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Construction Seminars: Causes of Action and Damages in Construction Defect Disputes – Current Issues and Developments

Guest post by Michael Bittner, Esquire, Marks Gray (Jacksonville)

Construction projects involve many parties, from the developer to design professionals, to general contractors, to subcontractors, and to suppliers. When there is a problem on a construction project, some or all of those parties may be responsible.

In a typical construction defect lawsuit, an owner may sue a general contractor, who then sues its subcontractors and suppliers. Those subcontractors may then sue their subcontractors, and on and on it goes. The multi-party construction defect case often involves multiple complex causes of action, based on contract, statute and common law. The risk and exposure in a construction defect case can be significant, and plaintiffs advance new damages theories in every case.

Even after construction defect case is over, there are a number of post judgment issues that inevitably arise. Claims for pre and post-judgment interest on multi-million dollar damages awards can often rival the underlying judgment in scope. Claims for attorneys’ fees in a multi-party construction defect case, whether based on contractual provisions or a proposal for settlement, can also be enormous.

Join us in Fort Myers in February

The key to navigating the complicated web of construction defect litigation is understanding the issues and knowing the current trends. If you would like to learn more, join me as I will present “Causes of Action and Damages in Construction Defect Disputes: Current Issues and Developments” on Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Florida Law Alliance Winter Construction Conference at the Holiday Inn at Fort Myers Airport. Additional topics and speakers include:

Continuing Education

This course has been approved by the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board for 6 CILB Credits; by the Florida Department of Financial Services for Florida insurance adjusters for 6.0 CEU (3-24a, Adjuster Law & Policy); and, for 6.0 PDH credits for Florida engineers.

Attend Live, In Person or Virtually

Attendees have the option of attending the course live, in person or, if you are unable to travel, you can attend virtually and all you need is your computer and a wifi connection. Virtual attendees will be able to view the presenters, PowerPoint presentations, download materials and ask questions — all in real time. Adjusters who attend virtually must complete, sign and return an affidavit of attendance before continuing education credits can be posted to comply with the Florida Department of Financial Services rules and regulations.


Cost is $35/per person and includes a breakfast, lunch, and seminar materials.

Online Registration

Click here to download the seminar brochure.

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Click here to pay your registration fee with a credit card, via Paypal. You do not need to have a PayPal account to use the service.

Overnight Accommodations Needed?

A group rate of $189 (single or double occupancy) plus tax is available to all attendees the night of Thursday, February 15. Reservations should be made by calling Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport-Town Center at 239-561-1550 and ask for the Florida Law Alliance rate by January 18, 2018. After January 18, reservations will be accepted based on availability at the prevailing hotel rate. The cost of overnight accommodations is not included in the registration fee.


If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact me by phone at 904-398-0900 or by email, Alternatively, you may also contact Gail Lamarche, Director of Marketing at Henderson Franklin at 239-344-1186 or by email at

About the Author

Mike Bittner practices in the areas of construction litigation, commercial litigation, real estate litigation and business law.  In addition, he represents small and mid-size businesses and entrepreneurs in a variety of business transactions and general corporate counsel matters.  He has extensive experience litigating construction and business disputes including complex construction defect claims, contractual disputes, real property disputes, landlord/tenant disputes, and collections matters.