The Construction Conference will begin with a networking breakfast from 7:30 to 8:00 a.m.  Conference sessions will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the conference will conclude at the lunch hour.  Lunch will not be served at the conference.

Construction Conference sessions include:

Keynote Address

We are thrilled that Anthony Copeland, Secretary of the NC Department of Commerce, will present the conference keynote address.

View From the Roof:  Construction Industry Economic Update and Forecast

An annual favorite!  Attendees will receive an update on the current and future impact of economic, technology, and competitive trends in the construction industry from Chris Daum, President and CEO, of FMI Corporation.

Succession Planning Tool Kit

Succession planning brings up challenging questions for owners such as "Who will take over the business if I want to retire or if something happens to me?" or "Who do I include in a succession plan?"

This panel discussion, led by Ward and Smith attorneys John Cella, Merrill Jones, and John Sloan, will provide attendees with the tools to understanding different methods of business succession planning and the key roles that our trusts and estates and business attorneys play in the process.

Constructing Law:  A Lobbying Update

Government relations attorneys Whitney Campbell Christensen and Jamie Norment will provide an up-to-date report on State and Federal regulatory issues and changes, including an overview of federal infrastructure spending.

If You Build It, They May Come – USEPA, NCDEQ and the Enforcement of Environmental Regulations

The state and federal government imposes many rules and regulations, particularly in the construction arena. Ward and Smith attorneys, Wes Camden, Caitlin Poe, and Amy Wang, will delve into environmental and regulatory compliance issues and why these issues matter now more than ever.

Arbitration vs. Litigation

What is the difference between arbitration and litigation and how can the differing approaches affect the outcome of a lawsuit?  Construction litigators Tom Babel, Jason Strickland, and Ryal Tayloe will present a detailed discussion of the pros and cons of each approach and will walk through each step from the outset of a dispute to resolution based on each approach.