American Bar Association
Division 5: General Contractors

Division 5: General Contractors

Mission Statement

To provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge related to legal issues encountered by general contractors in the course of the construction process and the provision of practical advice on managing construction risks. Division 5 Podcast Greeting: Click Here... Monthly Telephone Conferences: Division 5 - General Contractors holds a conference call on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. EST. If you are interested in participating, please dial 866-646-6488, Passcode: 2402402336#. Contact the Division 5 Chair, John Cook, if you are interested in attending, presenting, or if you have any questions. Committee Meetings Division 5 has begun holding Breakfast or Lunch Meetings at each of the Annual, Fall and Mid-Winter meetings for all of its members, typically the Friday of each meeting. The meeting usually begins with a short presentation on a construction law "current event," followed by a discussion of the various ways in which Division members can become more active in the Forum. Getting Involved Division 5 is continually on the lookout for those wanting to become more active in the Forum. One of the best ways to get involved is to attend one of the Division Meetings or telephone conferences, learn what Division 5 is all about, and volunteer to get involved. Another way to get involved is to contact a Steering Committee Member and let them know you are interested. The Division 5 Steering Committee meet face-to-face at each Fall Meeting. If you are interested in participating, please email Division 5 Chair, John Cook,

Steering Committee

John Cook - Chair, Smith Pachter McWhorter, Vienna, VA

Amy Hobbs Iannone - DPR Construction, Redwood City, CA

Marilyn Klinger, Sedgwick, Los Angeles, CA

Ed Keidan - Conway & Mrowiec, Chicago, IL

Charlie Rogers - Smith Currie, Atlanta, GA

Francisco Vasquez - Johnson Controls, Inc., Milwaukee, WI

Mike Pipkin - Sedgwick, Dallas, TX

S. Joe Welborn - Smith, Cashion & Orr, Nashville, TN

Committee Liaisons

Charlie Rogers - Membership

Amy Iannone - Technology

Eric Berg - Diversity

Marilyn Klinger - SPEC

John Cook - Publications

GC Liaison

David Scotti - Cipriani & Werner, Pittsburgh, PA

Programs, Meetings and Events

Committee Events

Division 5 Luncheon (in cooperation with Div. 2, 3 and 4)

April 21, 2017
On Friday, April 21, 2017 at the JW Marriott, Grand Ballroom, Salon 1 and 2, Eve Errickson, Supervisory Attorney Advisor at the Office of Contracting for the Smithsonian Institution, will discuss her experience with the construction of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and how the Smithsonian is applying the lessons learned there to the renovations of the National Air & Space Museum. No RSVP necessary.

Division 5 Annual Planning Meeting

April 21, 2017
Our Annual Planning Meeting will be held on Friday April 21st at 1:30 p.m. eastern in a meeting room to be determined at the J.W. Marriott, Washington D.C.

Division 5 Dutch Treat Dinner - Victor Albisu's Del Campo

April 20, 2017
We are excited to announce the Division 5 dinner for the ABA Forum Annual Meeting in DC will be held at Victor Albisu’s Del Campo ( ), starting at 9pm on Thursday, April 20th. Del Campo describes itself as a meat-driven, wine-centric homage to Albisu’s Latin American roots and travels throughout Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay. An extensive selection of steaks and various slow-roasted meats served with vibrant herb sauces, such as chimichurris and fresh salsas is the backbone of Del Campo’s menu. If you are not a big meat eater, do not fear, the seafood selections are outstanding and Albisu’s Peruvian heritage shows itself in the form of a Latin raw bar of ceviches, tiraditos and crudos. RSVP as soon as possible to Carla Garcia at or by telephone at 703-847-6282.
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