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

Annual Meeting Joint Division Dinner at 7p.m.

April 13, 2018
Join us for a joint division dinner at Galatoire’s! Come enjoy great food and conversation with our friends from International Construction, and Corporate Counsel Divisions.

Galatoire’s at 209 Bourbon Street
Chef’s Tasting Menu/Prix-Fixe $100/person

RSVP to Amy at or 202.251.3335. Pre-pay via PayPal to (friends/family option – and no later than 4/6)
Wine is being sponsored by our friends at Leech Tishman and The Rhodes Group!

Division 5 Planning Retreat

April 11, 2018
Please add the Division 5 Planning Retreat Meeting to your calendar. Location will be announced as it becomes available.

When: 3:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: (Room TBD)

Joint Division Breakfast Presentation 8:15- 9:30- Room TBD

April 13, 2018
Please join us for a joint Division Breakfast and discussion at the Roosevelt Hotel (Room TBD). Susan F. Desmond will be presenting on the topic of "Joint Employer Issues at a Construction Site and Wage & Hour Concerns"

Monthly Division 5 Telephone Conference

March 20, 2018
Our monthly telephone conference is scheduled for March 20th at 2 p.m. Pacific/5 p.m. EST.
David Kirschbaum of Kirschbaum Consulting, LLC has prepared a presentation for us on “How to Work Effectively and Efficiently with a Cost Expert”. Please call in and participate with the presentation.The dial in number is 866-646-6488; Access Code 477-023-1272

April Monthly Division 5 Telephone Conference - cancelled

April 17, 2018
Our monthly telephone conference will not take place in April due to the Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Our next call will be scheduled for May, 2018 at 2:00 Pacific/5:00 EST. 866-646-6488; Access Code 477-023-1272
Section Events

    Taking Care of Business: A Mini-MBA Program for the Construction Lawyer

    The Roosevelt New Orleans A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
    New Orleans

    Dear Colleagues: The Forum is pleased to invite you to the 2018 Annual Meeting in New Orleansa city that needs no introduction. With the backdrop of the French Quarter Festival, and the excellent food and music that it offers, this program offers valuable insight on a variety of business-focused topics ...

Division Related Materials


Modified by Andrew Lonergan on March 14, 2018

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