2024 DRI Construction Law Seminar

January 17–19, 2024 | Phoenix, Arizona

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Explore the Future of Construction Law!

The future is upon us. Construction professionals face new challenges at every stage of the build. The race for alternative energy has changed not just how we build but what powers the build. Traditional building methods are rapidly giving way to novel methods due to both necessity and invention. Attorneys, clients, and insurers must be prepared to address the future workforce, products and contractual relationships which come with this change. In challenging legal and economic times, how do we as lawyers best represent our clients moving forward into an era where AI and the global view impact the drafting, management, and litigation of construction? Join the DRI Construction Law Committee as we share our thoughts and strategies for practicing in this challenging and exciting time.

What You Will Learn:

  • How new technology has created a sustainable build.
  • The future of boilerplate construction contracts: what you need to know.
  • Practices and pitfalls of redevelopment and re-purposing of historic buildings and properties with community significance.
  • Coverage trends and client exposure to risks based on new insurer trends.
  • How the economy, worker shortages, and legislation will impact the future of construction.
  • Alternative energy: representing and defending clients that power tomorrow.
  • Effective use of alternative dispute resolution construction disputes.
  • Latest decisions from across the country that impact the defense bar.

Expand Your Network By:

  • Meeting and networking with other Construction Law Committee members.
  • Enjoying networking happy hours.
  • Attending dine-arounds to meet new members and expand your network of contacts!
  • Participate in newly designated small group sessions specifically designed for you to spend time with colleagues from around the country.

Panel Counsel Meetings with Major Companies
Take advantage of the opportunity to engage with key industry companies* including:

  • TBD

*Subject to change

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Thank You to DRI's Construction Law Committee Leadership

Denise Montgomery
Denise Montgomery
Program Chair
Rinaldo Cartaya
Rinaldo Cartaya
Program Vice Chair
James Noonan
James Noonan
Program Vice Chair
Andrew Ferguson
Andrew Ferguson
Committee Chair
Mark D. Shifton
Mark Shifton
Committee Vice Chair
James Weatherholtz
James Weatherholtz
Law Institute

Join the Construction Law Committee

Registration Information

Member Pricing Non-Member Pricing Non-Member Bundle ^
Onsite Registration $1,695 $2,095 $2,015
Group Registration (Non-Sponsored)** $1,095 per person $1,095 per person $1,095 per person
Government Government members will receive the applicable government rate for the seminar upon login. If the government rate does not appear after logging in, please call DRI directly at (312) 795-1101 to receive the discounted rate. Invoices can be sent after purchase upon request.

Not a DRI Member? Select the Non-Member Bundle and Save!

^ Not a DRI Member and want to save on your registration? Take advantage of the Non-Member / Trial Membership Bundle when you register for the DRI Construction Law Seminar. Select the bundle and get up to 9 months of membership with the membership add-on when you check out. Note: Trial membership processing can take up to 30 days from the date of purchase, please contact DRI Customer Service with any questions.

Learn more about membership at DRI and get started on your DRI journey today!

*If your membership recently lapsed, please renew your membership prior to registering to ensure you receive your discounted member rate. If you would like to join DRI to receive the member pricing and see the benefits of becoming a member, click here to go to the Application page.

**Group registration is for registering four or more attendees, members and non-members. There is one free registration with every 10 registrations. You must lock in the rate three weeks prior to the seminar. If you want to register for the group pricing, fill out the form here (online registration is not available for this offering).

Networking Events

Premier Networking Reception
Sponsored by: Hartline Barger LLP, Cox PLLC, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP

Date: Thursday, January 18 from 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Pricing: Free when you register for the seminar
Location: Valley Overlook at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown

Join us for an evening of networking and knowledge exchange at our Premier Networking Reception in the Valley Overlook at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown from 6:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, January 18th. Enjoy making meaningful connections with fellow attendees, speakers, and industry professionals with a delightful selection of appetizers and a variety of beverages. Whether you're looking to forge new professional relationships, share insights, or simply unwind after a day of enriching seminars, this event promises to be a highlight of your educational experience. The Premier Networking Reception is not only an occasion to enhance your professional connections but also a celebration of shared learning and growth. We look forward to seeing you there!

Agenda with Speakers

View Schedule with Room Locations

Small Group Networking (Thursday, January 18)

Châm Pang Lanes
Date: Thursday, January 18 from 4:00–5:45 p.m.
Pricing: $20 for bowling plus tax; food and beverage on your own
Location: 903 N 2nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (~10 min walk, .4 mile from hotel)

A champagne bar and bowling alley under the same roof, the Châm Pang Lanes, this colorful 60s themed spot is a great place to make connections with fellow attendees. Check out their duckpin bowling, pool tables, or pinball machines all while enjoying bubbly cocktails.

Desert Botanical Garden
Date: Thursday, January 18 from 4:00–5:45 p.m.
Pricing: $25
Location: 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008 (~18min via Uber/Lyft/Taxi)

Soak up the sun at Phoenix's 140-acre botanical garden, the Desert Botanical Garden! This garden is a living museum home to 50,000 plants. With five thematic trails to explore, you and your fellow attendees will make memories surrounded by the desert's stunning beauty.

Headquarters Hotel Information

The DRI room block at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown is now sold out. Please use the link below to reserve a room at a nearby available hotel.

Alternative Hotels

If you are planning on attending the seminar and have not secured a hotel reservation, search for hotel availability via our trusted partner aRes Travel**.

**aRes Travel is a third-party travel planner. Rates, deposits, and cancellation policies may vary and are the responsibility of the guest. Questions on hotel policies or payments made on aRes website should be directed to the aRes Reservation Center or to the hotel directly.

CLE Information

Earn up to 7.75 hours of continuing legal education hours (CLE), including 1 hour of Ethics credit from this seminar.

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In some states that charge late CLE submission fees, there will be a $100 late fee to report CLE credits submitted more than 30 days after a seminar/virtual event. Click the button below for more details.

CLE Late Fees


DRI's Construction Law Seminar is proudly sponsored by:

BRG logo Berkeley Research Group
Cox P.L.L.C.
CTL Group Dinsmore Legal Counsel ESi Exponent logo FSSV Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo LLP Gunther Legal logo HAAG Since 1924 Hartline Barger LLP HKA Claims Advisory & Dispute Resolution Experts Jackson Kelly PLLC JS | Held Nelson Forensics
The Experts Robson Forensic S-E-A Know. Wilson Elser

If you would like to contact DRI about seminar sponsorship opportunities, including pricing, or to reserve a spot, please go to Advertising and Sponsorship.

DRI Cares

Blessings in a Backpack

Blessings in a Backpack Who Will Feed the Kids this Weekend?

Please join us in supporting Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for school-aged children across America who might otherwise go hungry. Seminar attendees will have the opportunity to fill bags of food on the way to the joint networking lunch on Thursday, January 18. Feeding a child before you feed yourself is a wonderful way to support children and families in the Phoenix community.

Donate to Blessings in a Backpack

Other Information

If you have any questions or concerns regarding DRI programs, please contact DRI Customer Service at 312.795.1101 or custservice@dri.org.