John P. Dacey, Program Co-Chair, is a is a co-managing senior shareholder of Bergman Dacey Goldsmith PLC, a civil litigation firm providing legal services worldwide. He represents public entities in the areas of complex litigation (including contract disputes, public works of construction, and surety bonds).
Hector H. Espinosa, Program Co-Chair, is a partner at K&L Gates LLP. He focuses his practice in the construction industry, working with clients from the onset of a project and contract formation to the resolution of claims through settlement and litigation. He represents clients in private & public projects.
Daniel D. McMillan, Program Co-Chair, is a partner with Jones Day and co-leader of the firm’s global construction practice. He focuses on complex commercial, business, and construction litigation and transactions. He represents owners, design professionals, and contractors in large construction disputes.
Gregory M. Bergman is a senior shareholder of Bergman Dacey Goldsmith PLC. A recognized leader in the legal community, he regularly speaks to client, trade, and professional associations on trial preparation, complex matters, contract litigation, use of experts, employment issues and construction litigation.
E. Todd Chayet is the Assistant General Counsel for Skanska USA Civil Inc., responsible for handling the company’s legal matters in the Western United States. Before joining Skanska in 2017, he practiced as a litigator, focusing on construction, products liability, medical malpractice, and appellate law.
Jacqueline S. DeCamara is Of Counsel at Jones Day. Her practice focuses on complex business and construction law, as well as public works and regulatory compliance issues. She represents and advises owners, design professionals, and contactors in the resolution of business and construction disputes.
Amy J. Fink is Associate General Counsel, Risk, Claims & Litigation Management for Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. She has responsibility for professional liability coverage, general liability, contractors pollution liability, asbestos, D & O, employment practices, workers' compensation, and property claims.
John D. Hanover is a partner at Alston & Bird LLP. His experience includes representing his clients in multimillion-dollar disputes in court, arbitrations, and mediations involving matters ranging from contract disputes, delay and acceleration claims, and payment remedies to claims of defective work.
Matthew R. Hicks is an attorney with Bergman Dacey Goldsmith PLC. His litigation practice focuses on construction, employment, business and contract disputes on behalf of public agencies and private sector clients. He has advised public and private works owners, contractors, subcontractors and sureties.
George S. Howard, Jr. is Of Counsel to Jones Day. For more than forty years he has represented numerous contractors, developers, and property owners in picketing, bannering, and union jobsite access issues, as well as the negotiation of project labor agreements and prevailing wage matters.
Armenak Kavcioglu is a partner with Raisin & Kavcioglu. His practice focuses on public works and commercial construction projects. He counsels clients, including builders and subcontractors, in matters relating to procurement, scope of work disputes, cost growth, delays, disruptions, and other impacts.
Jeffrey B. Kirzner is Of Counsel to Jones Day and leads the construction practice in Irvine. He advises clients on public contracting issues for local, state, and federal procurements and in drafting, negotiating, and administrating contracts for public and private projects.
Peter D. Laun is a partner at Jones Day in Dallas, TX. He represents policyholders in insurance coverage disputes and counsels clients on insurance matters. His experience includes insurance recovery, engineering / construction, product liability, contracts, securities, employment, and class actions.
Erich R. Luschei is a Senior Attorney at Theodora Oringher PC. His practice focuses on complex construction litigation and transactions with an emphasis on large public works projects. He has practiced in construction for nearly 30 years, representing owners, contractors & design professionals.
Bonnie Martin, DBIA, is a Project Executive & Market Sector Leader for Swinerton Builders, California’s top general contractor. She has direct responsibility for the education market in Southern California providing operational oversight, market analysis, client interaction and project staff management.
Candace L. Matson is a partner at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP and leads the Construction Team. She represents owners, lenders, investment funds, contractors, design professionals and others as an advocate in a wide range of private and public contexts relating to design and construction.
Douglas M. McManamon is Of Counsel to Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson PLC. He counsels his clients in all significant aspects of construction law and litigation. His background as an architect and experience in the construction industry lend him a unique ability to understand construction disputes.
David M. Orbach is a partner at Orbach Huff Suarez & Henderson LLP. During his more than thirty years of practice, he has tried construction cases to judges, juries, and arbitrators. He represents public institutions & private owners in all phases of construction from acquisition to post-completion litigation.
Gary E. Scalabrini is a partner at Gibbs Giden Locher Turner Senet & Wittbrodt LLP. He represents employers in labor and employment law, including employment discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and wage/hour claims. He also counsels clients in human resource management.
Wendy L. Slavkin is a solo practitioner in Los Angeles. Her practice focuses on all aspects of business and business litigation, representing a wide range of small to mid-sized companies, as well as individuals. She is a frequent speaker across the U.S. on the topic of substance abuse in the legal profession.
Timothy M. Truax is founder of the Law Offices of Timothy M. Truax PC, representing clients with construction law and real estate law concerns. He has more than 30 years of experience helping clients find cost-effective solutions, from the beginning of a construction project through its completion.
Gabriel Walsh is with Alston & Bird LLP and focuses on solving the technology and e-discovery challenges of clients by leveraging advanced technologies, innovative thinking, and creative strategies. He leads Alston & Bird’s Legal Technology Consulting Services team and provides additional technical and strategic guidance to the firm’s lawyers.
Hon. Carl J. West (ret.) is a neutral for JAMS. He spent eighteen years on the bench, the most recent ten years as a judge with the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s complex litigation panel which promotes early identification of issues and focused discovery to resolve issues and to encourage settlement.