Construction and design defects are the scourge of the construction industry and continue to inflict significant losses on owners, designers, contractors, material suppliers and insurers. Some companies are changing how (and whether) they conduct business in certain markets, such as the condominium market. For all companies, the standard assumptions for risk transfer and insurance coverage no longer apply. Instead, companies are continually adjusting their practices in response to changes in market conditions 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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Sean C. Gay, Program Chair, is a partner in Stoel Rives LLP’s Construction & Design group. He advises clients on a broad range of matters, including project management issues, contract negotiations, public contracting issues, bid protests, and disputes. He is a former construction project manager in Washington and Hawaii and was intimately involved in the technical and financial aspects of his projects.
Louis A. Ferreira is a partner with Stoel Rives LLP, where he has practiced for the last 29 years. He has handled a broad range of high-stake cases and builds upon that experience to counsel clients on risk management, risk transfer and insurance issues. In addition to litigation, he assists clients in understanding the risks they face and advises them on procurement of insurance products.
C. Andrew Gibson is a partner in Stoel Rives LLP’s Real Estate, Construction, and Design Practice. He helps clients build successful projects and negotiate/resolve disputes. He is experienced in drafting and negotiating all forms of project documents, from the design phase through construction, and regularly assists clients with navigating the typical tricks and traps of contracting and insurance coverage issues.
Martha J. Hodgkinson, a partner with Hodgkinson Street Mepham LLC, has a civil litigation and trial practice in Oregon state and federal court representing attorneys, developers, contractors, real estate brokers, design professionals and public entities. She has experience in all aspects of civil litigation and trial practice, with emphasis in real estate and construction litigation, and products liability.
William J. Ohle is a shareholder at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC. He has more than 25 years of experience representing architects and engineers in contract negotiations and disputes, construction defect litigation and regulatory investigations.
Elizabeth K. Rhode is a partner at Gillaspy & Rhode PLLC and head of the Oregon office. Her practice is focused on complex litigation with an emphasis on construction defect, property damage, and other insurance defense work. She has represented developers, general contractors, and subcontractors in matters before the Superior Courts and various arbitration services throughout Washington and Oregon.
Nels J. Vulin is a member of Ball Janik LLP's Construction and Litigation practice groups. He represents residential and commercial owners in construction defect claims of all types. He was selected to the Oregon Rising Stars list 2017–2018, published by Super Lawyers Magazine, is an active member of the legal community, and regularly speaks and publishes on areas of the law related to his practice.
David R. York, AIA, CSI, is the owner of David R. York, Architect LLC, established in 2010. The office provides full traditional architectural services including schematic design and planning, document preparation and detailing, spec writing, and construction observation/QAQC. Also provided are specialized envelope design, condition assessments, enclosure design and detailing.
This seminar is approved for the following credits:
This course has been approved by the Oregon State Bar for 6.0 general CLE credits.
This course has been approved for 5.0 hours of law & legal CLE self-study credit and .75 hours of other nexus CLE self-study credit by the Washington MCLE board.
The Seminar Group is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider; therefore, this course is approved for 6.25 general CLE 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 you are purchasing only certain portions of the seminar then the full credit amount does not apply.
If you do not complete the full seminar you may not earn full credit. If you need assistance calculating your
credit please call our office at 206-463-4400 or 800-574-4852.
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World Trade Center
121 SW Salmon St
Two World Trade Center Building
Portland, OR 97204
The Seminar is located in the Skybridge A & B room. Please call the venue for directions/questions
Guest rooms are available at a Special Rate at Hotel Rose, 50 SW Morrison Street, Portland, Oregon. Please call 866-866-7977 to reserve and mention the Preferred Corporate Rate.
There is a parking garage right below the WTC building off of Taylor Street.