gas companies manage large-scale legal, health and safety, and insured risk on a worldwide basis.  As the volume, complexity and risk of work increases, managing global legal operations is becoming exceedingly difficult and often results in regionalization of legal... Read More
Speaker(s)
Andrea Gross
Principal Counsel and Deputy Manager of Litigation & Claims, Americas
Bechtel

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Elise Greenspan
Vice President, Assistant General Counsel Litigation
AECOM

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

Jennifer Fletcher
Partner
Eversheds Sutherland

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...

Jennifer Shafer
Associate Vice President of Dispute Resolution
Black & Veatch Companies

Jennifer Shafer joined Black & Veatch’s Legal, Risk Management & Government Affairs team in 2011, and is currently the Associate Vice President 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,...

Simon Oats
Partner, Head of Construction and Engineering
Eversheds-Sutherland (International) LLP

Simon is Head of Eversheds Global Construction and Engineering Group. He deals with all construction contractual issues and is praised by 'The Legal 500' and 'Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession' for his strong reputation. He is responsible for managing the construction services provided to property and development clients, whether...

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5
Contemporaneous period critical path analyses have been considered, by some, to be the "Gold Standard" of schedule delay analysis methods. But what if the project schedules show projected critical paths that do not properly reflect reasonable critical paths and generate illogical results?  Why do courts appear to side with this... Read More
Speaker(s)
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 Kelly
Managing Director
Ankura

Patrick M. Kelly is a Managing Director at Ankura, located in the Washington, DC office. With more than 20 years of relevant experience, Patrick is an expert in project controls, Critical Path Method (CPM) scheduling, earned value analysis, forensic schedule analysis for delays, and disruption & loss of productivity analysis....

Philip Spinelli
Senior Managing Director
Ankura

Philip Spinelli is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura, based in New York. As a mechanical engineer with more than 20 years of experience in the management, oversight, and analysis of construction and manufacturing projects, Philip has performed forensic and proactive investigations and has developed risk management strategies on some...

Shelly Ewald
Partner
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...

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5
Waivers of consequential damages and limitations of liability are standard terms proposed by at least one Party in every contract. Many parties fail to give much thought to these clauses. Then, when major claims arise and direct damages are inadequate to compensate the aggrieved party, the Party looks for ways... Read More
Speaker(s)
Adrian Bastianelli, III
Partner
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...

Robert Rubin
Principal
Bob Rubin Construction Disputes

Bob Rubin is widely regarded for his five decades’ experience in complex construction disputes avoidance and resolution. Bob is an early pioneer in the use of dispute boards and has served on, and chaired, numerous such boards. He is Adjunct Professor, Columbia University, faculties of Law and Civil Engineering, where...

Steven Charney
Chairman
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...

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5

Tuesday, December 17, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Room: Knowledge Exchange Expo Hall
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    Session Number: KE2
CSC Knowledge Exchange will host several giveaways this year during the show that you don’t want to miss. Be sure to stop by during the designated hours to see everything the Knowledge Exchange has to offer!  Sponsored by: Secretariat...
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Tuesday, December 17, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

This Panel of experienced contractors and lawyers will discuss how to deal with difficult owners who abuse contract terms and conditions to gain an unfair advantage or to pressure contractors for concessions on claims. The Panel will address the use and misuse of construction change provisions, warranties, liquidated damages provisions,... Read More
Speaker(s)
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...

Hank Brasch
Chief Legal Officer
Webcor Builders

Hank Brasch, Senior Vice President and general counsel at Webcor Builders in San Francisco, is one of the 2017 Bay Area Corporate Counsel winners. The awards were presented by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and the San Francisco Business Times. Hank''s primary responsibility at Webcor is to manage legal and...

Logan Hollobaugh
Deputy General Counsel
PLH Group, Inc.

Logan Hollobaugh is Deputy General Counsel for PLH Group, Inc. a pipeline and electrical contractor headquarter in Irving, Texas. His role is allocated between contract negotiation and litigation management, in which he oversees the resolution of domestic and international construction and commercial disputes related to energy contracts. Prior to...

Michael Devens
Regional Manager
DPR Construction

Mike Devens has more than 30 years' experience in the engineering and construction industries and has been with DPR for over 20 years. In that time frame, Mike has helped grow DPR into one of the most dynamic builders in the United States. He has progressed from project roles to...

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. ...

Trey Moye
Corporate Counsel
Skanska

Robert J. (Trey) Moye III is Corporate Counsel at Skanska USA Building Inc. He previously served as Senior Counsel at KBR, Inc., Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Facility Group, Inc., and as Of Counsel in the Construction Practice Group at Troutman Sanders LLP. At Skanska, he focuses on...

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5
Participants in large infrastructure projects are recognizing the benefits of individually tailored mediation procedures for appropriate disputes. This session will focus on how sophisticated advocates and in-house counsel can work with experienced mediators to resolve high dollar, multi-party, complex, construction disputes. Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to: Understand... Read More
Speaker(s)
Giovanni Ruscitti
Founding/Managing Partner
Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti LLP

Giovanni M. Ruscitti is one of the founding members of Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti LLP, and currently serves as the firm's Managing Partner. Mr. Ruscitti is equally comfortable in the courtroom as in the boardroom, and regularly serves as lead transactional and litigation counsel. In addition, Mr. Ruscitti is an...

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...

Robyn Miller
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
CallisonRTKL Inc.

Robyn Miller is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for CallisonRTKL Inc., the global architecture, planning, and design consultancy of Arcadis. Ms. Miller is responsible for the firm's global legal activities and policies and sits on its Executive Team. Previously Ms. Miller was Chief Counsel, Americas for AECOM. She began...

Ty Holt
Managing Principal
The Holt Group LLC

Ty Holt has over forty years of experience as a construction and commercial trial lawyer, public finance lawyer, construction transaction attorney, project development and deal structuring attorney. He also has more than thirty years of experience as a construction mediator and arbitrator. Ty is listed in the "Red...

William "Bill" Andrews
Andrews Myers, P.C.

Bill Andrews is a founding shareholder of Andrews Myers, P.C., a Houston based law firm with several business practice groups, including a large practice group devoted to construction law. He has been a construction lawyer for 40 years. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and...

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5
The Construction Industry is riding an unprecedented wave of strong earnings and backlog. Those of us who have lived this business long enough know that the market will turn. Now is the time to prepare your contractor clients for a market correction. When things turn is not the time to... Read More
Speaker(s)
Cynthia Paul
Managing Director
FMI

Cynthia is FMI’s practice leader for market strategy and business development. Her focus is working with industry firms to capture market slices and grow profitably. From out-positioning the competition, to helping win key customers and projects, she focuses on leveraging the firm’s unique capabilities to generate real-time results. The process...

Cynthia Romano
CohnReznick LLP

Cynthia Romano is a Global Director of CohnReznick Advisory's Restructuring and Dispute Resolution Practice. She has more than 25 years of experience in performance improvement, turnaround management, transaction support, and investment analysis. Her industry experience includes manufacturing, technology, energy/oil and gas, distribution, restaurants, professional services, healthcare and others. Cynthia guides...

Jack Callahan
CPA Construction Industry Practice Leader
CohnReznick LLP

With more than 25 years of experience, Jack Callahan serves as CohnReznick's Construction Industry Leader. He has significant knowledge and experience in accounting, corporate taxation, and business consulting matters within the construction community. Jack serves clients in most construction sectors including: heavy highway, general contractors, construction management, specialty contractors, building...

John Dillon
BMO Bank

John is responsible for managing relationships with engineering, architecture and construction companies in the eastern United States. Previously he has held positions with BMO Capital Markets and BMO Harris managing relationships with middle market private equity sponsors and corporations. Prior to joining BMO, John spent 10 years with Continental Bank...

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5
Consortia have become increasingly important instruments for undertaking large-scale and complex construction projects. This is understandable given their many commercial advantages, which may include tax and accounting benefits, access to technical expertise and new markets, the ability to share risks and pool resources, and supply chain efficiencies.  The use of... Read More
Speaker(s)
Alvin Lindsay
Partner
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...

Charles Harris
Vice President and Principal Counsel, Litigation and Claims
Bechtel Corporation

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

Daniel Gonzalez
Partner
Hogan Lovells US LLP

Dan is a Partner 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 energy, financial...

Kate Ides
Corporate Vice President and Assistant General Counsel
AECOM

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Mark Cheskin
Partner
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,...

Peter Pollock
Assistant General Counsel and Head
Siemens Corporation

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

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5

Tuesday, December 17, 12:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Disruptive” technologies are transforming the way we build and will have a lasting impact on global infrastructure development for the near and distant future. BIM, drones, robotics, autonomous vehicles, modular, 3D printing, virtual reality, wearables, and artificial intelligence are just some of the technologies creating largescale change in an industry... Read More
Speaker(s)
Andrew Zukoski
Founder
Join, Inc.

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Forest Flager
Director, Software and Design Automation
Katerra

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Ian Keough
CEO, Founder
HYPAR

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Jesse F. Devitte
Co-founder and General Partner
Building Ventures

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Steven Charney
Chairman
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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  • CEU Credits: 0

Tuesday, December 17, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

When a job applicant or an employee is in pain due to an accident or chronic condition, a treating doctor may prescribe potent opioids, prescription drugs and, now, medical marijuana to manage pain. At least ten states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for adult recreational use even... Read More
Speaker(s)
Dena Calo
Partner
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Dena Calo counsels companies through complex labor and employment risks that pose a threat to their reputation in the marketplace. As a seasoned HR strategist and employment lawyer, she understands employers are facing increasing scrutiny of their labor and employment policies and procedures from government regulators and employees. She advises...

Garry Boehlert
Esq.
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...

John Zarian
General Counsel & Director of Administration
National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO)

John Zarian is General Counsel and Director of Administration for the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO). He also serves as a mediator and a visiting law professor. Prior to joining NCCCO, and for nearly 27 years, John's legal practice emphasized intellectual property litigation, as well as...

Leanne Rodgers
Deuty General Counsel and Chief Employment Counsel
Parsons’

Leanne Rodgers is Deputy General Counsel and Chief Employment Counsel at Parsons Corporation, where she advises on all matters relating to labor, employment and benefits. She previously served on Parsons’ Ethics Committee and was Parsons’ Chief Ethics Officer with responsibility for the company’s Code of Conduct and the ethics...

This program involving experience trial and ADR counsel, ADR professionals and a demonstrative evidence professional will provide guidance on how to best use and modify jury trial skills in an ADR venue, including the "opening argument", effective use of examination skills, experts and demonstrative evidence and, when to back off... Read More
Speaker(s)
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...

James Landgraf
Of Counsel
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...

Lawrence Watson
Partner
Upchurch Watson White and Max

Larry Watson is a principal with the ADR firm of Upchurch, Watson, White and Max where he specializes in complex construction mediation and arbitration. He was previously a partner in the firm of Carlton Fields where he handled complex construction litigation and ADR. He is a former Co-Chair of the...

Paul Sandars
Partner
Lum Drasco and Positan

Paul Sandars is an experienced construction litigator, arbitrator and mediator. He is a former Co-Chair of both the ABA Section of Litigation Construction Litigation Committee and the State of NJ Bar Association Construction Law Section. He has represented multiple condominium associations on construction defect claims, as well as other parties...

Shelly Ewald
Partner
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...

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  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5
As experienced by the defense and healthcare industries, whistleblowers, acting as modern-day bounty hunters, have successfully brought numerous False Claims Act "qui tam" suits in the name of the government against companies who allegedly submitted false claims for payment to the government.  The federal government has boasted of the billions... Read More
Speaker(s)
A. Brian Albritton
Partner Litigation Practice Group Partner Litigation Practice Group
Phelps Dunbar

A. Brian Albritton concentrates his practice False Claims Act and Qui Tam litigation, on "white collar" criminal defense and defending regulatory enforcement actions brought by government agencies. Previously, Brian served as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida from 2008-2010, one of the leading offices for False Claims Act/Qui...

Bill Tinsley
Counsel
Phelps Dunbar

For more than 20 years, Bill Tinsley has provided design professionals, contractors, owners and sureties with pragmatic, cost-effective resolution of complex claims and disputes on public and private projects throughout the United States and abroad. Bill also drafts and negotiates design and construction contracts for all contract delivery methods....

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

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...

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5
The use of IT systems, networks and technology resources (phones, tablets, computers) are commonplace across the construction industry.  General contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, owners and developers use these devices for continuous and ongoing communication.  Naturally, these resources are employed to connect with others outside an organization, such as vendors, consultants... Read More
Speaker(s)
John Curran
CEO and Co-CISO
RedPoint Cyber Security

John Curran is CEO and Co-CISO for Redpoint Cybersecurity, a team of 35+ credentialed ethical hackers and security consultants, which he founded in partnership with Anchin, Block & Anchin in 2017. Prior to starting Redpoint John was Director of Commercial Cybersecurity for a DC-area IT Services and Cybersecurity firm with...

Richard Volack
Partner and Chair, Peckar & Abramson's Data Privacy and Cyber Security
Peckar & Peckar, PC

Richard Volack is a Partner in the Construction Law Group at Peckar & Abramson and Chair of the firm's Data Privacy and Cyber Security Group. He counsels some of the country's largest general contractors, construction managers, and owners in all aspects of construction dispute resolution, including claims involving breach of...

Tom Rickets
Senior Vice President and Executive Director, and Practice Leader, Cyber Insurance
Aon

Tom Ricketts is a Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the Aon Risk Services Professional Services Group in New York. Tom heads up the New York client service team, providing risk management advice and insurance services to large, US-based law firms, accounting firms and consulting firms and is the...

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5

Tuesday, December 17, 3:45 PM - 4:15 PM

  • Room: Knowledge Exchange Expo Hall
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    Session Number: KE3
CSC Knowledge Exchange will host several giveaways this year during the show that you don’t want to miss. Be sure to stop by during the designated hours to see everything the Knowledge Exchange has to offer!  Sponsored by: Secretariat...
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Tuesday, December 17, 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Ineffective contract administration and risk management are two major contributors of under-performing construction projects. In this session, panelists will discuss trends, challenges, and best practices for contract and risk management in Transportation Infrastructure design-build projects. The session will focus on the management and resolution of change. Panelists will educate Project... Read More
Speaker(s)
Christopher Devery
Senior Vice President, Senior Project Director
HNTB Corporation

Mr. Devery is a Senior Vice President and Senior Project Director, with HNTB Design Build. In his current role, he organizes and leads multi-discipline teams on large, complex transportation projects around the Nation. Mr. Devery has a diverse background in the planning, design and construction of transportation facilities. He 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...

Heather Hohla
Financial Claims and Change Director
HNTB Corporation

Ms. Heather Hohla was appointed as an Associate Vice President with HNTB Corporation in 2014. She has been in the Engineering industry for over 17 years, where she has served in a senior capacity driving project controls and contract management on large and complex Design-Build Projects. Currently, she is an...

Michael Hager
Senior Attorney, Associate Vice President
HNTB Corporation

Mike is a Senior Attorney and Associate Vice President with HNTB Corporation, which he joined in 2014. At HNTB, Mike is part of the Contracting and Claims group where a substantial part of his practice is supporting HNTB and its design-build teams post-award, particularly in the areas of change management...

Sam Hadley
Partner
Cotton & Company LLP

Ms. Hadley, CPA/CFF, CFE became a partner with Cotton & Company in 1999 and directed a number of major audit engagements. More recently, Ms. Hadley is responsible for the firm’s litigation practice, which includes forensic accounting, investigations and the related trial, mediation and arbitration participation. Her litigation focus is related...

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5
Emergency and interim relief are powerful remedies that can maintain the status quo or grant affirmative relief by requiring a party to continue performance under a contract, freezing assets, or preventing the destruction of evidence. Emergency relief can now be obtained in most domestic and international arbitrations before the arbitrators... Read More
Speaker(s)
Eric Tuchmann
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretar
American Arbitration Association (AAA)

Eric P. Tuchmann is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and its international division, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR). In that capacity, he oversees the ICDR’s operations, strategy and policies. In addition, he manages the organization’s legal and...

Joe Matthews
Independent Arbitrator and Mediator

Joe Matthews is a full time independent arbitrator and mediator, a Fellow and Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. He was for 12 years a member of the Board of Directors and for three years the Executive Committee of...

Kate Krause
Principal
Krause Dispute Resolution

Kate Krause is an arbitrator, mediator, dispute review board member, and early neutral evaluator with more than 30 years’ experience in complex construction, commercial, and international disputes. She spent 15 years in construction litigation and contract negotiation in major law firms; three years as outside general counsel for a multi-national...

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5
The panel will offer insight on drafting appropriate termination for convenience provisions and how to address issues and properly calculate and advocate for damages arising out of a termination for convenience. Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to: Draft and negotiate for a proper termination for convenience provision in... Read More
Speaker(s)
Cathy Altman
Partner
Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP

Cathy Altman knows that business disputes, like a game of chess, require deliberate moves with an eye to the end game. That’s why she always studies the entire board, looking several moves ahead in order to anticipate problems and keep the game in front of her. To accomplish that, Cathy...

James Landgraf
Of Counsel
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
Partner
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...

Patrick McGeehin
Sr. Managing Director
FTI Consulting

Pat McGeehin is an experienced consultant on construction contract claims assistance, including damages entitlement and calculations and has been accepted as an expert in federal and state courts across the country....

Tim Harvey
Corporate Counsel
Skanska USA

Corporate Counsel – Skanska USA Building Inc. San Francisco, CA. Twenty – eight years in the practice of law always as in-house counsel, with twenty-three of those years spent in construction. Tim has been with Skanska fourteen years and covers all of the West Coast offices of...

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  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5
The task of drafting and finalizing the design is an early hurdle in a major construction undertaking. In an effort to speed up the project or lower up-front costs, a "hurdle" that may not always be given due consideration by the Owner. While it may be tempting to rubberstamp an... Read More
Speaker(s)
James McMahon
General Counsel
China Construction America - CCA Civil

James M. McMahon is the 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
Partner
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...

Kevin Powell
Senior Vice President, East Coast
Flatiron

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Nicholas Zaita
Partner
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...

Scott Hillman
General Counsel
Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc.

Scott Hillman is General Counsel for Langan Engineering and Environmental Services. In this role, he is responsible for managing a broad range of legal, risk, contracting, and compliance matters. Prior to joining Langan, Scott served as a Vice-President and Region Chief Counsel at AECOM. Before moving in-house, he...

Stuart Lerner
Executive Vice President, Infrastructure
Stantec

Stu has more than 30 years of experience in transportation infrastructure engineering, and is an acknowledged leader not only within Stantec, but throughout the industry. A visionary, Stu keeps a watchful eye on the future of community infrastructure, promoting solutions that embrace sustainability, such as building to accommodate autonomous vehicles...

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5

Tuesday, December 17, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

  • Room: Catalina Room, Terrace and Lawn
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    Session Number: R02
Construction SuperConference invites exhibitors and attendees to an exclusive networking and entertaining experience on Tuesday evening in the Catalina Room, Terrace and Lawn. 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 18, 7:45 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!  Sponsored by: Smith, Currie & Hancock...

Wednesday, December 18, 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Construction is fraught with risk.  And while most structures successfully stand the test of time, it's the exceptions that rivet our attention.  This lively session will investigate the most infamous construction failures in history and their impact on the legal landscape, including: the Leaning Tower of Pisa; Blow-out at oil... Read More
Speaker(s)
Wayne Kalayjian
Director
Secretariat International, Inc.

Wayne is a Director at Secretariat International with nearly 40 years of forensic design and construction analytics at complex capital improvement programs around the world. As a result, he has first-hand insights into why construction projects succeed, how they fail, lessons-learned, and powerful ways to translate complicated technical issues into...

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5
Today's construction executives and counsel must be knowledgeable about limitations of contractual indemnification and the strategic importance of risk transfer through insurance to ensure intended risk transfer on behalf of their construction clients. This program will examine the basic insurance requirements found in the typical construction contracts including limits, lines... Read More
Speaker(s)
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...

David W Marino
Group Vice President & COO
American Global

25+ years construction risk management experience. Specializing in complex risk mitigation and risk financing strategies for large domestic and international contractors and projects. Experiences include leading teams and client engagements for wrap-ups, captives, loss sensitive programs, contract surety, and subcontractor default Insurance. During his career, David has designed programs for...

Michael Pepe
Partner
Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C.

Michael Pepe brings extensive experience representing construction industry professionals to SDV. Prior to joining SDV in February of 2014, he represented general contractors, subcontractors, architects and homeowners in contract disputes, construction defect claims, and surety bond claims. He now focuses his practice on complex insurance coverage issues on behalf of...

Sue Arcand
Director of Risk Management
Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Sue is the Director of Risk Management of Adolfson & Peterson (AP), a Minneapolis-based commercial general contractor and construction manager with operations primarily in AZ, CO, MN, and TX. Sue is responsible for influencing and implementing the corporate risk management strategy across the company. She negotiates and procures the corporate...

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5
The construction industry has started following a significant trend in the way many U.S. and international businesses hire outside counsel – specifically that those in the position to retain lawyers and firms are increasingly requiring that private practice firms implement meaningful diversity and inclusion initiatives that produce real and measurable... Read More
Speaker(s)
Cynthia Stevens
Associate General Counsel
Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.

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Jennifer Papantonio
Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

Jennifer Papantonio serves as Chief Client Service Officer of Peckar & Abramson, PC, the largest construction and infrastructure law firm in the United States. With more than 15 years’ experience in client relations, business development and marketing, Ms. Papantonio provides strategic direction and support in connection with the firm's key...

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5
An owner's delay has traditionally been recognized as either an absolute or partial contractor defense against an assessment of liquidated damages. However, owners are increasingly employing contractual provisions and arguments that seek to prevent contractors from raising owner-caused or owner's concurrent delay as a defense to the assessment of liquidated... Read More
Speaker(s)
Bob Majerus
Vice President and General Counsel
Hensel Phelps

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

Christopher Brasco
Senior Partner
Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP

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

Kathleen Barnes
Senior Partner
Watt Tieder Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP

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

Ken Smith
Group Counsel
Granite Construction

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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...

Vivian Katsantonis
Senior Partner
Watt Tieder Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP

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

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5

Wednesday, December 18, 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

  • Room: Knowledge Exchange Expo Hall
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    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!  Sponsored by: Secretariat...
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Wednesday, December 18, 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Contracting with the federal government presents unique challenges that contractors do not experience in the private sector. In this session, government contract practitioners and in-house counsel will present trends in federal contracting for 2019 to include the movement toward multiple award contracts and alternatives to design-bid-build contracting vehicles with federal... Read More
Speaker(s)
Mario Menanno
Associate General Counsel
Barnard Construction Co.

Mario Menanno is Associate General Counsel at Barnard Construction. Mario provides legal counsel tempered by his civil litigation experience to allow the Barnard Companies to make sound business decisions. His counsel ranges from contract review to contract negotiations and claims resolution. His work with insurance claims includes commercial general liability...

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

Scott P. Fitzsimmons is a Senior Partner with 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...

Toshi Dezaki
Managing Director
Ankura Consulting Group LLC

Toshi Dezaki is a Managing Director at Ankura with 20 years of national and international consulting experience in construction and government contracting related issues. Toshi provides project advisory services during the course of construction and also analyzes and reviews construction claims post project completion in mediation, arbitration (including international arbitration),...

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  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5
Three experts and two counsel will discuss best practices for hot tubbing in context of arbitration, both within the United States and Internationally. Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to: Know how to prepare experts to maximize the probability of success. Understand the role of counsel in preparing experts to... Read More
Speaker(s)
Anamaria Popescu
Director
Berkley Research Group

ANAMARIA I. POPESCU, PHD, P.E., PMP,PSP Dr. Anamaria Popescu is a Director of Berkeley Research Group (BRG) Construction Practice. She is a construction arbitrator with the AAA and a licensed Professional Engineer with more than 25 years of experience in project management, construction claims, schedule delay analysis, project controls, and...

E. Mitchell Swann
Principal
MDC Systems

E. Mitchell Swann, PE Mr. Swann''s areas of expertise include engineering design and construction, project start-up, delivery and turn-over. His technical background includes building mechanical systems, instrumentation and control systems and process utilities. Mr. Swann has experience and expertise with the overall design and construction process and the important interface...

J. Thomas Nocar
Senior Attorney
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

Tom Nocar is Co-Chair of Porter Wright's Construction Practice Group where he regularly represents construction clients in transactional needs (contract negotiations, teaming agreements, licensing) and in litigation claims (nonpayment, nonperformance, defect cure, delay, acceleration, dispute resolution, mediation, arbitration, and trial). Tom offers a unique combination of skills to his clients;...

Ronald L. Williams
Partner
Fox Rothschild LLP

Ron is a seasoned litigator and co-chair of the firm's Construction Law Group. He focuses his practice on construction litigation and the negotiation of construction contracts. In more than 25 years of litigation in the state and federal courts, Ron has established a track record of success in prosecuting and...

Terry Yeager
Managing Director
Berkley Research Group

Terry Yeager is a Managing Director based in the Atlanta Office of Berkeley Research Group (BRG). He has more than twenty years of experience in heavy and highway general contracting, construction management, construction materials operations, asphalt and concrete paving operations, bridge construction and civil construction. He has developed...

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5
This session will focus on Risk Management as a hard science centered around the creation of a qualitative risk assessment model and on practical tips for how that model can be operationalized in a specific construction project to improve dispute resolution outcomes. Upon completion of this session, participants will be able... Read More
Speaker(s)
Brandon Beane
Vice President Risk Management
Coastal Construction

A member of the construction industry for fifteen years, Brandon Beane oversees Coastal’s risk management, and insurance programs to assure broad and cost-effective coverage across all operations, and on a project-by-project basis. Prior to Coastal, Mr. Beane founded Beane & Bennett Construction Risk Specialists (BBCRS), a retail insurance brokerage exclusively serving...

Felipe Gutierrez
Senior Vice President
J.S. Held LLC

Felipe has almost 20 years of experience focused on the delivery of risk and management consulting services. Over the last 10 years, he has been responsible for the successful start-up, development, continued growth, and management (including P&L) of consulting practices for leading, global consulting firms in Latin America. Felipe has...

Harout Samra
Associate
DLA Piper LLP (US)

Harout is a Board Certified Specialist in International Law – focuses his practice on international dispute resolution and arbitration matters, including international civil litigation in US courts. Harout has represented clients from both the public and private sectors, including foreign governments and clients from the insurance, banking, finance, manufacturing, aviation...

Tom Murphy
Co-President
Coastal Construction

Tom, a fifth-generation builder, concentrates on the development of new work. He joined the family business at the age of 14 and worked his way up the ladder from a non-skilled laborer to carpenter, foreman, estimator, project manager and chief estimator. While earning a Bachelor's degree in building construction from...

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5

Wednesday, December 18, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

General Counsel from some of the largest General Contractors in the United States will share their personal insights and suggestions for construction attorneys and litigation support experts. You will learn what is most appreciated in the services they receive and what sticks in their craw. How can you stand out... Read More
Speaker(s)
Brian Kelley
Vice President - Legal
Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company

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

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...

Robert Majerus
Vice President & 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...

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  • CEU Credits: 1/1.2

Wednesday, December 18, 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

This session will discuss the issues and strategies when contractors (and particularly design-build and EPC contractors) are forced to fight on several fronts of a construction project, including simultaneous disputes with the project owner, design consultants, subcontractors, and large equipment providers. Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to: Understand... Read More
Speaker(s)
Christine McAnney
Vice President and General Counsel
Balfour Beatty US Civil

Christine is vice president and general counsel for Balfour Beatty's Infrastructure group and handles disputes concerning large complex construction projects...

Courtney McKendrick Green
General Counsel
Jordan Foster Construction

Courtney was born in San Antonio, grew up on the Texas-Mexico border in a town called Laredo and after high school, headed to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. to pursue her undergraduate degree in Spanish Literature. Not content with 16 years of education, after graduating from Georgetown, Courtney headed to...

Eric Nelson
Partner
Smith Currie & Hancock

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

Shannon Briglia
Partner
Smith Currie

Shannon Briglia is a partner in the Tysons, Virginia office of Smith Currie. Shannon focuses her practice on advising construction industry participants in risk management and disputes, provides neutral services and serves on project dispute resolution boards....

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5
The most fundamental attribute of an arbitrator should be her ability to assess evidence and make decisions free from pre-conceived notions or biases—in other words, her neutrality. Neutrality is often presumed to be something arbitrators inherently possess, by dint of experience and intelligence. However, we now know that impartiality is... Read More
Speaker(s)
David Waddell
ProActive Arbitrator
ProActive Arbitration

After more than three decades as a trial lawyer, David turned his attention to studying how judgments are influenced. He is the founder of ProActive Arbitration which develops active strategies for impartial decision-making, and avoiding practices and procedures that are dilatory and expensive. ...

Rachel Kent
Vice Chair, International Arbitration Group
Wilmerhale

Rachael Kent is a partner and vice chair of the international arbitration practice group at WilmerHale, based in Washington, DC. Ms. Kent has nearly 20 years of experience representing clients in a wide variety of commercial and investment disputes in arbitration proceedings seated in common law and civil law...

Sara Beiro Farabow
Partner
Seyfarth

Ms. Farabow is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and the former National Co- Chair of the firm’s Construction Practice Group. For 29 years, she has been practicing international and U.S. contract law at Seyfarth and is recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for...

Ty Holt
Managing Principal
The Holt Group LLC

Ty Holt has over forty years of experience as a construction and commercial trial lawyer, public finance lawyer, construction transaction attorney, project development and deal structuring attorney. He also has more than thirty years of experience as a construction mediator and arbitrator. Ty is listed in the "Red...

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5
Do stadium projects present a unique set of challenges from a risk management standpoint?  We say yes, and for many reasons. First, the pressure is on: The world is watching and firm completion dates are set. Next: Local communities and the state are looking to these facilities to boost their... Read More
Speaker(s)
Alex R. Baghdassarian
Partner
Peckar & Abramson

Alex R. Baghdassarian is a Partner in Peckar & Abramson's Los Angeles office. His practice focuses on construction contract negotiations and administration, and claims and litigation, including construction defects and delays, and claims involving defaults and terminations. Mr. Baghdassarian handles binding arbitrations, and jury and bench trials in Federal and...

Ashley B. Jordan
Senior Associate
Reed Smith LLP

Based in Reed Smith’s Los Angeles office, Ashley B. Jordan specializes in insurance recovery and risk management counseling for policyholders, with an emphasis on construction-related disputes and risk. Ashley assists developers, project owners, general contractors, manufacturers, design professionals, and other construction industry participants resolve high-stakes insurance coverage and bad faith disputes...

Gregory Eichorn, Esq.
Partner
Peckar & Abramson

"Mr. Eichorn currently represents some of the nation’s largest contractors, and his practice involves the resolution of complex construction disputes through negotiations, mediation, and, when necessary, arbitration and litigation for issues including breach of contract, liens, delays, wrongful termination, impacts, defective work and design, governmental audits, inefficiencies, bonds and insurance claims. Mr. Eichorn’s background in...

Jose M. Pienknagura
Executive Vice President, Chief Counsel and Risk Manager
AECOM Hunt

Jose M. Pienknagura is Executive Vice President, Chief Counsel and Risk Manager of AECOM Hunt. His experience includes oversight and management of legal and risk issues related to AECOM Hunt's significant construction projects throughout the United States, including hospitals, professional sports stadiums and arenas, hotels and airports. His responsibilities include...

W. Steven Hofmeister
Managing Principal & Structural Engineering Practice Leader
Thornton Tomasetti

Steve Hofmeister has more than 30 years of experience in the structural design and project management of major structural engineering developments. He participates in the design, design management and construction administration of signature sports projects around the world. His experience includes design-build and design-assist projects. A member of Thornton Tomasetti's...

  • CEU Credits: 1.25/1.5

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