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.

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Monthly Telephone Conferences:

Division 5-General Contractors holds a conference call on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:00p.m.EST. If you are interested in participating, please dial 866-646-6488 , Passcode: 4770231272#. Contact the Division 5 Chair,Amy Iannone, if you are interested in attending, presenting, or if you have any questions.

Committee Meetings

Division 5 holds 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 meets face-to-face at one of the forum meetings each year.If you are interested in participating,please email Division 5 Chair, Amy Iannone,

Steering Committee

Amy Hobbs Iannone- Chair,DPR Construction, Redwood City,CA

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

Ed Keidan-Conway & Mrowiec, Chicago,IL

Charlie Rogers- Smith Currie, Atlanta,GA

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

Diane Utz- Beltzer, Bangert & Gunnell, LLP, Seattle,WA

Brian R. Zimmerman- Hurtado Zimmerman SC, Wauwatosa,WI

Jeffrey Reichard- Nexsen Pruet, Greensboro,NC

Committee Liaisons

Brian R. Zimmerman- Hurtado Zimmerman SC, Wauwatosa,WI-Membership

Andrew Lonergan- Demand Construction Services- Technology

Wayne DeFlaminis- HKA- Diversity

Charlie Rogers- Smith Currie, Atlanta,GA-SPEC

Jeffrey Reichard- Nexsen Pruet, Greensboro,NC-Young Lawyers Division

David Kirschbaum- Kirschbaum Consulting LLC- Publications

Misty Gutierrez- Thomas, Feldman & Wilshusen, LLP- Marketing

GC Liaison

Nicholas K. Holmes- Devine, Millimet & Branch,PA

News letter Committee

Editor:Diane Utz– Beltzer, Bangert & Gunnell LLP–Denver,CO

Misty Gutierrez– Thomas, Feldman & Wilshusen, LLP

Wayne DeFlaminis– HKA

Peter Hahn– Dinsmore–Columbus, OH

Programs, Meetings and Events

Committee Events

Monthly Division 5 Telephone Conference

November 21, 2017
Our next call will be on November 21, 2017, at 2 p.m. pacific, 5 p.m. eastern where we will have a presentation on:

The Value and Risks of Drones in Construction

Presented by:
         Brenda Radmacher, Partner, Gordon & Rees Scully Mansukhani,LLP
         Michelle Yates, Counsel, Sundt Construction
         Jonathan Ammon, Sundt Construction

This presentation will feature an in-depth discussion on how technology is affecting construction with a focus on the use of drones.   Jonathan, Michelle and Brenda will discuss the various ways that drones are being used in the construction industry including use on jobsites and in litigation. In addition, they will address and compare the value and the risks of drone use including both the practical and legal implications.

The audio for this presentation will be available at the ABA dial in number: 866-646-6488 Access code: 477-023-1272.   More information to come on accessing the Power Point as we approach the date of the presentation.

Monthly Division 5 Telephone Conference

December 19, 2017
To Be Announced....

Monthly Division 5 Telephone Conference

January 23, 2018
Please Join Us in Ft. Myers for the ABA Winter Meeting. Meeting call-in information to be announced.
Section Events

    Construction Insurance Program


    All construction involves risk, and one of the key tools to manage that risk is insurance. On November 3, 2017, the ABA Forum on Construction Law will present, in four cities across the country, a one-day program on Construction Insurance. With a faculty of leading lawyers and insurance specialists, ...

    Forum on Construction Law Trial Academy


    The ABA Forum on Construction Law is pleased to announce the Forum Trial Academy will be held February 710, 2018, at the George Allen Dallas County Civil Courts Building in Dallas, TX. This three-day intensive trial skills training program will use two different dispute scenarios to teach the skills ...

Division Related Materials


Modified by Andrew Lonergan on October 19, 2017

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