Construction and design defects are the scourge of the construction industry and can cause building damage and result in significant expenses for owners, designers, contractors, material suppliers and insurers. Defect claims can plague our court and arbitration systems, resulting in insurance claims and loss of productivity for the owners, designers, and contractors while the litigation proceeds. The standard assumptions related to risk transfer and insurance coverage no longer apply. Instead, companies are continually adjusting their practices in response to changes in market conditions, insurance availability, and the law.
This seminar will focus on strategies and tactics employed to address and avoid construction defect problems. The speakers at this seminar have a vast amount of experience with construction defect claims and are among the leaders in their trades. Attending this seminar will help keep you on the cutting edge of the ever-changing world of construction defects.
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Joseph J. Dinardo, Program Co-Chair, is a partner in the Atlanta office of Smith Currie & Hancock LLP. His practice focuses mainly on construction disputes, lien prosecution and defense, contracts, commercial litigation, labor law, and collections.
Jennifer A. Kennedy-Coggins, Program Co-Chair, is a member of Cozen O’Connor. She has experience litigating civil and commercial matters, including those pertaining to construction defect, premises liability, mass and complex torts, transportation injuries, products liability, insurance coverage, and extracontractual disputes, including bad faith claims.
Sherri G. Buda, an attorney at Knight Johnson LLC, practices in construction, real estate, and business litigation. She represents builders, owners, general contractors, subcontractors, designers and home owners in federal and state court cases involving negligent construction, defective materials, lien foreclosure, bond claims, and breach of contracts.
John W. Giannini III, CRIS, LEED, is a Business Development Risk Manager for Turner Construction Company. His primary responsibilities include contract drafting and negotiation, risk management, claims management and corporate compliance. He worked for 23 years in the construction industry, as a project manager, superintendent and estimator.
Jon Grove, PSP, is a senior managing consultant at Berkeley Research Group LLC. He has expertise navigating high-stakes challenges, risks, and opportunities related to large projects and contracts. He has over 20 years of experience in project management, cost estimating and fieldwork coordination for contractors, developers and other professional services firms.
Fred Warren Jacoby, a vice chairman of Cozen O’Connor, is a commercial litigator with an emphasis on construction law. He has notably diverse experience and is a sought-after adviser who serves companies in the construction, real estate, and financial services. He represents clients in commercial litigation and provides strategic counsel on operations and contracts.
Kirk D. Johnston is a partner at Smith Currie & Hancock LLP. He focuses his practice on construction litigation, risk management and transactional services. He has experience representing owners, general contractors, architects, and surety companies on a wide range of construction projects, including high rises, highways, bridges, and industrial complexes.
Cheryl H. Shaw is a partner at Freeman Mathis & Gary LLP. She practices in the Construction and Professional Liability practice groups. Her construction practice includes representing design professionals, contractors, owners, and other clients in all types of construction disputes, including professional malpractice, risk management, and breach of contract.
Denise E. Weiner is a partner at Hall Booth Smith PC. She serves as the past president of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the State Bar of Georgia and is a frequent speaker at the Southern Loss Association, Atlanta Claims Association, Southeastern Arson Seminars, Georgia Fire Investigators Association and for many national insurance carriers.
David L. Zion, AIA, NCARB, CSI, is a Director in the Atlanta office of Berkley Research Group LLC and has more than thirty-five years of experience in the design and construction industry. He provides dispute consulting services and/or pro-active risk and construction management services for projects located in the United States, Caribbean, and Canada.