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Managing Owner Exposure on Contractor Claims
Presenter: Ronald Leaders, Buckley & Leaders

Description: Project owners face increased contractor claims as bidders continue to reduce margins an contingencies to obtain work in this tight economy. The program will address strategies to prevent common pitfalls and practical means to improve change management and claim resolution practices. This program will include: tools and guidance for effective implementation of current and new practices.

Learning objectives:
1. Develop a better understanding of commonly misused or misunderstood contract provisions.

2. Discuss expanded use of contractor responsibility and responsiveness criteria to reduce awards to under-qualified contractors.

3. Learn a more structured approach to change order and claim analysis that can reduce claim payments.

Ronald Leaders principal in Buckley & Leaders, emphasizes the use of innovative contracts and dispute avoidance/resolution techniques in his practice, encouraging clients to use equitable project risk allocation, contract documentation and contract administration to achieve more successful projects. Mr. Leaders received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and M.S. in Metallurgy from Georgia Tech and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco. Mr. Leaders is a frequent speaker on project delivery systems and contracts and is a certified corporate trainer of negotiations from the Harvard Project on Negotiation.

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