Construction Law & Public Contracts Section

by Gregory T. St. Ours, chair

The Construction Law and Public Contracts Section had 782 members as of May 2010 and a budget of just over $12,000.  In 2009-10 the chair of the section was Greg St. Ours of Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC.

Thanks to Derrick E. Rosser, K. Brett Marston, Kristan B. Burch, and VA CLE, we maintained our section’s reputation for a topflight annual program in November 2009.  The program at the Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville offered twelve credit hours in construction law, including two hours of ethics.  The November 2011 program — our thirty-first — is already in place, thanks to our new group of committee members: Derrick Rosser, Richard T. McGrath, Stephan F. “Hobie” Andrews, and Greg St. Ours.  Michael A. Branca and Sean M. Howley worked with the Real Property and Taxation Sections for our summer program at the Holiday Inn Sunspree in Virginia Beach. The program was titled “Crafting the Deal:  Negotiating and Identifying the Key Issues Associated with Complex 1031 Exchanges of Real Property When Major Construction is an Essential Part of the Deal.”  Mike Branca has commenced planning for next summer’s program.

R. Webb Moore, with help from Richard McGrath and Hobie Andrews, prepared construction-related articles for the October 2010 Virginia Lawyer.

Sean Howley, Mike Branca, and Jennifer A. Mahar produced our section’s biannual newsletter, which included current cases and timely construction articles.  We converted distribution to e-mail, thereby eliminating layout, printing, paper, handling, and postage costs.

Kristan Burch looks after our website, http://www.vsb.org/site/sections/construction.  Shannon J. Briglia is putting the finishing touches on our handbook of digests of Virginia and federal cases from June 1, 2009, through May 31, 2010.  Our handbook should be available by August 30, 2010, on our website.

In 2010-11 the section will be led by Todd R. Metz, chair; Kristan Burch, vice chair; Brett Marston, secretary; and Sean Howley, treasurer.

Updated: Mar 08, 2011