2019 Construction Legal Forum

Registration: 7:30 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Location: Cerritos SheratonView Map
Online registration is now closed. Please feel free to register onsite. 

Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud, and Romo invites you to attend an insightful day of legal and industry presentations focusing on addressing today’s construction challenges for the private sector.

The legal landscape within the construction industry continues to evolve.  Industry professionals must stay current with these changes in order to remain compliant with the regulatory authorities and protect their organization at every level.  Join us for an informative program led by our attorneys who will discuss a wide range of legal topics keeping pace with a changing construction sector.

We have expanded our event to a full-day with general, specialized breakout sessions and an industry-focused economic speaker. The conference will address a wide range of legal topics affecting the challenges of the construction sector.

Join us for an insightful review focusing on meeting today's construction challenges.

• Construction Industry Trends & Analysis
• Prevailing Wage Update | Skilled & Trained Workforce
• Construction Disputes
• Project Delivery Methods
• New Legislation

7:30 a.m. Breakfast | Registration
8:00 a.m.- 2:15 p.m. Program
12:00 p.m. Lunch
2:15 p.m. Reception 




7:30–8:00 a.m.

Breakfast | Registration

8:00-8:15 a.m.

Introduction | Welcome

8:15-9:00 a.m.

Differing Site Conditions – Shifting Risk of the Unforeseen

Presenters Mary A. Salamone and Chris Spandau, PE with HKA Global

Differing site conditions are a frequent source of disputes between owners and contractors and can lead to significant claims for added costs and schedule delays.  Therefore, it is important to understand the types of differing site conditions, the requisite notifications, and how to take advantage of contractual provisions dealing with these claims.  If such a condition is encountered, the success of the pursuit or defense of any claim can often depend on vital recordkeeping.

9:00-9:45 a.m.

Prevailing Wage | Presenter Thomas Kovacich

9:45-10:00 a.m.


10:00-11:15 a.m.

Anirban Basu | Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group

11:15-11:45 a.m.

OSHA Issues and New Developments | Presenter Jonathan Vick

11:45-12:45 p.m.


12:45-1:30 p.m.

4.  Lessons Learned – Project War Stories

Presenter Hal Block

You cannot manage the risk unless and until you identify the risk.  Even so, the unique dynamics of a construction project give rise to many opportunities for problems to arise and claims to be presented.  Real life examples from the owner, contractor and design professional perspective will be presented to show what could happen and how it can be avoided in the future.

5.  10 Reasons California Employers Get Sued

Presenter Brent Garrett

As employment defense counsel, we see all type of cases.  But there are definitely repeating themes in employment lawsuits.  Come to this informative session and learn about 10 common legal slip-ups and, most importantly, how to avoid them.

1:30-2:15 p.m.


6.  Avoid Trouble! Know the Key Construction Contract Provisions

Presenter Anthony Niccoli

Construction projects begin and end with the contract.  It is the rule book that governs the rights and responsibilities of all construction participants: owner, prime contractor, and subcontractor.  The contract can make-or-break you before the project breaks ground, and certainly during and after the course of construction.  So it is critical for every construction participant to understand key contract provisions:  how they work and how they allocate risk.  Indeed, this understanding will give you the power to negotiate with confidence and to adeptly use your contract to avoid ruin and embrace prosperity.

7.  Essential 2019 Update on California Employment Law

Presenter Brent Garrett

Employment law is fast-changing environment in California.  To stay abreast, you need regular updates on developments in the law.  Stay on top of your game with this informative session presented by Brent Garrett.

2:15 p.m.


Anirban Basu, Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group and Chief Economist to ABC and CFMA

Anirban Basu is Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with offices in Pennsylvania and Cambodia.  The firm provides strategic analytical services to energy suppliers, law firms, medical systems, government agencies, and real estate developers among others.   In 2014, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed him Chair of the Maryland Economic Development Commission.  He also serves as chairman of the Baltimore County Economic Advisory Committee.  He is also the Chief Economist to Associated Builders and Contractors and Chief Economic Advisor to the Construction Financial Management Association.  He serves similar functions for Visit Baltimore, the Maryland Association of Realtors, and Marcum, LLC.  

Mr. Basu earned his B.S. in Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1990.  He earned his Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and his Master’s in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.  His Juris Doctor was earned at the University Of Maryland School of Law. 


Christopher Spandau has more than 40 years of extensive experience covering a broad range of civil, environmental, geotechnical engineering and construction management issues.   Chris has recently been active in the evaluation of various construction disputes as they relate to differing site conditions, defective plans/specifications and standard of care by design professionals.  His projects include airfields, pavement management systems, massive embankment projects, heavy rail, bridges, shallow and deep foundations, in-situ densification, geotechnical / pavement-oriented construction claims analysis and dispute resolution.

Registration Fees: $89 per person, $59 each for two or more from the same organization or current AALRR clients. Fee includes breakfast, lunch and comprehensive materials.

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Event Contact

Jane Novotny - jnovotny@aalrr.com

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