Annual U.S. Construction and Engineering Conference 2021

Our annual U.S. Construction and Engineering Conference will be held virtually on Thursday, 13 May. This year's interactive conference will focus on current issues affecting the construction and engineering industry within the United States, including the effects of the new administration on the construction industry, how recent arbitral rule revisions may affect the resolution of construction disputes, and recommendations for drafting and negotiating key construction contract provisions going forward.

During the program our team will focus on practical advice for mitigating risks and resolving disputes surrounding the topics below:

  • Building back to the future: What you aren't hearing on the news about "building back better" and the future of construction in the new political climate. What's the realistic "build back better" result? What might a new American infrastructure look like under a divided Congress? Who will win and who will lose? In this featured session a well-known and forward-leaning panel of industry experts will give the heads-up on the likely future of the new administration's infrastructure plan and what it will mean to our industry in the coming years. From the political angle of what's possible to a nuts-and-bolts discussion of the near-term for roads and bridges, electric-vehicle support, offshore wind, solar, and other energy projects where both industry and politics are aligned.
  • A look behind the curtain: How rule revisions may affect construction disputes and how to efficiently and effectively handle construction arbitrations in the new normal. During this session, we will hear from alternative dispute resolution professionals and arbitrators. They will discuss the recent changes to the rules of various arbitral organizations, and how the revised rules may affect future construction and engineering disputes. We will also host a fireside chat with a panel of current arbitrators as they share their views on how to effectively move through the arbitration process in the new normal.
  • A look ahead: Understanding force majeure and post-COVID-19 modifications. This session will look at typical force majeure clauses, including how force majeure clauses apply to specific issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, whether force majeure clauses cover "pandemics" at all, and, if so, how such provisions are being applied in the post-COVID-19 world. There will also be a crossfire-style discussion from the perspective of both owner and contractor with varying interpretations of construction contract provisions and recommendations for drafting and negotiating reasonable COVID-19/force majeure provisions in construction contracts going forward. The session will conclude with a panel discussion of preeminent experts who will discuss quantifying COVID-19 claims and their experience thus far with them, including use of artificial intelligence to more accurately quantify, substantiate, and prove such claims.

Members of our global Construction & Engineering practice will be joined by an exceptional lineup of guest speakers.

Register Here: Annual U.S. Construction and Engineering Conference 2021

CLE credit is pending in California, Colorado, New York, and Texas. Attorneys licensed elsewhere will receive uniform certificates of attendance which may be used to seek individual credit.

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