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Clark Hill Attorney P. Douglas Folk to Present at the ACEC Fall National Conference – October 29

October 28, 2013


Clark Hill attorney P. Douglas Folk will present “Partnering for Success with Native American Tribes”, a business practices educational program, to the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Fall National Conference on Tuesday, October 29, with his co-presenter, Scott Schmidt of Stuckey Insurance.

Doug Folk will provide an overview of legal, cultural and business considerations for managing risk and developing successful, long-lasting business relationships with American Indian tribes and Alaskan Native communities. Development of renewable energy and natural resources projects, infrastructure, housing and social services on tribal lands will lead to significant business opportunities for those companies prepared for the longer development cycles common in reservation projects. If Native American lands were aggregated, they would represent the fourth largest state in the United States. Tribal lands hold almost 25% of America’s onshore oil and gas resources, one-third of the West’s low sulfur coal, and many sites for solar and wind power generation. Tribal law and procurement practices present unique challenges to design professionals and contractors that will be addressed in this program.

The ACEC National Fall Conference will be held from October 27-30 at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information, please visit:

Doug Folk serves business clients in architecture, engineering, geomatics, landscape architecture, construction, and other technology-driven industries as a vigorous advocate and trusted advisor. By drawing on his extensive experience in business transactions and commercial litigation, Doug developed practice specialties in construction law, professional liability defense, contracts and negotiations, risk management, administrative law, and government relations. The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is the voice of America’s engineering industry. Council members – numbering more than 5,000 firms representing more than 500,000 employees throughout the country – are engaged in a wide range of engineering works that propel the nation’s economy and enhance and safeguard America’s quality of life. These works allow Americans to drink clean water, enjoy a healthy life, take advantage of new technologies and travel safely and efficiently. The Council’s mission is to contribute to America’s prosperity and welfare by advancing the business interests of member firms.

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