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Presenter: Laurann Asklof and 3 more

Recording Date:

Recording Location: North Haven, CT

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 13393

Product Number: 15H CTCCWKSP 5 1 CDMN

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This audio recording is approximately 7.5 hours in length and is available for $279 (including shipping). Allow five weeks from the seminar date for delivery. Please refer to specific state licensing rules or certification requirements to determine if this learning method is eligible for continuing education credit.

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Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch (On your own):       12:30 - 1:30 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:30 - 5:00 pm

Understanding Construction Contract Essentials                 K. Matthews

Examining contract terminology:

    • Parties, consideration, term, performance, substantial performance, breach, remedies, damages

Understanding types of construction contracts

    • Payment method

    • Award and selection

    • Project delivery system

    • Number of primes

    • Legal description

Studying roles and relationships of project participants:

    • Owners, architects/engineers, contractors, subs and suppliers

    • Traditional project delivery

    • Design-build

    • Construction manager at risk

Exploring the law of construction contract interpretation

Reviewing Bidding Documents                J. Donofrio


Bid form


Bid bond



Reviewing Contract Documents                J. Donofrio


Performance bond

Payment Bond

Contract conditions (general and supplementary)

Specifications (Format, CSI 1995 and 2004)

Shop drawings

Contract modifications (change orders, directives, etc.)

Understanding Issues in Contract Administration                L. Asklof

Insurance and indemnity issues

Chain of command issues



Liquidated damages

Enforcement of general contractor’s obligations

Substantial and final completion

Breach and pitfalls

Examining Legal Issues and Disputes                B. Berger

Changed conditions

Project documentation

Delays, acceleration

Handling payment claims and final payments

Resolving disputes through mediation, arbitration, litigation

Understanding contractual and statutory warranties


Laurann Asklof

Partner at Shipman & Goodwin LLP
Ms. Asklof practices in the area of Construction Litigation where she represents owners, contractors and subcontractors in all forums of litigation including alternative dispute resolution processes, and state and federal courts, and in cases involving complex, multi-faceted issues and millions of dollars. With the goal of avoiding unnecessary and/or expensive litigation, Ms. Asklof works closely with clients during the course of a construction project to achieve optimal resolution of claims as they arise. In addition, she assists clients in drafting and negotiating construction contracts and provides guidance to clients engaged in the bid process. Ms. Asklof has been the principal litigator for the University of Connecticut’s (UCONN) Infrastructure Program for the past 12 years, a multi-billion dollar undertaking for the University. She is the vice president of the Connecticut Chapter of Professional Women in Construction, chair of its Mentor Committee and past member of its Board of Directors. She is on the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association, Construction Law Section. Ms. Asklof received her J.D. from Albany Law School, Union University. She is licensed to practice law in the states of Connecticut and New York.

Benjamin J. Berger

Shareholder at Updike, Kelly & Spellacy
Mr. Berger’s practice areas have included construction law, transportation law, professional defense and intellectual property litigation. Representative clients include architects, engineers, transport companies and manufacturers in an array of litigation and contract matters. Mr. Berger has also represented cutting edge software, engineering and manufacturing firms in franchise, copyright and contract litigation, and he has represented various insurance companies in bad faith and property claims. Mr. Berger is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and the Hartford County Bar Association. He is a former co-chair of the Construction Section of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Committee, and he has been a participant in the Hartford College Construction Institute. Mr. Berger obtained his J.D. degree from Boston University School of Law.

Jeffrey M. Donofrio

Managing Partner of Ciulla & Donofrio, LLP

Mr. Donofrio has been practicing construction law, municipal law and commercial litigation in Connecticut since 1990. Mr. Donofrio and his firm represent a variety of public and private entities, including municipalities, utilities, financial institutions, contractors, trade contractors, developers, financial institutions and project owners. He regularly presents construction law seminars to a variety of audiences on topics including construction contracts, claims, litigation, ADR, and collection techniques.

Katherine L. Matthews

Ms. Matthews is an attorney at Gordon, Muir & Foley, where she has counseled and represented owners, contractors, subcontractors, and others in the full spectrum of construction law issues, including mechanic’s liens, new home construction and home improvement disputes, insurance coverage concerns particular to the construction industry, and construction contract review and drafting. Much of her litigation work is spent defending construction industry clients in cases where property damage, breach of contract, and other claims are asserted. She graduated from Simmons College in Boston in 2002, and she received her JD degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2005. Ms. Matthews is admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court. She has tried cases to judgment in trial courts and before the U.S. Immigration Court, and she has argued before the Connecticut Appellate Court. She is a member of the Connecticut and American Bar Associations. Ms. Matthews is a former City Councilor in Bristol, Connecticut, and is currently a Commissioner of the Bristol Historic District Committee.