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Presenter: Aviva Y. Gordon and 4 more

Recording Date:

Recording Location: Las Vegas, NV

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 13391

Product Number: 15H NVCONLAW 4 30 CDMN

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Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):       11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:           12:45 - 4:30 pm

Construction Contracting in Traditional and Alternative Project Design Systems:           J. Smyth, II & L. Zastrow
Finding the Framework that’s Right for the Owner and the Project

Legal rights/duties of construction entities: contractors, design services firms, subcontractors and suppliers

Design-bid-build: entering into construction contracts and agreements in the traditional construction process

Design-build: entering into contracts and agreements

    • Contractor-led, designer-led, joint venture, and developer-led projects

Improving the Project Outcome with Accurate and          J. Smyth, II & L. Zastrow
Effective Construction Contracting

Understanding contract terminology

Forming contracts

Understanding contract obligations

The law governing construction contracts: the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and applicable state laws

Subcontract formation and administration

Performance and payment issues

Breach of contract and default

Making Changes and Resolving Disputes during the Construction Process          A. Gordon

Making changes to the contract and contracted work

    • The contract change clause

    • Types of changes: ordered and constructive changes

    • Requirements for making changes

    • Liability issues

Resolving disputes during the construction process

    • Site conditions

    • Delays

    • Disruption

    • Acceleration


Post-Construction Claims and Litigation          E. Marks

What can be done during the design stage to avoid/defend claims

What can be done during construction to avoid/defend claims

Strategies for customer services

Pre-litigation claims procedures

What to do if you are sued

Building Code Review and Update          J. Juan

State building codes

Fire code

Energy code

Local codes and ordinances


Aviva Y. Gordon

Ms. Gordon graduated from Boston University and with distinction from California Western School of Law. She is a member of both the California and Nevada bars.Ms. Gordon has been designated by Martindale-Hubbell as a Member of the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and has been repeatedly recognized as a “Legal Elite” by Nevada Business Magazine. She has successfully argued before the Nevada Supreme Court and has several reported cases. In 2011, Ms. Gordon obtained a multi-million dollar judgment for a local general contractor. She has served on the Nevada Judicial Conduct Commission.

Jack Chen Juan

Mr. Juan heads the firm’s Construction Department. His practice includes business, commercial, construction, eminent domain, insurance and real estate law. He represents clients from initial project planning to post-construction claims. He is a prosecutor for The Nevada State Contractors Board and is frequently retained as local counsel by out of state law firms and companies. An experienced litigator, he successfully defended in Nevada’s first trial under the revised right to repair laws. Mr. Juan helps businesses maximize revenue, protect assets and limit liability. He represents plaintiff and defendant businesses in all disputes, including administrative proceedings. His eminent domain practice started two decades ago with the government taking his client’s mobile home parks. Mr. Juan continues representing owners facing condemnations. Governmental agencies also retain Mr. Juan on eminent domain projects.

Eileen Mulligan Marks

Ms. Marks’ practice is focused on civil litigation, including general liability matters and the representation of developers, general contractors, subcontractors and design professionals in construction defect litigation. She is admitted to practice in California and Nevada. Ms. Marks is a member of the State Bar of Nevada, the State Bar of California, and the Clark County Bar Association. She received a B.A. degree, cum laude, in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a J.D. degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.

James E. Smyth II

Mr. Smyth’s practice encompasses commercial litigation, construction, and design law. He has handled a variety of construction and design litigation matters from contract disputes, to lien litigation, bid protest litigation, bond litigation, and professional liability litigation. Mr. Smyth has negotiated and drafted substantial design and construction contracts for hotel casinos, commercial buildings and shopping centers. He has represented clients in appeals, arbitrations, bench and jury trials. Mr. Smyth received a B.A. degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and a J.D. degree, with dean’s Honors, from Washburn University School of Law.

Lisa J. Zastrow

Ms. Zastrow’s practice encompasses business and commercial litigation, with special emphasis on construction and design law and employment law. She represents clients in contract disputes, lien litigation, professional liability litigation and employment law. She also acts in an advisory capacity on construction and design contracts, lease agreements, licensing agreements and other commercial agreements.Ms. Zastrow routinely appears in state and federal court with a winning trial record. She is admitted to practice law in four states and has been recognized by her peers, receiving awards from Mountain States Super Lawyers and The Nevada Business Magazine Legal Elite Edition.