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May Chapter Meeting

  • Widmer Brewing 929 North Russell Street Portland, OR, 97227 United States (map)

Meeting topic: Key Provisions in Construction Contracts and the Import of Avoiding the “Franken-Contract

Speakers: Angela M. Otto, Stephanie Holmberg, Elizabeth Rhode

Attorneys Holmberg, Otto, and Rhode will present a panel discussion focused on the implications of common construction contract provisions and how pulling provisions from here and there is likely not providing you the protections you want or need.  Key contract provisions discussed will include accrual, indemnity, attorney fees, arbitration versus circuit courts, insurance requirements, and many more.  There will also be plenty of time for Q&A.

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Name(s) and Company

Angela Otto


Angela Otto joined Ball Janik LLP as a partner in the construction and litigation practices. Her focus is representing clients on construction and design, construction defect, and litigation matters. Ms. Otto represents general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, owners, developers and design professionals in construction disputes, litigation, arbitration and mediation. She also represents clients on significant delay and impact claims, complex disputes, and other matters pertaining to the design and construction of multi-million dollar facilities. Additionally, Ms. Otto has extensive experience representing sureties and insurance companies on construction related matters. She has been recognized by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine in the field of Construction Law as a Rising Star for three years, and is counsel to the board for the Associated General Contractors Oregon-Columbia Chapter.


Stephanie Holmberg

Stephanie Holmberg assists clients in all aspects of their work, helping to keep their businesses securely moving forward. From drafting and negotiating contracts on the front end of a project, to effectively resolving disputes that arise down the road, Stephanie’s strong communication and negotiation skills ensure that her clients are strategically positioned for success at every stage. As former in-house counsel to a national electric utility contractor, Stephanie has extensive knowledge of the construction industry and the unique issues project owners and contractors face. Her industry experience enables Stephanie to see matters from the client’s perspective and provide legal advice that incorporates business objectives and priorities. 

Elizabeth Rhode

Liz’s practice is focused on complex litigation with an emphasis on construction defect, property damage, and other insurance defense work. She has represented developers, general contractors, and subcontractors in matters before the Superior Courts and various arbitration services throughout Washington and Oregon. She has also been involved in a variety of other litigation including personal injury, subrogation, property damage, and land use matters.

Liz is a partner with the firm and heads up the Oregon office. She is a member of the National Association of Women in Construction and Professional Education Programming Chair for the Portland chapter, as well as a frequent speaker to construction and insurance groups. She graduated with honors with BS in Civil Engineering and worked with the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Board. Her background as an engineer enhances her ability to work with client and experts on technical matters. Liz also routinely represents contractors and other business entities in contract drafting and enforcement, litigated and alternative dispute resolution, and strategic planning matters.

Earlier Event: May 11
May Board Meeting
Later Event: May 19
Pacific Northwest Regional Forum