Pipes Miles Beckman LLC partner Christopher Teske will serve as a speaker at an upcoming CLM Alliance (Claims and Litigation Management Alliance) Virtual Construction Conference at 3:30 pm on September 30, 2020. The presentation is entitled "TIMBER! Wood Building Construction – Its Pros, Cons, and Claims" and is part of a 3-day event from September 29-October 1, 2020.
In addition, Chris served as a co-author with the presenters that have collaborated in the article entitled, "Playing With Fire…And More - As wood buildings gain in popularity, a look at potential risks and claims".
Details about the event and detailed description can be found below.
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Session 8 - National - TIMBER! Wood Building Construction – Its Pros, Cons, and Claims
Rose Hall, AXA XL
Terence Kadlec, Envista Forensics
Keegan Petty, J.S. Held
Christopher Teske, Pipes Miles Beckman, LLC
Franklin Turner, Rogers Townsend & Thomas
September 30, 2020 3:30 PM
Wood building is increasing in prevalence and complexity, both in commercial and residential markets. Over 44 TALL WOOD buildings are underway in the last six years - and with this boom comes a variety of claims ranging from construction defect to workers compensation to subcontractor default. In this session we will explore the common elements that drive most wood construction claims. We will explore recent trends in wood construction: changes in building code allowances (sometimes conflicting with fire department capabilities); the varying properties of wood; and, prefabricated and pre-engineered assemblies. Are we safe in these taller wood structures? What types of wood-related failures can we expect? Fire, decay, defect, pests, seismic events. We will discuss what has transpired in the past year on this emerging risk, continue to explore trends around how and why these claims arise, how they are managed (and mismanaged), and what the outcomes of these legal disputes can mean for the industry.
Chris is a partner and represents insurance carriers, insurance agents, public entities, and contractors in the courtroom at trials and on appeal. Chris handles coverage disputes arising out of allegedly defective construction of commercial buildings and multi-family apartment and condominium complexes across the Southeastern United States through trial and alternative dispute resolution proceedings.