||Registration and Continental Breakfast
||Welcome and Introduction
Glenn Zakaib, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Toronto, ON
Mark D. Shifton, Gfeller Laurie LLP, Princeton, NJ
||The Aging of America’s Housing and Infrastructure
Recent events and tragedies have drawn a harsh spotlight onto America’s aging structures and infrastructure. A panel of experts will discuss the likely implications over the next decade, such as expanded third-party liability, greater regulation and government oversight, and the importance of maintaining structures.
Joshua W. Mermis, West Mermis, Houston, TX
Susan Asmus, National Association of Home Builders, Washington, DC
Natalie Anderson, TopBuild, Daytona Beach, FL
Matthew Pavelchak, PE, Walter P. Moore Associates, Houston, TX
||Corporate Sustainability Goals – Net Zero by 2030?
Many corporate entities have set aggressive renewable energy goals such as achieving net zero by 2030. Some have likened these steep goals to President Kennedy’s declaration of putting a man on the moon. To meet these challenges, some entities have developed partnerships with utilities to develop useable commercial and industrial programs and economic structures targeted to function within the regulatory compact and with minimal impact to non-participating customers. These programs can be developed to serve larger commercial and industrial customers of a particular utility and can have a community approach to provide renewable energy resources to all customers in the utility’s service area.
Stephanie Eaton, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, Winston-Salem, NC
Lisa Perry, Walmart Inc., Bentonville, AR
Dianne Triplett, Duke Energy Florida, St. Petersburg, FL
||The New Normal – Balancing Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives with Remote/Hybrid Work Policies
Corporate diversity and inclusion initiatives serve the important function of ensuring the diversification of the entity’s workforce and leveraging that diversity to meet the entity’s business goals. Achieving these initiatives requires a company-wide commitment to taking concrete steps to measurably increase diversity while supporting a culture of inclusion. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many employers to reevaluate their office footprints. How can a corporate entity maintain a culture supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives while balancing the need for remote/hybrid work policies over the next few years?
Toyja E. Kelley, Locke Lord LLP, Washington, D.C.
Lenore R. Chouinard, Hartford Steam Boiler, Alpharetta, GA
Ashley Welvaert, Liberty Oilfield Services, San Antonio, TX
Michelle M. Arbitrio, Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP, New York, NY
||Lunch (On your own)
||Breakout Sessions (Track A)
||Case Law Update: Race Against the Clock
Stay on the cutting edge of the law by hearing a panel of attorneys discuss the latest developments in the field. But there’s a catch – all speakers will be operating under strict time limits. Can they inform and entertain within the designated time? AND begin…
Chris Begeman, Righi Fitch Law Group, Phoenix, AZ
Nicole M. Varisco, Brooks, Berne & Herndon, PLLC, Elmsford, NY
Seth Alhadeff, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, Miami, FL
||Insurance Coverage 101
Construction cases nearly always involve significant coverage issues, and even counsel retained only to defend an insured must be conversant with basic issues of insurance coverage. Learn what you need to know, even if you don’t know an exclusion from an exception.
Jacob Esparza, Holman Fenwick Willan LLP, Houston, TX
||Breakout Sessions (Track B)
||Hot Topic Potpourri
There are so many interesting topics to discuss we could barely fit them all! Hear three speakers present “bite-sized” presentations on various timely and interesting topics. The word of the day is “brevity!”
Stacy L. Moon, Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP, Birmingham, AL
Peter T. DeMasters, Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC, Morgantown, WV
John M. Sier, Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook, Detroit, MI
||Insurance Coverage (But No Potent Potables)
Think you know about insurance coverage? We invite you to test your mettle by participating in an interactive session of insurance coverage “Jeopardy.” Audience participation will be strongly encouraged.
Diana L. Winfrey, Selman Breitman LLP, Los Angeles, CA
Diana Gerstberger, Arch Insurance Group, Alpharetta, GA
Kelli G. Hawley, McCathern PLLC, Los Angeles, CA
||Experts View on Wearable Technology: Hands-On Demonstration
Wearable technology at the construction site is nothing new. But how many of us have experience with wearable tech beyond trying on a Fitbit? That’s about to change. Join us for this hands-on demonstration where you will experience real-time use of wearable tech at an active construction site -- all from the comforting environment of a conference room, brought to life through the miracle of virtual reality.
Jared Henthorn, S-E-A, Ltd., Columbus, OH
||Business Meeting/SLG Meetings
||Women’s Networking Reception
||Networking Reception (in collaboration with DRI’s Women in the Law Seminar)
Join colleagues and friends at selected restaurants for dinner (on your own).
||Premier Networking Event: Speakeasy Austin
Join attendees from the Construction and Women in the Law Seminars for this premier networking event at Speakeasy Austin. Take in the downtown skyline from the rooftop, where we'll be entertained by one of the best DJ's in Austin. Engage in friendly competition games (darts, shuffleboard, pool table and bowling), soak up the roaring 20’s vibe, relax with a cocktail and mingle with friends and colleagues. Could there be a better way to expand your network and build your book of business to start the new year? We don’t think so. There is a maximum of 2 tickets per person.
Registration for this event will be on the DRI seminar registration page. You will need to scroll down after the Questions to purchase a ticket. You must purchase your ticket by January 21, 2022.
*The cost is $100 per ticket and ticket is non-refundable.