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

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


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