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3rd Annual


in the Construction Industry

March 20, 2014 -- Santa Monica, CA










California courts are dealing with many emerging insurance coverage issues related to the construction industry. Construction cases that involve insurance often become insurance cases that involve construction.

Learn how to best avoid litigation and what to do if you can’t. Join our eminent panel of experts for a targeted overview and discussion of today’s hottest topics in construction risk management and insurance.

You will gain valuable insight on coverage issues currently faced by all risk managers with respect to general liability and property insurance. Please join Program Chair Gregory J. Newman of Selman Breitman LLP, along with the rest of our outstanding faculty, as they cover these topics:

  • Recent Developments in the Case Law
  • Carrier Intervention and How Liability Issues Impact Coverage
  • Independent Counsel
  • Duty to Settle
  • Additional Insured Issues
  • Contractual Indemnity
  • Continuous Loss Language

Program Chair:

Gregory J. Newman
Selman Breitman LLP
Thank you to the Seminar Sponsor Norwood Architecture.

Seminar Sponsor:

Credits: See the credit section for full information
CA CLE: 6.75 General Credits
IRMI: 7.0 Hours
Contractors and Engineers: May Qualify

Who Should Attend:
Attorneys and Legal Staff
Insurance Professionals
Real Estate Professionals
State and Municipal Officials
Land Owners
Utility Managers
Anyone Involved in the Construction Industry


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Thursday, Mar. 20, 2014
9:00Introduction and Overview
Selman Breitman LLP
9:10Recent Developments in the Case Law
Hot Topics in General Liability Insurance; The Exclusions that Matter; Supplementary Payments; Bad Faith; Builder’s Risk and Property Insurance
K&L Gates LLP
10:15Carrier Intervention and How Liability Issues Impact Coverage
When Can a Carrier Intervene in an Action Against its Insured? When Should it Intervene? How is Intervention Accomplished? What are the Pitfalls? How do Liability Issues Impact Coverage?
Selman Breitman LLP
11:00Independent Counsel
When is Independent Counsel Owed? What is the Extent of the Carrier’s Obligation to Pay Independent Counsel? How are Disputes over These Issues resolved? Are the Rules as “Black and White” as the Text of Civil Code §2860?
Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley PC
Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley PC
12:00Lunch (on your own)
1:00Duty to Settle
When is an Insurer Obligated to Settle? When Does This Obligation Arise before Litigation is Filed? When is the Carrier Obligated to Settle a Suit? How Does Settling a Claim against the Named Insured Impact the Carrier’s Additional Insured Obligations? When Does the Insurer Face Potential Bad Faith Exposure for Failing to Settle?
Law Offices of Adreinne D. Cohen
Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel
2:00Additional Insured Issues
How do Courts Interpret “Ongoing Operations” vs. “Completed Operations” in Additional Insured Endorsements? Does it Matter if the Insured was Working at the Project during the Policy Period? Do Exclusions J(5) & J(6) Impact the Coverage Available to an Additional Insured? How do Primary and Non-Contributory Endorsements Change the Landscape?
Law Offices of Greg J. Ryan
Blau & Associates PC
3:15Contractual Indemnity
What is the Extent of the Obligation Owed? Is a Defense Obligation Independent of Liability? Do Types I, II And III Still Matter? What is the Impact on the Insurers? Bodily Injury vs. Property Damage Claims…Follow The Money!
Selman Breitman LLP
Bremer Whyte Brown & O'Meara LLP
4:15Continuous Loss Language
What is a “Continuous” Loss? What Have Insurers Done to Avoid Coverage for Continuous Losses? Deemer Language and Anti-Montrose Provisions: How Are These Different from Prior Loss Provisions?
The Aguilera Law Group APLC


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Kimberly R. Arnal, a partner with The Aguilera Law Group APLC, focuses exclusively on insurance coverage, with an emphasis on third party construction defect, pollution liability, products liability, general liability, errors and omissions, and insurance guaranty association law.

David S. Blau has served as founding partner of Blau & Associates PC since 2003. He has extensive transactional and litigation experience in various areas including insurance coverage, corporate and business formation, construction, premises liability and personal injury.

Adrienne D. Cohen, founder and principal of the Law Offices of Adrienne D. Cohen, began practicing in the areas of first and third party insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. She has defended insureds in a variety of actions ranging from premises liability to construction defect.

Timothy C. Earl, a shareholder with Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel, practices primarily in the areas of construction litigation, insurance coverage, and business litigation. His insurance practice involves representation of policyholders and insurance companies in a variety of coverage disputes.

Stephen J. Erigero, a partner with Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley PC, specializes in commercial litigation, including defense of professional liability claims, insurance bad faith and coverage litigation, D&O liability, and complex construction litigation involving design professionals.

Gregory J. Newman is a partner with Selman Breitman LLP. He specializes in handling complex insurance coverage-related matters, with an emphasis in third party property-casualty issues in the construction arena.

Timothy L. Pierce is a partner with K&L Gates LLP. His practice almost exclusively involves legal matters in the construction industry.

Greg J. Ryan, founder of the Law Offices of Greg J. Ryan PC, practices in the areas of insurance law, construction, business disputes, employment law, and personal injury. He previously practiced with Sparber Ferguson Ponder & Ryan for 13 years.

Stephen M. Shaner is an attorney with Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley PC and practices in the areas of Insurance Services, Intellectual Property, Catastrophic/Personal Injury and Business And Commercial Litigation.

John H. Toohey is the firmwide Managing Partner for Bremer Whyte Brown & O’Meara LLP. Representing industry leaders in transportation, construction and insurance, he is recognized as an expert in insurance and construction defect litigation.


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This seminar is approved for the following credits

THE SEMINAR GROUP is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider; therefore, this course is approved for 6.75 general CLE credits.

Construction Risk & Insurance Specialists
This course has been approved by the IRMI for 7.0 hours of CRIS reaccreditation credits.

Contractors & Engineers
Contractors and engineers may qualify for continuing education hours through the American Institute of Constructors or the Construction Management Association of America.

If this seminar has not been approved for the credits you require, let us know and we will look into it for you.

Information on Continuing Education Credits


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Attorney $525.00
2 or more $500.00
Government / Non-Profit $425.00
Other Professionals $425.00
Other Professionals $425.00
Other Professionals $425.00
New Associate $390.00
Other Professionals $390.00
Student $327.00
Printed Materials $125.00
DVD Homestudy $550.00
CD Homestudy $550.00

Fee Description

Cancellation Policy

We will refund your tuition less a $50 cancellation charge if we receive your cancellation by 3/14/2014.


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This seminar is being held at:
Le Méridien Delfina
530 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: 310-399-9344
Please call the hotel for directions/ questions. A courtesy block of sleeping rooms has been set aside at a group rate. To reserve, please call Kayli at 310-309-8027 by February 28, 2014. Mention THE SEMINAR GROUP.
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