Construction Law for Contractors

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Date: Wednesday, September 2nd  
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm 
Location: TEXO Conference Center- Dallas 
Room: Lecture Hall
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: 

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.  

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 teh TEXO Young Constructors Council, where he served as a steering committee member for five years and Chairman in 2015. 

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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