The MSBA Construction Law Section brings together Maryland lawyers who practice construction litigation or construction law related to real estate transactions with a variety of educational and social activities; fosters camaraderie and professionalism among construction law practitioners through related events; and promotes a higher caliber of legal practice among Section members – and across the Bar, generally – through its sponsorship of educational programs, updates on developments in law and legislation, and written materials and resources for practitioners.

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Construction Law Section Blog

October 31,2018

New Contractor Liability Law Focus of Panel Discussion

By Patrick Tandy
May 10,2018

MSBA/VSB Construction Law Sections Tour MGM National Harbor Project

By Patrick Tandy
April 17,2018

Bid Protests with the State of Maryland

By Patrick Tandy

Current Issues and Challenges Using HUD-Insured Construction Loans

On February 21, 2019, the Construction Law Section of MSBA hosted Current Issues and Challenges Using HUD-Insured Construction Loans – a live seminar in Columbia, MD. The program featured a panel of speakers addressing topics on prevailing wage issues, cost certification concerns, contract forms including the “Heavy F” option, and issues surrounding the “identity of interest” element common to HUD projects.

Thanks to Veritext Legal Solutions for videotaping and sponsoring this Construction Law/Real Property program for the MSBA. Veritext helps with court reporting services locally, Nationwide and Worldwide. You can contact Sharon Rabinovitz, Regional Account Manager, for further information at or 443-836-6887.

Panel Discussion: SB 853

October 23, 2018

The MSBA Construction Law and Labor & Employment Law Sections jointly presented a panel discussion of Senate Bill 853 General Contractor’s Liability for Unpaid Wages on October 23, 2018, at the Sheraton Columbia in Columbia, MD. Panelists included Christopher Ryon (Kahn, Smith & Collins, P.A.), Cheryl Brown (Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, LLC), and Jim Thompson (Harkins Builders, Inc.).

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April 17, 2018: Bid Protests with the State of Maryland

October 24, 2017: The Evolution of the AIA Documents from 2007 to 2017

  • On October 24, 2017, the Section presented a program reviewing the 2017 changes to the AIA family of contract documents. The program featured speakers Kenneth Cobleigh, Esquire, Managing Director and Counsel for the AIA, and Robin G. Banks, Esquire, of Goldberg & Banks, P.C. The Section was especially grateful to the program’s sponsor, Aegis Project Controls (
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May 2, 2017: MSBA Construction Section – 2017 Procurement Law Update

  • On May 2, 2017, the Section held a program reviewing and discussing the State’s current Procurement Reform efforts stemming from Governor Hogan’s February 10, 2016 Executive Order which established a commission to review and modernize state procurement. The program provided information as to the “how’s and why’s” that lead to the ultimate recommendations handed down by the commission, a review of the legislation produced by the commission, and a forecast of what the future will hold for those conducting business with the State under these new rules. The Section extends warm thanks to each of the programs speakers – Scott A. Livingston, Esquire of Rifkin Weiner Livingston, LLC; Stanley Turk, Esquire former Assistant Attorney General, Chief Counsel, Contract Litigation Unit; and Michael Haifley, Deputy Chief Procurement Officer, Maryland Department of Transportation – for their insight and commentary.
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March 9, 2017: Construction Law Institute 2017: Building the Foundation

  • On March 9, 2017, the Construction Law Section presented its most recent installment of the Construction Law Institute series of programs. This version – sub-titled “Building the Foundation” – was accompanied by the recent update to the Construction Law Deskbook. The program presented four specific topics: Condominium and New Home Warranties and Rights of Action; Labor and Employment Law; Insurance Coverage; and Change and Extra Work. The Section wishes to extend its sincere thanks to the McCammon Group for sponsoring the program and the networking event afterwards.
  • Program Speakers: Raymond D. Burke, Esquire; Christopher R. Ryon, Esquire; Thomas V. McCarron, Esquire; and Kenneth K. Sorteberg, Esquire.
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November 30, 2016: Real Estate & Construction Insurance: Basics, Tips and Traps

May 10, 2016: The Fundamentals of Surety Law and Subcontractor Default Insurance – What Every Litigator Should Know

November 4, 2015: The Benefits and Problems of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Construction Projects

2013 Annual Meeting: Practical Issues in Construction Law

2012 Annual Meeting: Foundations of Construction Law for Bench and Bar