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Elaine Fresch to Speak at West Coast Casualty's 20th Anniversary Construction Defect Seminar

CD Department Head Elaine Fresch will be speaking at West Coast Casualty's Twentieth Anniversary Construction Defect Conference held on May 15-17, 2013, at the Disneyland Hotel.

Elaine will be participating in a panel discussion with Wendy Wilcox of Skane Wilcox LLP (Moderator); Susan Bryan of AIG; Hon. Susan Johnson, District Court, Las Vegas, Nevada; Phyllis Modlin of Markel; Hon. Nancy Wieben Stock, Orange County, California, Superior Court; and Laura Vuolo, Esq. of J.F. Shea Co., Inc.

The subject of the discussion is A Guide To The Construction Defect World: How Women Handle A Broken House.

The panel's focus will be primarily on the following topics:

  • Anti-Indemnity/Risk Transfer: With the trend towards anti-indemnity legislation and limitations on AI endorsements, are subcontractors empowered?
  • Mediation/Dispute Resolution: How can we avoid a series of unproductive mediations?
  • Pre-Suit Right to Repair Statutes: Do right to repair statutes really work to reduce claims going into suit or are they just another expensive hurdle in the process?
  • Trial and Arbitration Issues: Which CD cases should go to trial or arbitration and under what circumstances should binding arbitration clauses be enforced?

but will include a discussion in the context of these topics on the involvement of women in this industry over the last 20 years. Elaine is excited that this panel discussion has qualified for Bias credit for continuing education and to be able to participate with these other panelists on such important topics to the industry. 

Elaine has been a constant speaker at West Coast's seminars, with her first speaking engagement taking place at Magic Castle in Los Angeles. Over the years, this seminar has grown to become one of the most important events each year to address current trends and issues in the field of construction defect law and litigation. 

Elaine's panel will be presenting on Wednesday May 15, at 4:30 p.m.