Law Seminars International Presents

An Important Two-Day Conference on

Construction Law

July 16 & 17, 2007
The Gleacher Center in Chicago, IL
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, contractors, developers and landowners, brokers, architects, planners and engineers

Why Attend

Construction is a complex and constantly changing endeavor that can often be described as a "problem in progress." What separates the successful from the unsuccessful is the ability to timely and effectively deal with those problems. This two-day seminar will provide information on current trends and give attorneys, lenders, owners, contractors and their agents tools to become more effective at problem solving. This program is an exceptional educational and networking opportunity and should not be missed. We have assembled an outstanding group of nationally recognized speakers who will share their knowledge and expertise. We will address topics that are fundamental and cutting edge, as well as update topics of ongoing interest in construction, such as delivering value, issues in leasing and Public and Private Partnerships, avoiding disasters, and contract provisions. The seminar will include conventional single speaker presentations as well as panel discussions. Program Co-Chairs: Mona E. Dajani, MBA, Esq. and Jeanne Darrow Peck, MBA

What You Will Learn

* Primary contracts * Subcontracts * Delivering value in construction projects * Special issues for projects in the context of lease transactions * Special issues for public/private partnerships * How Going Green is good for business * Holding architects responsible for design liability * Time impact analysis * Differing site conditions * Managing risk through insurance * How to avoid disasters * Project financing/construction loans


Monday, July 16, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction and Overview
  Mona E. Dajani, MBA, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP / Chicago, IL
  Jeanne Darrow Peck, MBA, Program Co-Chair, Vice President Finance and Investor Relations
Fifield Company / Chicago, IL
8:45 am Primary Contracts
  Common contract provisions that owners and contractors should change; contract formation and clauses; special issues; essential contract terms
  Robert W. Berliner, Jr., Esq., President
Berliner Development Partners LLC / Chicago, IL
9:30 am Subcontracts
  Mandatory flow down clauses; tailoring clauses; paid-if-paid provisions; consent to clauses; subcontracting plan requirements; managing subcontractors; acceptance; payment; third party beneficiary
  Mona E. Dajani, MBA, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP / Chicago, IL
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Delivering Value in Construction Projects
  Maximizing productivity and minimizing costs: State of the art technologies; project cost controls; quality control processes
  Alexandra Cole, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Chicago, IL
  Alan Schachtman, Senior Vice President and Principal
Fifield Company / Chicago, IL
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Special Issues for Projects in the Context of Lease Transactions
  Landlord build-to-suit and tenant improvements; work letters in lease agreements
  Linda D. White, Esq.
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP / Chicago, IL
2:00 pm Special Issues for Public/Private Partnerships
  Original and innovative solutions that bring these projects to a successful conclusion: Structures, infrastructure projects, procurement law, project finance, outsourcing and dispute resolution
  Ross J. Altman, Esq.
DLA Piper / Chicago, IL
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Going Green is Good for Business
  The impact of LEED; design opportunities to reduce consumption
  Fieena Zvenyach, President and CEO
IBC Engineering Services, Inc. / Waukesha, WI
  Lev H. Zvenyach, P.E., Vice President
IBC Engineering Services, Inc. / Waukesha, WI
3:45 pm Holding Architects Responsible for Design Liability
  Responding to cutting edge excuses for avoiding liability; design and engineering liability; issues faced by architects daily
  Werner Sabo, Esq.
Sabo & Zahn / Chicago, IL
4:30 pm Reception for Attendees and Faculty Sponsored by Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction and Overview
  Mona E. Dajani, MBA, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP / Chicago, IL
  Jeanne Darrow Peck, MBA, Program Co-Chair, Vice President Finance & Investor Relations
Fifield Company / Chicago, IL
8:45 am Time Impact Analysis
  Tracking how a change order can affect the entire schedule; adjusting the price accordingly
  Jeanne Darrow Peck, MBA, Moderator, Program Co-Chair
Fifield Company / Chicago, IL
  Joel R. Jaffe, AIA, NCARB, Principal
The Staubach Company / Chicago, IL
  Michael Robke, Vice President
The RISE Group, LLC / Chicago, IL
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Differing Site Conditions
  How to resolve problems; getting paid on time; how to defeat or overcome differing site conditions and claims
  Mona E. Dajani, MBA, Esq., Moderator, Program Co-Chair
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP / Chicago, IL
  Scott R. Fradin, Esq.
Much Shelist Denenberg Ament & Rubenstein, P.C. / Chicago, IL
  Benjamin A. Johnston, Esq., General Counsel
James McHugh Construction Co. / Chicago, IL
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Managing Risk Through Insurance
  What the contracting parties need to know about insurance coverage; working with insurers; can it really be used to manage and limit risk?
  Scott A. Allan, Managing Director
Marsh Risk & Insurance Services / Los Angeles, CA
  Joan Leydon, Managing Director, Risk Management Group
Marsh Inc. / Chicago, IL
2:15 pm Break
2:30 pm How to Avoid Disasters
  Essential steps to be implemented: Prior planning and preparation; the necessary corporate culture; specific job related safety plans; on the job enforcement
  Christopher J. Heaney, Esq., Vice President and General Counsel
Bergland Construction Company / Chicago, IL
3:15 pm Project Financing/Construction Loans
  Avoiding terms that are inconsistent with the construction contract and loan document
  Albert C. Hanna, Senior Vice President
Draper and Kramer, Incorporated / Chicago, IL
  Rebecca Ford Terry, Esq., Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Draper and Kramer, Incorporated / Chicago, IL
4:00 pm Evaluations and Adjourn


Regular tuition for this program is $895 with a group rate of $795 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $695. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $447.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 09, 2007. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a homestudy. There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders.

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 11.5 IL CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at The Gleacher Center at 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive in Chicago, IL 60611, phone 312-464-8787. Check The Gleacher Center website, Area Attractions, for a list of area hotels at
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If You Cannot Attend

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a VHS or DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $905. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
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Faculty Bios

Mona E. Dajani, Program Co-Chair, partner at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, is actively engaged in the financing, negotiation, evaluation and documentation of development, design and high profile construction projects with a value of more than $6 billion, in the U.S. and abroad. Her practice includes work on public/private partnerships and privatization of infrastructure. She has been a featured speaker at several national conventions and is listed in Who’s Who in International Business and International Who’s Who of Mining Lawyers.

Jeanne Darrow Peck, Program Co-Chair, is Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations at Fifield Company. She is responsible for investor relations with project partners and lenders, the closing process on all project financings and leading due diligence. Previously, she was an investment professional with Prudential Real Estate Investors.

Scott A. Allan is Managing Director at Marsh Risk & Insurance Services, where he is the West Zone Real Estate Practice Leader. He specializes in the design, marketing, implementation and administration of risk financing and transfer programs for large domestic and multinational real estate clients. Previously, he served as Director of Risk Management for Catellus Development Corporation and Vice President of Risk Management for Lowe Enterprises, Inc.

Ross J. Altman, partner at DLA Piper, focuses his practice on construction, real estate, and international sales, and chairs the transactional side of the Construction Law group. He represents owners, contractors, design professionals and lenders in matters ranging from drafting and negotiation of contracts to resolution of disputes and claims. He is listed in Chambers USA, International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, and was named an Illinois Super Lawyer.

Robert W. Berliner, Jr., is an attorney, real estate developer and investor, and the President of Berliner Development Partners LLC. Previously, he was General Counsel of Jupiter Realty Corporation and Jupiter Industries, Inc. He is an adjunct professor at the Stuart Graduate School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology.

Alexandra Cole, partner and firmwide chair of the Real Estate Practice Group at Perkins Coie LLP, focuses her practice in the areas of real estate transactions and development, hospitality, international real estate, project finance and construction law. She is involved in large real estate acquisitions and represents all parties in the construction and development process. She is listed in Chambers USA and Leading Lawyers Network.

Scott R. Fradin, principal at Much Shelist Denenberg Ament & Rubenstein, P.C., focuses on complex construction litigation matters, including breach of contract, delay and disruption claims, design and defect claims, and mechanics’ lien claims. He is also involved in the drafting and negotiating of contracts for architects, engineers and contractors.

Albert C. Hanna is Senior Vice President at Draper and Kramer, Incorporated. He was inducted by the Chicago Association of Realtors into their Hall of Fame in 2003, as the first and only mortgage broker to be so honored and has been the Illinois Mortgage Broker of the Year.

Christopher J. Heaney is Vice President and General Counsel for Berglund Construction Company and a member of its Board of Directors. He focuses on negotiating, preparing and administering contracts with owners, architects and subcontractors, including establishment and administration of the corporate insurance program and its loss prevention policy. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Contractors Insurance Group, LLC.

Joel R. Jaffe is Principal, Design and Construction Consulting Services, of The Staubach Company, an international real estate strategy and services firm serving corporate users of office, retail and industrial space. He is responsible for the management of design and construction activities while acting as the client's advocate on complex build-to-suit and tenant improvement projects. Previously, he was Managing Architect for the Public Building Commission of Chicago.

Benjamin A. Johnston is the General Counsel of James McHugh Construction Co., responsible for all legal affairs of the company, including negotiation of construction contracts and resolution of construction disputes. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Carpenters’ Welfare and Pension Funds and is a member of the Labor Committee of the Builders Association of Greater Chicago.

Joan Leydon is Managing Director at Marsh Inc., in the Risk Management Group. Her responsibilities include marketing and servicing global accounts, leading service teams for clients across a range of industries real estate, technology, manufacturing, financial services and hospitality. She serves on the Global Property and Real Estate Practice Committees.

Michael Robke is Vice President of The RISE Group, LLC, a program and project management, technical services and strategy consulting company. He is an accomplished project manager for a wide range of building types, leading design and construction teams in a coordinated effort to achieve the necessary balance between scope, schedule and budget to maximize the value of each project.

Werner Sabo, FAIA, FALA, is a noted author, lecturer and partner at the construction law firm of Sabo & Zahn, and is also a licensed architect. He has been an Officer, Director and Vice-President of the American Institute of Architects Chicago, and President of the Chicago Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute. In 1997, the AIA Elected him to the College of Fellows, and in 2005 he became a Fellow in the Association of Licensed Architects. His book, Legal Guide to AIA Documents, published by Aspen Publishing, is in its fourth edition.

Alan Schachtman is Senior Vice President and Principal at Fifield Company. He manages Fifield’s development in Chicago and Las Vegas, including projects in Chicago such as the 451unit Left Bank Residences, the five-building 2,100 unit residential development known as K Station, and several office and residential projects in planning.

Rebecca Ford Terry is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Draper and Kramer, Incorporated, a full service management, development and mortgage banking real estate firm. Previously, she has been Executive Vice President for litigation and intellectual property at Metro-Goldwyn Mayer, Acting Director of Emerging Domestic Markets at the Milken Institute and an attorney at White & Case.

Linda D. White, partner at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, plays a leading role in some of the largest real estate transactions in the country. She represents both landlords (including the Sears Tower) and tenants in complex leasing matters involving office and retail properties. She is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who of American Women and as one of the "Top 50 Female Lawyers in Illinois" - Illinois Super Lawyers.

Fieena Zvenyach is President and CEO, and founder of IBC Engineering Services, Inc. Her commitment to a higher caliber of engineering services has resulted in the company’s overall growth and success.

Lev H. Zvenyach is Vice President at IBC Engineering Services, Inc. His experience includes both national and international projects in a variety of markets, earning a number of prestigious awards. He is a passionate professional and proactive problem solver who believes his work should be highly efficient with minimal impact on the environment.