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The Future of the Construction Industry

April 20, 2022

Dr. Ibrahim Odeh joins Jeff and Brian to provide his insights on the future of the construction industry. As a distinguished professor, thought leader, and member of several advisory boards and committees, Dr. Odeh has had his finger on the pulse of construction for over 20 years. Brian and Jeff discuss with Dr. Odeh his experience in the industry, global shifts in the construction world, emerging trends and technologies that may have the potential to disrupt an industry that has seen little disruption, and some of the ways in which construction still lags behind other industries but may yet move itself forward.

About the Hosts

Jeffrey Katz

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

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.

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