Firm’s Attorneys to Serve as Featured Speakers at Important Upcoming Construction Industry Seminars

Siegfried Rivera
February 18, 2015


Our firm’s construction attorneys have played leading roles in the education and training of our peers in the practice of construction law as well as other construction industry professionals for more than 30 years. The firm’s founding partner, Steven Siegfried has served as an adjunct professor of construction law at the University of Miami School of Law since 1984, and many of our other partners and associates who focus on construction law play very active roles as speakers and panelists at some of industry’s most respected conferences and seminars in Florida.

In the coming months, our attorneys will be conducting presentations and leading courses at the following construction industry seminars:

“Fundamentals of the Florida Building Codes” Seminar

Handling construction projects in Florida can be a grueling process, but armed with the necessary knowledge, the most complex of situations can be overcome. On March 5, 2015, the firm’s Jason Rodgers-Da Cruz will be presenting a complimentary breakfast seminar for all LBA members. The course, which is titled “Fundamentals of the Florida Building Code,” will explain the basic principles of Florida building codes in an effort to help attendees avoid sticky complications such as failed inspections and other costly project delays throughout the building process.

The seminar will take place at our Coral Gables office from 7:30 to 9 a.m. For more information or to register to attend, contact the firm’s Stephanie Bonilla at (305) 442-8536 or via email at

SRHLseminar.jpgThe American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law’s “Stick & Bricks” Seminar

Taking place in six different markets across the country on Friday, February 27, 2015, this event covers the key elements and terminology of all aspects of construction systems and technology, including site work and foundations, structural steel, masonry, building enclosures, and mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and roofing systems. The program is designed to be particularly useful for construction lawyers who need to understand how buildings and building systems are constructed, and how to “speak the same language” as their clients and other construction professionals. Firm partners Stuart Sobel and B. Michael Clark, Jr. will be among the featured speakers at the event, which locally will take place in Fort Lauderdale at One East Broward Blvd., Suite 1800. Click here for additional information.

The Florida Bar’s Eighth Annual Construction Law Institute

The firm’s Stuart Sobel will be one of the featured speakers at this event, which offers advanced level courses and CLE credits for Florida Bar members. Together with the Honorable John W. Thornton, Sobel will lead the seminar and discussion on expert opinion testimony in construction litigation. The firm is also a proud sponsor of the event, which is taking place March 12-14, 2015, at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes. Click here for additional information and registration.

Mechanics’ Liens in Florida Seminar

This seminar, which qualifies for 7 CLE credits for attorneys and CPE credits for accountants, focuses on the strict deadlines and statutory requirements that can make mechanics’ liens challenging to manage. It covers how contractors and subcontractors can fully utilize their mechanics’ lien rights, and how owners can protect themselves from lien claims. Firm partners Elisabeth D. Kozlow and Michael J. Kurzman will be among the five featured faculty members at the event. Kozlow will lead the first course of the day titled “Lien Entitlement: Activities, Materials and Properties Lienable,” which covers the scope of activities and materials that are lienable, claimant classifications and rights, and the interests subject to attachment under mechanics’ liens. Kurzman will conduct the course titled “Notices and Claims: Preserve and Perfect Your Lien Rights While Avoiding Fatal Defects.” He will cover lien timing issues, including the last day of work and unusual timing situations, lien notices, service and perfection/recording requirements, title searches, and sample lien language and forms.

The event is taking place on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at the Courtyard Marriott Miami at 200 S.E. 2nd Avenue in downtown Miami. Click here for additional information and online registration.