Construction Contracts: Waivers of Subrogation, Indemnification, and Contribution

Complexities and Pitfalls of Waiver Provisions for Contractors, Owners, and Insurer

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

Conducted on Wednesday, April 8, 2020

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Course Materials

This CLE course will provide construction counsel with a review of the validity and effect of waiver of subrogation, indemnification and contribution clauses in construction contracts, how courts interpret waiver provisions, and the impact on all parties to the agreement.


Subrogation waivers in construction contracts often do not command the attention from counsel that is needed to protect their clients, especially since these insurance provisions can have a significant impact on the financial situation of the contracting parties.

In interpreting waiver provisions, courts often look at other contract provisions, particularly the allocation of risk through insurance, to discern the intent of the parties. Subrogation waivers must also be reconciled with contractual indemnity and other contribution provisions. In some states, subrogation is implicitly waived when there is builder's risk insurance in place.

A contract that contains a waiver of subrogation must also be reconciled with the terms of the underlying insurance policy. The insured waiving the right of subrogation may face a denial of coverage under policy terms.

Listen as our authoritative panel of practitioners analyzes waivers of subrogation in construction contracts, the validity and effect of waivers, the impact of waivers on contractual indemnification and contribution clauses, how courts interpret waiver provisions, and the impact on all parties to the contract.



  1. Overview of insurance subrogation in construction contracts
  2. Relationship between waiver of subrogation clause and other potential relevant contract language
  3. Impact on all parties to the contract
  4. Recent case law: interpreting waiver provisions


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What is generally the scope of a construction subrogation waiver?
  • How are courts interpreting waiver of subrogation provisions in construction defect matters?
  • What other contractual provisions will courts look at when interpreting the waiver of subrogation provision?
  • How do contractual indemnification provisions impact subrogation waivers?


Bobotek, James
James P. (Jamie) Bobotek

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Mr. Bobotek guides clients through all phases of development and construction of commercial properties, including...  |  Read More

Singel, Daniel
Daniel J. Singel

McCollum Crowley

Mr. Singel's practice is devoted to civil defense litigation. He also advises clients on questions of...  |  Read More

Zabinski, Alexandra
Alexandra L. Zabinski

McCollum Crowley

Ms. Zabinski is an associate attorney with McCollum Crowley, P.A. She focuses on civil litigation, business law, and...  |  Read More

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