NEW YORK & LAS VEGAS – Nov. 10, 2015 – Shareholders Robert C. Epstein, Lance Coburn, and Mark Ferrario with the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP will be speaking at the 30th annual Construction SuperConference, taking place Dec. 7-9, 2015, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. The conference is co-sponsored by the Construction Litigation Section of the American Bar Association.
Epstein will moderate the panel, “International Construction Contracting: Use and Application of the FIDIC Form Contracts,” to be held Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, from 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. PT. The panel will address international construction contracting and the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) standard form contracting books used in international construction projects. Additional speakers on the panel are: William J. Wray, shareholder, Holley, Driggs, Walch, Fine, Wray, Puzey & Thompson; Mike Carrato, vice president, Legal & Contract Management, Alstom Transport; and Mike Kolloway, assistant general counsel, Operations & Risk Management, AECOM Technology Corporation.
Epstein co-chairs Greenberg Traurig’s Global Construction Law Practice. With more than 38 years of experience, he has represented numerous public and private owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, designers, sureties, and other parties involved in major construction projects, and has handled a wide array of complex construction litigations involving claims of construction defects, project delays, payment claims, and other disputes.
Regarding Greenberg Traurig’s participation in the SuperConference, Epstein noted, “We are delighted once again to have been chosen to present at this premier event for the construction industry and look forward to the opportunity to exchange ideas with clients and colleagues at the conference.”
Coburn and Ferrario will participate in the panel, “The City Center Litigation: Strategies for Dealing with Mega-Project Litigation and Adapting Those Strategies for Smaller Cases,” to be held Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. PT. Coburn will serve as moderator, and additional speakers on the panel are: David Bones, vice president, Kenrich Group LLC; George F. Ogilvie III, partner, McDonald Carano Wilson LLP; William A.S. Magrath II, partner, McDonald Carano Wilson LLP; Craig A. Ramseyer, partner, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP; and Jeffery A. Garofalo, partner, Lee, Hernandez, Landrum, Garofalo, Attorneys at Law.
Both Coburn and Ferrario have extensive legal experience in Nevada representing developers of resort hotels and casinos on the Las Vegas strip in complex construction law matters. They both played key roles in the litigation involving Project City Center, which was one of the largest privately financed projects in the world, costing more than $6 billion. It also spun-off one of the largest and most complex litigation efforts that Las Vegas has ever seen with an initial general contractor lien of $490 million, hundreds of subcontractor liens, and offsetting owner damages in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Over four years of litigation effort was expended before the case settled a few days before opening statements. This program will address some of the unique challenges presented by a mega-case and present methods and strategies employed to meet those challenges. The program will explain unique staffing decisions and use of litigation-support consultants to tackle the mountains of discovered information, strategies for preparing for hundreds of depositions, coordinating a few dozen experts and massive amounts of testing data, and making a clear presentation at trial.
Concerning the upcoming presentation, Coburn stated, “We believe this will really be a unique opportunity for attendees to hear firsthand from representatives of multiple parties involved on different sides of this matter exactly how we approached the enormous challenges inherent in this historic case and used the latest technology to best deliver our clients’ messages.”
According to the conference website, The Construction SuperConference is recognized as the preeminent construction conference aimed at professionals in the legal and commercial construction markets. The conference showcases many notable experts in the national and international construction industry. Greenberg Traurig’s panel proposals were selected from among the many submitted for consideration by the SuperConference Advisory Board.
Greenberg Traurig’s Construction Law Practice assists clients from the initial conception and project delivery planning at the front end of projects through their completion, and from the negotiation of contracts and preparation of bids to the resolution of construction disputes. The group’s experience is rooted in a diverse client base including public and private owners, developers, construction lenders, construction managers, subcontractors, vendors, architects and engineers.