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Construction Contracts, Project Management, and Risk Mitigation

How to Manage Risks Before, During, and After Construction Through Contract Drafting, Project Management, and Insurance

Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Wednesday, July 27, 2022

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This CLE course will advise construction attorneys and risk managers on effective means of mitigating and managing risk in large construction projects. The panel will discuss how counsel must understand the various elements of a construction project and how they relate to project success. The panel will address the partnership between field personnel, management, and legal, as well as what best practices are needed to limit liability.


Owners, contractors, and other project participants must consider the complexity of construction planning, the potential for errors in construction, design defects, and contractual breaches. Contractors are limited by the narrow profit margins imposed by extreme competition in the marketplace. Subcontractors that do not meet contractual standards expose others to liability, require additional supervision, and can result in termination. Such terminations can be problematic. Finally, collections are risky when projects are undercapitalized or subcontractors have limited assets.

Owners, contractors and counsel must use risk management techniques in advance of projects to mitigate the risk as well as use those skills to resolve losses or other problems when they arise during and after projects.

Risk management at the onset of a project should include clear and understandable contracts with detailed risk transfer provisions, appropriate insurance requirements, and solid remedies clauses. Likewise, identifying issues early and determining the options for resolution can reduce liability exposure. Managers and counsel should anticipate training field personnel to evaluate potential issues on job sites and to know when to escalate the matter. When necessary, the timing and manner of notice to third parties, including insurance, may be important to mitigate risks.

Project documentation should be reviewed and updated during the project to address change orders, schedule changes, and to give notice properly of default when necessary. Contractual risk transfer and other risk-shifting should be managed proactively to avoid surprise and to ensure that the party responsible for the loss is the party that will cover the loss.

Listen as our expert panel discusses the best practices for effective risk mitigation and risk management. The panel will address how the elements of construction projects relate to one another and how to incorporate all of the necessary stakeholders.



  1. Risk management before construction
    1. Selecting project participants
    2. Developing the risk management plan
    3. Documenting the risk management plan
    4. Verifying the risk management plan
  2. Risk management during construction
    1. Engaging all team players and project participants
    2. Assessing problems early
    3. Addressing problems wisely
    4. Giving prompt notice
  3. Risk management after construction
    1. Meeting the statute of limitations
    2. Obtaining insurance coverage
    3. Responding to construction defect claims
    4. Achieving dispute resolution


The panel will address these and other relevant topics:

  • How to select project participants to avoid financial problems
  • How to identify potential problems early
  • How to resolve payment disputes
  • How to obtain coverage for losses from insurance
  • How to resolve problems after construction is complete


Boland, Charles
Charles F. Boland, PE

Principal / Chairman

Mr. Boland has 40+ years of experience in engineering, construction, project management, and cost/schedule analysis in...  |  Read More

Wolff, Allen
Allen R. Wolff

Shareholder; Co-Chair the Construction Industry Practice Group and the Corporate and Commercial Litigation Practice Group
Anderson Kill

Mr. Wolff’s practice concentrates in construction litigation, insurance recovery, and the nexus between the two,...  |  Read More

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