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Recent Publications, Presentations, Appearances

Seminar — “Effective Use of Experts in Construction Claims” coming up on May 24

Article by Mark Stapke:  Legal Brief; Construction Users Round Table national magazine “The Voice” Fall 2016; “Successful Change Order Management and Resolution for Owners in the Design-Bid – Build Contracting Environment”

Article by MRS on Impact of new Immigration Enforcement on construction labor availability, and how to protect against loss of labor, published in national Pool and Spa News magazine.

MRS – moderated Owner’s Panel at Project Controls Summit, 1-31-17

MRS – Speaker at Construction Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers 3-3-17; Technical Session on “Critical Keys to Avoiding and Resolving Claims in Differing Site Conditions and/or Underground Infrastructure Projects”

Fresh Ideas for Efficient, Stress-Free Dispute Resolution 7/19/16

You’re invited to learn—
Fresh Ideas for Efficient, Stress-Free Dispute Resolution

With a rebounding economy, work and claims are at an all-time high.

Owners, Contractors, Design Professionals, CMs /PMs and more come learn how to resolve claims using the latest, most efficient techniques — without lawyers, courts, or job interruption.

Taught by two of the leading speakers on this topic in California, you will learn:

  • How to set up your dispute for early resolution
  • Best ways to attack an inflated claim
  • Best ways to present a claim that will get it paid
  • Best forums to use when pursuing dispute resolution
  • The role of the contract in dispute resolution
  • The latest rules governing dispute resolution
  •  On-site dispute resolution procedures
  • The various types of mediation – what is best for you?
  • Different approaches to arbitration – again, what is best for you?


Mark Stapke

…is a seasoned construction and real estate trial attorney with over 32 years’ experience winning multiple jury trials and arbitrations, and resolving claims favorably for clients at mediation. This includes some of the largest project disputes in California, resulting in $50 million+ recovered for clients.  His practice focuses on claims avoidance training for public and private owners; time-related, defect, and bond claims; advice on the contracting process; and administrative proceedings.

Phil Kirby

…has over 30 years’ experience in construction, including projects, maintenance programs and turnarounds, for prominent industrial and commercial clients throughout the U.S. and United Kingdom. His services include quantity surveying, project cost controls, contractual advice, auditing and claims analysis 

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits Available
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Caltrans District 7, Rm. 01.040A
100 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

8:30 AM:  Registration & Networking
9 AM – Noon: Program

REGISTER NOW – Limited seating
Bring your Team & SAVE! 

                              WCCC Member      Non-Member

Individual                   $ 75                          $ 89

Team                           $ 65 each                $ 79 each   

Add $10 each after 7/12/16

No-shows, & cancellations after 7/12/16, are subject to the full fee. You may send Substitutes. 


QUESTIONS? Contact Valerie:  or (916) 599-8020  


Advanced Payment Issues Training for Owners and Contractors

Everything Owners and Contractors Need to Know about the Public Works Payment Process

Presenters: Mark Stapke and Phil Kirby

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Caltrans District 7, Rm. 01.040A
100 S. Main St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

8:30 AM:   Registration & Networking
9 AM- Noon:  Program

Learn all of the ways Contractors can force prompt payments from public owners, and how their payments can substantially increase in value if prompt payments are not made. Find the flyer and registration form for this presentation at

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