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Construction exposures have taken on a great level of complexity given the overlay of current events, impacting insurance, risk transfer, supply chain and ultimately litigation. These issues and more will be the subject of a highly anticipated panel at the upcoming CLM Construction Conference in San Diego, widely sought out for its high level of educational content and extensive base of cutting-edge topics.

WSHB founding partner Stephen Henning will be joining the panel discussion aptly titled, “Construction and Insurance Caught in Today’s Crosshairs” slated for presentation on September 22, 2022, at 4 p.m. Henning will be joined by David Stern, widely respected for his extensive knowledge and reputation in the construction industry as the founder and president of West Coast Casualty. Rounding out the panel is Lisa Unger, who brings experience as a claims manager and consultant handling complex civil litigation throughout the United States.

The panelists will discuss how the pandemic, inflation and current events including the conflict in Ukraine have caused significant upheaval in both the construction and insurance communities. “Construction and insurance are not immune to the impact of climate change and natural disasters which are further shaping the risks and issues presented,” said Henning. “This panel will discuss the challenges posed by cyber issues, emerging laws and regulations and what it means to those handling construction issues throughout the nation.”

“I’ve always enjoyed the CLM roundtable format, as it invites an interactive and high-level discussion with thought leaders and stakeholders from every facet of the defense side of the coin, from general counsel, risk managers, claim managers and insurance executives,” said Henning. “Those attending this session will leave with practice pointers they can take back and employ on the cases they are handling.”

Stephen Henning is a founding partner of Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman, an Am Law 150 law firm with offices throughout the nation. Nationally recognized for his results in complex construction and toxic tort litigation, Steve is prolific in publishing and speaking on these issues. A skilled litigator, Steve has chaired numerous litigation conferences and was proud to serve as the co-chair of the 2023 CLM National Construction Conference. Along with representing some of the nation's top home builders, the firm is nationally recognized for its work in construction, environmental, business litigation, transportation, cyber and employment issues. Steve is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been named a Super Lawyer for over a decade, Steve is proud to be the first defense lawyer awarded the Jerold S. Oliver Award for contribution to the construction defect community. He recently was honored by RISE as Mentor of the Year for 2023. He is a thought leader and frequently sought out speaker on emerging trends in litigation.

The CLM Annual Conference is the premier annual event for professionals in the claims and litigation management industries. The conference is a colossal mix of interactive educational sessions and social networking events. Participants can select from more than 100 collaborative educational sessions focused on all facets of the industry. This year’s CLM Annual Conference is being held on September 21-23, 2022 in San Diego, California.

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