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 Monthly Conference

March 21, 2017
Our next monthly telephone conference, Construction Defect Coverage / Avoiding Pitfalls in Indemnity and Additional Insured Provisions, presented by Kirk Johnston, Smith Currie & Hancock, will be held on Tuesday, March 21,2017 at 2 p.m. PST/5 p.m. EST.   To join the call please dial 1866-646-6488; Access Code: 240-240-2336.

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

April 20, 2017
We will be having our Dutch Treat Dinner at the Annual Meeting on April 20th at a time and venue TBD. Stay tuned for further details.
Section Events

    Leverage New Standard Contracts in 2017. How to Keep Your and Your Clients' Interests Ahead of the Curve


    Design and construction contracts set the foundation for project success. Case law, technology and insurance have changed dramatically over the past 10 years. ConsensusDocs, a coalition of 40 leading construction organizations that include AGC, ABC and COAA, published comprehensive updates to its ...

    Most Important Bid Protest Decisions of 2016


    The event will be held on 04/05/2017. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Center for Professional Development,Forum on Construction Law,Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Section of Public Contract Law. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

    The Handshake Contractor


    Contractors often lack the resources, manpower, willingness and/or sophistication to address contracts and claims issues in a manner than sufficiently protects their interests, instead relying steadfastly on the montra I've always done this with nothing but a handshake. This program will be broken ...

Division Related Materials



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Modified by Amy Iannone on March 20, 2017

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