Broadcast Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (ET)


The construction industry has been hounded by unprecedented threats and other legal pitfalls. Various claims for damage to property or persons arising from construction projects, often expose companies and individuals to the risk of costly litigation. In order to prevent or limit risks arising from such claims, general contractors, subcontractors, and owners must adopt an insurance program that will effectively mitigate the risks of claims and potentially provide a source for coverage and recovery. In this LIVE webcast, construction litigators John D. North (Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP) and Ashley B. Jordan (Reed Smith LLP) will provide an in-depth analysis of the fundamentals as well as recent developments in the fields of construction litigation and insurance. Speakers will also cover the best practices and effective tools in understanding insurance policies and procedures to maximize the potentials of an insurance coverage and provide more control on risk management.

Key issues that will be covered in this course are:

  • Construction Litigation and Insurance Coverage: 2019 Perspective
  • Recent Trends and Developments
  • Common Risks and Pitfalls
  • Identifying Red Flags
  • What You Need to Know in 2020


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)



General knowledge of construction and insurance laws


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional


Total Credit:

1.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

John D. North, Partner/Chair, Litigation Department
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP

John D. North is chair of the Litigation Department at Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP. He focuses his practice in litigation, with an emphasis on trial practice. Mr. North has tried jury and non-jury cases in state and federal courts, including over 75 jury cases to verdict. He is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. A significant portion of Mr. North’s practice is devoted to construction litigation and to the defense of catastrophic injury and other high exposure cases in the areas of negligence, public entity liability, and professional liability. Mr. North is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is listed in Super LawyersBenchmark LitigationChambers USA and in four practice areas in Best Lawyers including “Bet-the-Company” Litigation. Mr. North is the author of the evidence treatise A Trial Lawyer’s Strategic Guide to the New Jersey Rules of Evidence, and is the only New Jersey lawyer selected as a principal author of Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, contributing the chapter in the treatise devoted to Medical Malpractice.

Steve Guarini, CPA, CGMA, Partner
Cohen & Company

Steve brings a real energy to client engagements. Trusted for both his technical and business savvy, he continuously seeks ways to improve and grow, including learning about new ideas and techniques that may help clients achieve greater success. Steve remains dedicated to working beyond what is expected without being asked, communicating early and often, and treating clients and colleagues with respect.

With more than 30 years as a CPA, including national firm experience, Steve is one of the firm’s technical resources for the application and implementation of audit and attest requirements, as well as the proper presentation of GAAP financial statement disclosures. He also has deep expertise in the area of SOC 1 and SOC 2 reports. In addition to not-for-profit entities, Steve works with clients in a variety of industries, including manufacturing and distribution.


John D. NorthPartner/Chair, Litigation Department Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP

  • A discussion of the operative provisions of a standard GL policy regarding the availability of coverage for alleged construction defects;
  • Provisions and endorsements which may exclude coverage or result in unexpected coverage outcomes;
  • The obligation of the carrier to defend claims that fall within the coverage provisions of the policy, regardless of the underlying merit of the claim;
  • “Occurrences” or events that trigger coverage for alleged construction defects;
  • Allocation of expense and indemnification obligations among carriers when there are multiple policies and carriers involved.

Ashley B. JordanAttorney Reed Smith LLP

  • Endorsements requiring the “occurrence” happen within the policy period.
  • Endorsements requiring application of the manifestation trigger.
  • “Anti-Montrose” and similar provisions.
  • Policyholder defenses & coverage-maximizing strategies.

Date & Time:

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Insurance Companies offering Construction Insurance
  • Contractors and Subcontractors
  • Owners of Construction Projects
  • Payroll Officers
  • Human Resource Department
  • Insurance Officers
  • Insurance Lawyers
  • Litigation Officers


John D. NorthPartner/Chair, Litigation Department
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP
Steve Guarini, CPA, CGMAPartner
Cohen & Company



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