MARINA DEL REY -- Ken Kasdan, Senior & Managing Partner, and Barry Vaughan, Partner, of the Kasdan Simonds Weber & Vaughan law firm, are scheduled speakers at the Construction Litigation Leaders’ Forum sponsored by HB Litigation Conferences in Marina del Rey.
The forum is being held Thursday and Friday, March 8-9, and will include many of the nation’s top litigators, mediators, experts, and judiciary who are framing construction defect litigation. Seminar topics include; a judicial round-table discussion; right to repair statutes; the impact of the economy on today's litigation and claims; mediation issues; staff counsel in CD cases; case E-discovery; and insolvent subcontractors or carriers.
Mr. Kasdan will be speaking Thursday, March 8, from 8:45 a.m.-9:45 a.m. on "SB800 and Right to Repair Statutes: Here, There and Everywhere". Ken’s panel will discuss how right to repair statutes are being used in the field by plaintiff and builders, today vs. in years past. He will discuss what constitutes compliances under the various statutes, including identifying defects with enough specificity. Other issues to be discussed include: cash settlements vs. actual repairs; are right to repair statutes working as intended; what is the expert’s role in early damage assessment; using 3rd party customer relations groups for settlements.
Mr. Vaughan’s panel will also be held Thursday, from 3:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m. and will discuss “Cutting Edge Solutions for Construction E-Discovery“. Topics to be included are: unique E-discovery uses for construction litigators; what to request and how to request it; when do you really need to object to something; keeping an eye on the bottom line- being economical for your client, your office and for the court; what you should really maintain in your files vs. a hosted environment.
KEN KASDAN, SENIOR & MANAGING PARTNER
Ken Kasdan is one of the nation’s leading construction defect attorneys and has been managing partner of the Kasdan Simonds firm, which he established, for more than 25 years. He earned his law degree from the State University of New York, at Buffalo, and his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Bernard M. Baruch College of the City University of New York. Ken was admitted to the California State Bar in 1976, and is licensed to practice before the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. He is also admitted to the Arizona State Bar. Ken is a member of the American Bar Association (Member: Business Law Section); Committee on Commercial Financial Services; Subcommittee on Interest and Usury, Creditor Rights; Litigation Section; Construction Industry Forum Committee); State Bar Association of California; Orange County Bar Association (Member: Business Litigation Section); Orange County Trial Lawyers Association; Judge Pro Tem, Orange County Superior Court; the Orange County Superior Court Judicial Arbitration Panel; and the Maricopa County Bar Association. Ken has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2006.
Barry Vaughan has been a partner of Kasdan Simonds Weber & Vaughan since 2001. He earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was on Law Review, after receiving his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of Colorado. Barry was admitted to the California State Bar in 1987, and is licensed to practice before all state and federal courts in California and Colorado, and before the United States Supreme Court. Barry is a member of the American Bar Association (Member: Litigation Section); State Bar Association of California (Member: Litigation Section); Orange County Bar Association (Member: Construction Defect Section); and San Bernardino County Bar Association.
The Kasdan Simonds Weber & Vaughan law firm has offices in Irvine and Walnut Creek, CA and Phoenix, AZ. The firm represents plaintiffs in major construction defect litigation. For more detailed information on the firm, visit www.kasdansimonds.com.