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April 2018

Louisville Construction Partner Angela Richie Featured Speaker at NASCC: The Steel Conference

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani Construction Partner Angela Richie will deliver several presentations at the annual North American Steel Construction Conference (NASCC) from April 11-13, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. NASCC: The Steel Conference is the premier educational and networking event for the structural steel industry, bringing together structural engineers, structural steel fabricators, erectors and detailers. Richie's presentations include the following:

Thursday, April 12, 2018

8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – “You Never Give me Your Money”: How to avoid Bet the Company Mistakes (L2)
Once you have signed a contract with a “bet the company clause,” any dispute you enter becomes a salvage operation, and even the best and most creative construction lawyer may not be able to undo what you have signed. This session will provide an overview of those bet the company clauses and what you can do to eliminate or mitigate them.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – "Livin on a Prayer": What Due Diligence Do You Need To Do Before You Bid or Start Work? (L1)
Disputes often occur because the parties did not take the time to ensure their front end documents, such as bid documents, plans, specifications, and contracts were balanced or reflected the true intent of the parties. This session will cover the importance of evaluating your front end documents and how to best manage such evaluation in today’s fast-track construction environment.

1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. – “Lawyers, Guns and Money”: What you need to know about Defending and Prosecuting Claims before you get into a dispute (L3)
What do you do when you are faced with the need to pursue payment for work you have performed? What do you do when someone says “Steel Does Not Work”?

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”: It’s Time to Take Another Look At Your Subcontracts (L5)
When was the last time you looked at your subcontracts to downstream vendors? Your subcontracts may be the most important document your issue or negotiate if a problem occurs. What would happen if your erector’s lack of job site supervision resulted in a significant job-site accident? What would happen if your structural engineer that designed the connection made a significant error resulting in a partial collapse of a structure? What would happen if after the steel was erected, fireproofing applied to the structure started to fall off?

Friday, April 13, 2018

8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – “I Can’t Make It On Time”: How to Defend and Prosecute Delay Claims (L4)
Have you ever had a project where the design changed or was late? Did the late design or design change push your fabrication schedule into a period in which you already had other work scheduled? Did you know that you may be entitled to compensation for such changes? Have you ever been accused of delaying Project? Do you know how to defend yourself against such claims?

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Compare and Contrast BIM Contract Documents (T7)
If you are not familiar with BIM contract documents this session will introduce you to two of the most prominent BIM contract addendums: AIA E202-203 and Consensus Docs 301. This session will explore, compare, and contrast these contract documents and familiarize attendees with the various nuances of each.

The Steel Conference offers more than 130 sessions on topics ranging from "Stiffeners, Doublers, Web Plates to "10 Seismic Lessons from the Design of Large and Complex Structures" to a "Fundamental Principles of Project Management and Tools for Project Success." In addition to practical seminars on the latest design concepts, construction techniques and cutting-edge research, the conference also offers an extensive trade show, featuring products ranging from structural design software to machinery for cutting steel beams, and plentiful networking opportunities. For more information on this conference, please click here.

Gordon & Rees is a national litigation and business transactions firm with more than 800 lawyers in 48 offices across the United States. Our lawyers provide full service representation to public and private companies ranging from the Fortune 500 to start-ups. Founded in 1974, Gordon & Rees is recognized among the fastest growing and largest law firms in the country and continues to climb the ranks of both the Am Law 200 and The National Law Journal. Additionally, in 2017 Law360 ranked the firm among the top 50 largest U.S. firms and The American Lawyer ranked the firm among the top 35 on its Diversity Scorecard.

Angela Marie Richie