January 2019 Industry Insight Presentation

  • 16 Jan 2019
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (PST)
  • Dave & Buster's – Irvine Spectrum • 661 Irvine Spectrum, Irvine CA

January 16, 2019 Industry Insight Presentation 


How to Avoid Construction Claims
in Design-Bid-Build
Capital Improvement Projects

Hal G. Block
Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo,
Attorneys at Law


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About Our Presentation

Attorney Hal Block, who practices exclusively in construction law, will join us at our January presentation to provide his informed insight on how to avoid construction claims in Design-Bid-Build capital improvement projects.

Drawing on his extensive legal experience, Mr Block will illustrate his presentation with real-life examples of project/claim litigations. In addition, he will touch on procedures that can be utilized to avoid claims entirely through the use of different methodologies of project delivery, such as design-build.

Finally, to ensure each attendee leaves with as comprehensive an understanding as possible about the construction claims topic, the staff at AALR&R will prepare a handout that will delve into these topics in greater depth than our time allots.

Plan to attend the first Industry Insight of 2019 on January 16. It promises to be extremely informative, and may help you avoid costly future disputes.

OCWA Members with Reservations:  $30.00

Non-Members with Reservations:  $45.00

OCWA Members without Reservations:  $45.00 (at the door)

Non-Members without Reservations:  $45.00 (at the door)

Reservations must be made by end-of-day, January 15,
to qualify for the Reservation Rate.
Cancellations received AFTER this date CANNOT be refunded.

About Our Speaker

Mr Block practices exclusively all aspects of construction law, including litigation and transactional contract issues, with particular emphasis on the representation of developers, institutional clients, contractors, suppliers, and design professionals. He has handled in excess of 2,400 construction disputes and has drafted/negotiated over 1,000 contracts and general conditions.

He holds a professional degree in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology and worked as an architect in Chicago for five years before obtaining his law degree in 1982.

Honors & Recognitions

Mr. Block has a Preeminent AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell. In February, 1997, he was awarded the CASH (Coalition for Adequate School Housing) Service Award for his pro bono work in drafting a new set of General Conditions to be utilized in all future school construction in the State of California. Additionally, he has received multiple Spirit awards from the Orange County JCC for his work as the chairman of multiple celebrity charity poker tournaments that raised money for scholarships.

Events & Speaking Engagements

Mr. Block is a frequent guest speaker and teacher for professional and trade organizations, nationally and internationally, and has been a guest lecturer for the graduate construction management programs at UCLA and IIT College of Architecture in the areas of construction and insurance law.


Mr. Block served as Insurance Law Editor, 1985-1988 and Co-Editor in Chief, 1988-1989, Law Practice Notes, Barrister Magazine, and has written legal columns for the Orange County AIA and for the Orange County chapter of the CSI. He has authored numerous articles and treatises, including the following:

● “As the Walls Came A Tumbling Down: Architects Expanded Liability Under Design/Build Construction Contracting,” John Marshall Law Review; reprinted in the Defense Law Journal (1984) and Handbook of Construction Articles (1984)

● “Adventures in Claims Made Professional Liability Coverage,” Best Insurance Review, July 1986

● “Design Build Insurance Protection,” Legal Handbook for Architects, Engineers and Contractors, Fall 1985

● “Notice Provisions in Contract of Insurance,” Barrister Magazine, Summer, 1984, reprinted: Adjuster Reference Book and Risk Management

● “Insurance Coverage for the Construction Process - Identifying and Managing the Risk,” Risk and Risk Management for Construction and Industry (consulting editor), Fall 1986

Community & Professional Associations

● Orange County Bar Association, Member
● American Bar Associations (Member: Forum Committee on the Construction Industry; Torts and Insurance Practice Section and Public Contract Law Section)
● American Institute of Architects, Associate
● Construction Specifications Institute, Professional Member
● Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH), Member

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