Construction Law for Contractors

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Date: Wednesday, September 2nd  
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm 
Location: Brookhaven Country Club 
Cost: TEXO Members $100 
Non members $250 

Topic Description:  

This one day seminar will navigate attendees through the construction law overlay to a typical construction project from a general contractor and subcontractor prospective.  This will begin with the negotiation of prime contract and subcontract, continue through the project documentation of common project-related claims, and continue through the claims process until resolution of the case through traditional dispute resolution mechanisms (mediation and arbitration/litigation).  This moderated narrative will allow conversation and interaction among the participants while touching on the core issues described above and ancillary issues associated therewith. 


Meet the Experts: 

Patrick E. "Gene" Blanton 

Slates Harwell 
Equity Partner 

 Gene Blanton serves as counsel to clients engaged in all aspects of the construction industry. He counsels clients on contract terms, project disputes, and claims involving changes in scope, delays, and defects.  He has experience in both defending and prosecuting claims on behalf of clients that range from general contractors, owners, developers, subcontractors, design professionals, and insurers. Aside from his experience with clients in the construction industry, he also handles litigation matters involving partnership disputes, product liability, and person injury.  

Gene has served as lead counsel on cases in state and federal courts through the country, including Texas, California, and Louisiana. He has served as national counsel and managed local counsel in out-of-state jurisdictions for large commercial general contractors and a national solvent company,  He has reached favorable results for clients through mediation, arbitration, and formal negotiations.  He believes every client issue is unique and requires specific attention so that a resolution can be reached quickly and in a cost effective manner.  

Gene grew up on the North Dallas area and currently lives in Lake Highlands with his wife, Jill, and their three childrens, Piper, Levi, and Georgia.  He bleeds the colors of the Cowboys, the Mavericks, the Rangers, and the Little Ticket.  Aside from family, work, and his required sports watching allotment, he makes time for his German Shepherd- Bo Duke. 

Colbie Brazell Campbell 

Slates Harwell 

Colbie practices both commercial and residential construction law and represents clients in all aspects of the construction industry, including general contractors, owerner, volume home builders, and specialty materials supplies.  Cobie's practice includes counseling and litigation regarding a wide variety of construction-related issues, including design and construction defects, lien and bond claims, insurance coverage, payment disputes, contract termination/default, products liability, and other claims typical to the construction industry.  

In addition to her construction practice, Colbie also practices trademark and copyright law.  The majority of Colbie's practice focuses on counseling her clients regarding a wide array of trademark and copyright issues.  Colbie is actively involved in all phases of the trademark process, from initial advice regarding selection, usage, and registration to licensing, conveyance, and policing/protection.  Colbie's practice also includes intellectual property litigation, including opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  

Prior to joining SLates Harwell, Colbie served as a briefing attorney to the Honorable Don. R. Willett of the Texas Supreme Court and then practiced construction and commercial litigation for four years with an Am Law 200 firm.  Colbie also has experience drafting lawes and navigating the Texas Legislative process, gained from her previous employment as a legislative aide for the Honorable Byron Cook of the Texas House of Representatives.  

Denis Ducran 
Peckar & Abramson

Denis Ducran is a Partner in Peckar & Abramson’s Houston office. A board-certified construction lawyer and registered architect, Mr. Ducran focuses primarily on construction industry transactions, litigation, arbitration and risk management.

Mr. Ducran works closely with owners, architects, contractors and subcontractors to provide practical counsel regarding the avoidance and resolution of disputes on construction projects. He offers extensive industry experience in preparing and negotiating contracts, as well as litigation, arbitration and mediation of construction disputes.

Prior to joining Peckar & Abramson, Mr. Ducran served as Vice President and General Counsel of an ENR 400 general contractor. During his six year tenure, the firm significantly reduced overall litigation and arbitration matters, in large part, by handling the majority of matters in-house. In addition to successfully resolving numerous disputes, Mr. Ducran was also responsible for contract negotiations, contract management, legal training and corporate governance matters including formation of subsidiary entities and joint ventures.

Mr. Ducran is a registered architect who practiced architecture in Houston prior to beginning his career in construction law.  He is an Industry Advisory Board member at the University of Houston’s Department of Construction Management, where he also teaches Construction Law and Ethics in both Fall and Spring semesters. He is frequently called upon to speak publicly and lead presentations on a variety of construction law topics across the U.S.

Mr. Ducran is Board Certified in Construction Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Paulo Flores 
Peckar & Abramson

Paulo Flores is a Partner in Peckar & Abramson’s Dallas office. With 30 years of legal experience, Mr. Flores, who is board certified in construction law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, focuses his practice on construction law, both transactional and litigation/arbitration. He has successfully handled numerous construction related disputes in litigation, arbitration, and alternative dispute forums and represents a wide range of industry clients. Mr. Flores serves as both a mediator and an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association on its construction, commercial law, and large case panels, as well as for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution.

Mr. Flores brings to bear a wealth of knowledge on all aspects of construction law. For more than a decade, he represented the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Board in construction matters, beginning in 2000 with the airport’s Capital Development Program (CDP), which included the building of International Terminal D and the Automated People Mover. He served on the Executive Council of the Dallas Bar Association’s Construction Law Section, and then served as Newsletter Editor, Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-Chair, and finally as Chair in 2000. In 2003, Mr. Flores was appointed by Governor Rick Perry as one of the three public members of the nine-member Texas Residential Construction Commission and, in February 2008, was appointed by the Governor as Chair of the commission. Mr. Flores served on the Executive Council of the Texas State Bar Construction Law Section from 2013 through 2016. Mr. Flores is a member of the inaugural class of 87 attorneys in the State of Texas Board Certified in Construction Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. Flores is an author and frequent speaker on construction law and other legal issues. In 2007, West Publishing (now Thomson Reuters) published Mr. Flores’ book, the Texas Residential Construction Law Manual, the second edition of which was published in June 2013, and is now updated annually.

In addition to his extensive construction law practice, Mr. Flores also has extensive experience in commercial litigation, commercial landlord/tenant issues resolution and litigation, and real estate litigation, as well as representation of creditors and banking institutions in collections, creditor bankruptcy work, and employment law and transactional work and defense. He also served as an Associate Municipal Judge for the City of Dallas for five years.

Mr. Flores was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and is a native Spanish speaker.

Ian Fullington 
Peckar & Abramson

Ian Fullington is an associate in P&A’s Dallas office. He focuses his practice on construction litigation, commercial dispute resolution and construction defect litigation. He has significant experience with Texas lien and bond claims.

Mr. Fullington is actively involved with the Young Constructors Council of TEXO, the largest commercial contractor’s association in Texas, representing the North and East Texas chapters of both the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).  He also serves as Chair of the Dallas Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section.

Tim Matheny 

Peckar & Abramson
Managing Partner

Timothy D. Matheny is the Managing Partner of Peckar & Abramson’s Dallas office. He focuses his practice on construction disputes and litigation, including all phases of public procurement law, including bid and proposal preparation, contract award controversies, performance-related disputes, and contract claims. Clients value his exceptional legal acumen as well as his results-oriented and no-nonsense approach on important matters that allow companies to advance business growth.  He is Board Certified in Construction Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. Matheny’s experience as a member of the Air Force JAG Corps enables him to provide key advantages to clients who do business with federal, state, and local governmental entities. His experience in government contract matters includes all levels of government, in both formal and informal proceedings before administrative agendas, boards of contract appeals, and litigation in state and federal courts. Mr. Matheny has successfully represented a range of clients, including public owners, high-profile general contractors, as well as specialty trade subcontractors. 

Stewart Shurtleff

Peckar & Abramson

Board Certified in Construction Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Mr. Shurtleff represents general contractors, subcontractors, sureties, and real estate owners and developers in a wide array of construction-related issues including breach contract, breach warranty, mechanic's liens, bond claims, surety matters, collecations, construction defects, contract termination, and delay and disruption claims, as well as general business matters.  He frequently acts as outside council to general contractors and other clients. 

Mr. Shurtleff most recently served as a member of the Board of Directors of TEXO, the largest commercial contractor's association in Texas representing the North and East Texas chapters of both The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).  He is also a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America and is the 2019 Secretary of the Construction Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association where he is an active member.  Mr. Shurtleff has been named a Super Lawyers 'Texas Rising Star' from 2012-2018, and "Texas Super Lawyer" in 2019.  Additionally, in 2016 he was named TEXO Young Constructor of the Year resulting from his extensive work with the TEXO Young Constructors Council, where he served as a steering committee member for five years and Chairman in 2015. 

John W. Slates
Slates Harwell 
Founding Partner 

John W. Slates is a founding partner of Slates Harwell LLP.  He is Board Certified in Construction Law and focuses his practice on representing general contractors, owners, and developers. John is an accomplished trial lawyer who has first-chaired numerous cases to verdicts, including cases that have been recognized by the National Law Journal's Top 100 Verdicts and Verdict Search's Top Texas Verdicts.  He has also successfully argued before the Texas Supreme Court in Lennar Corporation v. Markel American Insurance Company. 

John has negotiated over $5 billion in design and construction contracts for some of the most high-profile projects recently build in Texas, including the Toyota Corporate Headquarters, as well as a wide array of commercial projects.  In addition to broad experience with a variety of issues typical to the construction industry, John has extensive experience with products liability issues and  disputes related to HUD-insured projects.   After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995, John practiced for 18 years with an Am Law 200 firm and served as the chair of the firm's construction practice group for six years prior to forming Slates Harwell. In addition to construction litigation, John has also handled environmental litigation and general commercial litigation, including disputes involving land deals, purchase and sale agreements, lease agreements, trade secrets, noncompete provisions, and partnership, shareholder, and business divorce cases.  John enjoys cooking, playing golf, and spending time with his wife Paige and their three children at Rough Creek Lodge.  

Matthew Waterman
Slates Harwell 
Matt Waterman is a trial lawyer who concentrates his practice on the representation of contractors and owners in construction related disputes.  Matt has represented plaintiffs and defendants in both commercial and residential matters involving contract claims, insurance coverage disputes, construction defects, real estate disputes, trade secrets, product liability issues, payment disputes, delay and disruption claims, and personal injury.

Matt has served as both lead and second chair council in multiple trials and arbitrations, and has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict.  Matt has also served as lead counsel in multiple mediations, and successfully negotiated several favorable settlements for his clients.  Though an experienced trial lawyer, Matt routinely assists clients in the preparation of contract documents, and advises clients on project risk management issues.  Matt has also worked with large national homebuilders to develop comprehensive, nationwide contract documents, warranty programs, licensing compliance programs, and advertising protocols.

Matt lives in Dallas with his wife, Kristy, and two sons David and Henry.  He is an avid college football and baseball fan, and when not watching or talking sports enjoys working out, bowling, movies, and spending time with his family.  

Cancellation Policy

  • TEXO reserves the right to cancel all or part of the above training up to 30 days prior to the scheduled event based on attendance numbers. A minimum of five people needs to be registered for this event to be held.
  • Cancellations made between 14 and 8 days prior to the start date of the activity will be refunded in full.
  • Cancellations made seven days or fewer prior to the start date of the activity, no refund but substitutions may be made.
  • Note that refund requests must be coordinated with Ashlyn Smith

Replacement Policy 

If a registered attendee is unable to attend the class a substitution can be made .  Upon arrival the new attendee must inform the instructor or TEXO staff of the individuals' name he or she is replacing. 

Please contact TEXO at 972-647-0697 with any questions. If your company requires a PO # or a Job Cost Account, please provide this information when registering. Thank You!
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