Experts to Alert Construction Professionals to the Risks of Building Green during WPL Publishing Webinar

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The interactive webinar, entitled “How to Keep Profits Growing on Green Jobs and Prevent Them from Bleeding Red,” is targeted to various professionals in the construction community, including contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, construction managers, public and private owners, and construction law attorneys.

Later this month, WPL Publishing will sponsor a webinar offering advice to various types of construction professionals about how they can circumvent the new risks that green building presents. Providing the advice will be a pair of experts from the international litigation and business law firm of Sedgwick LLP who will share valuable insights on green construction standards and law, key legal issues, and contract drafting.

The overall green building market (both commercial and residential) is likely to reach $96-140 billion by 2013. That growth could bring many changes to the construction industry -- including new risks for which construction project owners, contractors, subcontractors, designers, and engineers need to prepare. The webinar is designed to help these and other types of professionals in the construction community avoid such risks. To register for the 90-minute event, scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. (EST), visit

The course is expected to help attendees do the following:

  • Understand the various standards, rating systems, and initiatives associated with green building.
  • Apply local and state codes and mandates relating to green building.
  • Learn key legal issues related to green and sustainable construction.
  • Take advantage of practical considerations for key contract provisions.

Addressing webinar attendees will be Sedgwick’s Jonathan Rodriguez and Robert Shaffer.

Mr. Rodriguez specializes in complex construction claims and dispute resolution, including payment and performance disputes, impact and extra-work claims, and lien and bond claims. He also drafts and negotiates contracts and other construction documentation to ensure proper risk and benefit allocation. He is one of only a few California lawyers who have achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional status, a designation conferred by the U.S.

Green Building Council. He counsels clients on LEED and other green building rating programs as they relate to contract documents and the certification process.

Mr. Shaffer serves as special counsel in Sedgwick’s Los Angeles office, where he focuses his practice on all aspects of the construction industry. He has more than 15 years of experience representing public and private owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, and construction managers. His practice focuses on the following: litigation, arbitration, and mediation of construction claims, delay, and other schedule-related claims, construction liens, bond claims, and other contract disputes; drafting and negotiating complex construction and design contracts, including design-build, integrated project delivery, and building information modeling; and construction-related insurance coverage.

Following 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

WPL Publishing Co., Inc. produces three construction newsletters: Construction Claims Advisor (, Green Building Insider (, and Construction Advisor Today ( The company also hosts webinar series on topics relevant to the construction industry. WPL is on Twitter at CAT_Online.


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