WPL Publishing Webinar To Provide Advice for Minimizing Construction Claims

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Top construction attorneys will advise owners, contractors, subcontractors, lawyers, and others about key contract negotiation points for avoiding such claims.

Expert construction attorneys next week will advise attendees of a WPL Publishing webinar on how best to negotiate construction contracts.

The 90-minute interactive webinar, scheduled for Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT), will feature construction attorneys Randall Allen and John Marshall Cook. The webinar is entitled "Key Contract Negotiation Points to Minimize Construction Claims and Allocate Risk." To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/23zelmw.

Allen and Cook will provide insight into what owners and contractors are saying during negotiations of key deal points and what they are hoping their counterparts will not hear.

Professionals in the field often talk about shifting risk and managing risks, but the webinar will get into the nuts and bolts of how that is actually done, both from the owner’s and contractor’s perspective.

For the webinar, Allen will play the part of the intractable contractor while Cook will assume the role of the obstinate owner, allowing attendees to hear their mock negotiation of many of the major issues of a construction contract, including the following:

  • Payment provisions.
  • Design Risk.
  • Indemnification and Insurance.
  • Delay/Time Extension Provisions.
  • Liquidated Damages.
  • Consequential Damages.
  • Termination Provisions.
  • Warranty Provisions.
  • Differing Site Clause.
  • Disputes Provisions.

The program is ideal for those professionals who participate in the negotiation of construction contracts, including owners, contractors, subcontractors, and lawyers. The provisions discussed will be relevant to design-bid-build and design-build projects.

Allen has specialized in construction law for more than 35 years, representing owners, contractors, subcontractors, and sureties in various matters, including contract negotiation, the preparation and defense of claims, and dispute resolution in mediation, arbitration, and litigation. He has published and spoken extensively on these subjects before professional and industry groups. Formerly a partner in the firm of Smith, Pachter, McWhorter & Allen, he established a solo practice in 2006 as Randall C. Allen, PC in Leesburg, Va.

Cook is a partner at Smith, Pachter, McWhorter PLC in Vienna, Va. He practices construction law, serving clients such as large, international construction and engineering companies, subcontractors, local governments, and industrial owners. He has served as project counsel for the owners on the construction of several large industrial facilities, advising them on everything from project delivery systems to contract negotiations to handling of claims.

In addition to the presentations, a 15-minute period has been reserved at the end of the panelist presentation for an interactive question-and-answer session so that attendees can discuss specific issues or gain additional knowledge about topics discussed.

Webinar tuition is based on location, not number of participants, so each registration site can have multiple participants for one low price. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/23zelmw.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc. produces four construction newsletters: Construction Project Controls & BIM Report (http://www.projectcontrols.com), Construction Claims Advisor (http://www.constructionclaims.com), Green Building Insider (http://www.greenbuildinginsider.com), and Construction Advisor Today (http://www.constructionadvisortoday.com). The company also hosts webinar series on topics relevant to the construction industry. WPL is on Twitter at CAT_Online.

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