August 2014


September 02-4, 2014 - XII Annual Conference
Location: Puerto Varas, Chile

Jerry P. Brodsky will be speaking at the XII Annual Conference sponsored by the General Contractors Committee of the Chilean Chamber of Commerce in Puerto Varas, Chile, September 2-4, 2014. Mr. Brodsky will focus his presentation on dispute boards in Latin America and the impact dispute boards have on owners and contractors.
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Jerry P. Brodsky

Robert S. Peckar and Michael S. Zicherman co-authored the introduction to a book entitled Getting the Deal Through, Construction 2015 as well as the chapter titled United States, published by Law Business Research, Ltd. The book provides members of the construction industry and those who provide them with legal and business advice with special insight into key industry issues on a country by country basis.
Mr. Peckar is the contributing editor to the 2015 edition.

Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through – Construction 2015, (published in July 2014; contributing editor: Robert S Peckar, Peckar & Abramson, PC) For further information please visit

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Jerry P. Brodsky co-authored a book entitled Dispute Boards in Latin America: Experiences and Challenges, published in June 2014 by Estudio Mario Castillo Freyre S.C.R.L. The book, a first on the topic of Dispute Resolution Boards, to be published in Latin America, provides an overview of the legal and regulatory framework and systems that govern construction disputes and the necessity for Dispute Boards to resolve these disputes that arise in large and complex construction projects.

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David J. Scriven-Young, Senior Associate in the firm's Chicago office, has been elected to serve on the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) Board of Managers. He will help lead the association and contribute to the development of its ongoing policies and programming as well as the management of its operating budget. The CBA Board of Managers consists of 24 total members of Chicago’s legal elite, including a federal district court judge, two judges from the Circuit Court of Cook County and several general counsels from both non-profit and for-profit companies. The Board includes 16 members elected by the membership and 6 officers including the President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Immediate Past President. Mr. Scriven-Young joins seven other new managers on the 2014-2015 CBA board.

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Kevin J. O’Connor authored an article titled “The Evidentiary Impact of EEOC Reasonable Cause Determinations” that appeared in the DRI In-House Defense Quarterly, Employment and Labor Law Section in the Summer 2014 edition. The story focuses on employers faced with a charge before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or a state counterpart taking the process seriously and formulating a consistent defense up front and sticking with it throughout the process. Failure to do so could prove problematic in the event that a reasonable cause finding is made because such a finding can in some jurisdictions carry with it a lasting evidentiary effect. In addition, a defense attorney presented with a case in which a reasonable cause finding has been made should develop a clear strategy from the outset to exclude the finding from evidence at a later trial.

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