Common Sense Contracting: Minimizing the Effects of Contract Changes

Session Type:

Pre Convention Workshop


Washington State Convention Center

Room Number: 304

Available Dates & Times


Separate Registration Required and a Registration fee of $175

Because no project goes as planned, electrical contractors must be prepared to address changes to their work and schedules. This session will discuss contract terms and project strategies to address changes and change orders, project scheduling, delays and acceleration. The program will also discuss how to prepare effective project documentation to try to minimize potential problems and protect your interests if a dispute arises.


  • Gene Heady

    EUGENE (“GENE”) J. HEADY is a Partner in Smith, Currie & Hancock’s Atlanta office. Smith, Currie & Hancock is a national law firm focusing on construction law, government contracts, environmental law, and commercial litigation. Gene is also a mediator and arbitrator and is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s national Panel of Construction Arbitrators. He has over 30 years of experience as a problem solver in the construction industry. Following a successful career in the electrical construction business, Gene began practicing law in 1996. He represents and assists owners, general contractors, builders, subcontractors, suppliers, architects, engineers, designers, sureties, real estate developers, and manufacturers in avoiding and resolving disputes related to construction projects throughout the continental United States, Alaska and the Caribbean. His work involves private, local, state and federal government contracts and commercial, industrial and institutional construction projects. Gene literally grew up in the construction industry. Gene’s father was a successful NECA electrical contractor and was an early member of the Academy of Electrical Contracting. Unlike most construction attorneys, Gene has hands-on experience. Gene has worked with the tools, at the drafting table, and at the helm of a NECA member electrical contracting business. In 1981, Gene earned a B.S. degree in Engineering from the University of Hartford, majoring in Electrical Contracting (a program sponsored by NECA). Before law school, he worked in the electrical construction business as a project engineer, project manager, and business owner. Gene is a prolific writer and has published numerous works related to the construction industry and alternative dispute resolution. He is also a frequent lecturer on construction law topics.

  • Gregg Joy

    S. GREGORY JOY is a partner in the Washington, D.C. and the Atlanta offices of Smith, Currie & Hancock
    LLP. Gregg has divided his practice between public and private contracting, having handled hundreds of construction, commercial and government contracts cases since 1984.Gregg has represented clients pursuing and defending against claims in federal and state courts, boards of contract appeals, administrative proceedings, arbitrations and mediations throughout the United States, placing an emphasis on trying to resolve claims to try to minimize risks and costs. He has also helped contractors to obtain or maintain federal, state and local contracts through bid protests and SBA size protests and has successfully defended contractors whose accepted bids for contracts have been challenged.