Jim Orland

Jim Orland, principal in a Southern California law firm discusses the unique opportunities provided by attending the 18th annual West Coast Casualty Seminar. Orland explains the challenges facing the sub-contractors in today’s evolving construction defect market. Orland describes the importance of neutral, 3rd party evaluations and the emerging issues facing his clients.  Read More

Mark Bourassa

Mark Bourassa, founding partner in a Las Vegas, Nevada law firm explains how the West Coast Casualty Seminar is the mecca of the construction defect arena. Bourassa describes what he is able to take away from his experiences and how he utilizes that information. Bourassa has a unique understanding of the current construction defect litigation environment and reflects on how the current economy is shaping future trends.  Read More

#1 Failure to Communicate

By Ed Martinet Florida – I was in a meeting today when it came to me that “we have a failure to communicate” in the CD and construction claim/litigation arena. While this failure to communicate does not always occur, in too many instances it does. The systemic failure begins when a plaintiff fails to accurately and fairly present a claim that meets the realistic needs of the owners. The communication failure continues when the defense does not... Read More

Gary Baumann Explains New Trends for Construction Defect Litigation

  Gary Baumann, shareholder in a Florida insurance defense law firm, discusses the changing and evolving industry of construction defect litigation at the West Coast Casualty Conference. Baumann explains the trend of efficient productivity. Being more productive gives you more “bang for your buck from your client’s perspective,” Baumann said. Baumann illustrates how the proper use of technology such as webinars can cut costs and the number... Read More

Bruce Wick: Challenges facing the Construction Industry

Bruce Wick is the Director of Risk Management for the California Professional Association for Special Contrators(CALPAS). He represents his member’s position on statue laws and all sorts of litigation and arbitration proceedings. He stresses that new insurance laws will start to have an impact on the construction industry very soon. Contractors and sub contractor cases that are in litigation due to a defect and lack of insurance by one party... Read More

Conversation with Matthew Argue at WCC’s Construction Defect Seminar

In this video Matthew Argue an attorney practicing in San Diego for 13 years, head of construction department at his law firm, who became a full time mediator in 2004 is interviewed at the West Coast Casualty’s Construction Defect Seminar. Matt comments on West coast Casualty’s uniqueness, the relationships that are formed within the community and his learning experiences at the conferences. From Matt…. “You will find the full... Read More

Bryan Hill, AECforensics.com interviews LiMa Solutions Part 4

Added Value Through Value Engineering In this, the fourth and final installment of Bryan Hill’s interview with LiMa Solutions, Inc.,  he focuses on the role that value engineering plays in managing construction defect claims. From the article: Managing the Costs of Litigation Through Time Management As LiMa Solutions deconstructed the construction defect litigation process, Martinet and co-founder, Paul Viau, identified four areas that must... Read More

Bryan Hill, AECforensics.com interviews LiMa Solutions Part 3

Changing Roles, Changing the Paradigm In the third part of Bryan Hill’s Interview with Ed Martinet and Paul Viau of LiMa Solutions, Inc.,the value-Engineered Alternative Dispute Resolution process was examined. The main focus of this part of the interview is the way the process shifts certain roles, and represents changes to distinct concepts, or paradigms, within the construction dispute resolution process. From the article: ‘Changing... Read More

Times are Changing | Road to Resolution for Self-Insured Contractors by Ed Martinet

“The times they are a changing,” has been rattling around in my head recently. The times surely are, or should I say that they have been changing, and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Given the current housing construction situation, general contractors, developers, subcontractors, suppliers and related companies will only survive to see another day by continuing to find ways to successfully cut expenses without detriment... Read More

Bryan Hill, AECforensics.com interviews LiMa Solutions

    Brian L. Hill editor and publisher of AECforensics.com recently interviewed the founders of LIMA Solutions, INC Ed Martinet and Paul Viau about the our company goals, the key assets we are employing, and the support our team has garnered. Due to the length of the interview and volume of material covered, the interview is broken up into four parts.   The first Part of the interview with LiMa Solutions, Inc., focuses on the background... Read More