We’re heading back west for CLM’s 2022 Construction Conference, and there is a lot to talk about.
This year’s location—San Diego’s Coronado Island—promises a one-of-a-kind experience that’s equal parts serenity and excitement. Whether you’re looking for ocean adventures or seaside relaxation, scenic fitness excursions or a journey into history, fun for the family or evening entertainment, activities abound on this sun-soaked slice of paradise.
Stroll down Orange Avenue for a true boutique shopping experience with over 50 unique stores to visit. Tour the island’s majestic beauty on foot or bicycle, or take to the water and explore the sandy coastline and peaceful canals on a kayak or gondola. And you’re just one quick ferry ride away from the heart of San Diego and all it has to offer.
Meanwhile, the conference venue, the historic Hotel del Coronado, offers a world of its own to explore and enjoy, from poolside lounging and live music, to exquisite dining, to shops and spas. Head to the shoreline for surfing instruction or beach yoga, or dive into the resort’s spooky history and learn about “The Beautiful Stranger,” Kate Morgan, whose spirit is said to roam the Hotel del Coronado’s corridors to this day.
What the Conference Has in Store
As for the conference itself, there is no shortage of important topics to discuss at the scheduled presentations and during the many networking opportunities. The construction industry is dealing with a number of challenges, from pandemic-related issues; to a continued skilled labor shortage; to the use of new materials, techniques, and technologies.
How has all this impacted the claims and litigation landscape? You’ll have to attend the conference to find out. But we do have a few more details to share below thanks to conference organizers Steve Henning, managing partner of Wood Smith Henning & Berman; and Phyllis Modlin, executive claims specialist, U.S. Construction Casualty Claims at Markel, who took some time to answer our questions about what’s in store for all of us this year in San Diego.
Q: What are some unique highlights about this year’s conference that you would like to share with attendees?
A: This seminar is unique in that the roundtable-discussion format allows for high-level collaboration with both session presenters and fellow attendees to tackle the challenging issues that arise in construction matters. At the same time, Coronado Island offers the opportunity to discuss these issues with fellow professionals in a relaxed, serene setting.
CLM works hard to provide both outstanding panels and the best networking opportunities in the industry, from the beginning of the day with breakfast, through to the end of the day with cocktail parties.
We are at a fantastic new conference venue in San Diego—the Hotel del Coronado! The pandemic is behind us for the most part and we are looking ahead to the future. It’s time to come together again and experience all that the CLM Construction Conference has to offer. Don’t miss out and wish that you were there!
Q: What are the trending topics that will be covered this year, and can you talk a bit about how those topics are impacting the construction claims community?
A: What sets the CLM Construction Conference apart from other conferences is that we don’t focus only on construction-defect claims and litigation. Contractors and parties involved with construction projects face many different types of exposures, and the panels will cover them. So, look for panels discussing job site injuries; cyber exposures; risk transfer; design professional exposures; coverage issues under CGL, wrap, and builders risk policies; current and future trends with construction defect; mediation, arbitration, and trial strategies post-COVID-19; and national, regional, and state-specific developments. The panels will be timely and relevant to all attendees, whether they are new to the construction claims world or have years of experience.
Q: Talk a bit about the venue and location—what can attendees do on their own time, and what are some of your recommendations?
A: San Diego is a fantastic destination for a conference and, in prior years, attendees often extend their trips so they can enjoy everything the city offers. From the happening Gaslamp district, to going to Petco Park for a game, to checking out the world famous San Diego Zoo, opportunities abound.
Coronado Island is charming and transports you to another world. Two thumbs up!
Q: Any final thoughts on this year’s conference?
A: So much work and planning goes into having high-level, thought provoking panels that address all types of construction issues, from cyber risks, to catastrophic injury, defects, and product liability issues. You will bring back cutting-edge strategies to employ on emerging issues like social inflation, Gen X jurors, post-pandemic claims, and more.
The value that the panels bring, along with awesome networking opportunities and an amazing location, make this a conference you do not want to miss.
Come join us in San Diego!
2022 CLM ConstructionConference
Hotel del Coronado, San Diego, California
Wednesday, Sept. 21 to Friday, Sept. 23