Nationally renowned trial lawyer, Kevin Smith of WSHB, will speak on significant issues associated with trials of construction cases at the 2016 CLM National Construction Claims Conference at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California, September 28-30th.

"These 'hell hole' venues raise eyebrows for those handling construction cases because of the reported reputation for systemically applying laws and court procedures in an unfair and unbalanced manner, generally to the detriment of defendants," said Smith. "If not handled properly, the trial of a construction case in a 'hell hole' venue raises a host of issues and potentially increases potential damages awarded."

This panel will delve into specific strategies for minimizing exposure in a highly anticipated presentation entitled "Judicial Hell Holes and Construction Cases: Strategies and Issues to Consider When Your Case is Headed to Trial," scheduled for September 29th at 10:45 AM. Joining Smith on this panel are William Deragon with Old Republic Construction Program Group, Joel Sternstein with Starr, and trial consultant Steve Tuller.

Smith is an active trial lawyer who has spent the majority of his professional life trying cases on behalf of Fortune 500 companies and major corporations. In his 30 years of practice, he has defended commercial, professional liability, product liability, transportation and catastrophic matters in state and federal courts. Despite having to frequently overcome difficult challenges on liability and damages in high exposure cases, Smith has obtained victories on behalf of his clients in an impressive 94% of the cases he has tried. This has resulted in Smith being elected to the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates and regularly honored as a Southern California “Super Lawyer.”

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