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May 2016

13th Annual Groundbreaking Women in Construction (GWIC) Conference

June 20-21, 2016

Location: Park Central Hotel in San Francisco, California

The 13th Annual Groundbreaking Women in Construction (GWIC) conference, sponsored by ENR in partnership with Peckar & Abramson, will be held June 20-21, 2016 at the Park Central Hotel in San Francisco, California. Melinda S. Gentile will co-host the conference, titled “Women Empowered to Succeed”. This year's conference will focus on the key steps women are taking to build career success, and how they are inspiring and empowering their peers to do likewise. Learn the critical importance of women throughout all levels of the organization, the structure and function of networking groups, and how those groups provide exposure to leaders, mentors and other influencers. Leading construction industry executives and experts will share how to start a meaningful peer networking group, communicate its importance to everyone in your organization, and keep it successful for years to come. We'll look at the ways in which companies groom future leaders, and how women can hone essential skills in order to be better candidates for the boardroom and C-suite. Event Link

Melinda S. Gentile


Joint Ventures in Construction

May 15-18, 2016

Location: Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Michael C. Zisa and Adrian L. Bastianelli, III will be speaking at the National Association of Surety Bond Producers( NASBP) Annual Meeting, May 15-18, 2016 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Mr. Zisa and Mr. Bastianelli will be speaking at an afternoon session on May 16, 2016 titled, "Joint Ventures in Construction". The course will address the critical issues that surety bond producers must understand about joint ventures including: forms, types, ownership, capitalization, management, liability, profits, subcontracting, defaults, withdrawal or dissolution, insurance and bonding, and dispute resolution. The presentation will also address special Joint Venture issues related to surety bonds, minority owned businesses and the False Claims Act. Event Link

Michael C. Zisa
Adrian L. Bastianelli, III


Resolving Employment Disputes at the Mediation Table

May 02-4, 2016

Location: Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel in Palm Springs, California

Jeffrey M. Daitz will be speaking at the LeadingAge California 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition, May 2-4, 2016, at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel in Palm Springs, California. Mr. Daitz's presentation titled "Resolving Employment Disputes at the Mediation Table" will discuss how dispute-resolution techniques can reduce tensions and get everyone back to work. Using mediation skills as a leader rather than imposing a decision, a trained mediator applies communication skills, objectivity, and creativity to help disputants reach their own voluntary solution to the conflict. As a leader, your role can be more complicated. Unlike an actual mediator, you’ll have to live with the outcome of the dispute on a daily basis. Your personal allegiances and objectives may lead you to have strong opinions about the best result. In addition, the negotiated agreement must satisfy the interests of the broader organization as well as those of the disputants. In this session learn how to adapt mediation skills to their purposes. Learn strategies to be empowered to try to change the behavior of one or both sides to serve the organization’s best interests.

Jeffrey M. Daitz


Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that five of the firm’s Washington, D.C. attorneys were named to the 2016 edition of Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers magazine. Super Lawyers’ selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Fewer than 5 percent of attorneys in any jurisdiction are chosen as Super Lawyers, and no more than 2.5 percent are named to its Rising Stars list.

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April 2016

Smart Phones on Construction Sites – The good, the bad and the ugly

April 27th

Location: Kellogg Conference Center at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois

Gregory A. Eichorn, of the firm's Chicago office, will be speaking at a seminar titled, "Smart Phones on Construction Sites – The good, the bad and the ugly" on April 27, 2016 at the Kellogg Conference Center at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. The seminar will discuss the benefits and risks of using phones (and their email, photo and video capabilities) on construction sites. The seminar is hosted by the Master of Project Management Program, Executive Management for Design and Construction Program, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences where Mr. Eichorn is an Adjunct Professor. Event Link

Gregory A. Eichorn