Wood Smith Henning & Berman co-founder Stephen J. Henning will take to the stage before thousands of builders, contractors, subcontractors, insurance agents and lawyers at West Coast Casualty’s 26th Annual Construction Defect Seminar, the biggest construction conference event in the country. Hosted at the Disneyland Hotel and Resort in Anaheim, California, Mr. Henning will be sharing his decades worth of construction litigation expertise alongside Matthew Kovacs of Markel Corporation and fellow attorneys Adrienne Cohen and Jannea Rogers in a panel presentation entitled, "Disaster in the Making – Litigation Impacts from Fire, Flood, and Hurricanes" on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 10:45 a.m.

“In the area of construction litigation, the biggest issue builders and underwriters are facing emanate from climate impact litigation,” said Henning. “Hurricanes, wildfires, mudslides and more are creating a new genre of third party claims with the liability issues being batted about whether it is ascribed to an Act of God or exacerbation by defective construction. In the aggregate, this area is creating claims involving construction, toxic tort, professional liability and public entities issues which are top of mind given the media frenzy surrounding each of these climatic events.”

Stephen Henning is a co-founder of WSHB, an AmLaw 200 law firm with 24 offices throughout the United States. Steve is a skilled litigator, nationally recognized for results in complex construction, real estate, business and toxic tort litigation. He regularly represents Fortune 500 companies and preeminent members of the business community, including some of the nation’s largest residential and commercial public and private owners, homebuilders, developers, investors, contractors and lenders. A thought leader in the construction arena, he is frequent speaker and publisher on cutting edge topics. He has co-chaired the CLM National Construction Conference since inception and is the first defense lawyer awarded the Jerold S. Oliver Award for contribution to the construction-defect community.

Henning was recently honored as Outside Counsel of the Year, a prestigious award given annually to one lawyer in the nation by CLM. An AV-rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, for the past decade he has been selected for inclusion as either a “Rising Star” or “Super Lawyer.”

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