DRI Faculty List

2021 Artificial Intelligence in Construction Virtual Seminar

February 16, 2021

Brian D'Andrade, Ph.D.

Brian D'Andrade, Ph.D. is a licensed professional electrical/computer engineer with 20 years of experience in research, development, and failure analysis of electrical, electronic, computer, software, and network systems. His expertise is used in a variety of litigation, insurance investigations and arbitration matters including electrical injuries, building damage assessments, cybersecurity and computer forensics. He is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) and a Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP).

Adam Dershowitz, Ph.D., P.E., CFEI
Exponent Failure Analysis Associates

Adam Dershowitz, Ph.D., P.E., CFEI, specializes in aeronautical and astronautical engineering. He has expertise in aircraft and spacecraft systems and instrumentation. Dr. Dershowitz studies the interactions of complex systems, including human in the loop systems; airplane and helicopter icing; manned and unmanned space vehicles; cockpit displays; control of vehicles; decision making; safety critical software; and software failures. He models and analyzes vehicles, systems, and their accidents, and analyzes and presents high dimensionality and complex data. Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Dershowitz worked at Johnson Space Center for United Space Alliance. There, he worked in NASA's Mission Control Center on the motion control system of the International Space Station, designed and researched advanced technology solutions for Mission Control, and served as a member of the orbital debris analysis team for the Shuttle Columbia accident investigation. Dr. Dershowitz has significant teaching experience, both in the classroom and as a certified flight instructor.

Diana M. Gerstberger
Arch Insurance Group

Diana M. Gerstberger is currently an AVP of Casualty Claims at Arch Insurance. Gerstberger has an extensive background managing a variety of complex litigated claims including NY Labor Law, Products Liability, Premise Liability and Construction Defect matters. Gerstberger has over 19 years' experience as a claims professional & insurance defense counsel. She is a frequent industry speaker and is the Immediate Past Chair of the DRI Construction Law Section.

Brett J. Geschke
SmithAmundsen LLC

Brett J. Geschke is a paralegal on SmithAmundsen LLC's products liability litigation team and a graduate of Notre Dame Law School. Alongside SmithAmundsen Partner Dennis Cotter, Brett has delivered multiple presentations regarding FAA regulation of commercial drone usage to audiences of construction professionals in Chicagoland.

Michael P. Sams
Kenney & Sams PC

Michael P. Sams is a founding member and shareholder of Kenney & Sams, PC. He also is a Past Chair of DRI's Construction Law Committee. He focuses his practice in construction law and civil trial practice generally. Sams has received an AV Rating, the highest rating for legal ability and professional ethics, from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and has been rated one of the top 100 lawyers in New England by Boston Magazine and a New England Super Lawyer since 2005.

Aleen R.Tiffany
HeplerBroom LLC

Aleen R.Tiffany, a partner in HeplerBroom's Chicago and Crystal Lake offices, focuses her practice in commercial construction - litigation, corporate, contract, and risk transfer. She has successfully litigated and overseen a wide variety of matters nationwide, and is a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America, a member of the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys, and has been named numerous times as an Illinois Leading Lawyer and an Illinois Super Lawyer.

Danielle M. Waltz
Jackson Kelly PLLC

Danielle M. Waltz is a member in Jackson Kelly PLLC office in Charleston, West Virginia, focusing primarily on litigation, handling complex multi-party construction matters, and government relations. Waltz has published and lectured on construction matters, including authoring the West Virginia portion of the 2009 DRI Desk Reference. She has been extensively involved in the DRI Construction Law Group, and currently serves as the Vice Chair of DRI Construction Committee.

Hillary L. Weigle
SmithAmundsen LLC

Hillary L. Weigle is a partner in the Chicago office of SmithAmundsen LLC. Her practice area primarily focuses on all facets of complex construction litigation. Weigle earned her B.A. summa cum laude from Miami University and her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law. Presently, she serves as the Vice Chair of the IDC's Construction Law Committee. She recently co-authored "The Technology Revolution in the Construction Industry: The Rise of Artificial Intelligence" for the IDC Quarterly.

Holly C. Whitlock-Glave
HeplerBroom LLC

Holly C. Whitlock-Glave is a senior associate at HeplerBroom LLC. She primarily focuses her practice in the defense of complex, multi-party commercial construction litigation involving construction injury, construction defects, risk transfer, construction contract, risk management, general liability coverage issues, expert analysis & investigations and settlement negotiations/alternative dispute resolution. She has been admitted to practice in the State of Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. She is a long-standing member of the Illinois Defense Counsel (IDC), receiving IDC's Volunteer of the Year award in 2018. As a member of IDC, she serves as an author, speaker, Chair of the Construction Law Committee and Director at Large on the Board of Directors.