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WEBINAR – “Increase your Bottom Line: Avoiding and Minimizing Construction Defect Claims”

October 15, 2013

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The International Society of Primerus Law Firms is pleased to present a FREE webinar:

“Increase your Bottom Line: Avoiding and Minimizing Construction Defect Claims”

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Time: 10:00 am PT/11:00 am MT/12:00 pm CT/1:00 pm ET

Topics will include tips to avoid defect claims during the various stages of a construction project:

  • Development
  • Construction
  • Sell Out
  • Post Sale
  • After Notice of Claim

Why you Should Attend

Builders, claims supervisors, attorneys and allied professionals will find this webinar invaluable.  The distinguished panel of construction attorneys, construction experts and industry leaders will discuss the most effective methods to avoid and minimize construction defect claims at various stages of the construction process, from development planning, through sell out and post-sale.  Learn how to avoid or minimize these costly claims through the use of construction contract clauses, including indemnity agreements, quality  control, purchase-agreement language and post-sale customer relations.


David Frenznick – Wilke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould & Birney, LLP (Sacramento, CA)

Mr. Frenznick has extensive and broad experience in the areas of complex civil litigation, with particular emphasis on the representation of residential and commercial property owners in construction-related disputes. Mr. Frenznick represents homeowners, homeowner associations, developers and contractors in real estate cases, as well as complex construction defect claims involving multiple single-family residences and multi-unit developments. Frenznick also is the firm’s primary probate and trust litigator. Mr. Frenznick recently represented over 100 homeowners in a mass construction defect action. The case ended during trial when the developer paid what is thought to be one of the largest settlements of its type in Sacramento County.

Brian Wagner – Mateer & Harbert, P.A. (Orlando, FL)

Brian Wagner is an attorney located in Orlando, Florida and practices in the area of litigation with an emphasis on construction defect, insurance law and complex litigation. His client lists includes Fortune 500 Companies, insurance companies and small and mid-sized companies. He is a shareholder in the law firm of Mateer Harbert, P.A., with offices in Orlando and Ocala Florida. Mateer & Harbert, P.A. was chosen as a “go to” law firm by a Fortune 500 Company for litigation in Litigation 2012, a supplement of the American Lawyer. Prior to joining Mateer & Harbert, he helped start the Orlando office of a large regional law firm with a home office in Philadelphia. Mr. Wagner has given presentations all over the country at various conference and corporate “in-house” presentations on all types of litigation issues.

Dina Bernardelli – Zupkus & Angell, P.C. (Denver, CO)

Dina Bernardelli is a partner at the Denver, Colorado law firm Zupkus & Angell, P.C.  Her practice primarily focuses on insurance defense in complex commercial litigation and insurance coverage.  Ms. Bernardelli has represented contractors of all levels in large scale and single home construction defect cases, and has acted as insurance coverage counsel on construction defect related claims throughout Colorado.


William C. Thomas – Affiliated Professional Services, Inc. (El Dorado Hills, CA)
Mr. Thomas is General Manager, and President for Affiliated Professional Services, Inc. Affiliated Professional Services, Inc. is an organization of professionals providing expertise in construction, building codes, engineering, architecture, real estate, and real estate appraisals. Currently, Mr. Thomas divides his time into areas of expertise including: arbitrator and/or insurance policy appraiser, inspecting catastrophe damaged property, evaluation of buildings for construction defects, water intrusion cause and effect and litigation support and testimony.

Jeff Pemstein – Towne Development of Sacramento, Inc. (Roseville, CA)
Jeffrey Pemstein has over 27 years of professional experience in land development, home building, and construction, as well as land use policy and urban planning, CEQA/NEPA compliance and environmental permitting, infrastructure planning, and public facility finance. Throughout his career, Mr. Pemstein has worked with and/or managed entities ranging from cities and counties, State and federal agencies, and special districts to private landowners and the building community.

Robert A. Zupkus, Esq. – Zupkus & Angell, P.C. - Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Consultant (Denver, CO)
Bob Zupkus is a widely sought out expert witness in matters of insurance coverage, insurance industry standards and bad faith claims in a number of states. He has extensive experience in insurance coverage and bad faith, insurance defense, employment, transportation and commercial litigation. He has taught insurance at the University of Northern Colorado and trial practice at the University of Denver’s School of Law, in addition to holding positions of leadership in many legal organizations. His practice can be best summarized by his AV rating, the highest, by the prestigious Martindale-Hubble group and his inclusion as a Colorado Super Lawyer for many consecutive years.


  • Date: October 15, 2013