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SAME DC First Friday Aug 4: Issues, Conflicts & Claims on Construction Contracts
Start Date/Time:
Friday, August 4, 2023 12:00 PM
End Date/Time:
Friday, August 4, 2023 1:00 PM
Recurring Event:
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Virtual Post Events



Friday, August 4, 2023
12:00 pm (noon) to 1:00 pm EDT
WEBEX Virtual Webinar

Link to REGISTER (Free for members/students, $25 for non-members):

Resolving Issues, Avoiding Conflict, and Preserving Claims on Construction Contracts

Presented by
Maria Panichelli, Esq., McCarter & English, LLP

In the world of government contracting, getting the contract award is only the beginning. The FAR imposes a whole host of obligations on the contractor, which govern the way that contractor should perform, how it should handle changes to the contract, and how it may seek compensation or resolve a dispute with the agency relating to those changes. In the construction context in particular - where changes are inevitable - understanding these provisions can make all the difference between a successful project, and a disaster. A contractor who truly understands the FAR, and the obligations it imposes, can often avoid conflict with the agency, and resolve disputes before they get out of control. In this webinar, experienced government contracting attorney Maria Panichelli will discuss common issues relating to the “Changes” clause. She will guide you through the regulations, explaining how to successfully perform challenging contracts, all while preserving claim rights, remaining compliant with confusing regulations, and maintaining good relations with the government.

Learning Objectives:  

Please note that not all jurisdictions or organizations accept PDH certificates for continuing education.

  1. Learn about common issues arising during federal construction contracts
  2. Learn how to fulfill notice requirements and preserve claim rights
  3. Identify Key FAR Clauses dealing with changes, defective specifications, delay, differing site conditions, and other common construction issues
  4. Best practices for communication with the agency


Maria Panichelli, Esq., McCarter & English LLP


Maria L. Panichelli, Esq. is a partner in McCarter & English LLP’s Government Contracts group. Her clients include primes and subs, working with a variety of agencies, across a wide breath of industries, all over the nation and abroad. Maria guides these clients through every stage of the procurement process. Her practice includes: bid protests (both asserting and intervening); contract interpretation and performance counseling; the preparation and negotiation of REAs and CDA claims, as well as related litigation before the Boards of Contract Appeals, the Court of Federal Claims, and the Federal Circuit; statutory and regulatory compliance counseling; federal subcontracting (including the negotiation of FAR-compliant subcontracts, liquidating agreements, and the litigation of pass-through claims, Miller Act claims, and sub/prime disputes); contract terminations; and suspension and debarment. Having acquired substantial experience with the government’s small business programs in particular, Maria provides effective assistance to clients applying for small business certification, or competing for small business program set-aside contracts. She routinely assists clients with eligibility analyses and size and status protests, and has considerable experience drafting teaming and joint venture agreements, as well as helping clients navigate the SBA Mentor-protégé program. Maria also has substantial experience with issues particular to infrastructure contracts, such as defective designs and specifications, express and constructive changes, differing site conditions, delays and disruption; suspensions; and liquidated damages.

Maria is active in a number of industry-related professional associations is a frequent lecturer and thought leader and author on government contracting and small business procurement topics.


Call for Presentations

Do you have an educational topic you would like to present during our monthly First Friday Lunchtime Learning Sessions?

Presentations will be selected based on how the program will provide high-quality and valuable professional development for the A/E/C community, presentation topics that provide thought leadership and insight into current industry challenges, and solutions that are available beyond your organization’s specific product or service. Presentations that promote specific companies, products, or services will not be selected.

Please complete the online form to share your topic and learning objectives with the SAME DC Post Programs committee.



Contact Bree Beal, DC Post Programs Director: bbeal@hksinc.com or samedcprograms@gmail.com 


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