CLE Bootcamp

October 11, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

The 20th annual CLE Bootcamp is a “way to earn a lot of CLE Credits in a unique and entertaining format.” It includes “timely and relevant issues in the law covering a wide span of specialties” such as Real Estate and Housing, Climate Change, Insurance Law, Construction Defects, and three hours of Ethics.

December 7th-8th, 2021
Washington Athletic Club
1325 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

9th International Society of Construction Law Conference

October 4, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

Next month, the annual International Society of Construction Law conference will be held in New Zealand. Some of the panel topics include Transparency in Dispute Resolution, Construction Arbitration: Is it Still Relevant, and Negligence Divergence: When is a Duty of Care Owed in Construction. Keynote speaker the Honourable Justice David Hammerschlag (Sydney, Australia) will be speaking on Case Managing Building Litigation During COVID 19: Will We Go Back To The Way We Were and the keynote speaker Sarah Grimmer, Secretary General, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (Hong Kong) will speak on Chinese outbound investment in the Pacific region and international dispute resolution.

November 3rd-5th, 2021
Hybrid (Live and Virtual Event)
Cordis Hotel
83 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010
New Zealand

Mark Oertel to Speak at National Bond Claims Association Seminar on Modular Construction

September 29, 2021
Mark Oertel - Lewis Brisbois

Los Angeles Partner Mark A. Oertel will present a session on the impact of modular construction on the construction industry at National Bond Claims Association Annual Meeting on Friday, October 15 at 9:15 a.m. ET. Hosted at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina, this three-day conference will run from October 12-15.

In a 30-minute session titled “Introduction to Modular Construction 101: The Future is Now,” Mr. Oertel and his co-presenter will elaborate on the recent rapid expansion of modular construction into the hospitality industry, multi-family housing, education, student housing, assisted living, and low-income public housing. They will also discuss the benefits of modular construction, which include speed to market, consistent quality, budget certainty, reduced risk, quiet construction, and green design.

October 13th-15th, 2021
Pinehurst Resort
80 Carolina Vista Dr.
Pinehurst, NC 28374

Mr. Oertel may be contacted at

The 27th West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar Approaches

September 20, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

This year’s West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar will take place next month in Las Vegas (the delay and change of venue are due to the COVID pandemic). The seminar includes keynote speakers and panelists as well as breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and exhibitors. The Ollie and Legends awards will also be presented during the event. Every year, the West Coast Casualty Seminar chooses deserving charities to support, and this year it will support Opportunity Village and Three Square.

October 6th-8th, 2021
Aria Resort & Casino
3730 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89158

ABA’s Forum on Construction Law 2021 (Regional)

September 13, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

The American Bar Association (ABA) is presenting “Construction Law Essentials” virtually and in-person at six different cities. These two-day seminars will cover “the essential technical and legal underpinnings of construction, including the key elements of vertical construction systems and technology, the roles of the key participants in a project, the structure of project delivery systems, the bidding and construction process, insurance and bonding, government construction contracts, and dispute resolution.”

September 30th-October 1st, 2021
Virtual Event or In Person at the Following Cities:
Los Angeles

CLM Construction Conference

September 6, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

The annual conference “covers all aspects of insurance, risk, and claims management aspects of the insurance related to the construction industry” and addresses construction defects as well as construction site accidents and injuries. It opens with a cocktail reception on Wednesday, followed by a full day of Sessions as well as another Cocktail Reception, and concludes on Friday with a half-day of sessions.

September 22nd-24th, 2021
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
333 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, California 92101

Cutting-Edge Issues in Condemnation Seminar

August 30, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

The 11th annual Cutting-Edge Issues in Condemnation Seminar will be a live webinar and in person event. This one-day seminar “will provide an overview and update of eminent domain legal issues and land valuation, with emphasis on emerging issues and recent court decisions.” It’s relevant for attorneys, government employees, municipal employees, real estate appraisers, real estate brokers, and Right of Way professionals.

October 29th, 2021
In Person & Virtual Event
Washington Athletic Club
1325 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

Northwest Insurance Law Seminar

August 23, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

This two-day seminar is relevant for those in the insurance industry, most particularly insurance claim professionals, and will include “attorneys from Washington, Idaho, and Oregon with a range of experience in representing insurers and policyholders and also features a Judicial Panel discussion about insurance cases.” It will cover issues such as Construction, Environmental, Flooding, as well as other Insurance-related topics.

October 28th-29th, 2021
Washington Athletic Club
1325 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

National Construction Defect Conference

August 16, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

The conference will start off with a networking cocktail reception followed by a day and a half of Panels on topics such as COVID-19 and the Lasting Impact on the Litigation, Arbitrating a Complex Construction Case in Today’s World, and CD in a Post Surfside Building Collapse World. There will be a Women’s Networking Lunch on Thursday, November 11th.

November 10th-12th, 2021
The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale
1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

2021 Lean Construction Institute Congress

August 10, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

The 23rd LCI Congress connects “professionals from every field within the design and construction industry to engage on the latest Lean practices.” Attendees will learn “how Lean approaches and methods improve project outcomes in critical areas including cost-savings, efficiency, and quality, as well as advance overall organizational health.” The program begins with a Learning Day that allows professionals to earn continuing education credits. The next two days consist of the Core Program, which features sessions and breakout sessions. The final day allows attendees to see Lean in action through off-site project visits.

October 19th-22nd, 2021
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N. 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Construction Law in Florida Seminar

August 4, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

The 10th annual seminar on Construction Law in Florida will cover “these key issues: the variety of industry-standard contract forms; insurance products and how they relate to the allocation of risks; administration of contracts and management of issues that arise during the course of a construction project; performance and payment bonds and surety conventions employed when a project sours; and dispute resolution procedures.” The two-day event is relevant for Architects, Attorneys, Contractors, Engineers, Government Employees, and Municipal Employees.

October 13th-14th, 2021
Hampton Inn & Suites - Brickell Downtown
50 SW 12th Street
Miami, FL 33130

The 41st IRMI Construction Risk Conference with In-Person and Virtual Options

July 25, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

The annual IRMI Construction Risk Conference will offer the choice between attending In-Person or Virtually. On November 7th-10th, the live portion will be held in San Diego, while a condensed version will stream November 8th-9th. The live portion will “feature exclusive sessions, short-form Snap Talks, a Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS®) course, and the popular IRMI Boot Camp, a 3-day program for risk and insurance professionals new to the construction industry.”

November 7th-10th, 2021
In-Person & Virtual Event
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101

AGC’s Three Part Webinar Series: Claims, Change, Scheduling, Close Out--OH MY!

July 19, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) will present a three-part webinar series. The first part, on July 21st, will cover Change Orders and Claims. Then next month, on August 18th, the second part will discuss Scheduling. The series will conclude on September 14th with Project Close-Out/Backcharges. Speakers include Melanie Ford of the Construction Owners Association of America, Phil Beck of Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP, and David Little of the Gallegos Corporation.

July 21st, August 18th, & September 14th, 2021
Virtual Events

26th Annual Oregon Construction Law Seminar

July 11, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

This annual seminar will cover important topics such as Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction, Ethics, Insurance, Litigation, and Taxation. It’s relevant for those who practice Construction Law in Oregon or those involved in the Construction Industry such as Architects, Attorneys, Contractors, Engineers, and Government Employees.

September 23rd-24th, 2021
Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown
506 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97204

The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

July 5, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

The three-day conference will begin with Green Building Tours, Education Sessions, and an Opening Party. The second day of the event will feature a State of the Industry Address, Keynotes, Roundtables, Education Sessions, the Katerva Awards Presentation, and a Bar Crawl. The final day of the conference includes more Keynotes, Roundtables, and Education Sessions and will also feature a Women in Green Luncheon, Speed Networking, and will conclude with the Leadership Awards Celebration. The Expo Hall will be open for perusing on days two and three.

September 21st-23rd, 2021
In-Person & Virtual Event
San Diego Convention Center
111 W Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101

28th Annual Washington Construction Law Seminar

June 28, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

This two-day seminar will cover topics such as Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bankruptcy, Construction, Contracts, Ethics, Insurance, Litigation, and Public Works. The topics are relevant for Architects, Attorneys, Conservationists, Engineers, Government Employees, and Municipal Employees. The seminar will include keynotes, special presentations, and a reception.

September 9th-10th, 2021
Washington Athletic Club
1325 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

Protecting the Design Professional: Exploring Recent Construction Law Issues Impacting Risk-Shifting for Design Professionals

June 21, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

This American Bar Association (ABA) webinar will cover “recent trends and changes in construction law that impact the risk shifting strategies for design professionals on construction and design projects.” Three of the faculty include co-authors of ABA’s recently published book “Design Professional’s Guide to Construction Law.” Topics of this 90-minute webinar include “the design professional’s legal responsibilities in the construction and completion phases of a project; risk-shifting on design build projects; and the design professional’s risk in the areas of indemnification and professional liability insurance, as explored in the new Design Professional Guide.”

July 20th, 2021
Virtual Event

The 2021 AGC Annual Convention

June 14, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

This annual conference includes general sessions, education programs, award ceremonies, and many networking opportunities for its 1500 construction industry attendees. In addition to the program and activities, the convention includes the AGC Expo featuring more than 100 exhibitors.

September 21st-23rd, 2021
Orlando World Center Marriott
8701 World Center Dr
Orlando, FL 32821

Charting Your Path to an ADR Practice: Practical Advice to Help You Prepare to Serve as a Construction Arbitrator or Mediator

June 7, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

This American Bar Association seminar will cover “what it takes to be an arbitrator or mediator with the American Arbitration Association’s Construction Panel, give tips for building the type of experience that the AAA looks for and offer insight and advice for building a successful ADR practice.” The AAA panel will also discuss their “concerted effort to attract and mentor diverse arbitrators and mediators” as well as “the training and continuing education offered by the AAA to its panelists” and “its mentoring program.”

June 30th
Virtual Event

George Pitcher and Tessan Wess to Present at OADC 2021 Annual Convention

May 31, 2021
George Pitcher & Tessan Wess – Lewis Brisbois Newsroom

Portland Partners George Pitcher and Tessan Wess will speak at the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel’s (OADC) 2021 Annual Convention, taking place June 17 – 19 at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon.

Ms. Wess will participate in the Excellence in Remote Jury Research (Part I) session, hosted by Tsongas Litigation Consulting and scheduled for June 18 at 8:30 a.m. PT. During the session, Ms. Wess will deliver an opening statement for a mock employment discrimination case to a panel of randomly selected mock jurors.

Mr. Pitcher will present the popular “Lightning Round – Pitch Perfect Practice” on June 19 at 9:45 a.m. PT. During this 60-minute session, participants will discuss various “scintillating” topics for seven minutes each, including Licensing Board Disciplinary Actions, e-Discovery in the Zoom Age, and a Defendant’s Seven Most Important Steps to Prevailing on Appeal.

Reprinted courtesy of George Pitcher, Lewis Brisbois and Tessan Wess, Lewis Brisbois
Mr. Pitcher may be contacted at
Ms. Wess may be contacted at

June 17th-19th, 2021
Sunriver Resort
17600 Center Dr
Sunriver, OR 97707

2021 ABC Virtual Legal Conference

May 24, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

This one-day seminar presented by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is relevant “for ABC members, including merit shop labor attorneys and construction contractors, and ABC chapter presidents, government affairs directors and attorneys.” Attendees will learn about “the latest developments in labor and employment law and their impact on merit shop contractors.”

June 24th, 2021
Virtual Event

5th Annual Insurance in the Construction Industry Seminar

May 17, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

This two-day seminar will cover “ethical considerations in a complicated defense, recent case law and legislative updates, coverage issues with respect to CGL, Builder’s Risk, OCIP and Subguard Policies, use of bonds, Additional Insured endorsements, and effective mediation strategies.” It’s relevant for attorneys and insurance professionals in the construction industry.

August 5th-6th, 2021
Location TBD
Miami, FL

Save the Date: 2021 West Coast Casualty Seminar

May 10, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 27th annual West Coast Casualty Seminar has been moved to October 6th-8th of this year. In addition, the location has been changed to the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. As always, the seminar will cover “the prosecution, defense, insurance coverage, science and technology regarding this specialized subject of claims and litigation.” Attendees come “from the legal, insurance, builder, contractor, subcontractor and numerous other communities averaging in number approximately 1400 per year.” Keep checking the West Coast Casualty Service, for updates.

October 6th-8th, 2021
Aria Resort & Casino
3730 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89158

Construction Project Scheduling & Delay Claims Seminar

May 3, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

This one-day seminar “will cover critical-path schedule and delay concepts and principles essential for understanding and presenting project delay issues and claims, as well as advanced technical and legal concepts and strategies for addressing schedule delay, disruption, and acceleration claims.” Furthermore, the faculty will discuss the difficulties “in managing project schedules and delays and will present cutting-edge techniques for documenting, analyzing, and presenting project schedule delay events, providing guidance on how to avoid, negotiate, and resolve these disputes.” The event is relevant for Architects, Attorneys, Contractors, and Engineers.

June 2nd, 2021
Location TBD
Portland, OR


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