Building Up was created by Brian Padove, an attorney at Watt Tieder, and Jeff Katz, a construction claims consultant at VERTEX, to provide insights for construction professionals, which will feature a variety of guests, perspectives and topics that span the construction industry.
In Episode 1 of Building Up, Jeff and Brian speak with Co-Founder and CEO of VERTEX, Bill McConnell, and Managing Partner of Watt Tieder, John Sebastian, to discuss the state of the construction industry, including the effects of the pandemic, technology in construction, risk, and future expectations.
About the Hosts
Jeffrey Katz is an Executive Vice President of VERTEX who leads the contract claims group. Mr. Katz is a professional engineer who has been involved as a consultant or expert on large files across North America, preparing claims and expert reports related to delay and schedule impacts, productivity claims, project completion costs, unforeseen conditions, design issues, overpayment, construction defects, and more. In 2018, Mr. Katz was selected as one of Civil + Structural Engineer magazine’s Rising Stars.
Brian Padove joined Watt Tieder in 2018 after spending three years working as a litigation associate at a national insurance defense firm.
Brian focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, construction law, and suretyship while representing a wide variety of clients including contractors, subcontractors, sureties, and owners. He is admitted to practice law in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin as well as multiple federal district courts.