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Kerstin Isaacs is the Marketing Director at Cohen Seglias. She is responsible for executing the Firm's marketing strategy across all offices, including attorney marketing plans, advertising, events and sponsorships.

On July 26th join Cohen Seglias attorneys Matt Gioffre and Dan Fierstein for their seminar, “Killer Contract Clauses for Construction & Service” for the Mechanical & Service Contractors Association (M&SCA) in Blue Bell, PA. Matt and Dan will explain Killer Contract Clauses, how courts will interpret and enforce them, and will provide best practice tips for managing a project to minimize the impact of these contractual provisions.

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We are pleased to announce that eleven Cohen Seglias attorneys were selected to this year’s Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list and eight attorneys to the Pennsylvania Rising Stars list in the areas of Construction Litigation, Government Contracts, Employment & Labor, and Employment Litigation: Defense. The Super Lawyers list recognizes no more than 5 percent of attorneys in each state, and no more than 2.5 percent in each state for the Rising Stars list.
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On June 13th, join Lane Kelman and Jennifer Budd for their Delaware Valley Green Building Council Lunch & Learn on liability in green building. The Lunch & Learn will be held at the Philadelphia office of Cohen Seglias where lunch will be provided. GBCI and AIA credits available.  Continue Reading Delaware Valley Green Building Council Lunch & Learn: Liability in Green Building

Cohen Seglias has announced the promotion of Lisa M. Wampler to Managing Partner of the Firm’s Pittsburgh office. The announcement marks the first female managing partner in the Firm’s history.

“Lisa has been instrumental in the growth of our construction practice in Pittsburgh. She has proven leadership skills and continues to be a great ambassador for the Firm in Western PA,” said Jason Copley, Cohen Seglias’ Firmwide Managing Partner.

Lisa joined Cohen Seglias in 2003 with the opening of the Pittsburgh office. Since that time, she has developed an active and diverse construction litigation practice. She represents owners, general contractors, construction managers, and the different trades in complex matters involving all phases of the construction process, including negotiating and drafting contracts, and advising clients as to preparing claims for extra work, inefficiencies, delays, and changed conditions while construction is ongoing for both private and public sector projects.

In addition, Lisa serves as the Chair of the Firm’s Women’s Initiative. She is active in a number of professional organizations, including the American Subcontractors Association, Master Builders Association, Associated Builders and Contractors, National Electrical Contractors Association, Commercial Real Estate Women, and sits on the council of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Women in the Law Division and Construction Law Section.

Cohen Seglias numbers 60 attorneys in nine locations, including five attorneys in the Pittsburgh office, which is centrally located at 525 William Penn Place. Lisa can be reached at lwampler@cohenseglias.com or 412.434.5530

On February 11, join Roy CohenEd Seglias, and Jackson Nichols at the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter in Greenbelt, MD for their presentation, “Ignorance is not Bliss: Construction Contract Provisions You Need to Know.” They will discuss provisions that allocate risk for different site conditions, and examine contract provisions addressing payment, indemnity, change orders, and termination. Their presentation will also cover Mechanic’s Liens in DC and Maryland.

For more informationa, and to register for this event, please visit the SMACNA Mid-Atlantic website.

Roy S. Cohen is the Founder and President of Cohen Seglias, as well as a Shareholder and member of the Board of Directors. In his practice, Roy represents clients involved in every facet of the construction industry, including construction managers, general contractors, municipal authorities, private developers, major trade contractors, architects, engineers and sureties.

Ed Seglias  is the Vice President of Cohen Seglias as well as a Shareholder and a member of the Board of Directors. He is also the Managing Partner of the Firm’s Delaware office and a Partner in the Firm’s Construction Group. Ed concentrates his practice in construction law and commercial litigation and has successfully tried numerous construction and commercial cases in the mid-Atlantic region.

Jackson S. Nichols is an Associate in the Firm’s Commercial Litigation and Construction Groups and represents clients in every stage of litigation, including motion practice, discovery, pre-trial preparation and trial practice and appeals. As a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation group, Jackson assists clients in developing solutions to business disputes.

 

On January 21, 2016, Please join us for Ed Seglias and Jason Copley‘s seminar, “Ignorance is not Bliss: Construction Contract Provisions You Need to Know,” for the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA) in Philadelphia, PA.

This seminar will focus on key provisions in the standardized contract forms that often affect the risks and outcomes on a typical commercial construction project. For example, Ed and Jason will discuss provisions that allocate risk for differing site conditions, hazardous materials, delays beyond the contractor’s control and defection or omissions in design drawings. They will also examine contract provisions addressing payment, indemnity, scope changes and termination. Finally, they will review notice provisions, dispute resolution provisions and some bonding and warranty provisions to provide some general guidance about these terms.

To register for this event, click here.

Edward Seglias is the Vice President of Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC as well as a Shareholder and a member of the Board of Directors. He is also the Managing Partner of the Firm’s Delaware office and a Partner in the Firm’s Construction Group. Ed concentrates his practice in construction law and commercial litigation and has successfully tried numerous construction and commercial cases in the mid-Atlantic region.

Jason A. Copley is the Managing Partner of Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC and a Partner in the Firm’s Construction Group as well as a Shareholder and member of the Board of Directors. Jason focuses his practice on representing contractors, subcontractors and owners in the areas of construction and commercial litigation and maintains offices in both Philadelphia and Harrisburg.

Pleaseman filling agreement between owner and contractor join us tomorrow, 11/4, for Shawn Farrell‘s presentation “Construction Disputes: Lessons Learned” at the Carpenters’ Company of City and County of Philadelphia’s Master Builder Dialogues.

Shawn Farrell has over 20 years of experience litigating construction disputes, and will share the lessons he learned to demonstrate how an effective project management team can identify and manage the risks associated with construction contracts without the need for litigation. This seminar will instruct participants on the realistic application of contract terms, payment statutes, lien law, and bond rights to construction operations, with the objective of maximizing profit and minimizing the time to close out a project.

For more information and to register, please visit the Carpenters’ Company’s website.

Please join us for Ed Seglias‘ presentation at the Design-Build Institute of America Tri-State Chapter Inaugural Event on October 6, 2015 in Philadelphia. Ed and Kevin Peartree of Ernstrom & Dreste will discuss and compare form contracts commonly used in Design-Build Projects including AIA, Consensus Docs and EJCDC Design-Build Forms. Their discussion will highlight the benefits and risks associated with the standard forms for owners, contractors and designers alike. Talking points include:

  • How do the different forms address: Early Phases of a Design-Build Project, Setting the Price, Standards of Care, Performance Guarantees, Site Information, Responsibilities of the Owner, Contractor, and Designer, and Ownership of Documents.
  • What the design-build subcontractor should look for: Performance Based Contract, Scope of Work, Incorporation by Reference, and Flow-Down Clauses.
  • What you need in a Design-Build Teaming Agreement: Structure of the Team, Risk/Reward Sharing, Design-Builder and A/E Services, and Risk Allocation.

For more information and to register, please go to the DBIA Website

Join our Construction Partner, George Pallas, for the webinar “Technology for Secure Job Sites” on September 12th with Engineering News-Record.Laptop.jpg

Reducing risk on the job site begins by controlling the perimeter fence and entry gate, and on big projects with large workforces just managing that can turn into a huge, daily proposition. Contractors are increasingly turning to software and systems that use electronic tags or biometric devices to tie entry permission directly to HR databases that validate employee status and rapidly clear the entries during shift changes. But having gone that far, they are beginning to see safety value in applying the same technologies to employee location monitoring and to monitor worker certifications and access to equipment and processes, as well as safety behavior throughout the job site, which is begging the question of just how far should this go? What’s unacceptably invasive, and what is justified in the interest of security and safety?

For more information and to register for the webinar go to: http://construction.com/events/2013/job-sites/