ORLANDO, FL – Last year’s Construction Super Conference was virtual, but this year the live event is firmly on the schedule for Dec. 6-8 at the J.W. Marriott Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Fla. What’s the level of optimism out there? We asked a few long-time attendees, as well as a couple of short-timers to gauge the excitement.
“Everyone has to decide for themselves when they are comfortable traveling and participating in a conference like the CSC, but if you have reached that comfort level you will no doubt thoroughly enjoy being ‘back in the saddle’ of the CSC.” — Robert S. Peckar, founding partner, Peckar & Abramson, P.C., River Edge, N.J.
“I am optimistic about this year’s CSC, because everyone who attends this year are the people who are ready to get out and attend in-person events after almost a two-year break. It should make for a very engaging conference.” — Brian R. Gaudet • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Houston,
“Now is a great time to reconnect and grow your network of construction law and risk management professionals in-person. In-person connections coupled with quality CLE specific delivered by some of the most experienced and respected construction law professionals will make this year’s conference especially valuable and meaningful.”
— Brian Perlberg, ConsensusDocs Executive Director and Senior Counsel
“Getting back to seminars and conferences, specifically those that are being held live and in-person, is something we all need. It won’t cure what we’ve all endured over the past 18 months, but it’s what the doctor ordered. We all need to see our industry colleagues, clients, and more importantly, friends. CSC helps us all achieve that goal…I’m optimistic that CSC will be a success given the successful return of similar events from across all industries. After a long hiatus, getting the construction community together will yield a successful event.” — Terence Kadlec, PE. practice leader, Construction, Envista Forensics
“We have effectively been in professional hibernation. It is time to leave the cave and expand your knowledge and network.” — Michael F. McKenna, partner, Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC
The conference has outstanding presentations that afford all construction professionals the opportunity to gain valuable insights and practice tips. The conference affords attendees the opportunity to network with experts from across the country. This year’s programs demonstrate the commitment to excellence that the conference continues to achieve. — Ronald L. Williams, partner, national co-chair, Construction Law Practice, Fox Rothschild LLP
“I’m excited, very optimistic, and can’t wait to get back to these live conferences. These are educational opportunities and it’s just not the same. You do not get the same level of engagement on these kinds of educational seminars by reading something or attending an online presentation. Those are great, but they’re not a substitute for the real thing where you can actually see the presenters, see their body language, hear questions from the audience, and get people engaged. There’s a real give and take to a live presentation that you just lose on a remote presentation. It’s not the same. These events are networking opportunities. We all have friends who practice all over the country and these are really the best opportunities to see them when we’re not in litigation with them—and then the opportunity to meet new people. You can’t do that very easily with remote presentations. I certainly understand why we were not able to do that for the last 18 months, but now that we are hopefully on the other side of the pandemic and people are vaccinated and being more careful, I’m optimistic and excited about being able to get back into networking opportunities and seeing friends from across the country who practice in the same industry.”
— Peter W. Hahn, partner, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP, with offices in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Hackensack, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Wilmington