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Construction Litigation Committee


The Construction Litigation Committee strives to bring together litigators who primarily practice construction law. The committee sponsors programs on various topics at the Annual Meetings of the American Bar Association, the Section of Litigation, and the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry. One of the Section of Litigation’s strongest committees, our membership brings together more than 2,100 construction litigators from diverse backgrounds, levels of experience, practices, and geographical areas. The committee offers its members varied opportunities to participate in committee activities ranging from opportunities to simply attend and network at its programs to the ability to substantively participate by publishing articles for the committee newsletter, contributing web content such as News and Development and Sound Advice, speaking opportunities, and leadership roles as active subcommittee members and chairs. It is our goal to provide our members with valuable content, benefits, and mentoring that will support all aspects of professional growth and development at every stage of their careers.


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SAVE THE DATE: ABA Annual Meeting, August 7–11, 2014, Boston

Section of Litigation events and CLE will take place August 7–8. The Section of Litigation hotel will be The Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave., Boston. For more information and to register please visit the Section’s page. Don’t forget Early Bird Registration will end June 16, 2014.

Construction SuperConference, December 1–3, 2014, Las Vegas

The Section of Litigation is once again co-sponsoring the Construction SuperConference, which is relocating this year to Las Vegas. ABA Section of Litigation Construction Committee members are eligible for a discounted conference registration fee.

ABA Forum on the Construction Industry 2014 Writing Competition

Articles may now be submitted for the 2014 Forum Student Writing Competition. The Competition is open to all law students in good standing and attending an ABA accredited law school during calendar year 2014. The winning author receives a cash prize of $2,000, travel expenses, and registration for the next Forum annual meeting (where the winner will receive their first prize plaque), a one-year membership in the Forum, recognition in both the Forum newsletter, Under Construction, and on the Forum’s website, as well as the opportunity to be published in one of the Forum’s two publications, Under Construction or The Construction Lawyer. In addition to the first place winner, one or more authors may be judged a finalist and recognized with a plaque and in Forum publications.

Students may submit articles on any topic related to construction law. The format of the articles should resemble the articles published in either of the Forum’s two publications, The Construction Lawyer (law journal format with guidelines in the link below) and Under Construction (newsletter format with articles of 1000–2000 words).

Senior ABA Forum members will judge the submissions. Criteria for selection include creativity, clarity and precision of writing, strength of argument, novelty and timeliness of subject, and quality of research.

The deadline for submission of articles for the 2014 competition is January 15, 2015.

See rules and other information.

Get Involved

Involvement in our committee is a great way to keep your practice up-to-date and get more involved in the Section of Litigation. In addition to seeking contributions to our newsletter and website, we are looking for help with our subcommittees. If you think you might be interested in contributing an article, news & development, or case note; joining a subcommittee; or getting involved in leadership, please let us know.

Construction Litigation: Winter 2014 Newsletter

The latest edition of the Construction Litigation newsletter is now available.

Message from the Chairs

Dear Construction Committee Members:

The Construction Litigation Committee played a major role at the recently completed Section Annual Conference in Phoenix. We simultaneously participated in the Annual Spring Meeting of the Forum on the Construction Industry in New Orleans with the presentation of a breakfast program on counseling the client for pending litigation while the project is ongoing. We sincerely thank Dave Kurtz for heading up the New Orleans program and Melissa Beutler for assisting with that program.

In Phoenix, the committee presented three standing-room-only programs on Predictive Coding, Handling a 30(b)6 Deposition and on the Ethics of Emails. Each of these programs provided valuable and useful information in an entertaining manner. We thank Fred Hedberg, Mike Gordon, and Tom Dunn who, as program subcommittee chairs, handled the respective programs.

The committee also participated in the committee expo where our committee was assigned to provide a table with the Spearin Doctrine as our theme. Charlotte Wiessner and Fred Hedberg were responsible for putting together the table exhibit and spend their time speaking with committee and Section members who stopped by the table.

On April 9, the committee also held a business meeting where we discussed the status of the newsletter (which has now been sent to publication), the several programs that were going to be presented during SAC and at the Forum, and the upcoming Construction Super Conference to be held during the first full week of December in Las Vegas. The Section of Litigation through the Construction Litigation Committee will be cosponsoring the overall conference and will be presenting up to five programs. There are still speaker slots available. If interested, please contact Karen Layng. We also had an informal, social committee dinner on April 9, which was attended by 15 members.

For upcoming events, in addition to the Construction Super Conference, we will be holding a business meeting and an informal, social dinner at the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston (August 8–10, 2014). Specific times and dates of these two events will be posted on the website and in future listservs.

Anna Torres and Jim Landgraf

Cochairs, Construction Litigation Committee



Minutes from Committee Meetings



Our active subcommittees include:

  • Courts, In-house Counsel, and Liaison to ABA Forum and ABA Sections
  • Damages, Defects, Scheduling and Experts
  • Green, Sustainability, Regulatory
  • Insurance and Surety Claims


  • Mediation, Arbitration, Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Membership, Diversity and Outreach
  • Professional Education and Ethics
  • Publications, Website, Social Media

Find contact information for committee and subcommittee chairs:



Construction Litigation Leadership

Cochairs Web Editor Newsletter Editor-in-Chief

James Landgraf

Cherry Hill, NJ

Anna Torres

West Palm Beach, FL

Patrick J. Greene, Jr.

River Edge, NJ

David M. Frommell

Denver, CO


M. David Kurtz

New Orleans, LA

Newsletter Editors

Bob Cox

Tysons Corner, VA

Eric Sparks

Chicago, IL