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The American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry Annual Meeting returned to Las Vegas from April 26-28, 2012, after a 13-year hiatus to discuss “Advanced Project Delivery: Improving the Odds of Success.” Several of Interface Consulting’s consultants participated in this informative and activity-filled conference including Frank G. Adams, PE; Philip D. Barnard, PE, CCE; Christopher J. Sullivan; Lisa S. Heard; and Jennifer M. Hatten, CCC, PSP, LEED AP. The event is held every year and is attended by prominent construction law attorneys and various construction industry players from around the country.

Workshops and plenaries focused on project delivery systems (PDSs) and their impact on overall construction projects, the parties involved, financing and contracts, and disputes that often result. There were many notable presentations on Thursday, April 26, including,“You’ve Got a Friend, or Do You? How Do the Delivery Systems and Party Postures Impact Litigation Strategy and Procedures in Multi-Party Construction Claims?” co-presented by Allison J. Snyder, Esq., of Porter Hedges, LLP. This plenary focused on how the alliances between parties can shift, changing pleadings and proof strategies, and whether adversaries can change through tolling agreements, third-party agreements, and empty chairs.

The last Plenary of the conference,“21st Century Ethics Issues for Construction Lawyers,” was well attended despite its time slot. Leslie K. O’Neal-Coble of Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC, along with the rest of the team of speakers, focused on recommendations and proposals of the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20. The plenary offered reactions and comments regarding the Commission’s proposal concerning the impact of advancing technology and globalization on the legal profession.    

When not in session, conference attendees participated in various ABA-hosted social, charity, and sporting activities in the Las Vegas area. Interface Consulting’s Lisa Heard helped organize a Division I Fountain-Side Gathering, held on Thursday, at the world-famous Bellagio dancing fountains, which was followed by a multi-Division outing to Cirque du Soleil’s “O.” On Saturday, Interface Consulting’s Jennifer Hattenparticipated as one of the official photographers of the conference golf tournament at the Bali Hai Golf Club.

The American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional association in the world. With nearly 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public. For more information on upcoming ABA events, please visit

The American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry is the largest organization of construction lawyers in the United States and abroad. Its 6,000 members are drawn from all areas of practice: large law firms, small firms, solo practitioners, government lawyers, and corporate in house counsel. 

About Interface Consulting:

As engineers and construction consultants since 1986, Interface Consulting International, Inc. (, has provided a wide range of consulting and expert services to the construction- and engineering-related industries in a variety of challenging settings – from the project field to the boardroom and courtroom. Interface Consulting is an authority on construction claims and construction management consulting with experience in more than 40 countries worldwide.