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Design-Build: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Presented by: Construction Law Subsection
Program Title:
Design-Build: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Program Date:
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Program Description:
The move by owners away from Traditional Design-Bid-Build project delivery to Design-Build (D/B) contracts is perhaps the fastest-growing trend today in the use of various alternative project delivery methods.  Design-Build is an integrated contracting approach that provides the owner a single point of responsibility for both design and construction services. Owners often believe that by shifting the risk of design to the D/B contractor, they may better manage their risk for cost overruns and delay. Unfortunately, an owner’s reliance on this contracting strategy has not proven to be the panacea for the elimination of all claims.  This program will address both the legal and technical issues inherent in the use of D/B contracts.
Additional issues to be addressed may include:

•          What are the legal risks of D/B contracts and how are such risks managed?
•          Are some project types better candidates for D/B?
•          What are the benefits and challenges of using D/B project delivery?

Marilyn Klinger, Esq (SMTD Law) ranked by Chambers USA 2019 as one of the top Construction lawyers in the State of California, was one of the first women to practice construction law and she has been recognized as an innovator in legal problem-solving.  She will explain the strengths and weakness of sample D/B contract provisions in various forms of contracts such as the AIA and DBIA, as well as address issues in California D/B statutes. 
Ken Baker, Partner (HKA Global, Inc.), a construction claims expert recognized by Who’s Who Legal – Construction Expert, is a founding member of the Southern California chapter of the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA).  Ken will describe the various alternative D/B scenarios and will present case studies representing “successful” and “ugly” D/B projects with an effort to explain why some projects were completed successfully and others were not. 

Los Angeles County Bar Association
1055 W. 7th Street, Suite 2700
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Registration: 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Program: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

CLE Credit:
1 Hour of General CLE Credit


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9/24/2019 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Los Angeles County Bar Association 1055 W. 7th Street, Suite 2700 Los Angeles, CA 90301
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