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

WebEd: Holy Smokes We Had an Incident, What Do I Do Now

April 26, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

This AGC webinar presented by Construction Risk Partners will discuss three areas of incidents and accidents including the Pre-incident, Incident, and Post-incident. The Pre-incident area will cover how to plan “for an incident from the smallest to the catastrophic.” The faculty will also explain “how to handle the first 24 hours of an incident or injury.” They will conclude with “how to control post incidents or injuries” including “how to work with the Insurance carriers or TPAS to properly report the incident, control cost, exposure, and bad PR.”

May 18th, 2021
Virtual Event

How to Effectively Implement or Defend Against a Delay Claim: Scheduling for Construction Attorneys, Part II

April 19, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez - CDJ STAFF

The American Bar Association (ABA) presents a webinar regarding the importance of scheduling and schedule analyses for construction attorneys. The ABA seminar will cover topics such as “How do you evaluate the strength of your case when it depends on schedule delay analysis? Are your schedule and schedule analysis effective? How does an Owner defend against a schedule delay claim? How do you devise and formulate your legal strategy?” This event will build off part one and will cover “AACEI delay analysis techniques, acceleration, productivity, measured mile, escalation, home office overhead, and liquidated damages” and will discuss “the guidance from American Courts and Boards regarding scheduling delay analyses.”

April 28th, 2021
Virtual Event

Construction Law in Montana Seminar

April 12, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

This two-day seminar will cover Montana construction law topics such as “procurement policies and trends under the Biden administration, construction contracting, IP issues, labor and employment, environmental issues, alternative dispute resolution procedures, and many others.” It’s relevant for architects, attorneys, contractors, and engineers.

June 24th-25th, 2021
Location TBD
Bozeman, MT

2021 West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar Delayed to Fall

April 5, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

Usually, May means heading to the Disneyland Hotel for the annual West Coast Casualty Seminar, but, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s event will occur in the Fall (dates to be determined). It will also be at a new location. West Coast Casualty states on their website that the Fall seminar will be bigger and better with more updated subjects for 2021.

Fall 2021 (Dates TBD)
Location TBD

California Construction Law Seminar

March 29, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

The 7th annual California Construction Law seminar will be a live webcast this year from Los Angeles, California. The event will “provide practical advice for real situations facing the industry today” and “will cover the latest developments and issues that you need to understand to complete a successful project.” The seminar is relevant for “contractors, subcontractors, owners (public and private), attorneys, construction managers, bond program managers, surety representatives, architects, and engineers.”

April 29th, 2021
Virtual Event

CMAA Focus21

March 22, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

CMAA Focus21 is comprised of four seminars “that each focus on one of the four stages or roles within the profession: students; early-career professionals; professional CMs and CCMs leading teams, projects, or programs; and senior executive leaders.” F21: First Jobs, First Steps (April 12th) is for graduating students who are preparing to enter the communication management industry; F21: Future Leaders (April 12th-13th) is for CM professionals with five or less years of experience; F21: Critical Path Professionals (April 13th-14th) is for CM and CCM professionals who lead teams, projects and programs. The fourth grouping, F21: Senior Leaders Summit, which will take place on April 15th, is “primarily for C-suite leaders responsible for strategic decision-making across an organization.”

April 12th-15th, 2021
Virtual Events

Using Effective Discovery Tools to Resolve Insurance Defense Cases

March 15, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

This live-streamed seminar will “provide insights into updated and aggressive discovery techniques that insurance defense attorneys can employ, including investigations into the use of litigation funding and Med Pay, how to handle settlement negotiations, and drafting best practices for discovery requests and notices to admit.” The program is relevant for insurance defense attorneys. Topics to be covered include a review of new state discovery rules, investigating whether a plaintiff has taken litigation funding, and discussing the effects of litigation loans and Med Pay on settlement negotiations, and more. The seminar faculty will be Diana Gerstberger of Arch Insurance Group, Inc. and attorney Ellen H. Greiper of Lewis Brisbois.

April 5th, 2021
Virtual Event

The 2021 Groundbreaking Women in Construction Conference

March 8, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

This year’s Groundbreaking Women in Construction (GWIC) event will again be virtual. Featuring an enhanced platform, the 2021 conference will provide additional ways for peers and industry leaders to connect. The GWIC conference “serves as a catalyst that helps women expand their presence, influence and career success in an ever shifting industry—and to share, learn, challenge and inspire in their organizations.”

May 4th-6th, 2021
Virtual Event

ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee's Virtual Seminar Kicks Off in March

March 1, 2021
Tred R. Eyerly - Insurance Law Hawaii

This year's virtual Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee's annual seminar will begin the first week of March. The conference will be conducted over a course of three weeks, with sessions running for a couple of hours on Thursdays and Fridays. The sessions will be offered on March 3-5, 11-12, and 18-19, 2021.

The annual conference is a must for insurance coverage practitioners and, while we will miss traveling to the desert in Tucson, this year can be enjoyed from your home or office. Policyholder lawyers, carrier lawyers, judges and industry experts will offer a variety of seminars ranging from such topics as coverage for COVID-19 business interruption claims to diversity and inclusion in the insurance industry. I will co-present on a panel addressing the future of Directors and Officers coverage. As list of programs offered is here.

Reprinted courtesy of Tred R. Eyerly, Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert
Mr. Eyerly may be contacted at

March 3rd-5th, 11th-12th, and 18th-19th, 2021
Virtual Event

Save the Date: IRMI Construction Risk Conference

February 22, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

The date for the 2021 IRMI Construction Risk Conference has been announced, though registration is not yet available. The conference features top tier speakers, focused construction risk and insurance content, and innovative ideas for contractor insurance programs. While waiting for the next conference, 2020 CRC Virtual Attendees may access their on-demand content by using their registration credentials.

November 7th-10th, 2021
Location TBD

Seth Friedman, Christopher Meeks to Participate at ABA Virtual Insurance Coverage Litigation Seminar

February 15, 2021
Seth Friedman & Christopher Meeks - Lewis Brisbois Newsroom

Atlanta Partners Seth M. Friedman and Christopher Meeks will both participate at the American Bar Association’s (ABA) 2021 Virtual Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar taking place March 3-19.

As co-chair of the ABA’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee’s Annual Conference, Mr. Friedman is one of the leaders of the team responsible for the planning and preparation of this seminar and will guide the event as it takes place throughout March.

On the final day of the seminar, Friday, March 19, at 3:30 p.m. ET, Mr. Meeks will lead a breakout session titled “What's an ‘Occurrence’ Today?” The session will discuss recent appellate decisions and posit a series of hypotheticals concerning whether conduct that is seemingly intentional is “accidental” and, thus, qualifies as an “occurrence.”

Reprinted courtesy of Seth Friedman, Lewis Brisbois and Christopher Meeks, Lewis Brisbois
Mr. Friedman may be contacted at
Mr. Meeks may be contacted at

March 3rd-19th, 2021
Virtual Event

Suzanne Mulvihill on Panel for ALFA International’s Virtual Seminar on Commercial Lease Disputes on February 17, 2021

February 8, 2021
Suzanne A. Mulvihill - Haight Brown & Bonesteel

Partner Suzanne Mulvihill is a panelist during ALFA International’s Virtual Regional Seminar on Commercial Lease Disputes. The webinar is being presented by the Business Litigation Practice Group on February 17, 2021.

Topics include:

  • Interactive discussion of how courts treat commercial lease disputes in the era of COVID-19;
  • Lease disputes arising because of COVID-19; and
  • Lease drafting and negotiation best practices to avoid and/or mitigate potential disputes

For more information regarding the complimentary CLE webinar or to register, CLICK HERE.

Reprinted courtesy of Suzanne A. Mulvihill, Haight Brown & Bonesteel
Ms. Mulvihill may be contacted at

February 17th, 2021
Virtual Event

For the Betterment of the Structural Engineering Profession: A Joint CASE, NCSEA & SEI Town Hall Event

February 1, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

In 2019, leadership from the Joint Virtual Coalition of American Structural Engineers (CASE), the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) and the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) jointly endorsed a Vision for the Future of Structural Engineering. Last year, CASE, NCSEA, and SEI furthered the goal by issuing a joint call to action pledging to identify and eradicate behaviors that perpetuate racism and inequality within the structural engineering profession. Later this month, the three organizations will host a virtual town hall meeting to discuss the progress to fulfill the vision and call to action. It will include an open question and answer session to continue the discussion.

February 23rd, 2021
Virtual Event

Insurance in the Construction Industry Seminar

January 25, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

This two-day seminar will provide attendees with tools needed “to understand the evolving Construction Insurance Industry, from Case Law Updates to current complex issues such as Duty to Defend, Duty to Settle, Coverage for Continuing Damage, Additional Insured Endorsements, and OCIPs, CCIPs, WRAPs and Non-Traditional Insurance.” Other topics to be covered include “Ethical Considerations: The Cumis Doctrine, Single Versus Multiple Occurrences Under a CGL Insurance Policy, Builders Risk Insurance, Effective Mediation Strategies, and a Judge’s Perspective on Construction and Insurance Issues.” The seminar is relevant for attorneys and insurance professionals working within the construction industry.

March 25th-26th, 2021
In Person & Live Webcast
Hilton Garden Inn Midtown / Homewood Suites
97 10th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

CLFT 34th Annual Construction Law Conference

January 18, 2021
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

This two-day seminar is sponsored by The Construction Law Foundation of Texas (CLFT) and The Construction Law Section, in cooperation with the Texas Institute of CLE. Topics to be covered include Come on In, The Water’s Fine: Vouching in to Construction Disputes, No Partnership by Ambush – An Overview of Transactional Entities in Construction and Commercial Agreements, And If You Build On It, You Buy It. The conference will be accessible through Zoom or a similar, interactive platform. Attendees will have opportunities for questions and comments to the presenters.

March 4th-5th, 2021
Virtual Conference

Suzanne Mulvihill on Panel for ALFA International’s Virtual Seminar on Commercial Lease Disputes on February 17, 2021

January 11, 2021
Suzanne A. Mulvihill - Haight Brown & Bonesteel

Partner Suzanne Mulvihill is a panelist during ALFA International’s Virtual Regional Seminar on Commercial Lease Disputes. The webinar is being presented by the Business Litigation Practice Group on February 17, 2021.

Topics include:

  • Interactive discussion of how courts treat commercial lease disputes in the era of COVID-19;
  • Lease disputes arising because of COVID-19; and
  • Lease drafting and negotiation best practices to avoid and/or mitigate potential disputes

February 17th, 2021
Virtual Event

Ms. Mulvihill may be contacted at

AI in AEC Conference 2021

January 4, 2021
Aarni Heiskanen - AEC Business

Artificial Intelligence in Architecture, Engineering and Construction is a virtual two-day conference taking place on March 24-25, 2021. The program is published, and early bird registration is open until January 15, 2021.

The seed for this conference was planted with the preparation of the IABSE AI Workshop 2020. The high international interest towards the 2020 event showed that AEC industry has clear lack of this kind of global conference. Our industry is now ready to take the next step in AI deployment and move from building the foundation towards creating the value from data and AI.

March 24th-25th, 2021
Virtual Conference

Mr. Heiskanen may be contacted at

ABC Convention 2021

December 29, 2020
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) hosts their annual convention in Texas next year. The ABC Convention 2021 features its signature programs including the Construction Management Competition, National Craft Championships and the National Excellence in Construction® Awards. The convention will begin with positive words from inspirational speaker Jon Dorenbos.

March 9th-11th, 2021
Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center
1501 Gaylord Trail
Grapevine, TX 76051

AGC WebEd: The Construction Regulatory Road Ahead

December 21, 2020
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

This one-day seminar will discuss recent regulatory trends as well as what to expect in the future. It will also answer a series of important questions: “So how do regulations end up where they do? Who determines the final requirements? What has been the regulatory trends during the Trump Administration? What can the construction industry expect from the Biden Administration? How soon can we expect those regulations to take effect?” The seminar will be led by a panel of AGC of America regulation experts.

January 19th, 2021
Live Webinar

Government Contracting & Construction Law

December 14, 2020
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

The date of the 9th annual Government Contracting & Construction Law seminar has been moved to March 23rd and 24th. A few of the many topics to be covered include Construction Defect Evaluation, Insurance in the Construction Industry, and Litigating Construction Cases Under COVID-19. The two-day seminar is relevant for Architects, Attorneys, Contractors, Engineers, Government Employees, Insurance Professionals, and Municipal Employees.

March 23rd-24th, 2020
In Person Location TBD in Atlanta, GA
Also Live Webcast

ABA Seminar: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You and Your Client: Scheduling for Construction Attorneys, Part I

December 7, 2020
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

This first part of a two part series will focus on “basic scheduling terms and techniques so that you can understand the scheduling terminology and effectively communicate with your expert.” The following questions will be answered: What type of contract scheduling clauses work and what don’t? Should the schedule be resource and cost loaded? Who owns the float? What happens when a contractor submits an early completion schedule? What should you look for in a schedule update?

December 15th, 2020

PLI Building Better Construction Contracts 2020

November 30, 2020
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

The Practising Law Institute (PLI) presents a one-day seminar focusing on how to build construction contracts. A few of the many topics to be covered include Analysis of recent case law on force majeure, Review of Covid-19 related cost and impact claims, and Thinking ahead about mediation, arbitration, or litigation. The seminar is appropriate for “Practitioners, in-house counsel and finance professionals who draft, review, litigate, or otherwise advise on construction contract matters.”

December 11th, 2020
Live Webinar


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