WPL Webinar to Examine the Differences Between AIA and ConsensusDOCS Construction Contract Forms

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The interactive webinar, entitled “AIA or ConsensusDOCS: An Examination of Key Clauses,” is tailored for various professionals in the construction community, including contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, construction law attorneys, construction managers, and public and private owners.

WPL Publishing later this month will hold a webinar to help construction professionals understand the differences between American Institute of Architects (AIA) and ConsensusDOCS contract forms and decide which form best suits their needs.
In 2007-2008, significant changes arose in the standard form construction contract. For the first time since 1997, AIA issued wholesale revisions to the commonly used AIA standard form documents. At about the same time, a group of 22 organizations released a comprehensive set of contracts and other forms known as “ConsensusDOCS.” Although these “form documents” have now been around for a few years, the debate about which form should be used continues, causing substantial confusion for construction professionals. The 90-minute webinar, scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. (EST), is designed to minimize such confusion for attendees. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/c6ocp98.
Experts addressing webinar attendees will discuss the origins of these documents, the ins and outs of the competing forms, and the biases that are found in each set. Attendees will be more prepared to identify the key terms that may seem innocuous but actually could have a significant impact on their rights and obligations should they enter into one of these form contracts.
Webinar attendees will learn how to do the following:

  • Ascertain the key similarities and differences between AIA and ConsensusDOCS contract forms.
  • Take advantage of contractual provisions for addressing differing site conditions.
  • Determine which form document is best to use.

Addressing webinar attendees will be Mike Pipkin and Andrew Harris of Sedgwick LLP.
Mr. Pipkin heads the Texas Construction Practices Group for Sedgwick, leading a team that provides all aspects of counseling and litigation to contractors, subcontractors, sureties, private owners, developers, and design professionals on projects including high-rise office buildings and condominiums, heavy and light commercial, industrial, road and bridge, and residential construction. In addition to more than 20 years of litigation and arbitration experience involving various construction projects, he has assisted clients in the preparation of traditional lump-sum and guaranteed maximum price contracts, construction management contracts, and agreements with contractors and architects, claims investigation and administration, resolution of lien disputes, and the pursuit and defense of construction claims of all types.
Mr. Harris serves as special counsel with Sedgwick’s Orange County Construction Practices Group. His practice focuses on the representation of contractors, subcontractors, developers, and owners in all phases of the construction process, including contract disputes, delay, interruption, inefficiency, construction claims, and payment disputes as well as transactional matters such as contract preparation, negotiation, and review. He also represents the interests of sureties in matters arising from defaults and claims on public-works and private construction projects.
After their presentations, there will be an interactive 10-to-15 minute question-and-answer session addressing relevant topics.
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/c6ocp98.
WPL Publishing Co., Inc. produces three construction newsletters: 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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