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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. The Committee has also historically held its own separate programs, including most recently a joint program with the ADR Committee on Handling Complex Construction Disputes Using ADR in November 2005. At the present time, more than 2,300 members belong to the Committee, one of the fastest growing committees and currently the second largest substantive law committee within the Section of Litigation. In addition to its numerous presentations, the Committee has published three monographs: a fifty state survey on No Damages for Delay, a fifty state survey on the Economic Loss Doctrine, and a fifty state survey on the Statutes of Repose. All three of the monographs are in the process of being updated and supplemented. Quarterly, the Committee publishes its newsletter, CONTRUCT!, which includes scholarly articles on emerging and significant developments in the construction law field. It also gathers and regularly posts on this website case notes from the different states analyzing recent cases and statutory/regulatory changes coming out of the state and federal systems that have impact on the practice of construction litigation. The Committee offers its members varied opportunities to participate in the Committee activities ranging from opportunities to simply attend and network at its programs to the ability to substantively participate by writing case notes, articles for CONSTRUCT!, speaking opportunities and leadership roles as active subcommittee members and chairs.


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Regional CLE Workshop—Registration Now Open

The Construction Litigation Committee and the Forum on the Construction Industry present "Putting Words into Actions: Making the Rainbow a Reality" CLE Regional Workshop on September 25th in Washington, D.C.

This panel will discuss actual successful company and law firm examples on how they have developed diversity action plans and their success in hiring, integrating, developing and retaining diverse candidates. Be prepared to take a test and grade your own companys "rainbow quotient" and to participate in a lively discussion with panel members as they share their own efforts to advance diversity in their part of the legal world.

Register and view program details. 

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:

Welcome to a new bar year. Jim Landgraf and Anna Torres are your new cochairs. We would like to thank former Cochairs Drew Williams and Ed Gentilcore for their hard work and dedication to the committee and we look forward to continuing to serve the committee in our role.

This year, as in years past, the Construction Committee will focus its efforts on bringing you outstanding content, events and programming, along with opportunities for professional growth and development, and networking with professionals in our practice areas. We hope that you will visit this page often to read thought provoking newsletter articles, stay up to date with our news and developments, and to keep up with committee events and announcements.

This year the Section of Litigation Annual CLE Conference will be held April 9–11, 2014 at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. We encourage all our members to attend what will be a fantastic CLE event. The Construction Committee will have a significant presence in Scottsdale presenting two programs: “Practice Tips and Developments in Handling 30(b)(6) Depositions” and “Overwhelmed by Email? Best Practices for Ethics, Discovery and Trial Evidence.” In addition, we will be co-presenting a third program on Predictive Coding in concert with Technology for the Litigator and Commercial and Business Litigation Committees. Be sure to register for the Section Annual Conference.

Planning is also underway for the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts from August 7–11, 2014. More information about the ABA Annual Meeting will be available later in the year, but mark your calendars now for this can’t miss meeting.

The committee is hard at work on a 2d Edition of the ABA Construction Litigation Committee’s Construction Law Jury Instructions, which we will bring to you in the near future. Stay tuned for an announcement!

The Winter 2013 edition of the committee newsletter is now on the website, focusing on insurance claims and coverage issues.

The work of our committee is not possible without the participation of our members, whose contributions are critical to the success of the committee. Opportunities abound to become active in one of our sub-committees, which include Courts/In-House Counsel; Mediation and ADR; Professional Education and Ethics; Damages, Defects, Scheduling and Experts; Green, Sustainability, Regulatory; and, Insurance and Surety Bonds. In addition, our Publications/Website and Social Media sub-committee actively seeks articles for publication in the newsletter and news and developments pieces for publication on the committee webpage. Our Membership, Diversity, and Outreach sub-committee is dedicated to the growth of the committee and to the active recruitment of members who reflect the broad diversity of the construction bar. Contact information for all sub-committee cochairs is available on the Sub-committee Leadership Roster.

Much more is planned for the upcoming year, so check back often for announcements and make sure you open our periodic emails that will provide you with updates on the committee’s work, programs, upcoming events, and leadership opportunities.

As always, feel free to reach out to your Cochairs Jim Landgraf and Anna Torres and Vice-chairs Karen Layng and Jeanne Schubert Barnum for additional information, ideas, comments, and suggestions.

Anna Torres and Jim Landgraf

Cochairs, Construction Litigation Committee



Minutes from Committee Meetings



Our active subcommittees include:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Construction Defects
  • Damages
  • Design Professional Liability
  • Experts
  • In-House Counsel


  • Insurance
  • Liaison to Other ABA Organizations
  • Membership
  • Publications
  • Program
  • Diversity & Outreach

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