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

Joint Division 5 and Division 8 Dinner - Mid-Winter Meeting

January 18, 2018
When: 8:00 p.m. EST

Join us for the Division 5 and 8 Joint Dinner at The Veranda, 2122 2nd Street, Fort Myers -

RSVP: Amy Phillips, (202) 251-3335.

Meet at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott front door at 7:30 PM for a car ride (cab/uber/lift) to the restaurant. Pre-Fixe menu estimated at $75 per person. Remit $75 via PayPal to using the "send money to friends and family" option. A receipt will be provided.

Joint Division Breakfast Presentation

January 19, 2018
When: 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. EST
Where: Sanibel Harbor Marriott Resort and Spa (Room TBD)
Topic: AC/DC - Actual Costs, Direct or Consequential? On a Highway to Hadley
Presenters: Robbie MacPherson and Seth Schimmel

Monthly Division 5 Telephone Conference - cancelled

January 23, 2018
Our monthly telephone conference will not take place in January due to the Mid-Winter Meeting in Fort Myers. Our next call will be on February 20, 2018 at 2:00 Pacific/5:00 EST. 866-646-6488; Access Code 477-023-1272
Section Events

    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 ...

    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 Amy Iannone on January 2, 2018

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