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July 09, 2020 American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law

2020 Fall Meeting

Building a Better Construction Industry through Inclusion, Diversity, & Professionalism

Forum on Construction Law Fall Meeting

October 23-25, 2019

Philadelphia, PA

The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel

Plenary 1 

What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You

Kathleen Nalty | President, Kathleen Nalty Consulting, LLC, Denver, CO


Plenary 2 

Where does the Construction Industry Stand: A Candid Conversation with Industry Leaders about Inclusion, Diversity, & Professionalism

Laura O'Neill Kaumo | COO, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), Washington, DC 

Brynn Huneke | Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Member Engagement, Associated General Contractors of America, Arlington, VA

Linda A. Klein | Senior Managing Shareholder, Baker Donelson Past President of the American Bar Association, Atlanta, GA

Emily Grandstaff-Rice | Senior Associate, Arrowstreet in Boston, MA and Director At Large for the AIA Board of Directors


Plenary 3 

Inclusion, Diversity, Professionalism and Risk Management

Lance Currie | Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, L.L.P., Dallas, TX

Amy Iannone | DPR Construction, Redwood City, CA

Claudia Mandato | Executive Vice President, Lockton Companies, Kansas City, MO


Plenary 4

Pay Equity in the Construction Industry

Anne Bibeau | Vandeventer Black LLP, Norfolk, VA

Michael J. Frantz, Jr. | Frantz Ward LLP, Cleveland, OH

Kristin Protas | VP and Senior Legal Counsel, Gilbane Building Company, Washington, DC

Plenary 5 

Immigration Issues in the Construction Industry

Neena Dutta | Dutta Law Firm, P.C., New York, NY

Nici Kersey | Kersey Immigration Compliance, LLC, St. Petersburg, FL

Chris Montez (Moderator) | The Law Firm of Christopher D. Montez, PLLC, Dallas, TX

Plenary 6

Building a Successful DBE Program Team

John Cavallaro | Corporate Counsel/Corporate Compliance Officer Skanska USA Civil Inc., New York, NY

Lorraine D’Angelo | LDA Compliance Consulting, New York, NY

Rosa Navejar | President, The Rios Group, Fort Worth, TX

Plenary 7 

Multi-Generational Issues in the Workplace: Leadership for Every Age and Stage

Lauren Stiller Rikleen | President, Rikleen Institute For Strategic Leadership, Wayland, MA

Luke P. LaRocca (Moderator) | Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn, L.L.P., New Orleans, LA

Plenary 8

Strategies for Successfully Navigating Cultural Differences in Business Negotiations, Project Relations, and ADR

Adrian L. Bastianelli, III | Peckar & Abramson, P.C., Washington, DC

Wayne DeFlaminis | Director, HKA, Washington, DC

Plenary 9

Perspective from the Bench: Model Rule 8.4(g) and a Return to Professionalism

The Honorable Benita Y. Pearson | Northern District of Ohio, Youngstown, OH

Shiva S. Hamidinia | Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, P.C., Reston, VA


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