Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Construction Claims* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)

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Convention Education

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Convention Education, Exhibitor, NECA Convention and Trade Show (Full Meeting), Press Registration, Speaker Registration, Weekend Package




Construction claims come in various shapes and sizes. Some claims can be easily and quickly resolved and others require the involvement and assistance of lawyers and construction experts. This session will strive to demystify the claims process for you, walking you through the various stages of the construction claims process, the challenges you may encounter along the way, and what is helpful to secure a successful resolution or result.


  • Lori Azzara Headshot

    Lori Azzara

    Cohen Seglias

    Lori is a construction and commercial litigator, representing owners, developers, general contractors and trade subcontractors on both private and public construction projects throughout the country. Clients turn to Lori for assistance with contract negotiations and up-front risk management as well as her effective and efficient project management advice throughout the entirety of a construction project. In her trial and dispute resolution practice, she regularly prosecutes and defends complex construction claims in mediations, arbitrations and various state and federal courts, including claims for delay, disruption, inefficiency, breach of contract, and the assertion of mechanic’s liens.
    Lori is actively involved in the construction industry and regularly presents to NECA chapters across the country. She is a recent graduate of the inaugural cohort of NEXTWomen, a year-long leadership program that focuses on developing women leaders in the construction industry.

  • Anthony Byler Headshot

    Tony Byler

    Cohen Seglias

    Tony is a construction litigator with three decades of experience representing public and private owners, general contractors, trade subcontractors, and material suppliers. He regularly handles major construction disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants involving construction projects of every kind, including power plants, educational facilities, hotels, bridges, high-rise residential buildings, prisons, wastewater treatment plants, parking garages, assisted living facilities, and other commercial and industrial structures. Tony counsels clients on matters concerning payment disputes, delay and disruption claims, payment and performance bonds, prompt payment statutes, and mechanics’ liens. He also serves as an arbitrator on the Roster of Neutrals for the American Arbitration Association, where he works with contractors and their counsel to resolve similar construction disputes and claims.
    Tony is active in NECA chapters throughout the country, regularly presenting construction law seminars and webinars, and authoring articles on emerging construction laws and trends. 

  • Daniel Fierstein Headshot

    Dan Fierstein

    Cohen Seglias

    Dan is a construction lawyer, representing industry members throughout the country, including owners / developers, general contractors / construction managers, trade subcontractors, and everyone in between. Dan helps his construction clients navigate their day-to-day issues with an eye towards avoiding costly legal disputes. When cases require legal action, Dan prosecutes and defends major construction disputes in all dispute forums (court, mediation, and arbitration). Dan’s clients call upon him to resolve payment disputes, scope of work / change order disputes, delay / acceleration / inefficiency claims, mechanics’ liens, and payment and performance bond claims. 
    Dan is active in the construction community; counseling, educating, and training construction trade association members, including those of NECA and the MCAA. 

  • William Haydt

    Trauner Consulting Services, Inc.

    Bill is the Managing Principal of Trauner Consulting Services, Inc. Bill regularly testifies as an expert in construction scheduling, forensic delay analysis, and construction damages. He has over a 12 years of construction claims experience and has provided services that include construction claims preparation and evaluation, dispute resolution, the development and review of critical path method (CPM) schedules, delay analysis, and training. Bill has provided construction claims consulting and expert witness services to numerous electrical subcontractors, along with owners/developers, general contractors, subcontractors, and designers, and on nearly every kind of project.
    Additionally, Bill is an award-winning instructor and has presented seminars, webinars, and construction claims-related presentations for private firms and public agencies across the country.