September 2014


October 08th - Recent Case Law of Significance and Why You Should Care
Location: Cornell Club

Howard Rosen, partner at Peckar & Abramson's New York office, will be speaking in a panel of construction attorneys at the Associated General Contractors New York State program at the Cornell Club. On October 8th, 2014 from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., Mr. Rosen, along with three other attorneys, will present a program titled "Recent Case Law of Significance and Why You Should Care" where they will delve into recent construction law cases of some notoriety. This program is a reprise of what was a very successful and well-received program at this years’ AGC NYS Summer Meeting at the Sagamore. The panel will talk about ways to deal with the ramifications of these cases of "infamy" and will explain their significance to the construction industry. For more information, click the link below.

Howard M. Rosen

Jerry Brodsky, was quoted in a cover story in The Miami Herald's Business Monday section entitled "Miami is Betting Big that Expansion of Panama Canal Will Bring in Megaships" published on September 22, 2014. Mr. Brodsky commented on a financing deal he recently completed that provided a $400 million surety bond from Zurich Insurance Group, who he has represented since 2006. The financing deal was used as backing while an international consortium of companies that is the main contractor of the canal expansion, sought more resources to finish the canal expansion. The complex deal helped move the project forward. "Nothing we see financially should affect completion of the project at this point," Mr. Brodsky said.

Joanne Linley co-authored an article in the American Bar Association's September/October 2014 (Volume 28/Number 5) issue of Probate & Property, titled "Critical Construction Contract Clauses - Owner, Contractor and Subcontractor Perspectives". The article focuses on the overarching goal in contract negotiations to create a contract that clearly expresses the parties' intentions based on reasonable and realistic expectations and incorporates incentives for cooperation and performance. This article will offer strategic insights and practical tips on negotiating a fair contract and allocating risk.

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October 28th - International Arbitration Options for Global Commercial Transactions
Location: Bogota, Colombia

Jerry P. Brodsky will be a presenter at the Third International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) & Chamber of Commerce Bogota (CCB) Joint International Arbitration and Mediation Conference: International Arbitration Options for Global Commercial Transactions on October 28, 2014 in Bogota, Colombia. This year's focus will be on international construction and infrastructure dispute resolution processes. Additional panels will discuss the risks and challenges facing international arbitration users, providing practical advice on how to avoid potential problems to enhance the probability of a successful resolution of international disputes. The ICDR, the international division of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the Arbitration and Conciliation Center of the CCB bring together international arbitration and mediation experts to explore the latest developments and conflict-management options for today's complex global commercial transactions.

Jerry P. Brodsky


October 23-24, 2014 - ADR/Mediating Complex Construction Disputes
Location: Hampton Inn & Suites – Brickell Downtown in Miami, Florida

Melinda S. Gentile will be speaking at the 3rd Construction Law in Florida conference at the Hampton Inn & Suites – Brickell Downtown in Miami, Florida, October 23 & 24, 2014. Ms. Gentile will be speaking on a panel titled, "ADR/Mediating Complex Construction Disputes: A Panel Discussion which will focus on effective Advocacy in Construction Mediation to Settle Your Case as well as an introduction to Dispute Resolution Boards. In addition, on Friday, October 24, 2014, Ms. Gentile will be speaking on the topic titled, "Understanding CGL Policy Implications In Construction Disputes – Ten Myths about Your Insurance Coverage.

Melinda S. Gentile