Construction Contracts 101:
Demystifying Design & Construction Contracts for the Successful Project

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Program Chair:

Wojciech Jackowski
Offit Kurman

  • Through the use of case studies, real-world examples, and panel discussions, this program comprised of a panel of experienced construction and development attorneys will walk participants through an in-depth analysis of the major contracting documents that comprise every construction project, including Owner/Architect agreements, Owner/Contractor agreements and Contractor/Subcontractor agreements.  Presented from the specialized perspective of owners, developers, design professionals, primes, construction managers, contractors, subcontractors, legal advisors and others, the panelists will demystify how to quickly identify and understand project risks, highlight the preferred position of each project stakeholder, the best practices for negotiating key provisions favorable to a client’s position, and a proposed real-world resolution. This program will wrap up with an update on the current legal trends, recent decisions, important updates to AIA documents and coming legal challenges affecting the construction industry, and how to resolve these issues in your daily practice.

    Who should attend? This seminar would be practical and useful for anyone who drafts design and construction contract documents or who litigates construction claims arising out of a construction project.

    Live Program & Webcast: $229 for Members | $329 for Nonmembers


  • Robert C. Angelillo
    Arkin Solbakken LLP
    Jeffrey R. Escobar
    Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
    Sarah Sparer
    Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP
    Richard R. Volack
    Peckar & Abramson, P.C.


  • 9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. Welcome & Introduction of Opening Hypothetical

    Wojciech Jackowski

    9:10 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. Which Owner Agreement? Demystifying the Morass of What it Means to be an Owner’s Representative, Construction Manager as Agent, Construction Manager at Risk & General Contractor

    Jeffrey Escobar & Richard Volack

    9:20 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Using the AIA Family of Documents:
    Which Form to Use, When to Use Them & Why it MattersSarah Sparer & Wojciech Jackowski
    9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Owner/Architect Agreements

    • Standard of Care
    • Scope of Services
    • Compensation
    • Consultants/LEED Certification
    • Intellectual Property/Copyright/Licenses
    • Insurance/Indemnification/Liability
    • Suspension/Termination/Dispute Resolution

    Sarah Sparer, Jeffrey Escobar & Wojciech Jackowski

    10:20 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. Break
    10:25 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.  Owner/Contractor Agreements

    • Change Orders
    • Time/Delay Issues
    • Warranty/Damages
    • Liens
    • Payment & Performance Bonds/Insurance
    • Guarantees
    • Termination
    • Dispute Resolution

    Jeffrey Escobar & Richard Volack

    11:15 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Contractor/Subcontractor Agreements

    • Indemnification
    • Pay if Paid/Pay when Paid
    • Termination
    • Lien Waivers
    • Consequential Damages
    • Change Orders/Claims
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution: Arbitration/Mediation
    • Insurance Requirements

    Richard Volack & Robert Angelillo

    11:55 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Changes in the AIA Family of Documents: an Update & Issues of Note After Last Year’s Changes to the AIA Documents


    12:05 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. Construction Caselaw Update: Recent Trends in Construction Law to Take Note of from the Owner, Architect, Contractor & Subcontractor’s Perspectives


    12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Panel Discussion Regarding Closing Hypothetical Contract Issues & Questions



  • CLE Credit
    NY: 4.0 skills
    NJ: 4.1 general MCLE
    CA: 4.0 general MCLE
    PA: 3.0 general MCLE


  • Sterling Bank

    Sponsoring Association Committee: Construction Law Committee | Virginia K. Trunkes, Chair

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Kim Howard, Manager of Membership & Marketing | (212) 382-6753 |