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

February 21, 2017
Our next monthly telephone conference will be held on Tuesday, February 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 Dutch Treat Dinner - Midwinter Meeting 8:15 p.m.

February 2, 2017
Following the ABA Forum Mid-Winter Meeting Welcome Reception on Thursday, February 2, 2017, please join the members of Division 5 for an engaging evening of fellowship and fine dining in the desert at the renowned Wally's Desert Turtle, located a short drive away in Rancho Mirage. Founded in 1978, Wally's, a Desert icon for thirty-eight years, has been a destination spot for "Hollywood celebrities, international dignitaries, and captains of industry", according to the restaurant's website. We will be dining in the Sahara Lounge, just steps above the Main Dining Room, and adjacent to the bar and the grand piano, which surely will provide additional entertainment. Seating is limited so please RSVP promptly by contacting Carla Garcia at or 703-847-6282.

Division 5 Breakfast - The Future of 3D Printing in Construction

February 3, 2017
Please join Division 5, in collaboration with Divisions 2 and 3 and YLD, for a presentation on "The Future of 3D Printing in Construction". As 3D printing technology advances beyond novelty and into the global construction industry, it brings potential for new design freedoms, new building complexities, and enhanced efficiencies. With these potential changes, 3D printing will also challenge the legal, regulatory, and labor regimes governing construction. This presentation discusses the technology and new uses in construction, as well as the upcoming challenges for the industry. Speakers for this program are Kelsey Wilbanks, of Smith, Pachter and McWhorter, PLC and Dan P. Valentine, Senior Project Manager at Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger.   
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